Thursday, February 28, 2008

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Me, Grafton Job Corp & the Big Red Cheese



I've decided to go with the first part of class being a Character Design lesson and hte second half of class being dedicated to comic art. I'm going to have the students use Captain Marvel (the REAL Big Red Cheese Captain Marvel and not the Marvel Comics Captain Marvel) as the subject matter for both the story and the artwork.

As I stated in a previous blog, hopefully this will give them some work to add to their portfolio for college or even if it's getting a job in comic books or animation.

Of course I also plan on plugging some of the great comic book and cartooning classes the Worcester Art Museum has to offer.
***wink wink wink***

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A couple art shows on the horizon

I'm already crossing my t's and dotting my i's on a couple of sign up sheets. One of which is a show taking place with ARTWorceser called Shifting Gears which will run March 28th until May 9th. This is the piece I completed for the show:



What you don't see in the image (because I couldn't fit it under my scanner because I hadn't photocopied the illustration smaller) is a man in the background driving a motorcar.

I'm also planning on taking part in START IN THE PARK 2008 on June 11th where I will be selling my prints as well as copies of DIARY OF THE BLACK WIDOW.

And don't forget!! March 16th is the cat's meow of all comic book convention in Boston at the Back Bay Center with Mr. Batman himself CARMINE INFANTINO!!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Confessions of a Peculiar Boy... and Other Stories

I just got sent the print versions of CONFESSIONS OF A PECULIAR BOY.... AND OTHER STORIES from Alterna Comics today and it look great!!

The book will make it's official Comic Con debut MARCH 16TH at the BOSTON COMIC CON!! But you can download copies of it right now:

http://www.wowio.com/users/product.asp?BookId=3313

Website updates

I spent some time today revising and updating my website:
http://www.herbertzohl.webs.com/

Grafton Job Corp

I'm going to be doing a GED program this coming Wednesday night for the Grafton Job Corp. It's going to be a cartooning and comic art class from 7pm to 9pm.

What's nice is it's pretty much a puddle jump from my Art Enrichment class in Ashland to the Grafton Job Corp. AND in proximity of the place is a really great pizza and sub shop called "The T-Station Pizza & Restaurant". The food is great there!! A very close second to the Corner Grille in Woo-Vegas.

But I'm planning a character design and comic art class for the night. I'll give the students some pages from a script to work on as well as creating an animation style character sheet. The class is around the ages of 16 to 24, so I want them to think along the lines of portfolio material.

There's a distinct possibility that this might turn into a once a month thing. But I shall keep you posted.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Continuing work...

Well, after an impromptu day off due to a couple of my classes being cancelled, I continued work on my book with Joshua Michael Stewart. I finished inking page three this afternoon.

Each story (or poem) is going to run three to five pages. It's almost like it's broken down into different chapters. The book is connected but the poems themself have no connection whatsoever. Yet it will read like a complete story but it's not a complete story.

You get the picture.

Representation by Bryan James Smith

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story, here are the original pages:






The story orginally ran in the UNDERCOVERFISH ANTHOLOGY and now appears as part of CONFESSIONS OF A PECULIAR BOY... AND OTHER STORIES. I was never happy with the look of the story and I entirely take the blame for that one.

I was attempting to see how my work would look with a different approach. The result? Not very good. If I had stayed with my usual mad hatchings AND Rori's grayscales, it might have looked a bit better.

Quite frankly, my artwork stunk!!

Bryan wrote a really great story. The characters are great and the plot is terrific. Movie terrific as a matter of fact. My artwork in that story was completely lacking.

Which brings me to my decision of wanting to do the story again. But instead of doing it as a short story, expand it into a 45 page graphic novel. Which it deserves to be. I had chatted with Bryan and he gave me a few ideas to expand upon the premise while still keeping the original nine pages the focus of he story.

Since I do not consider myself a writer, I decided to turn to another old buddy of both Bryan and myself to help me expand upon the script, Ainsley Waller. Who is, in fact, a bona fide script writer.

Ideally, I want to be working on both this project AND the book I am working on with Joshua Michael Stewart simultaniously. I started penciling and inking the pages to Josh's book this week.

I felt I gave myself too much downtime between DIARY OF THE BLACK WIDOW and my latest graphic novel. So, while I wait to get the pages back from Rori, I wanted to immediately get started on the next projects.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

In the works

I have two projects right now in the planning stage. One I'm reworking with my good friend Ainsley Waller who is expanding upon Representation. A short story written by another good buddy of mine Bryan James Smith. The story originally appeared in the Undercoverfish Anthology. I always felt it was such a great tale and I've really wanted to do more with it. And I just started penciling and inking the pages for a graphic novel based on the poems of my friend Joshua Michael Stewart.

But this isn't going to be your usual book of poetry. Josh has in mind a really great idea to make the book not just a collection of poems. I just finished page one and page two over the weekend and I'll probably start page three before I leave.

I've also just completed a new short story for Undercoverfish. All that requires is lettering. Which I'm hoping to get done during the week. Or next weekend.

Boston Comic Con




Nothing to do on a Sunday? Why not spend it at a comic book convention!! And this year is going to be great with legendary Flash/Batman/Star Wars artist Carmine Infantino as the guest of honor!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The current project

For the past couple months (probably since sometime in November) I've been working feverishly on a 50 page graphic novel. Well, it started out as a 45 page graphic novel but you know how these things work.

Nevertheless, here's a sneak peak at page one of the next project:



For those of you who are familiar with my previous project Diary of the Black Widow, this project is somewhat a departure from the more sketch comedy feel of the Black Widow. I'm planning it to be a more straightforward murder mystery with a couple of characters I really like.

Also, on board to be doing the grayscale for the pages is Rori Shapiro. My vision is to make the pages somewhat resemble the grays Sidney Paget used in his Sherlock Holmes art.

I'm hoping to have an ashcan ready for the upcoming Boston Comic Con in March. If not, I'll probably get some promotional cards together in time for the show.

If you would like to check out my past projects Diary of the Black Widow and Confessions of a Peculiar Boy... and Other Stories, log onto Alterna Comic's website at:

www.alternacomics.com

My work also appears quarterly through the Undercoverfish Anthology. Check out their website at:

www.undercoverfish.com