What I Did Over My Summer Break

It has been a few months since I posted the final page of Charlatan Issue 4 and I wanted to share a quick update on what I have been up to over the past 3 months. As much as I love working on the Charlatan universe, there were a couple of other projects I have had on the backburner and for my summer break I dove headfirst into both of them.

First and foremost is an “aliens among us” project that I have posted and tweeted about over the past few months—the summer break was my chance to really devote some energy to this endeavor. One of the reasons I am so excited about this book is that it is a collaboration with my good friend Kasey Quevedo whose writes and draws the amazing Velocidad webcomic ( www.velocidad-comic.com ). I am a huge fan of Velocidad and to be able to partner with Kasey on a project featuring his artwork is an awesome thing. Kasey and I will have more to share as we get ready to pitch this project to publishers and I am really psyched to be at a point where we are almost ready to unveil more details and the rest of the creative team who has contributed their talents to the pitch.

In addition to a pretty heavy focus on the alien invasion project, I have also spent time on non-comic fiction writing and completing a short story that has been poking around in my head since the beginning of the year.

And what summer break is complete without summer reading? A couple of really engaging books I have made my way through over the past month:

The Doomed City by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (link)

Virtual Light by William Gibson (link)

More project updates to come as we head into Fall and it won’t be too long until the return of Charlatan!

Issue 4: That’s a Wrap!

OK, just posted the final page of Charlatan Issue 4 .

I have always loved superhero stories in which the hero is weakened and facing seemingly insurmountable odds against a powerful foe, yet he or she rises to the occasion.  That is exactly where we leave Augie at the end of Issue 4.  Exhausted.  Barely able to channel a portion of his daughter’s power. A nobody who hopes to stand against a psychopath in an armored battlesuit.

And yet he will attempt to take on Deadalus while the fate of the city hangs in the balance, even though he knows his life is in grave danger.

Hope you enjoyed the end of Issue 4 and that you are looking forward to the upcoming battle that will pit the One Defender against Deadalus to determine the fate of Empyria!



Let’s Blame It On The Time Change

OK…so last week we missed our regular update and in retrospect it seems only logical to blame it on the time change.  Everywhere you looked clocks were springing forward, it was pretty darn tough to roll out of bed, and suddenly that sun just wouldn’t quit in the late afternoon.  Who can be expected to post an update under those conditions?!?

Well, having fully recovered from last week’s failure to post, Issue 4 Page 25 is now live:  Inspiral faces off against Mourning Glory and her legion of zombies.

Hope you think it was worth the wait.


Feb 6: Fannish Expressions: Fanfic, Fanart, Podcasting and More

Looking forward to being one of the panelists at University Place Library in University Place, WA, today for their Fannish Expressions event.  I’ll be talking about Charlatan, webcomics, and things I’ve done as an indie creator to try to connect with readers.

Fannish Expressions
Fanfic, Fanart, Podcasting and More
Saturday, February 6 at 2-4 p.m.
Ages 9-up

Join members of the Cartoonist’s League of Absurd Washingtonians (C.L.A.W.), podcasters from View from the Gutters and other panelists. They’ll talk about fannish expressions, the communities that build around fandom and the challenges of trying to build your own fandom in a media-saturated landscape.


Decided to wear my Andy Warhol-style Murloc t-shirt.  It’s always a crowd-pleaser.