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22nd-Jul-2011 10:17 pm - Mazedude Presents: American Pixels
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Hey everyone, I’m VERY proud to announce the website launch of Chris “Mazedude” Getman’s long awaited follow up to his American Album: American Pixels!

While American Pixels itself is still in it’s final stages of development for a 2012 release, Mazedude has a great pre-order EP at the ready to satiate your desires for some of the best remixing of American made video game compositions of the last three decades. The entirely chip-tune EP is called Star Spangled Chips and is yours FREE with the pre-order of American Pixels.

Where do I tie into all this? Well I’ve been friends with Mazedude since the fledgling days of OneUp Studios in the early 2000′s and our friendship has also grown into a working relationship. Mazedude is not only a great composer but also a very talented web designer and creative thinker. He and I have collaborated on web designs and album art several times now. American Pixels and Star Spangled Chips are no different!

For SSC, Mazedude wanted a Big Daddy from Bioshock in near complete silhouette holding an American flag. “Can you do that?” he asked a few weeks ago to which I replied “CAN I do that!?”

I banged out a rather swank ink drawing right away, and had a TON of fun doing so! I’ve recently acquired a new brush and this was my first chance to really test how fine a line I could get out of it in the cross-hatching on the edges of the lit areas. I think it was a great success and I’m hopeful that the cover for American Pixels will be this and MORE! I’m super excited to get that one going.

Detail:

In the mean time, PLEASE click any of the banners, pictures or etc. to head on over to Mazedude’s American Pixels website and get your pre order down! Also, if you’re another creative type or musician, consider joining the Affiliate program, just click the link on his site for more details!

-RD

19th-Jul-2011 12:00 am - Citadel Chapter 2 Page 10
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Down down down into the suffocating darkness.

Ink on Bristol
Tones in Photoshop CS5

-RD

Citadel is © 2011 Randall Drew

16th-Jul-2011 07:44 pm - Montpelier and Trees and Hills
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No Sonic Saturday today, instead this week it will be Sonic Sunday.

I spent today in Montpelier, Vermont…the states Capitol with Dan Barlow of the Trees and Hills Comic ground along with fellow CCSers Matt Young and Chris Warren of Art School Fraud. We were later joined by fellow T&Her Colin Tedford and CCSer Jesse Durona. We checked out the State Capitol Building and here are my photos from the interior of VT’s history filled Government Building!

Over all it’s a brilliant, easily navigated building packed with some fine paintings, sculpture and architecture!

After the tour, we headed back to Dan’s home for some comic-making time and a discussion of upcoming things for the Trees and Hills group. Their next anthology is titled “Woods” and you can find out more information about submitting here! I hope to make my T&H premier in this upcoming collection!

Sonic Saturday returns tomorrow, for now, back to the drawing board!

-RD

15th-Jul-2011 12:07 am - Sonic Says,
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So a long while back (read: over a year ago) I entered a fan art contest over at Archie Comics Publications for their Tails miniseries arc on Sonic Universe.

Zip ahead to this week. This interesting piece of mail arrived in my box:

Nice Archie…kinda makes me feel like I’m 12 again. Almost. Well, unfortunately I’m not 12 any more and I’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with Tracy Yardley!, Sonic’s current full time penciler and layout guy for Sonic Universe and a good chunk of the main Sonic comic, as my CCS Senior Thesis Advisor, I’ve gotten a good peek at the industry both from my interactions with him and my own fledgling experiences as a cartoonist just leave me wondering…

…what poor intern had to HAND-ADDRESS and SIGN all these ridiculous letters?!

-RD

12th-Jul-2011 09:24 pm - Citadel Chapter 2 Page 9
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Like a bang-bang play at first with the batter running full speed with their head down…this is over faster than one could make the call. No replay here however, our mystery girl was out, dead-to-rights.

I actually meant to add some additional line effects in Manga Studio, but realized that on my last HDD Re-Format, I forgot to re-install the program. D’OH. The print edition will have many changes and finishing this page will certainly be one of them! Until then, here’s the GreyScale version! Enjoy!

-RD

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Continuing to edit the original Sonic Saturdays pages, this second page just needed a few Badniks added in and some slight dialog changes. Just 1 more to edit and one old one to repeat sans any changes and we’ll be ready to get into all new material! Exciting! Next page is going to take a LOT of work to do however…I can dooo eeet tho! :D

Ink on bristol board
Colors in Photoshop CS5

-RD

Sonic and all related characters are © SEGA
Original Art is ©2011 Randall Drew

6th-Jul-2011 06:29 pm - Gaga Goodbye Party Pics!
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Here’s the promised select pictures from the Lady Gaga Goodbye Party! You can view the entire set at My Flickr! (Please excuse all blurry pictures…it was a GOOD party!)

Two of the leavin’ ladies, Betsey and Penina, Capt’n Meff included.

Penina again with CCS Librarian Caitlin McGurk!

Recent CCS Grad Lana Chandhok talking with leavin’ lady and fellow class of 2010 Graduate Jen Vaughn.

CCS Alumni Sam Carbaugh, Mask Maker Ryan Anderson and CCS Senior Katie Moody.

Gabby Shulz aka Ken Dahl being very expressive whilst talking to Matt Young.

Denis St. John, leavin’ lady Beth Hetland, Keny Wijaja, and Jesse Mead in a heated debate!

Party co-organizer and makeup extraordinaire Carol Thompson.

Bye gals, thanks for all the memories at Muff Mansion!

-RD

5th-Jul-2011 08:35 pm - Citadel Chapter 2 Page 8
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Four strangers appear! None appear friendly, but three appear to be the least friendly. Tension runs high.

Ink on Bristol
Tones in Photoshop CS5

-RD

Citadel is ©2011 Randall Drew

GSDS

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With the return of Sonic Saturday, I’m also returning to the pages I’ve previously done for this project and making key changes. Since my goal is to follow the classic SEGA Genesis games faithfully, I decided to tweak this page, eliminating Tails and adding Badniks chasing our hero as he persues Dr. Robotnick. You can see the original page in the archives for this story by clicking “Sonic Saturday” just below the header.

Gnib and Ink on bristol
Colors in Photoshop CS4 & 5

-RD

Sonic and all related characters are © SEGA
Original art is ©2011 Randall Drew

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Tonight a certain home here in White River Junction we lovingly call the “Muff Mansion” will be hosting a farewell party to its four remaining occupants. These four and among the favorite lady cartoonists here in WRJ and all are alumni of CCS. I graduated with one, two were classmates and the fourth has been here longer than almost any other lady in town, only nudged out by Colleen Frakes of the inaugural class! On Sunday in prep for the 4th of July Weekend I’ll post plenty of pictures from the party, but today I’m going to cover briefly the most important thing about these wonderful people: their comics!

Jen Vaughn
CCS Class of 2010

Jen is one of the standout 2010 classmates of mine! She immediately made her presence known with her bubbly personality, big laugh and non-stop humor. Her comics make her stand out even more. Her on-going series of Menstruation Station mini comics have driven her to the top of many other female cartoonists lists…and even intrigued some guys. Humorous looks at the most womanly thing about being female. Her most consistent comics are that of a fantastic world under the sea where a group of mermaids run a hostel for fishy guests of all kinds. Dealing with everything from current events, trends, to daily musings in Jen’s own life, it posts every Tuesday at her website. Lastly, Jen is an avid illustrator and blogger, spreading her work and words on the web and in print. Posters and flyers are a frequent thing for Jen, you’ve probably seen one for a band you like! You can read her musings for CCS at the Schulz Library Blog which she helped to re-launch recently, as well as occasional pieces for THE BEAT; Heidi Macdonald’s outstanding comics industry blog.

Beth Hetland
CCS Class of 2011

The recently graduated Beth Hetland is one of the only girls in town that can rival Jen’s boisterous excitement and enthusiasm for CCS and comics. While she is loud and giddy almost 24/7, her comics exude a much more subdued, subtle feelings of grace and consideration. Her pacing is very steady and her characters drawn from her own experiences growing up. Her CCS Thesis was called FUGUE, and is a three-book story of her own family and growing up with music, most specifically learning to play piano. It’s a tale of expectations, music, family frustration, love, and being tested. She continues to put pages up frequently at her website and will very soon have the book(s) up online to order!

Betsey Swardlick
CCS Class of 2011

Betsey is…hard to put into words. She interned here many moons ago, at a time when CCS was still in its infancy. She left her mark even then, as as I went through my first year I heard her unfamiliar name recounted again and again. Suddenly, as if by destiny, she re-appeared at CCS after a several year absence, as a part of the class of 2011. CCS is just now hitting it’s stride and people like Betsey are a big reason why. She’s wild, colorful, brilliantly positive, and wants to make all around her feel welcome. Her comics are equally as crazy and exciting. Her main works featured in her CCS Thesis were Fail Wolves…about a group of un-motivated werewolves who are not very good at lycanthopy, and the work-in progress comic “Frank,” “about self-acceptance, self-expression, and the melancholy of a go-go dad” as classmate Josh Kramer says on the Class of 2011 Summer Showcase website. Betsey may be leaving us for now, but having already returned to CCS once, I’m sure she’ll be back to visit in the future!

Finally,

Penina Gal
CCS Class of 2008

Is one of WRJ’s longest standing cartoonist residents out of CCS. She’s been a staple in the community since 2006 and one of the most active members in all going ons comic-wise. She, along with Betsey above, helped start the Werewolf series of Anthologies, one of CCS’s most successful and popular! Her personal work is fantastic in nature and captures the essence of childhood. Along with editing and contributing to Werewolf! she is also slowly working on the Fire Messenger series of comics. It’s a strange tale of two children who become lost in the woods and enter a world that is quite far from Kansas, and one boy discovers an ability to create fire in the palm of his hands! Her art is full of life and subtlety as she works in beautiful watercolors! Penina will be missed both in the studio and on the Soccer pitch!

Well, that just about does it. I encourage you to all check out these fine lady’s comics and illustrations and even consider buying something to help off-set the cost of their moving away. Come back Sunday for pictures and a recap of their going away party tonight, and remember that tomorrow is SONIC SATURDAY! I’ll be doing a live webcast around Noon as I tweak page 1 and get this thing officially underway (again!)

I wish the Muff Mansion-ers all safe journeys and the hope of a return to Cartoonist Country some day soon!

-RD

All work above is © it’s respective creator.

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