It's Comic Collab time again, and this month's topic is "Black and White." Fortunately, this also coincides with #inktober, so I made a little something that works for both of these events (because I'm lazy).
It's nothing special, really, just a little ink drawing of two of my Hipsters characters:
Check out all of the cool stuff the other Comic Collab artists made:
Superstar webcartoonist Jojo "Beetlebum" Kretzschmar is on vacation in New England for a little bit, and asked some of his lesser known friends to draw guest comics for his blog while he is away. Since I only know New England from Stephen King novels and didn't have much to say about it, I made a comic about autobiographical webcomics instead. Or, more specifically, about why I don't (usually) make them.
I decided to draw the whole thing non-digitally, but kind of chose too small of a format and am not that happy with the results. Anyway, here it is (German version only):
A week ago, I once again went to Leipzig to draw a 24 hour comic with some of my dearest cartoonist friends. To mix things up a little, I decided to pre-script the comic this time. I originally thought this would save me some time, but the opposite turned out to be the case: because the script was so long and wordy, I had to fit more panels onto each page and more dialogue into each panel, thus requiring a lot more time and effort.
When it became clear that I couldn't finish it in time, I decided to just finish the lettering and scribbles and leave the pencil inks for later. That way, I at least managed to have 24 pages on the wall, even if many of them weren't quite final. In the week since, I've already finished most of them, but you're gonna have to wait a little while longer to read the comic, because I want to color it and then probably publish it in a little book together with Offline Dating, to which this one is a direct sequel.
Here are some work-in-progress pics you may have already seen on my Instagram or Twitter:
Once again, the inimitable Schlogger called upon all German webcartoonists to make another exceptional illustrated calendar. This year, 69 artists participated - one for each week, plus some bonus illus.
I don't have much new comics & illustration stuff to show you right now, but I've got something else: my band's first album! In case you didn't know: I'm the singer & keyboarder, and write most of the lyrics.
On September 6, I'll be at the Comicgarten Leipzig, selling & signing some comix at the JAZAM!/Mondo table. If all goes well, I should have some copies of the 2nd printing of "48 Stunden Angst" by then.
If the Comicgarten alone isn't a good enough reason for you to come to Leipzig, I will also participate in an awesome comic reading that night. I will be reading "Hipsters in Hell" (probably a bigger chunk of it than in Erlangen) and "C'est Angoulême, bitches!" - almost all of the artists from the latter will be there, each one reading their own part. All of them will also be reading some of their own comics.
I really enjoyed the reading I did in Erlangen and got a ton of positive feedback, so I'm looking forward to doing it again! Let me know if you have any ideas about where I could do more Hipsters readings.
Info about the when & where can be found on this cool Flyer by Hillerkiller:
Yesterday morning, Schlogger and nine other German webcomic and manga artists published this neat Sailor Moon homage art collab pic, inspired by the new Sailor Moon Crystal tv show:
But then, my friend Doppeltim was peeved about not being asked to participate in the project, and posted his own Sailor character on twitter. Not long after, Jojo "Beetlebum" Kretzschmar and myself had joined him, kicking off an avalanche of Sailor Moon-inspired self portraits that were added to the original pic. Here's the three of us:
And here's what it looks like now, approximately one day later:
The meme is still going strong on Twitter right now. Check #smfmp to see more recent ones.
EDIT: Beetlebum is now compiling hi-res versions of all the characters here:
I'm back from Internationaler Comic-Salon Erlangen - tired, but happy. The festival was amazing, even more so than usually! I had a brilliant time with all of the wonderful comics people, sold & signed dozens of Hipsters and JAZAM! books, did a live reading of 'Hipsters in Hell' (with Schlogger), fought an epic art battle (against Schlogger), bought cool comics, rocked my socks off on the dance floor with some of my favorite cartoonists, drank too much, slept too little, and then continued the festival business anyway. In short: I had a blast. Creative batteries fully charged.