I really had to scramble this week to get this page done! So much going on lately and I only expect things to pick up more as Spring nears. Ahh…Spring. Anyway, as you can see, the boys are making a little pit stop at the Beer Store. You’ve gotta have refreshments before exploring a cemetery for a mysterious meteor – right? Here we also get an introduction to Hal, the hard nosed store owner. I’m going to try an update the ‘Characters’ page soon, I’ve just got to keep the pages flowing.
This week’s music pick is from Sam Häggblad. The track is called ‘No Time To Lose (In the Night)’ off of the album Never Say Never. This guy totally commits to the 80s look, so awesome! This is a really fun and upbeat song, I think it accompanies the page quite well (maybe not the lyrical content, but the music). If you like what you hear, be sure to check out more from Sam Häggblad, he’s got some sweet album covers! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you here next week, cheers!
I’m pretty happy with this page, it was challenging, but really fun! As you can see, things aren’t quite right with the Black Cat, but this is just a glimpse at things to come. The boys are finally on their way to the Cemetery, after a pit stop that is. I don’t want to spill the beans, but their is some fun stuff on the way. I know it may seem like things are moving slowly, but that’s the nature of Webcomics. I wish I had the time to do 2 pages a week so the story could move a little faster, but I just don’t. So for now I’m sticking to 1 page a week, but don’t worry, your patience will be worth it!
This week’s music pick comes from Starcadian with the track ‘Sgt. Tagowskit’ off of Sunset Blood. I really love this track, it embodies that 80s movie sound. It also reminds a little of Ghostbusters, which I thought was fitting since Harold Ramis recently passed away – the world has lost another great talent … Anyway, if you like what you hear, be sure to checkout more from Starcadian, he(?) has some really great stuff! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you here next week! Cheers!
This was a fun page to draw, it opened my eyes a bit and gave me some new ideas. I’ve been playing around with style, while also trying to make the pages a little more dynamic; I like the perspective on this page. Anyway, I’m excited for next week’s page, it’s a fun one! Which reminds me, I’ve gotta get caught up on drawing, my ‘buffer’ is rapidly shrinking!
This week’s music pick is from Lueur Verte and it’s called ‘Onyx Noir’ from the album Crystalica. It’s a cool haunting little track, it gives the feeling that there is danger on the horizon, which works great with this page! If you like the track, be sure to check out more from Lueur Verte and Aphasia Records! That’s it for now, thanks for reading and I’ll see you back here next week! Cheers!
First off, sorry for the late post today! There’s so much going on that I totally spaced it was Wednesday and forgot my files. I had to prep the page quick and make some adjustments. I was going to do some more adjusting, but then realized I needed to get this up, so here it is! This was a pretty fun page to draw and I hope you like it. As you can see, our furry friend is having some mood swings. I wonder what could be causing that? Hmm…
This week’s music pick is from Shirobon and the track is called ‘Perfect Machine’ off of Distant Reality. I think it’s a really cool track and subtly emphasizes that things aren’t quite right, while also keeping a somewhat playful tone. As always, if you like what you hear, be sure to check out more from Shirobon! By the way, if you’re ever wondering why a page is late, be sure to keep up with me on Facebook and Twitter! Thanks for reading, cheers!
Page 13 already, crazy! Well, our two main protagonists are together at last, plus those jerks in the truck don’t seem to let up. Anyway, I’m starting to get a little more playful and free with the artwork, there are some fun pages coming up. I’m also working on some ideas for stickers and maybe T-shirts at some point, that will probably be closer to the summer or maybe even fall. At that point, I might be ditching my Zazzle shop and opening a Big Cartel or something. But, more on that later.
This week’s music pick is from Mogi Grumbles and the track is called ‘Bad Enough Dude’ from the I Heard You Were Dead album. It sounds like this is based off of or inspired by Escape from New York, which is one of my favorites! Anyway, it’s a cool track and I felt like it worked well with this page. If you like what you hear go check out more from Mogi Grumbles (love the name). See you here next week and thanks for reading, cheers!
I’m excited to finally get to this page. This is where our two main characters finally come together, and that means things will start to pick up more as we go. I’ve also started experimenting with my drawing a little on some of the pages to come. I’m starting to feel more comfortable with the characters, but I think the deeper I get into the story, the more my style will start to evolve – at least that’s what I’m hoping. Anyway, there is some fun stuff in the week to come, so stay tuned!
This week’s music pick is from Vector Hold and the track is called ‘Radioactive Dreams’ off of Mechanized. This track totally reminds of something off of Revenge of the Nerds or something, it’s so quirky and fun – perfect for this page! As always, if you like what you hear, be sure to head over to Vector Hold’s Bandcamp to check out the album; it’s good stuff! That’s it for now, thanks for reading and we’ll see you here next week – Cheers!
Welcome back! Things are starting to circle around and come together. It seems our graveyard cat has been roaming and looking for safety. It makes you wonder what’s going on back at the cemetery, eh? All in do time. I can’t wait to start posting some of the pages I’ve been working on, but that’s still a little farther down the road and I’ve still got a lot of coloring to do – trust me, there is plenty of action and horror on the way!
This week’s music pick is from Miami Nights 1984 and the track is called Tiger42. This is a really fun track! If you like what you hear, check out the rest of the album Turbulence, it’s pretty fun and makes me look forward to the summer. That’s it for now, I’ll see you back here next week! Also, if you’re enjoying the comic so far, please tell a friend, the more the merrier! Ok, thanks for reading – Cheers!
I’m sure everyone is wondering what happened to our hero last week, but then we cut to a new scene! Come on! Don’t worry, we’ll get back to that soon enough. This week we get a little introduction to another major character, Phil. As you can see, he’s pretty good at making friends …
This week’s music pick is from a group I stumbled upon called Dream Affair. This track is called Syndrome and holy crap, I love this band! They sound very influenced by the Cure and Joy Division, two of my favorite bands! I think I hear a little TSOL as well. Anyway, I’m hooked on these guys. This is totally what I imagined Phil would be listening to on his boom box. I highly recommend checking out more from Dream Affair, so head over to their Bandcamp or Facebook and show them some support. Until next time, thanks for reading! Cheers!
And we’re back!! I hope everyone had fun over the Holidays; it feels good to be posting new pages again! This week we catch up with our friend who’s night has taken a turn for the worse, yuck… I should now be back to posting regularly with all the Holiday craziness over. I had hoped to get my buffer pages up a little higher over the break, but I didn’t quite get there. I did get some new pages inked and scanned though, so that’s good.
This week’s music pick is brand spanking new from the album Take My Time by Highway Superstar! The track is called Camaro 86 and it’s pretty rad. You can also check out the Rosso Corsa profile for more information on HS. As always, if you like what you hear, head over and pick up the album. That’s it for now, see you here next week with an all new page! Thanks for reading – Cheers!
Things don’t look good for our window shopper, but maybe they just want to give him a present, eh? A water balloon present, that seems like a nice … alright, alright – it’s probably gonna suck for him. You’ll have to wait until JANUARY 8th, 2014 to find out what happens next! That’s right folks, I’m taking a little break. With the holidays upon us, things are just going to be to crazy to post new pages. This will also (hopefully) allow me some time to fill in my buffer pages, I need to draw faster!
This week’s music pick is by an artist named Betamaxx. I came across him recently and really dug what I heard. I’ve selected the track Overdrive. It has a daunting feel while still retaining an upbeat/energetic sound, perfect for this page! Be sure to check out more from Betamaxx, he has some really killer stuff! Alright, thanks for reading and I’ll see you back here on January 8th! Happy Holidays to you all, cheers!
Well this looks like trouble. As if ghouls and curious cats weren’t enough, now these trouble makers come along. Too much testosterone, alcohol and nothing to do in a small town – what could go wrong? I’m sure they are model citizens that get along with everyone … that’s all I’m going to say about that. I’m keeping it short this week, but be sure to tune in next Wednesday to see more!
This week’s music pick is from DJ Ten and it’s entitled Midnight Drive. This track has a slightly menacing sound while still remaining upbeat. I think it works well for the introduction of this group of Hell raisers. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out more of DJ Ten’s music, he’s got some great stuff!
Here we are, another Wednesday and another page! I hope you all enjoyed last week’s post. This week we start getting introductions and learning about our main characters. It will be a few more pages until we actually get ‘formal’ introductions, but if you’d like to learn a little more, check out the Characters page for a some background on them. Some exciting news this week, The Dead Have Issues got a little love from the Strange Kids Club! Head on over to the website to check it out. A big Thank You to Rondal for the write up!
For the Song of the Week, I’ve selected a very obscure, hard to track down artist. He’s had various name changes, so finding a place to link to him was very difficult. He currently goes under the name MPM Soundtrack, but use to be called Multipac and also 8219 Soundtrack. Confusing I know, but this guy is awesome! I’ve selected a track he did for a compilation called Party Up. I love the feeling the song evokes with this page. If you like what you hear, I highly recommend tracking more of his music down! Thanks for reading and I’ll see you back here next week! Cheers!
I’ve been really excited to get to this page! It’s one of my favorites and I hope you all enjoy it. It’s our first glimpse at a Graveyard Ghoul! Ok, theoretically he’s a Zombie, but I want to try and refrain from using that term, I always liked when they were refereed to as ‘Ghouls’ in old Horror Comics, so that’s what I’m calling them here. Anyway, there will be much more of this to come, but there is still more story to tell. We haven’t even met our protagonists yet, so be sure to check back next week as we continue our story!
This week’s music pick is by one of my favorite bands, Zombi! Their music sounds so much like it’s the soundtrack to a Fulci, Argento, Romero or even a Carpenter movie from the 80s – I love it! This track is called Orion, it’s from their first full length entitled Cosmos. I listen to this album all of the time. I figured it was perfect for this page, but I’m also going to see them play this weekend with the legendary Goblin! I am really, really excited! Anyway, if you enjoy this track, be sure to check out more of their stuff, you won’t be disappointed! Until next time – Cheers!
Our four legged friend has really gotten himself into a situation – hasn’t he? I’m sure nothing bad can come of this … A curious cat, a coffin and a mysterious meteor, nah, nothing I can think of! Anyway, these first few pages were really fun to draw and I can’t wait to show you what’s next. I think next week’s page might be my favorite! It should be enough to keep you full over the Thanksgiving weekend.
This week’s music pick is a track from Rain Sword called Slick. It took me awhile to find a song that worked with the page this week, but as soon as I heard Rain Sword, I was hooked. It was just a matter of picking the right track from that point. And let’s face it, the Cat is pretty ‘slick’ so far – he seems to keep making things worse! Did you ever think this Comic Book would start out with a Cat? I promise, there’s more than a Cat in this Comic, so tune in next week for a big surprise! And don’t forget to check out more from Rain Sword. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you back here next week!
Happy Wednesday everyone! Another week and another page. This week someone decides to investigate our mysterious meteor. Apparently this guy has never heard the phrase, “curiosity killed the cat.” But then again, he’s a cat and probably doesn’t understand English. Either way, he’s gotten himself into a bit of a predicament. Be sure to tune in next week to find out if he looses one of his 9 lives or if he’s miraculously saved by a masked man in tights! The later is highly unlikely though.
This weeks accompanying music is by D/A/D. I recently picked up his new album The Construct and I really dig it. It makes me feel like I’m in a bad 80′s movie, which is kind of the vibe I want for this comic! Anyway, the track is called Titan, I feel like it’s perfect for this page, plus it has some eerie cat noises on it. I hope you enjoy this week’s page and music. I’ll see you back here next Wednesday!
First off, thanks to everyone who came and checked the site out last week and helped spread the word on Facebook and Twitter – it really helps! So here we are, another Wednesday and Page 2! The story line in this first issue is called Night of the Meteor, this is where it all starts. What is this mysterious Meteor? Where did it come from? Will we even find out? Am I just asking random questions to fill the blog post? Maybe!? Keep checking each Wednesday to find out!
This weeks music pick is Converter by Lost Years! I feel like this perfectly accompanies the art and story. The goal of picking a new piece of music each week is to give the page a ‘film’ like feel. Plus, it’s a great way to share some great music by ‘underground’ musicians that I’m into. I’m going to try and use Bandcamp exclusively, so if you’re in a group that you think I might like or you know of a group I might like, let me know and I’ll take it into consideration! See you all back here next Wednesday for Page 3! Cheers!
Holy crap!!! Today is the day! After all this time, the comic finally starts! It’s been a long road and there’s still a lot of ground to cover, but I’m excited to present The Dead Have Issues web comic! This is the cover and next week I will post an interior page. I’m also working on a Characters/Cast section that will be updated as characters are introduced. The site is still evolving and I’m still learning, but I hope you enjoy it. I will continue to improve the site as I go, but you can still find all of my old artwork from past posts under Archives. Alright, I think that’s it for now, be sure to check back next Wednesday for Page 2!!
One more thing! I’m going to try and recommend a ‘song of the week’ to accompany the art. Kind of ‘set the mood’ if you will. This week is The Dead Don’t Rise by Calabrese! Check it out below!
Alright, the big announcement! So the day has finally come! I started this project about 2 years ago, starting from scratch. All I had was an idea and I naively thought it would be an easy task. Boy was I wrong. Anyway, I’ve finally decided to flip the switch and make this website a Webcomic! I’ve got a decent about of pages drawn out that should make a good buffer; I still a lot of coloring to do, but I can’t keep procrastinating and making excuses. I’m very excited to start posting the first pages of The Dead Have Issues on October 30th, 2013 (Devil’s Night)! The comic will update every Wednesday with a new page.
I started handing some handbills out at Crypticon (a local horror convention) last weekend to get the word out. But, there is still much work to be done. If any of you, my loyal readers, can help spread the word in any way, it is much appreciated. If you have any friends into Comic Books, Horror movies, Zombies, etc – please let them know. Share the link on your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ – anything helps! This comic will be FREE, so I just want people to read my story and hopefully enjoy my art. I will attempt to post art up until the launch date, but most of my efforts will going to getting things ready for launch. Ok, I think that’s it for now. I really stoked and I hope people enjoy the comic, it is my first venture into anything like this. Don’t forget to tell a friend and thanks for reading – cheers!
UPDATE: Print is now available for purchase here!
It’s almost October and I’m getting excited! As I mentioned last week, I’ll be trying to post Halloween themed artwork on the site leading up to the Holiday. I know I said I wanted to do more monsters, but that wasn’t sitting right with me. One of my favorite things about Halloween is the old vintage decorations and costumes. Not only for the Halloween look, but also for the classic Americana and Minimalism. Halloween has a lot of history in Minnesota (which is where I’m from). Anoka MN is the self proclaimed Halloween Capital of the World, it hosted the first Halloween parades back in the 20s and still does so to this day. Besides that, there are Scarecrow festivals in Belle Plaine, lots of Pumpkins and Apples, Haunted Hay Rides/Houses throughout the state (my favorite being the Haunted Basement at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis), etc, etc! This weekend is the Horror Convention, Crypticon, next week is my wedding anniversary and more! Ok, ok, I’ll stop rambling now. With all that said, I love Halloween and October, so I wanted to do something a little different artistically to reflect that.
I really love all the old vintage masks, and well, masks in general. One in particular always stood out to me, and that’s all the old ‘Black Cat’ masks. I love all the variations on the look and how a lot of them seem to stick to the same color theme. So I decided to create my own version! I really wanted try something different and breakout of my current ‘style’ as I’ve felt like I’ve been in a rut lately. I drew the cat and took a more ‘minimalistic’ approach to it. I really went for a clean and sharp illustration. I’m really happy with how it turned out and I may try to do some more variations on this theme. I also think I’m going to make prints of this, I like it so much. I’ll most likely be adding this to my Zazzle Shop and will keep the price affordable (which means no stretched canvas, to expensive). Oh, and if you’re wondering what ‘Sauin’ means, it’s Manx for Samhain (Gaelic) which also means Halloween. There, you learned a little history today – didn’t ya? I’ll update this post later this week when Sauin! is available, if anyone is interested. Check back next week, I have a big announcement that’s been a long time coming! Until then, thanks for reading and checking out my art – cheers!
What we were after now was the old surprise visit. That was a real kick and good for laughs and lashings of the old ultraviolent. – Alex, A Clockwork Orange.
Alright, alright … I know I’ve been pretty absent lately, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been drawing! To make it up to you, I’ve decided to post some more ‘Halloween’ themed pieces again this year. I will shoot for once a week as time allows. This year I’ve decided to post more on the Scary movie/Monster movie theme. And to kick things off I’ve picked Stanely Kubrick’s classic A Clockwork Orange, based on the novel by Anthony Burgess.
Now I know this isn’t necessarily a Horror movie per se, but it terrified and blew me away when I first saw it! I believe the movie still holds up and will make any new viewer uncomfortable – they just don’t make movies like this anymore. Anyway, this is my little tribute to a great film, if you haven’t seen it, then get on that asap!
With that said, I’m happy to announce that the Comic is coming along nicely – finally! It’s not perfect, but I’m excited to finally start posting pages. I think I’ve got a good enough buffer now where I’ll be able to post pages once a week. So after this Halloween art run, probably right before Halloween, I will finally, finally start posting The Dead Have Issues comic to this site – for FREE!! More details to come as we inch closer to Halloween, but the website will finally be what it was intended to be, a web comic! Thanks for reading and thanks for your patience! Cheers!
Quick sketch this week! It’s not the most refined, but it was pretty fun to draw. I’ve been having Wasp problems lately, I think I took down like 5 nests last week, but they seem to keep popping up. Anyway, I picked up some kinda Wasp trap that’s suppose to catch the Queen or something – we’ll see. That’s why I drew this, I’ve had bugs on the brain! Like I said, it was a pretty quick drawing, but I like how it turned out.
I’ve been pretty busy lately and was out of town last week, hence the no posts for a while. I’ve also been in high gear on the comic, so I haven’t had much time to doodle or post anything. I figured the comic is the main reason I started this site, so it’s about damn time I start posting pages. I probably sound like a broken record at this point (pretty sure I’ve used that saying before too), but I’m making progress! After I’m done inking the current page, I’m moving on to color, and then hopefully I’ll start putting the pages up every week! It’s not the buffer I want, but I need to get this show on the road. I’ve got a couple of bio sketches for the characters as well, I’m going to try and post those a long with the first page. Anyway, I’m sticking to my target date this time, no more procrastinating! Enough rambling and excuses for now, I hope you like my Queen drawing. I’ll try and post next Wednesday or Thursday, depending on how my schedule is looking. Thanks for reading – Cheers!
Every now and again in the creative field you hit a brick wall. What do you do when you hit that wall? Tell it to “Suck It!” of course! Is that sound advice? I’m not sure, but I’m stickin’ to it!
I’ve been hittin’ some creative walls as of late and I’m trying to push through them. I’ve decided that I really need to let go of conventions with in my mind. Worrying about what other people think or how they may perceive something you create is like a being surrounded by walls. Now this is something I’ve know for a long time, but as you get older, it’s easy to forget. I think that happens to me because of working with clients and creative directors. I always have to think about what’s right for the client and the project. This way of thinking sometimes bleeds into my personal work, which is what I want to avoid. I mention this because as much as I hate to say it, Summer is coming to an end sooner than later. I have to step on the gas and start posting comic pages for The Dead Have Issues.
Another little reminder of time is that the website just had it’s 2 year anniversary… 2 years already?! So with that said, my plan is to painstakingly start coloring the pages that I have. I’m not quite at the buffer zone that I wanted, but screw it, I need to keep moving forward! I still plan on posting my weekly drawings, as I’ve been doing – they just might be a little more sporadic for the time being. I’m not going to give a launch date for the comic just yet either. If you’ve been frequenting the blog over the last 2 years, then you know that statement would come back and bite me in the ass! Ok, so that’s that. I hope you are as excited as I am to finally have this beast see the light of day – more updates to come. Until next time, thanks for reading and be sure to tell all of your obstacles to ‘Suck it!’ – cheers!
Well hey, long time – no post, eh? yes, yes, it’s been a few weeks. But, I hope this new illustration will make up for my absence lately! I wanted to try something a little different in style, color and concept. I wasn’t really sure what to draw, so I decided to draw the first thing that jumped in my head and just go with it. Well, my love of bunnies has certainly not disappeared; because that was the first thing that came to mind, oh, and skulls. As I always say, “you gotta have skulls.” As I finished up the initial sketch, I noticed I had created a lot of symbolism – I’m a big fan of symbolism. I won’t get into all that, I’ll let you decide what it means to you. Though the title of the piece is “Courage” – something I think we all need a little reminder to have once in awhile.
Anyway, I won’t ramble on to much. I’ve got a lot of work to attend to. On a side note, I’m still making progress on the comic and I’m still confident it will launch sometime this year (vague enough for ya?). I’ll keep you posted as things progress, it’s been a long road… Ok, I really hope you enjoy “Courage” and let me know what you think! Thanks for reading, until next time – Cheers!