Here’s an example of a food fight scene in Super Pro K.O.! #3 and the initial sketch layout (originally in blue pencil).
You can view the above image on my Tumblr here . My sketches are pretty much rough nonsense and I rarely share them for that reason. I work everything out and tighten things up in the inking phase (my favorite part of comic making).
I was prompted to share this by Patric Reynolds who nominated me for an Artist Sketchbook Challenge. I have to say, this challenge forced me to sit and flip through five sketchbooks I’ve used over the past 2 years. It was pretty cool just going back and seeing what the hell I was doodling. Thanks for forcing me to revisit this stuff!
This is one of the first few pages you'll see in Super Pro K.O.! #3. This particular scene was based off some friends and I hanging on a hotel balcony in NYC. I wanted everything to feel "epic" this volume. You'll notice all sorts of details as you flip through it. The spread above took about 6-8 hours from beginning to end. Joe Somiano and the Wildchild twins are alot of fun for me to draw. Recently, a buddy asked me who my favorite character is and I honestly couldn't answer that question. They're all fun in different ways. They're all extensions of my personality in some ways too.
So the past several months have been amazing. I've traveled from coast to coast (for personal and professional reasons). I'm talking Toronto, Berkely, San Francisco, Houston, New Orleans, Miami, and even Omaha all in the span of 6 weeks. Miami, I got a chance to meet Andre 3000 at Art Basel and it was awesome crossing paths with such an artists. I met all sorts of folks at Art Basel from graffiti artists to coffee bloggers. The scene there is epic. I know these experiences are just helping shape the stories I'll be able to tell. In fact, one of my personal goals has just been to get out and see, explore, and learn as much as I can from others and the world we sometimes take for granted.
I've been out of the loop social media wise. I struggle with it constantly. I'm definitely a recluse by nature and I wonder how we're shaping the perception of our work as cartoonists by sharing so much too soon. I'd much rather present a fully realized body of work versus a snippet. I didn't always feel this way but I guess its normal to change your views over time. The experiences I've had the past year have been great due in part to them being "mine" I've found that sharing stories with friends and family have been more meaningful since they weren't privy to the details via an app. Am I just getting old and out of touch? Or am I just living in the moment and owning it? (precedes to take selfie).
I keep getting asked when Super Pro K.O.! v3 is coming out. It's all about timing. It's been the best work I've done to date. If you stay glued to my Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or FB, you'll know soon enough ;) For someone who hates these apps, I have a ton of them it seems. Ha!
Here's another piece of promo art for Super Pro K.O. v3 featuring Action Slamson!
I put a lot of effort into really developing the pro-wrestling fans in this volume. It gives the whole S.P.K.O.! world a more authentic and energetic feel. If you've ever been to a live wrestling show, you'll know this is key. I think I've nailed it :D
You'll actually get to see clips of Tomahawk Slamson as Action Slamson in S.P.K.O.! 3. I had this character planned early on so it's cool to see characters naturally evolving and taking on new personas as the series continues on. Here's a close up. Slamson's way too happy with his fans!
I had a blast at Heroes Con and SC Comic Con the past month. If you saw me at either spot, thanks for stopping by to say, "hello!" . It looks like I'll be roaming San Diego Comic Con at the Wired event at the Omni Hotel from July 24-26th. It's been a busy summer but it's even better now that I only have 30 pages left to ink of S.P.K.O.! 3: Gold for Glory! It's wrapping up! Wooooooo!
Shout-out to Pat Loika for this awesome picture from my Heroes Con table!
It's been awhile since I've posted an update on Super Pro K.O. v3. Here's page 203 from the next volume. It's almost complete :D Here's a muscle buster by Butch O' Rowdy to King Crown Jr.!
It's becoming a bit emotional knowing that I'm almost done. It's been almost a year and a half of nonstop work. It's taken a lot longer than expected but it's been great having the time to make it perfect.