Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Li'l Hiatus

Sorry for the lack of activity here, the last couple weeks. I've been letting the jam blog languish, while I'm busy on some other stuff. It'll probably stay on the back burner for the next couple weeks, too.

If you want to see something here in the meantime, post something yer-dang-self!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Salty 'Ham Slam 9 - On Reflection

Our ninth official meet-and-greet was da bomb. We were at the J again, and we had 16 cartoonist-types in attendance! I'm pretty sure that's more than ever. Let's see, there was Richard Haigler, Ben Faucher, Frank Cummings, Garth Potts, Ed Abernathy, Tim Rocks, Chris Adkins, Christopher Davis, Lorenzo Kirkpatrick, Nolen Otts, Russell Quick, Tim Spinosi, and Sam McDavid were there. And we welcomed first-timer Perry Sessions. Plus special guest (and prospective new member) Kevin Van Hyning. And me, Chris Garrison. Crazy!

On the way in, the guys ogled a nearby roomful of nubile stretching women. Once the guys made it into our secret lair, they ogled Perry Sessions' binder full of girlie sci-fi drawings. So there was plenty of ogling to go around.

Foreground (left to right) -- Tim Spinosi and Nolen Otts discuss Tim's latest work, while Perry Sessions contributes to a comic jam. Background (left to right) -- Russell Quick, Sam McDavid, and Christopher Davis debate the rape epidemic in the Congo war. But . . . how is that a debate?

(left to right) -- Richard Haigler and Frank Cummings trade adventure stories from their years tracking Bigfoot. Why these two have never teamed up to nab the monster, I don't know. Tim Rocks looks on. Meanwhile, Ben Faucher (that's fo-SHAY) tells Lorenzo Kirkpatrick a few things he's learned about computers. "This is the return key." Way to start with the basics, Ben. Taking it back to 1981.

(left to right) -- Frank Cummings and Kevin Van Hyning admire the originals from this beautiful MAD-inspired piece by Tim Rocks.

Russell Quick -- apparently too quick to stay in focus.

Sam McDavid tells Christopher Davis where to put his bags. Talk about racist!

Somehow I didn't get Garth Potts or Ed Abernathy in any of my photos. Maybe I snapped these before those guys showed up, or else they just somehow eluded my lens without my realizing it. Sorry, guys.

Oh, some lovable moppets snuck in and stole our cookies! It was hilarious. I tried to run them off with old-fashioned phrases, like, "Shoo!" and "23 Skidoo!" But that only seemed to encourage them.

Lorenzo Kirkpatrick showed us some work from his web-comic, Alien Gladiators. He was planning to wait a while before telling the general public, but I'm leaking it to you guys here, because the work is SUPERB. So go check out Alien Gladiators.

We all went downstairs to see a bunch of work by Garth Potts, which filled two rooms, close to the main doors of the LJCC. Some sports caricatures, and some serious sports-related illustrations. Garth is so prolific, the work spills out into the halls and basically fills up the whole complex. If you missed it, drop by and have a look. I think it'll be up throughout the month of October.

Tim Spinosi brought this:

He said it was the first thing he's drawn with colored pencils in twelve years! Good job getting back on that horse, Spin Man. Let's see some more!

With all the camaraderie and discussion of tools and techniques, we barely had time to draw. But Kevin Van Hyning doodled this in my sketchbook:

And we added a few panels to some comic jams that we've started in the past, but we still didn't resolve the stories on them. Maybe I can get together with a few cartooneestas in the next few weeks to try and wrap up those stories, before posting them in their entirety.

Here's a brief comic jam we managed to do this time:

Unlucky Leprechaun credits:
panel 1 by Chris Garrison; panel 2 by Richard Haigler; panel 3 by Russell Quick, with story suggestion by Sam McDavid. Time was running short, and I thought that last panel about summed it up, so I put a cap on it by writing "End" at the bottom. It was either that or begin a long and complicated action-adventure, a la Tin Tin, in which our chubby heroine sets out to solve The Mystery of the Dead Leprechaun.

All tolled, everybody had fun at the slam, and many hands were shaken. So join us, won't you, for the NEXT Salty 'Ham Slam! (as yet unscheduled) (official members and invited guests only, please)

And you can look back at previous slams, here:

Thursday, October 7, 2010

another new category

You know how I recently added the Game Designers category to these lists that you see, when you click on The Cartooneestas, over at

Well, I just added ANOTHER new category:

Cartoony sculptors (6)

If you're a Salty 'Ham Cartooneesta, and you're into sculpture, and you're not already on this short list, let me know so I can add you on that page.

Wass Up!

There's a new Salty 'Ham Cartooneesta, y'all: Cartoony sculptress Carolyn Wass. Have a look at her SHC page HERE.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Salty 'Ham Slam - Reminder

Hey, SHC members, don't forget -- Our 9th Salty 'Ham Slam is coming up soon. If you didn't receive your email alerting you to the secret time and place, just tell me. And click HERE for more details.

I'm hoping we'll have a good group this time around, but that can only happen if YOU arrive with bells on. Comment below (or email me) to let us all know if you're coming. Perhaps your enthusiasm will be contagious, encouraging others to show up as well.

Remember, if you're man enough (or woman enough) to run "The Gauntlet," bring something for that.

Read about the fun we had at SLAM 1, SLAM 2, SLAM 3, SLAM 4, SLAM 5, SLAM 6, SLAM 7, and SLAM 8 -- then imagine that, only better!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Inking in Flash

. . . another attempt, in a somewhat different style . . .