Sunday, March 25, 2012

"half the time"

(archival digital print, 16x20", 2012)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Abstract comic by a student of Brandl's

As I wrote below, I have some new Abstract and Gallery Comics from the Art Academy of Liechtenstein Foundation Course class students who study with me (Mark Staff Brandl). I'll put a few up directly as there was only a link before.

This one is by Rebecca Ospelt.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

David Greenberger Tuesday (Secret Origins edition, part II: Dogs)

All drawings from 1977

"Dog Movie"

"Dog Geometry"

"After Gainsborough's White Dogs"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

David Greenberger Tuesday!

"Air Running Backwards"

"Before the Invention of Color"

"Surprise to the Minus, Surprise to the Plus"

No theme this week, I just liked how these three looked together.

Abstract and Gallery Comics by one of my art classes in Liechtenstein

Here are some new Abstract and Gallery Comics from the Art Academy of Liechtenstein Foundation Course class who study with me (Mark Staff Brandl). You have to scroll through to find one type or the other as they are mixed together.


"Taking Advice From Bryan Lee O'Malley"

Here's a piece I did as a submission to David Sandum's Twitter Art Exhibit (details here:

The advice referenced in the title is this, which O'Malley posted on Twitter in February:
"rules are made to be broken, but 1 full body, 1 closeup, 1 wide shot w/ a background is a good rule of thumb per page. ".
I'm not sure whether I followed the advice or not, but I am pretty happy with the movement up through the page as well as inside each panel, and the paint's worked pretty well with my usual ink work.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

R.I.P. Jean Giraud, a.k.a. Moebius, 1938-2012

Two more from Chaos, 1991. I scanned them at the same time as I did this earlier piece, not knowing that I would be using them for his obit. I wanted to use a piece by Moebius in the anthology, and from what I heard he was quite willing, but we were never able to reach a deal financially with his management. In any case, among all his other achievements, about which you can read many other places on the web today, he was also a pioneer of abstract comics. I wish we could have acknowledged him as such by including him in the book alongside Crumb, Moscoso, Bill Shut, and all the other early experimenters in the form.

Here is another post about Moebius and abstraction.

Oh, and here is a good soundtrack for his comics:

And a documentary, with soundtrack by Karl Bartos (ex-Kraftwerk):

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


An animation of this six page comic.
The original comic was an experiment in exploring several ideas.
Breaking up and spreading out the elements of a comic over several pages.

Seeing if people would use these elements to create narrative.

How viewing these pages on the Internet would effect how people viewed these images.

I wondered whether looking at the images would create any visual illusions or patterns.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

David Greenberger Tuesday! (Word space edition)

"The Moon Is Covered By the Sky (Walter Kieran 1895-1987)"

"How Maps Are Made"

"75% Erie, 25% Spaghetti"

Sorry for not doing a David Greenberger Tuesday last week--I got really busy. I'll try not to let it happen too often.

The Intercorstal Page 59

The panel layout's lifted from a page in P. Craig Russell's adaptation of Murder Mysteries, but other than a very particular reference in one of the smaller frames, this is all my own work. Exploring ideas of creating location while still forcing movement as well as density and contrast.

Friday, March 2, 2012