Thursday, December 30, 2010

Questions 21: Tom Orzechowski

Tom Orzechowski is an award-winning comic book letterer, primarily known for his work on Uncanny X-Men. He has been lettering X-men over a 25 year period, mainly working on pages of Chris Claremont's scripts.  His letters are almost perfectly square and painstaking the same height.  Orzechowski modeled his lettering on the Flash Gordon newspaper strips of the 1930s but you can also see one of influences was Robert Crumb's Zap Comix.   While Marvel was standardizing their style,  Orzechowski was drawing influences from calligraphy, record jackets, old movie posters almost everything except comics.   Roy Thomas complained that that his letters looked too much like underground comics when he was working in 1973.   He was an innovator in lettering and logo design.   The Wolverine logo is his design that was based on elements from the 20-30's.

In 1968, when Orzechowski was 15, he joined comics club with a group of aspiring comic book artists that me at a comic convention in Detroit.   Some older members of the club included future comics professionals Rich Buckler, Jim Starlin, Al Milgrom, and Mike Vosburg.  Orzechowski quit drawing when he saw their work.  None of the club members wanted to letter their amateur comics so Orzechowski took on that job.   Later, Tony Isabella, an old friend, got an editorial job at Marvel around Halloween of '72.  When a lettering corrections job turned up and he gave Orzechowski a call to see he wanted to work at Marvel for $100 a week.  By the time of the debut of the New X-Men in X-Men #94, Orzechowski had developed a reputation as a "new projects guy," and was given the odd issue, and then finally the series.  From there he became the letterer for X-Men, many of its annuals, The New Mutants, Wolverine, X-Treme X-Men, and MekaniX.  
In 1992, Orzechowski was among the first letterers to experiment with computer fonts.  His his first font program was so primitive he ended up doing that series entirely by hand.  But by 1994 Orzechowksi was lettering mainly on the computer, and in 2002 he switched completely to digital lettering, using a Wacom pen on a graphics tablet, in Adobe Illustrator.  Although he is now Lettering Savage Dragon by hand now, with the same pen he has been using since the 80's.   He is busy lettering now and has a typography and logo design studio.

As Tom said, "Orzechowski is probably the most famous Polish name in the lettering world. No one can pronounce it, but they recognize it on sight."

Doug Dorr:   What projects are you working on currently?
X-Men Forever, for which I also letter the covers; Savage Dragon, which I letter with pen and ink; New Mutants Forever; Forward 54th, about an African American regiment in the Civil War; Reign of the Underdog, written by rapper Lazarus; Captain America, Fighting Avenger; Hulk Aftershock; The AdvanceTeam, a graphic novel for Tor Books; Spawn; and a couple of Wolverine projects.
What is your artistic Process?

I letter the comics digitally in most cases, which includes page composition, titles, dialogue, balloons and sound effects. A lot of the fonts I use are my own designs.

DD:   When you are story letterer, how involved are you in the books look and feel?
I’m the midpoint between the script and the art. I have to balance both elements on the page. This has me designing the script’s layout so that the dialogue and captions bounce attractively amid the art bits. I make it all flow, pulling the eye continually toward something interesting.

DD:   What skill would you like to learn?
Time expansion.

DD:   What's the most important thing you've learned?
How to work 32 hours without a break.

DD:   Do you have a collection?   If so, what is one of the items you're most proud of?
I tend toward coverless ‘50s DCs. No favorites.

DD:   What is your favorite genre of Comics?
My interest is in the artwork, so I go for all genres.

DD:   What is your favorite TV show/ movie?

DD:   How does the Portland comics culture shape your work?
It’s nice to have so many other professionals nearby. We know a lot of the same things, but learned them with different emphasis.

DD:   What was your first comic convention?
Detroit Triple FanFair, 1967. I met some people at the ’68 show who ran a city-wide comics club. Most of us were working in comics by ’75. Most of us still do.

DD:   What is your favorite part of comic conventions?
People bring my books for signatures. I see a lot of the same key books, but every so often something old and obscure turns up. I haven’t looked back at them since I did ‘em, so it’s interesting to see everyone’s early work. 

DD:   If you weren’t doing comics what would you do?
Except that I don’t drive, I might have studied to be a general contractor. I like working toward exact outcomes.

DD:   How long have you lived in Portland, what made you choose Portland?
My wife and I moved here six years ago. We got to know the town a bit, and liked it a lot, when I was up here for a job interview some years ago. I didn’t take the job, but couldn’t resist the town.

DD:   What is your favorite part of Portland?
We live in St. Johns, which we chose because it has a village-y quality to it.

DD:   Would you like to write/Illustrate for another media? or conversely, how would you feel about working with a popular character from a different media, for example, Dr. Who, James Bond?  What would you explore?
I’ve been too busy in comics to give much thought to other areas. Everywhere you go, the deadlines are brutal… but the pay might be better elsewhere. Comics come out every month, and I like the security of that. Dr. Who was canceled for quite a few years, and James Bond movies may never happen again. For me, it comes down to a balance between high-level thrills and regular work.

I found this interview with Tom Orzechowski was great

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The doctors!!!

Thanks to Bleeding Cool

MEWcon this weekend Dec. 31, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011

Manga & Exotic Worlds Convention
Dec. 31, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 Northeast Airport Way
Portland OR

Signing for La Brujeria @ Bridge City Comics

I love a story about a Chupacabra co-worker.

Please join Aaron Duran, artist James Sinclair, and editor/letterer Jennifer Alvin as they premiere their first title, La Brujeria, at Bridge City Comics on Saturday January 15.

A bizarre tale of a “gifted” temp that accepts yet another boring job. But, with Werewolves, Elementals, & a diminutive Chupacabra as co-workers; Althalia learns the Golden Bought Pawn Shop is anything but typical. With old powers and even older adversaries waking up on and under the streets of Portland, nothing will ever be the same. 

Date: January 15, 2011, 6:00
Bridge City Comics
3725 North Mississippi Avenue
Portland, OR 97227-1158
(503) 282-5484

Friday, December 24, 2010

Tintin for the holidays

Joe Keatinge is putting together a fantastic fan art gallery and overview of the classic European character Tintin written and illustrated by Herge.   I haven't read Tintin since I was a kid, but after reading this I feel compeled to pick it up again and read it with my kids.  He has art from Tony Morgan, Jared Lewis, Jon Siruno, Jon Siruno, Cat Farris, Ron Chan, Terry Blas and Kimball Davis, Mario Boon, Brandon Graham and Moritat.   And that is just from part 1 and 2 of this 4 part series.

These are posted on Neon Monster:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3 

Updated with Part 3

For my kids who LOVE Charlie Brown

Happy Holidays

Thanks to Melee Comics

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Santa Claus Vs the Martians

Sadly Benito Cereno, James Harren and Ed Brisson's Santa Claus Vs the Martians was not able to be ready to be published for this Christmas but you can check it out online with Comic Alliance.   This version has full annotations.  Thanks for the early xmas gift.

1/4 Tim Seeley Signing Party @ TFAW

Come meet Tim Seeley,  Scott Allie and Shane White at TFAW @ for a signing party.   He'll be joined by two of his Hack/Slash Trailers Part 2 contributors, Scott Allie (Buffy Season 8, Solomon Kane) and Shane White (Fractured Fables, One Month to Live)  Also, check out Tim's new Ant-man and Occultist comics.  

Date: 1/4 from 7:00 - 10:00
Hollywood TFAW 
4133 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

1/06 Emitown Release party @ FWC

Emi Lenox's webcomic diary has been collected Emitown by Image comics.  Come see Emi and her amazing new book at Floating World Comics on Jan 6.  

Thursday, Jan. 6th, 6-10pm
Floating World Comics
20 NW 5th Ave #101
Portland, OR 97209

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Questions 20: Aaron Lopresti

Aaron Lopresti spend year at Oregon State, and left to pursue his second love, film.   He headed to the USC film school in Los Angeles.    After film school and he spent a year reading scripts for Tri-Star Pictures. But after three years in Los Angeles he moved back to Portland and getting a job at Art Farm Studios.   Aaron’s first big break came in 1993 when Publisher Dave Olbrich and Editor-in-Chief Chris Ulm hired Aaron for Malibu Comics' new Ultraverse line to draw for the comic book series Sludge.   .     In 1995 he founded the successful comic art studio, Studiosaurus that lasted until 1998.     Since that time he has created artwork for Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse.  Some of the titles he’s worked on include The Hulk, X-men, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Avengers, Plastic Man, Star Trek, Superman and many more including the self published Atomic Toybox

Aaron lists his art influences in two categories, comic and illustration.     His comic fluences are: Frazetta, Berni Wrightson, Neal Adams, Michael Golden, Steranko, Brian Bolland, and anyone else who is good.   Illustrators who have influenced Aaron over the years are: Frazetta(again), James Bama, William Stout, JC Leyendecker, Brian Froud, Robert McGinnis and Chuck Jones.    

Check out his amazing Fantastical Creatures Field Guide: How to Hunt Them Down and Draw Them Where They Live  and his site to look at his diverse illustrations.

What projects are you working on currently?
 I am penciling JLI: Generation Lost (every third issue), I am penciling and inking the covers to R.E.B.E.L.S (starting with issue #25) and I am writing and drawing a feature called Garbage Man which will appear in DC's new anthology series, Weird Worlds, which comes out in January.

DD:   What is your writing Process?
I work through the plot in my head so I know where I am starting and where I am going to end up.   Then I break it down page by page so I can be sure that the story will fit within the page constraints I am working with.   Then I just start writing.   When I get done, I will go through and rewrite the dialogue.   Then when I pencil the book, sometimes I will change it as I am drawing because i will get ideas that better help tell the story.  After I am done penciling I will go through and rewrite the dialogue again.  

What Comic/ Trade would you recommend?
 Unfortunately I don't read them anymore.   I do occasionally pick up issues of the "Modern Masters" series if it is an artist that I like.  I get most of my industry information online from places like Comic Book Resources and Broken Frontier, etc.

What Comic/ Trade would you recommend to someone new to comics?
 See above.

When are story illustrator, how involved in guiding the plot of the story?
 Really not at all unless I am also writing.  Sometimes a writer or editor will ask, "what do you want to draw?"  Then you have an opportunity to interject some story ideas but most of the time you get a script and start drawing.

What skill would you like to learn?
 I would like to become a good oil painter and I would also like to find the time to improve my photoshop skills.

DD:   Do you have a collection?   If so, what is one of the items you're most proud of?
 I collect comics, some movie posters, dinosaur items, and some original art.   I have Amazing Spiderman #2 and up and some single issues that I am pretty pleased to have include Sgt. Fury #13 (NM), Shock Suspense #13 (VF/NM), Strange Tales #114, Tales of Suspense #59, Journey into Mystery #112, National Comics #26 all high grade.  I have a ton of other nice books as well including a high grade run of Silver Surfer and Conan.   I also have a vintage (1978) Wrightson original.  A lot of cool stuff fills my studio.

DD:   What is your favorite genre of Comics?
Monster and Fantasy/Adventure.  Anything Burroughs related or barbarian in general.   Some of my favorite comics growing up were Marvel's John Carter of Mars series, as well as Ploog and Buscema's Weird World stuff.   I am very much a child of 70's comics when Burroughs, Robert E. Howard and Tolkien stuff was all the rage.

DD:   Do you have an Ipad?   If so what do use it for the most.
 No.  I have a Mac Tower but that is as far as my trendy computing goes.

DD:   What is your favorite TV show/ movie?
I did watch LOST but I was so disappointed by the final season and their inability to adequately explain the events of the series that I swore to never get hooked on a show again.

My all time favorite movie is JAWS.

DD:   What was your first comic convention?
I went to Richard Finn's Portland Comic Book shows when he had them at the Masonic Temple back when I was in high school.   The first big one I went to was San Diego back in 1986.

DD:   What is your favorite part of comic conventions?
Talking with people and shopping for cool weird stuff you can't find anywhere else.  Also, getting to hook up with other professionals.

DD:   If you weren’t doing comics what would you do?
I would be writing and drawing children's books which is something I am trying to get into now.   If not art, I would be a chef.

DD:   Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would recommend?
Chef Paul's restaurant in New Orleans.  Locally I really like Giovanni's in Beaverton.

DD:   How long have you lived in Portland, what made you choose Portland?
I was born and grew up in Beaverton.   I couldn't wait to leave the state.  I don't like the politics or the weather.   I left and went to school in LA but eventually ended up back here.  I then moved to Florida to work at CrossGen but family brought us back to Oregon again.   I will probably die here wishing I lived somewhere else.   

DD:   What is your favorite part of Portland?
All of the old book and magazine stores.  NW Portland was a pretty cool place to hang out when I was young.  

DD:   Where in Portland/ Oregon would you most like to visit?
I have never been to Bend, Oregon.  

DD:   Would you like to write/illustrate for another media? or conversely, would you like to illustrate a popular character from a different media,  for example, Dr. Who, James Bond?  What would you explore?
John Carter of Mars or the Herculoids!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Every Zombie Death from Walking Dead Season 1

for my wife.    Waiting patiently for season 2.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

12/14 PageTurn: A Set of Ideas Around the Future of Publishing.

PageTurn was an event created to highlighted some of those experiments and projects, giving a reason for publishers, authors, booksellers, and readers to gather.
Among those presenting are Victoria Blake of Underland Press, Aaron Colter of Dark Horse Comics, Melissa Delzio of Our Portland Story Project, Justin Hocking of the Independent Publishing Resource Center, Greg Netzer of Wordstock, and Matthew Stadler of Publication Studio.

December 14, 2010
The Cleaners at The Ace Hotel
403 SW 10th Avenue, Portland
Doors open at 7:00pm
Talks run from 7:30 to 9:30pm (with beer break)
Free with cash bar
Event Format: 7x21x20 (7 minutes, 21 slides, 20 seconds per slide)

Featured speakers include:
Victoria Blake, Underland Press
Aaron Colter, Dark Horse Comics
Melissa Delzio, Our Portland Story Project
Tim Grahl, Out:think Group
Justin Hocking, Independent Publishing Resource Center
Josh Kenyon and Colby Nichols, Jolby
Greg Netzer, Wordstock
Matthew Stadler, Publication Studio
Tim Sullivan, Harvard Business Publishing
Joshua Tallent, eBook Architects

Friday, December 10, 2010

12/17 Spirit Quest Signing @ Bridgetown

A Release Party for "Spirit Quest," an anthology on spirituality/religion,  Come and meet the contributors and editors, pick up contributor copies, buy an issue before they hit the shops or just have a nice friendly conversation.    It's all about community!!

This is prepared by Stumptown Underground is a zine collective, publishing monthly issues that include pretty much anything you can put in a zine (writing, comics, illustrations, reviews, recipes, etc) and centralized around a different theme each month.

Friday, December 17 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Questions 19: Chris Samnee

He is currently the artist on the monthly series Thor: The Mighty Avenger with writer Roger Langridge and just completed the OGN Serenity: The Shepherd's Tale with writers Joss and Zack Whedon.   His influences are artists like Alex Toth, Milt Caniff, Steranko, Romita, Sr., Kirby, Mazzucchelli and Steve Rude.  They give him the cleaner, simpler line like the Silver Age artists.   I find that he is amazing to watch sketch and ink, if you have the opportunity watch him. He has done some fantastic work such as The Mighty (DC), The Exterminators for DC/Vertigo, Agents of Atlas (Marvel), Capote in Kansas and Queen & Country (Oni Press).   He is a rising star and is on some major new marvel books such as Thor,  Siege: Embedded,  Age of Heroes and DC's Vertigo Crime OGN Area Ten.     I cant' wait to see what's next.

Chris, Laura and Scout recently moved from St. Louis to Portland.  

Check out his amazing sketch blog  and is amazing works at  Comictwart  

Doug Dorr:   What projects are you working on currently?
Currently, issue 8 of Thor: The Mighty Avenger, along with some sketching for upcoming projects. 

DD:   What is your artistic Process?
Typically, I get a script from my editor.  I read through the script once, then read through a second time, making sketches in the margins about panel layouts or angles or storytelling.  Then I sit down and translate the script, and those sketches, into 4"x6" thumbnails.  The thumbnails are sent to my editor for approval. After approval, I draw the full sized pencils which are again, sent in for approval.  Then I ink those pages.

DD:   What Comic/ Trade would you recommend?
I really enjoyed the first Parker book by Darwyn Cooke.  The second is in my to-read pile.

DD:   What Comic/ Trade would you recommend to someone new to comics?
I guess that would depend on what they like to read!  

DD:   When you are story illustrator, how involved are you in the writing?
Typically, I'm not.  Unless the writer asks for my two cents.

DD:   What skill would you like to learn?
I'd love to learn how to color in Photoshop.

DD:   What's the most important thing you've learned?
In comics?  I've learned that it's incredibly important to have a good support system.  And that being professional about your work (especially deadlines) will set you apart with editors.

DD:   Do you have a collection?   If so, what is one of the items you're most proud of?
Of course!  I've got a small, but great, collection of original art. 

DD:   What is your favorite genre of Comics?
I love silver-age, 60's, fun and campy comics.

DD:   Do you have an Ipad?   If so what do use it for the most.

DD:   What is your favorite TV show/ movie?
My favorite movie is Superman: The Movie.  I have lots of favorite tv shows. 

DD:   How does the Portland comics culture shapes your work
Well, I've only been here five months, so I don't think it's had a chance to shape my work yet. I do love that so many creators live in Portland, and that was certainly a draw for us to move here. 

DD:   What was your first comic convention?
A Greater Eastern convention in St. Louis when I was probably 12.

DD:   What is your favorite part of comic conventions?
Hanging out with other creators and getting to meet fans.

DD:   If you weren’t doing comics what would you do?
I'd love to be a sculptor.

DD:   How long have you lived in Portland, what made you choose Portland?
We've been here five months.  I like that there is such a large community of comic book folks.  Also, I really love coffee and rainy weather.

DD:   What is your favorite part of Portland?
Honestly, I've spend almost every waking hour working at my desk since we moved to Portland, so I haven't seen very much of the city.  I do love our neighborhood though.

DD:   Where in Portland/ Oregon would you most like to visit?
Anywhere outside of my office!  :)

DD:   Would you like to write/Illustrate for another media? or conversely, how would you feel about writing a comic of a character from a different media, for example, Dr. Who, James Bond?  What would you explore?
I'd love to explore doing storyboards at some point.  

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

12/18 Axe Cop at Bridge City Comics @ Bridge City

There is a signing of Axe Cop at Bridge City Comics!  Both Ethan and Malachai will be present!    During one of Ethan's Christmas visit, 5 year old Malchai was running around with his toy fireman axe and he said he was playing "Axe Cop." He was asked to play and was brought a  recorder as weapon (flute cop).  This week-long visit they cranked out the first four episodes of AXE COP.  Malachai is the idea man,  Ethan just records the exploits.     Here is a video of the writing process.

There will be a signing on

Saturday, Dec. 18th from 3pm - 5pm.
Bridge City Comics
3725 N Mississippi Ave,
Portland, OR 97227-1158

Bridge City Comics will also have special limited edition Axe Cop art print available for purchase ($10 each) during the signing. 

If you haven't read it, checkout  Axecop

1/5 Open Planning meeting - Portland Zine Symposium

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Stopped by the ROM exhibit @ Floating World

This was the first time I had ever actually been to fwc.    I have met Jason at Stumptown many times but it was really cool to check out Floating World on the edge of Chinatown.  It is a cool location.  You can still check out the ROM exhibit and buy ROM prints the proceeds go to Bill Mantlo.    I bought the above print by Veronique Meignaud.


Questions 18: Joe Keatinge

Joe Keatinge started working at Image his primary job was PR &  Marketing.   Image doesn't hire editors, but he did end up editing the projects he brought to Image while working there.  He eventually left Image so he could concentrate on PopGun and his own projects full time.  Popgun is an award winning comics anthology.   The driving concept behind Popgun is a mixtape of graphic short stories that cross the borders of all genres.   In addition, he's contributed to anthology titles such as Negative Burn and The Next Issue Project#1: Fantastic Comics #24 with artists Mike & Laura Allred.    Currently Joe is also a contributor to Neon Monster blog.   He is a member of Tranquility Base shared studio of illustrators and cartoonists.

Doug Dorr:   What Accomplish are you most proud of?
I'm most proud of PopGun bringing a ton of exposure to a lot of new artists, writers and cartoonists. I've had editors from every major publisher tell me they use every volume as catalogs for creators. It's great to know the books doing what we intended them to.
DD:   What projects are you working on currently?
I'm mostly focused on writing, primarily with three creator owned series I hope to have out by this time next year. There are also several things featuring characters I don't own, like the upcoming jam comic closing out the first wave Twisted Savage Dragon Funnies. It's an eight pager written by me and illustrated by Dean Haspiel, Simon Fraser, Joe Infurnari, Michael Cavallaro, Tim Hamilton, George O'Connor & Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen. Our aim with having so many people involved was to tell the equivalent of a mega-crossover series with multiple tie-ins, but in just eight pages. Furthermore, I'm especially stoked since this marks Erik drawing his first solo Dragon story by another writer.

Of course, I'm working on the future of PopGun. We'll officially announce what this is after the new year. Not only is there a fifth volume in the works, but we're also developing the next stage of the anthology's evolution. Other than that, we're keeping things mum.

Besides all this I'm doing more cartooning and illustration work than I have in years. While at Image Central I let my art fall to the wayside, so it's something I'm working on now more on than I have in a long time. This publicly kicks off with Moonstone's Bedtime Stories for Impressionable Children #1, which features an eight-page story I illustrated, written by Jim Kuhoric. It's certainly the work of a rusty artist, but it has got me going again. I'm also looking to expand out of comics as before Image I illustrated/designed a number of album covers for bands like Northern State & Alex Arrowsmith and look forward to doing more soon.

There's also some Not Comics, like my ongoing columns at Neon Monster. I've been doing more along these lines and enjoyed it, so I don't doubt there will be more on the way.

DD:   What is your Artistic Process?
It depends on what I'm doing.

When it comes to drawing, my process resembles old, dead cartoonists. I like drawing on toothy bristol paper with pencils, pens and brushes. This is done at a desk I hunch over until my back hurts. Tablets haven't entered the equation for me yet. Stylistically I'm more inspired by people like Herge, George Herriman, Floyd Gottfredson and Winsor McCay so I'm prone to emulating how they worked.

Writing and editing are both the same and wildly different. More or less, I procrastinate for awhile, then sit down at a desk until I can't work anymore.

In all cases, I take notes and mull over things for a long time, then it all comes pouring out when I sit down and do it.

I will say the procrastinating part has died down considerably since joining up with the Portland, OR based comics studio, Tranquility Base. I now find myself waking up, checking e-mail, returning calls then heading down to the studio as soon as I can. Once I'm there there's not a lot to do other than work on comics. So I basically just sit at a desk until I'm done.

What Comic/ Trade would you recommend?
Every single volume of Tintin by Herge. They're all good. The very early stuff like Tintin in the Land of the Soviets and Tintin in the Congo is rough, but worth seeing where a master cartoonist started. My personal favorite books is the two-part moon story, Destination Moon and Explorers on the Moon. I suppose if you just had to buy one to go with either Blue Lotus or Red Rackum's Treasure. Lotus is widely accepted as his masterpiece, but Red Rackum's Treasure is a great primer for the series as a whole.

Furthermore, if you want to make comics, you need to be reading more Moebius. The guy's work is currently very hard to locate, but it's also what all your favorite artists have been inspired by for the last thirty years. Luckily, the new iteration of Humanoids is bringing in some of his work with writer Alejandro Jodorwsky, specifically Incal and Madwoman of the Sacred Heart. It's good stuff, but the work he's done on his own is great. If you have the tenacity to seek it out, I highly suggests Epic's nine-part Moebius reprint series. Again, it's extremely hard to piece together, but well worth it.

What Comic/ Trade would you recommend to someone new to comics?
Without question, JM Ken Niimura and Joe Kelly's I Kill Giants, published by Image Comics. Its become my go-to book for anyone who asks me what the whole comics thing is about. The only prerequisite to enjoying it is to be a human being with a soul. You're in for a real treat as long as you've got that going.
With your experience in illustration and design, do you contribute to the look and feel of the books you publish/edit?
While I've never published a book, my editorial philosophy is to find the right people for the right project and let them do whatever the hell they want. I feel it's best to act as a support system, not to make changes to sound effects or character motivation. If you can't trust the talent you've brought on to make their own decisions, then you shouldn't have hired them in the first place.

What skill would you like to learn?
Right now I'm most actively working on becoming a better cartoonist. While working at Image I still wrote the small thing here and there as well, but for the most part I let my art fall to the wayside. There was one lone exception - Kelly the Cop from The Next Issue Project #2: Silver Streak Comics #24 - but otherwise I only drew in my sketchbooks from time to time. As I said when I mentioned Bedtime Stories for Impressionable Children, I have gotten pretty rusty. However, I'm working hard on getting it to where I want to be again through a combination of life drawing, studying artists from all sorts of mediums and reading Andrew Loomis books.

What's the most important thing you've learned?
The best advice I've gotten on life in general I received from my Dad, who got it from Joseph Campbell: Follow your bliss.

I've found life to be a lot better experience when I know it's focused on pursuing what makes me happiest. Whenever I've diverged from it, because it was safer or whatever, I've always been displeased with the results. That said, following a bliss can be a tough path. Blisses don't always come with a paycheck and sometimes they seem impossible and depressing, but in the end I'd rather be doing what I want to do than something I don't. Life's too damn short. 

Do you have a collection?   If so, what is one of the items you're most proud of?
Yeah, I have a pretty massive library of single issues, tradepaperbacks, hardcovers and art books as well as some original art. Right now the thing I'm most stoked about is this spinner rack Between Gears artist, Natalie Nourigat, gave me. I filled it with all the comics which made comics my life pursuit in the first place. It ranges from Moebius to Mickey Mouse in Air Pirates Funnies to Chris Ware's Floyd Farland to 70s Jack Kirby and a slew of others. 

What is your favorite genre of Comics?
I used to say superhero comics with the caveat of thinking the vast majority of superhero comics don't utilize what I like most about the genre. People really tear into it, but I think it has so more much potential we have ever fully realized. It's a genre in which anything makes sense, where nothing is impossible, conveyed in a medium where there are no limits. How cool is that?!

We've seen glimpses of what I want to see in works like Flex Mentallo, Madman, Bulletproof Coffin, Savage Dragon, Casual Heroes, Daniel Clowes' Deathray, among others. I think it's capable of more than most people ever give it credit for.

These days I've been most excited about Fusion Comics, in which multiple genres merge to create something new. For example, there's Brandon Graham's King City, where you could argue it has superhero elements - to me the Catmasters are the 21st century's Green Lantern Corps - but to classify it under said genre isn't accurate. It seems to be the genre equivalent of Paul Pope's theory of World Comics, where since artists had more exposure to work around the planet, their styles would become more diverse than ever before.

Do you have an Ipad?   If so what do use it for the most.
I certainly do.

At this point I primarily use it as an e-reader for novels, comics, magazines, newspapers and whatever else. What I've found is it doesn't act as a replacement for any of those things I was already reading, but rather a supplement. I still go to the comics shop every Wednesday; I even go out of my way to purchase the new issue of Empire whenever it hits the states. That said, I'm discovering a lot more than I would have ever have before. There's a number of international magazines on fashion and design I would never have thought to check out, but am now enthralled by. The proper distribution wasn't there before. Now it is and it's making me seek out more.

As a guy who travels with some frequency, its been a Godsend. In the past I would always pack way too much reading or viewing material, now I just load it onto my iPad. It's nice to shift from The Girl Who Played With Fire to All-Star Superman to Inglorious Basterds just by brushing my finger.

What is your favorite TV show/ movie?
My favorite TV show of all time is, without question, Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner. I don't think there's been another show nearly as radical or ground breaking since. At the moment I'm hopelessly addicted to Mad Men. A friend lent me his DVDs months ago and I sat on them until last week. Now I'm halfway through Season Three.

Movie wise Hal Ashby's Harold & Maude has been my favorite flick since I was 16 and I can't imagine it ever being dethroned. The new movie I've been most taken with was Anton Corbijin's The American. It was a huge surprise, especially since I didn't see a trailer beforehand. All I knew was a buddy wanted to go and I enjoyed the design aesthetic of its one sheet. The end result was stunning, as the flick had more in common with 60s and 70s thrillers like Le Samourai than anything coming out today. 

How does the Portland comics culture shapes your work
The community here is amazing. Living around so many insanely talented writers, artists and cartoonists definitely keeps me motivated.

Even beyond the creators here, to live in a city filled with amazing comic shops like Floating World Comics, Bridge City Comics, Cosmic Monkey and Excalibur, to name a few, as well as a fantastic show in The Stumptown Comics Fest helps my drive. It's like living in Dylan Horrocks' Hicksville.

I mentioned them before, but I can't stress enough how much I love working with the folks at Tranquility Base. While everyone here does such wildly different work, working together in the same room results in all working harder and better than we might otherwise. At least that's what it's doing for me.

What was your first comic convention?
I don't remember when I first went, but it was definitely one of the Los Angeles Comics and Science Fiction Conventions at the Shrine auditorium. I do remember Brian Pulido was working really hard to push Evil Ernie while it was published by Eternity so it was definitely a long time ago.

What is your favorite part of comic conventions?
Each convention is sort of like summer camp for creators. Every time I go to a con, I get fired up about comics just by hanging out with friends I'd otherwise never get to see.

I also love meeting new artists and seeing what they're doing. It's always inspiring to find out what's motivating the talent of tomorrow.

If you weren’t doing comics what would you do?
I hope I never have to know. Before I worked in comics I made my living at video stores which have all gone extinct. So, I don't know. Washing dishes?

Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would recommend?
I'm still figuring this out since I'm relatively new to being in Portland. The closest contender is probably McMenamins Blue Moon. I certainly go there the most.

During my first tenure in Portland I became pretty fond of McMenamins, but since coming back I've discovered most people don't seem to like it. Something about them expanding too much or the service not to expectation. However, my love for them is rooted in seven years ago so I'm still a fan. I also went for years without being able to drink my all-time favorite beer - their Hammerhead ale - so I'm a happy dude now.

Carts wise, the easy winner is Big Ass Sandwiches down on Southwest Ash and 3rd street. They make, hands down, the best sandwich in the city.

How long have you lived in Portland, what made you choose Portland?
I've only been living in Portland this time around since June 2010, but I did live here several years ago for a short while. After parting ways with Image, I took a tour of various places I considered living in and it only took a few hours of being back in Portland to know it was the town for me.

The comics community was huge for me, but it's more than that. I like big city living in a place which is comparatively small to its equivalents across the country. I'm also not a driver, so it helps to be able to get around without a car. Furthermore, I made a lot of friends in my first time out here who I've missed a lot over the years. It's very nice to be around them again.

What is your favorite part of Portland?
Tranquility Base. The studio is like sharing the Bat Cave with six awesome artists. Plus Floating World and Ground Kontrol are within stumbling distance. It's hard to complain when a fine funnybook emporium and a place I can play Ms. Pac-Man or Bad Dudes at while drinking Miller High Life are so close by.

Where in Portland/ Oregon would you most like to visit?
I haven't been to Astoria, where my grandmother's from, in years so I'd like to roll over there and see what's up.

Would you like to write/Illustrate for another media?  What would you explore?
Absolutely, but whatever gig I'd get would have to leave time for comics. I lose interest the moment it becomes something where working on comics is an impossibility.

Screenwriting and teleplays has its appeal, but it would have to be the right fit. Also, like every writer of all time, I'm also working on a novel. Basically, I'm way down for whatever as long as it's allowing me the freedom to create what I want.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

12/17 Tron Legacy opens in Portland!!

I will be going to Tron Legacy in 3-D.    Hopefully on IMAX.  It opens Dec 17

Saturday, December 04, 2010

12/10 Portland Geek Council of Commerce and Culture “Geeky Wonderland” Holiday Party

I went to the serenity signing with Zach Whedon and Chris Samnee for their OGN The Shepherd's Tale.   They had a great Question and answer afterwards.     Then the whole crowd jammed into the TFAW across the street; it was packed.     Many of the attendees  hadn't been to a comic store before.   To me that is a big success.   This was put on by Portland Geek Council of Commerce and Culture (PGC3), in coordination with TFAW, Excalibur, and Bridge City.

On Dec 10 the PGC3   is having a party
PGC3 Presents: Geeky Wonderland
Someday Lounge
125 NW 5th Ave
Portland, OR
This will be a perfect place for the public to meet the people involved.   I will see you there.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Questions 17: Brett Warnock

“Brett Warnock really loves comics.” He is a co-publisher, with Chris Staros, and art director of literary graphic novel publisher Top Shelf. He grew up on Clarment/Byrne X-men, Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans, and Frank Miller's Daredevil. Brett went on to college in Eugene at the University of Oregon where he discovered the world of mail-order zines and mini-comics.    He was influenced by anthologies like RAW, Blab!, No Zone, and Drawn and Quarterly. He went to become something of a student of the history of the medium, as well as the business of comics. He felt the rising mini-comics stars were largely being ignored by the previous generation of publishers. This was main impetus to launch the Top Shelf anthology. Topshelf went on to publish a series of hit books, such as Box Office Poison, Alan Moore’s From Hell, Essex County, Super Spy, Blankets, and Lost Girls. Top Shelf is known for the superior stories in well crafted books. Top shelf has produced over 250 books and is well known for its ability to discover and showcase the vanguard of the alternative comics’ scene.

And he can make a mean Margarita.

Doug Dorr:   What projects are you working on currently?
I'm currently getting covers ready, and building specs (for printers bids) for our entire 2011 schedule.

DD:   What is your Process when editing?
My role as "editor" is much more like a traffic manager. Chris Staros (my partner in Atlanta) does any story-editing that needs to be done. That said, we don't do too much fiddling with stories.

DD:   What Comic/ Trade would you recommend?
From Hell. Blankets. Essex County. Alec: The Years Have Pants. Swallow Me Whole.

DD:   What Comic/ Trade would you recommend to someone new to comics?

DD:   With your experience in illustration and design, do you contribute to the look and feel of the books you publish/edit?
Yes, to the extent that i am the art director, all books need to meet my criteria for good design. If an author is willing and able to do all the design on the own, i'm more than happy to let them do so. (Less work for me!) But as often as not, i'll work with the author and an outside designer to find a common ground, and make the book really sing.

DD:   What skill would you like to learn?
Ironically, while i started out in this business as the chief designer on staff, my own skills have atrophied pretty bad. I've never been good at Photoshop. So i'd really like to go back to school and bone up on Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), as well as video editing software. Oh, and i'd love to learn how to sail.

DD:   What's the most important thing you've learned?
Be true to your instincts.

DD:   What is your favorite genre of Comics?
I love almost all genres of comics. Most people know i'm an unabashed superhero fanboy.

DD:   Do you have an Ipad?   If so what do use it for the most.
Not yet.

DD:   What is your favorite TV show/ movie?
Hmmm.. that's a tough one. Star Wars is my religion. (NO prequels, however.) I love certain directors. Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, Budd Boetticher, so many more. TV? Well, i don't have cable, so it's pretty much only tv on dvd. I like the failry recently trend of meta-storytelling in television. Sopranos started the form, and i love how it's essentially a novel length film. LOVED Deadwood, John From Cincinnati (unceremoniously canceled), Battlestar Galactica, X-Files, Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure, Arrested Development... the list goes on. I'm a pop-culture junkie. That said, my free time is so rare, that i don't catch as much as i otherwise would. I need time to take walks in the woods, after all.

DD:   How does the Portland comics culture shapes your work?
Not at all. I'm stuck in my man-cave (basement of my house) all day, so i don't get out much.

DD:   What was your first comic convention?
San Diego ComicCon 1991.

DD:   What is your favorite part of comic conventions?
Seeing old friends, making new ones, and exploring cities.

DD:   If you weren’t doing comics what would you do?
Probably still be tending bar.

DD:   Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would recommend?
No. (I'd tell you, but i don't want to line to be any longer.)

DD:   How long have you lived in Portland?
Born and raised. Spent the years 1985-1994 in Eugene, then came back.

DD:   What is your favorite part of Portland?
The food.

DD:   Where in Portland/ Oregon would you most like to visit?
Looking forward to getting back to Eastern Oregon. Enterprise, Wallowa, Joseph area.

New Doctor Who Special on Dec 25 on BBCA


until then a special Doctor Who from Craig Ferguson

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

12/03 Rebecca Yeaglins Art Opening @ Guapo Comics

Rebecca Yeaglins does "altered photography" where she hand stitchs images onto fabric and many other crazy things to change the image and make it more interesting.

Guapo Comics
6350 SE Foster Road
Portland, OR, 97206
Dec 03,   6:30 - 9:00

Monday, November 29, 2010

12/05 Studio Sale @ Cumbersome Multiple

Dan Duford and his wife Tracy Schlapp run the studio Cumbersome MultipleThey work with a variety of artists and writers to print limited print edition runs.   They will have homemade gifts, cards, notes and stationery.    They are having a studio sale Dec 5.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2010  ·  10am-5pm
3144 NE Seventh Avenue ·  2 blocks south of Fremont
Portland, Oregon

To print is to mechanically reproduce a multiple: an idea, an image, a story. To make it cumbersome, one must handle the print — fold it, cut it, mark it, mail it — somehow alter it to make the print unique. Then, and only then, is it cumbersome."

Friday, November 26, 2010

12/04 Legend of Larsha 2 Release Party at Cosmic Monkey

Check out the signing for J. Kingman's sequel to his book, The Legend of Larsha, with art by Cat Farris. Cat Ferris will be signing.
Cosmic Monkey
5335 Northeast Sandy Boulevard
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 517-9050
Dec 4, 4-7 PM

12/1 - Borders/ Lifebeat comics Panel in Tigard

Lifebeat is a nonprofit that uses the power of music and the arts to educate young people about HIV/AIDS prevention. There are events accross the country on 12/1 for through Lifebeat and Borders partnership.   Please stop by.  Below is the press release from Borders.

Join several comic creators for a special panel discussion and signing on December 1st, 2010 at 7PM at Borders Tigard. Participating authors/artists include: Brian Michael Bendis, Colleen Coover, Steve Lieber, Jeff Parker and Paul Tobin.

Time: 7PM
Borders Tigard
7227 SW Bridgeport Road
Tigard, OR 97224

Don’t forget to print and bring your Lifebeat voucher: HERE. Can’t make it? Buy any of the artists or authors’ works and do all your online shopping at on December 1st and use code LIFEBEAT (all caps) at check-out!

Using your Lifebeat voucher in the store or code LIFEBEAT on means Borders donates up to 25% of your total purchase to Lifebeat!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Check out Batwoman Elegy

I love JH Williams art and Greg Rucka's storytelling.   This hardcover is beautifu.  l I have it on my shelf.     There is no surprise it is  showing up on the Amazon best of 2010 list.    It is a must have.

And check out The Last Run the latest Queen and Country novel by Greg Rucka.

Questions 16: Kelly Sue DeConnick

Kelly Sue DeConnick started translating Manga and has an extensive portfolio of translated works.   She is a columnist for Artbomb and has written for Sequential Tart.   She co-wrote 30 Days of Night: Eben & Stella with Steve Niles for IDW.   Her stories have appeared in several anthologies from Marvel's Girl Comics and Age of Heroes to Image’s 24Seven and The Comic Book Tattoo.    Currently her books are coming out fast and furious from Marvel, recently she released Rescue, Sif and now the new Osborn series.   Personally I would love to see her write a Modesty Blaise story.

Check out her blog for the latest updates and full list of work.

Doug Dorr:   What projects are you working on currently?
OSBORN and two unannounced projects. 

DD:   What is your writing Process?
I write from an outline.  I break the outline into scenes, write the dialogue first, then break the dialogue into panels and write panel descriptions. 

DD:   What Comic/ Trade would you recommend?

DD:   What Comic/ Trade would you recommend to someone new to comics?
It would depend on their interests. 

DD:   Do you draw?  How involved are you in the illustration of your stories?
I do not draw, alas.  I will occasionally attempt a little sketch if I feel like I need to show the artist what I'm thinking, but it's very embarrassing. 

DD:   What skill would you like to learn?
Stand-up comedy, sushi-making, swing dancing, fencing, ice skating... I could go on and on.

DD:   Do you have a collection?   If so, what is one of the items you're most proud of?
I have a couple of vintage typewriters that I adore.  Does that count? 

I'm not sure I'm particularly proud of anything material.  I'm proud of my kids...?

DD:   What is your favorite genre of Comics?
Hm. Tough call.  Horror anthologies, maybe.

DD:   Do you have an Ipad?   If so what do use it for the most.
I do. 
The apps I use most are the Kindle app, Words with Friends and Comic Book Lover.

DD:   What is your favorite TV show/ movie?
Like, ever?   Maybe The Wire for TV.

DD:   What was your first comic convention?
San Diego!  What year was that... 2002?  2003?

DD:   What is your favorite part of comic conventions?
Seeing the friends I only get to see at comic conventions. 

DD:   What comics do your kids like?  What was/is your favorite character?
My son is into the Super Hero Squad.  He likes The Thing and the Silver Surfer. 

I was into Nocturna when I was a kid.  Go figure. 

DD:   If you weren’t doing comics what would you do?
Starve, I bet. 

DD:   Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would recommend?
Hm... We've only been in Portland for a year.  I have eaten some really good food since I've been here, but I don't know that any place stands out at my favorite just yet.  Maybe the Urban Farm?  The one in the Nines hotel. 

DD:   How long have you lived in Portland, what made you choose Portland?
We've only been here a year.  We chose it because of the comics community, the creative class and because it's astonishingly beautiful.

DD:   What is your favorite part of Portland?
The trees!

DD:   Where in Portland/ Oregon would you most like to visit?
We've been to the ocean, so I guess now I'd like to go to the mountains. 

DD:   Would you like to write for another media? or conversely, how would you feel about writing a comic of a character from a different media, for example, Dr. Who, James Bond?  What would you explore?
I started writing prose and I imagine I'll probably end up writing prose again one day.  

Portland Comic Book show!!

The boys and I went to the Portland Comic Book show.   This is the first time I have gone as an adult; I think my folks took me when I was in HS.   I focused this trip mainly for the boys since the are budding published young artists.  We went around and talked to whoever they wanted to.     Gannon wanted to especially talk to Ian Boothby, but it never worked out.    Thanks to all the great artists that took time to listen to these guys.   They really enjoyed watching the artists, it is amazing to watch them and learn from how the artist works.

My personal shame was forgetting the camera.   The Cloud City Garrison was there and Gannon loves taking pictures with Stormtroopers.    Although, he has a particularly nice Darth Vader/ Captain America photo which he arranged. 

We ran into Justin Zimmerman, Dylan Williams, Micah Baker, Dane Ault, Steve Dorris, the team from Corrosive comics, Anne Timmons, Chris Samnee, Brian Churilla that we had met before at different events.  Gannon completed his signed collection of Wonder Woman Day V prints.  He was missing the one from Steve Dorris.

I was really excited to meet Keith Tucker, Tom Orzechowski, Pia Guerra who I hadn't met before.   I had a good talk with Keith Tucker who just moved to Portland from Hawaii.   Tom Orzechowski  talked with Gannon for a long time about sound effects in comics.

I totally missed Kurt Busiek and Aaron Lopresti who I was hoping to talk to, although I did speak with about knitting with the lady at Kurt's booth (Bad on me for not getting a name)

After everything I think the highlight was running over to the windows in the emergency doors and looking for snow. 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

WTF: Being Human (American Style)

My wife and I have really been enjoying the BBC Series Being Human, with Aidan Turner, Russell Tovey, and Lenora Crichlow.   It is about a Werewolf, ghost and a vampire living in the same house trying to live normal lives but things happen.   It is a fantastic character driven show constantly changing what it is to be human and a family.   This show is currently being shot and season 3 will air in 2011.

Syfy channel is remaking this show about set in Boston with Americans.   In their advertisement it said was a new Original Series.   My wife already told me she won't watch it.   That cannot be a good sign for its prospects.

Watch Being Human the British version.

Questions 15: Dylan Williams

From the last Rom Exhibit
Dylan Williams started out self-publishing comics and zines in the 1980s. He went on to found Sparkplug Comic Books an indie publishing house in Portland, Oregon. Dylan is very involved in the small press community events and even an instructor as part IPRC's New Certificate program.

Check out Dylan's blog and watch the great titles coming from Sparkplug.

Doug Dorr: What projects are you working on currently?
I'm always working on my series Reporter. Issue #7 is the current issue. I started it, got about 11 pages in and then decided to redraw those pages. I'm also working on a story about Jack Benny for a TV themed anthology by Pat Lewis. I just wrote a story on Fred Rutherford, from Leave it to Beaver, for that same anthology. David King will be drawing that Rutherford story. I've got a story in anthology called the Big Feminist But that is in the works. I've been doing a bunch of short stories for Stumptown Underground ( which will most likely go in the next Reporter short story anthology someday. I'm trying to update a regular blog We'll see how that goes. I seem have a hard time with putting ideas on the internet.

DD: What is your artistic Process?
I'm pretty focused on not having a set process or one that is too complex. I work on scripts in my head for years. I write ideas on post-its, scraps of paper and in a series of note-books. I try to keep story writing to thumb-nail form. I don't like to write scripts. I pencil and ink, old timey-comics style. If I don't like the way a page turns out, I redraw it. I like using whiteout. I like the act of making comic book pages so I don't mind redrawing stuff, in some ways it makes the work better for me.

DD: When you are story illustrator, how involved are you in the writing?
It has been almost a decade since I drew a story somebody else wrote. I have a bunch of friends that write stuff but it is pretty hard for me to think about drawing somebody else's story. Comics come to me as a complete package in my head.

DD: What Comic/ Trade would you recommend?
Oh man, where can I begin. I'm such a comics nerd that this question makes my mind reel. I'd say that three of my favorite working cartoonists are Zak Sally (Recidivist), John Hanckiewicz (Athma), and Emon Espey (Wormdye). They've all had an intense influence on my comics in different ways. I can't stop reading Carrie McNinch (You Don't Get There From Here), Tessa Brunton (In the Tall Grass), Blaise Larmee (Young Lions), Nicole Georges (Invincible Summer), Maria Sputnik (Monster Treasure), Greig Means (Clutch), and the list goes on. I think we are living in a kind of golden age of amazing comix right now, so chances are there is something for everyone in a good comic store.

DD: What Comic/ Trade would you recommend to someone new to comics?
I'd say Clutch #19 (which is book size) by Greig Means or You Don't Get There From Here (a long series) by Carrie McNinch. But the truth is, I think the secret to getting people who haven't read comics to like comics is getting them to read good solid personal/expressive comics. Some people like adventure or action but what I've seen work better than anything is introducing people to the sheer variety of comics and not just focus on a good Vertigo graphic novel that reads like a movie or a "thoughtful" action comics. Those are great for people who watch a lot of sci-fi or enjoy zombie-culture but we need to work at getting other people into comics.

DD: What skill would you like to learn?
I'm most interested in reading/understanding Spanish. I don't know if I'll ever have time in my life for it but Spanish is the language in which the most art I enjoy is done. It would be the most personally rewarding language to learn. I wish I was a better accountant also. Seriously.

DD: What's the most important thing you've learned?
As far as art goes, I'd say my favorite thing I've learned is an Alex Toth thing that he got from Noel Sickles "Think More, Draw Less". Like most sayings this is kind of vague but for me it has come to mean, that thinking art is more important than doing physical art. If I spend a year working on a comic, I spend four years thinking about it. I try to solve problems in my head before I get to the paper.

DD: Do you have a collection? If so, what is one of the items you're most proud of?
I do have a collection (sometimes too much of one). I don't know what I'd say my favorite thing in it but I'm most proud of my publishing company Sparkplug. I love publishing other peoples work. A friend of mine, Tim, describes comics publishing as like a book so much you want to have thousands of copies of it. One of my favorite comics of all time in my old comics collection is Legion of Charlies by Tom Veitch and Greg Irons.

DD: What is your favorite genre of Comics?
I'm not much of a specific genre person. I'd say I prefer personal, self-published or underground comics to those published by Time/Warner or Disney for money. I collect every single genre of comics from modern arty comics to comics from the 1800s and everything in between. I'm even a regular buyer of anything Guy Davis or Paul Grist does. Those guys are geniuses.

DD: Do you have an Ipad? If so what do use it for the most.
I love old fashioned lap tops. No Ipad yet. I've drawn on computers for years but it is nothing like drawing in the real world.

DD: What is your favorite TV show/ movie?
Oh man, again, such a nerd that this question is dangerous. Off hand, my favorite TV show is Danger Man/Secret Agent and my favorite movie is Out of the Past by Jacques Tourneur. My current favorite directors are Luis Bunuel, Ken Loach, David Croenenberg, Mario Bava, Chantalle Ackerman, Jacques Tourneur, Kenji Mizoguchi, Robert Bresson, Michellangelo Antonioni, Shane Meadows, Carl Dreyer, Jane Campion, Kinji Fukusaku and so on.

DD: How does the Portland comics culture shapes your work
I contribute as regularly as I can to Stumptown Underground and love the IPRC but as a rule, I'm sort of lost in my own head. I love the Northwest, and it totally affects my art but mostly the weather, architecture, people and geography. Sort of intangible broader aspects of the region. Trees make me make better art for sure.

DD: What was your first comic convention?
It was in Hayward, California in what must have been 1979. I wish I could remember the name of it. It influenced me for the rest of my life. I think that sort of obsessive old school comics culture made me who I am today. I grew up in the epicenter of the direct market.

DD: What is your favorite part of comic conventions?
Finding new comics by people who are new to comics. I love seeing what people come up with who aren't schooled in the regimented rules of making comics. I'm also a big fan of good workshops/panels and meeting people who read comics. I love people who love comics.

DD: If you weren’t doing comics what would you do?
I was on my way to being a religious psychologist till an art teacher helped me see that doing comics would be possible. It was in senior year of high school and I actually changed what schools I was applying to. I would go back to that if I ever stopped being a cartoonist. I love research, religion and psychology so much. They actually all go into every page of Reporter.

DD: Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would recommend?
It is always different but right now I'd say Bete-Lukas ( on 50th and Division. I also love Papa G's deli.

DD: How long have you lived in Portland, what made you choose Portland?
I've lived here about 12 years. I'd always wanted to live in Portland, from back in high-school. I love trees, I love rain. I think it has a sort of mythic idea creating power.

DD: What is your favorite part of Portland?
Geographically it'd be Mt. Tabor. I'm a big fan of the variety of vegan food here too. And the Independent Publishing Resource Center ( would have to be my favorite space in town. Floating World is a close second.

DD: Where in Portland/ Oregon would you most like to visit?
Crater Lake. I've never been there and always wanted to. In Portland it would be the Grotto. I've been meaning to go but never have.

DD: Would you like to write/Illustrate for another media? or conversely, how would you feel about writing a comic of a character from a different media, for example, Dr. Who, James Bond? What would you explore?
I love doing art in other media. I'm a pastel artist. I doodle constantly. I think about making a film. I can't think of a character besides Jack Benny that I'd be into doing a comic about at the moment. Most of the good ones like Emma Goldman already have comics about them. I started a comic about Hank Williams about 16 years ago but I realized that I'd rather read other people writing about him than do it myself. I read a lot of history and biography but I'm learning that the comics I want to make are fiction.