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Clockwork Game Update: 5/10/12

The Signal boost of the week goes to Raina Telgemeier, whose new book, Drama, will be coming out this fall! in the meantime, you can treat yourself to a sneak peek of the cover. Can't wait? It's available for pre-order.

Clockwork Game Update: 5/3/12

My very first NSFW Signal boost of the week goes to Spike Trotman, who's bringing sexy back -- Smut Peddler, specifically! Smut Peddler originally began as a set of three minicomics full of female-friendly erotic comics published by Saucy Goose Press, and spearheaded by Trisha Lynn and Carla Speed McNeil -- and after a long dormancy, Spike has Kickstarted it into the 21st century as a 350-page anthology. The project has already long-since reached its goal, but don't let that stop you from getting in on the action. You can still pre-order your copy of the book, and help support the artists -- for each new level of success, the contributors get an additional share of the wealth! G'wan, support it. You know you want to.

I win at plumbing

Leaking faucets irritate the snot out of me, so tonight I took about an hour and disassembled both my studio faucet and the upstairs bathroom faucets. No more drips! It makes me feel so happy that armed with the internet's instructions and a well-stocked toolkit, I can do handy things around the house by myself.

Clockwork Game Update: 4/26/12

Signal boost of the week goes to Sydney Padua, who just announced that Pantheon books will be publishing a graphic novel of her amazing webcomic, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage! Congrats, Sydney!

Clockwork Game Update: 4/19/12

Signal boost of the week goes to Steve Lieber, who has not one but two series out, Shooters from Vertigo, and Alabaster: Wolves from Dark Horse. Congrats, Steve!

Clockwork Game Update: 4/12/12

For everyone who's been waiting patiently for an explanation of how the automaton works, the big reveal starts this week!

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Mark Crilley, with whom we had the pleasure of hanging out at the Thomas Dolby concert in Royal Oak. Mark's first major work was Akiko, which still stands among my favorite comics of all time. Since then, he's gone on to write illustrate the four-volume Miki Falls, a Mastering Manga, a how-to book and his newest series, Brody's Ghost, has its third volume coming out next week from Dark Horse!

Clockwork Game Update: 4/5/12

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Thomas Dolby, who is currently touring for his new album, A Map of the Floating City. Paul and I went to see him in Manhattan last week, and it was a really fantastic show, so if you've been hesitating on buying tickets, hesitate no longer. As a special bonus, Mr. Dolby is bringing along a custom-made trailer on his Time Capsule Tour that will allow you to record a special thirty-second message to the future. There's already a YouTube channel that features some of the best messages, including those from Bill Nye and Reggie Watts. Oh yeah, and the Time Capsule itself was designed by somebody pretty awesome.

Back from NYC

Paul and I made a (very) quick trip to New York City last week. It was a whirlwind of cabs and subways and museums and amaaaaazing food, from barbecued duck soup in Chinatown to goat curry in Midtown. Highlights included sharing a knish at an upscale deli, getting to see the top of the Empire State Building at 1am (with only thirty other people!), talking to a protester in Union Square, having lunch with a good friend in Bryant Park, gaping at the main branch of the New York Public Library (I'll be in my bunk) and buying a pair of beetle-wing earrings in Soho. We also saw some famous dude play some music.

I didn't take too many photos, as I was concentrating on drinking in the sights, but here're a few:

Clockwork Game Update: 3/29/12

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Colleen Doran, whose new graphic novel Gone to Amerikay launches this week! It's written by Derek McCulloch, illustrated by Colleen, and is already garnering great interest from all sorts of unusual places. Congrats, Colleen!

Clockwork Game Update: 3/22/12

Signal Boost of the Week goes to old friend* Layla Lawlor, who's
in the process of re-organizing and re-booting all her old projects, and getting ready for some new ones. Good on you, Layla!

* good heavens, twelve years?! where does the time go?

Some important links to read

The murder of Trayvon Martin. Anyone who says that we're a post-racial society needs to read these links. All of them. Pay special attention to the reporting by Farai Chideya and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Shveta Thakrar also linked to this heartbreaking article by Mikki Kendall . There's also a protest march going on in NYC right now.

Teju Cole wrote a really important article for The Atlantic called "The White Savior Industrial Complex", something that I really needed to read, especially since I'm a huge TED devotee.

John Scalzi hosts a guest post on his blog from a physician who wanted to speak out about mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds, but needed to remain anonymous.

Clockwork Game Update: 3/15/12

Signal Boost of the Week goes to these two TED talks!

First, Andrew Stanton:

Second: Bryan Stevenson.

Clockwork Game Update: 3/8/12

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Keith Knight who is Kickstarting a new project, I Was A Teenage Michael Jackson Impersonator! Paul and I are big fans of Keith's work, both K Chronicles and (Th)ink (and also his band, The Marginal Prophets) so it's really exciting to see him try his hand at a longer format. If you can spare a few bucks, go help this amazing artist fund his first full-length graphic novel!

Clockwork Game Update: 3/1/12

Signal Boost of the Week goes to Kate Beaton! It's no surprise to readers of this blog that I'm an enormous fan of Kate's, but in the last couple of weeks, she's done some pretty super amazing stuff over on her tumblr, some of it worksafe, some of it not so much. The worksafe: A wonderful Q&A about webcomics, which she says is the first part in a series, which makes me happy! The not so much worksafe: Some horrible, horrible person sent Kate a nasty, spiteful drawing of herself, and she responded in the awesomest way possible. Seriously, I don't think I could have managed any response to such a personal attack, let alone one so perfectly designed to shut down the jerk who started it. Kate, you're totally my hero, on so many levels.

Clockwork Game Update: 2/23/12

A long-overdue Signal Boost of the Week goes to Carol Burrell of SPQR Blues, who's posting a whole lot of new sketches lately. Such beautiful work! It was a treat to share a table with her at MOCCA last year and watch patrons walk up to her originals as though mesmerized, running their fingers over the plastic-wrapped pages and saying "oooooOOooo." Go cheer her on, so she'll make many more lovely comics about Romans. And volcanoes.

Clockwork Game Update: 2/16/12

This marks page #100 -- and the last we'll see of Babbage, sadly. Thanks for sticking with the story for so long, and hope you're enjoying it. There's lots more to come.

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to this trio of posts from Cat Valente:

You Are What You Love: A Numerical List of Loosely-Connected Thoughts on Writing (Part 1)

Between the Perfect and the Real: On Writing Part 2

Operating Narrative Machinery: Thoughts on Writing Pt 3

All of it's good advice, all of it's stuff I need to read over and over until it sticks.

Clockwork Game Update: 2/09/12

The Signal Boost of the Week goes to Alberto Yáñez, for his first pro story, Recognizing Gabe: un cuento de hadas, which is now up at Strange Horizons. Alberto is a graduate of Clarion West and Viable Paradise, and is currently working up more short stories. Keep an eye on him -- he's going places.

Also, in a callback to a previous Signal Boost, Shveta Thakrar's story Lavanya and Deepika is now up on Podcastle! If you've been meaning to check out Shveta's work but haven't gotten the chance, do yourself a favor and have a listen!

Tonight, I win at pencilling!

I've been working on the pencils for a three-page Clockwork Game scene for about three straight weeks now. It's a tight, dialog-driven narrative with no real action, and is absolutely critical to the progress of the story. I usually make myself bang through the equivalent of one page a week, but because I really need to stick the landing on this scene, I've given myself more slack to make sure I get it right (yay, buffer comics!). Last Sunday, I literally spent twelve hours pencilling, swearing, balling up paper, and redrawing until I was crosseyed. I think I got one single panel done that day that was worth keeping.

Today I lightboxed from five or six separate sheets -- including odd doodles on scrap paper that just happened to get the facial expression right -- and finally, finally got the last page organized into something I can live with. Then I did the same for the other two pages, so tomorrow I can hit the ground running for the big inkapalooza. It sure wasn't a fun process, but dang, it feels really good to finally have a successful day at the table.

Clockwork Game Update: 2/02/12

And here's the next major cameo!

For way more Babbage -- and done way better than my little effort -- check out the Signal Boost of the Week which goes to Sidney Padua's amazing webcomic, 2-D Goggles, or The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage! If you've not yet had the pleasure of reading this wonderfully goofy story, start here to read from the very beginning. I've got a crush on her version of Brunel that's as big as his manly sideburns.

Clockwork Game Update: 1/26/12

I will not lie. I really enjoyed drawing this page.

Signal Boost of the Week goes to the Killamazoo Derby Darlins, whose season opener is at Wings Stadium this Saturday. It's a double-header, with the main event against Demolition City out of Indiana. Be there!