More doodles from the zoo

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MOOSE RIDERS NEXT WEEK!  Pages 2 and 3 of Chapter 4 have been penciled. Inks are in the works, then scanning, color/tones, and lettering. Getting back in the groove. Still won’t be back to the regular schedule just yet, but pages are coming. Thank you so much for putting up with my distractions.

Haven’t gotten much business at the zoo lately, so I’ve got several pages of doodles like the ones you see above. I’ve taken to drawing the folks I see walk by that I wish would sit down in front of me.

Still working…

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Just wanted to mention that, despite the lack of activity around here, I’m still at work on The Moose Riders. Found out the other day that the fine folks over at ComiXpress, who I’ve been printing my comics through, have decided to retire from the world of print-on-demand comics. Obviously I’m sorry to see them go, but I wish Logan et al. the best of luck. I’ve spent the last few days trying to make a decision about a new printer, and it looks like Ka-Blam is the way to go. They have slightly different tech specs, but if I’m lucky they’ll be able to work with the files I’ve already got. If not, it might take a bit longer for the print comics to become available again. Either way, I will keep you posted.

Anyhow, I guess the point of this post is just to reassure you, the loyal reader, that print comics will come back, and that new pages are on the way when the distractions die down a bit. Chapter 4 will continue as soon as I am able to make it happen. Thank you for your patience!

The Moose Riders, Chapter 4

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Sorry the 1-month hiatus turned into 2. March sucked and April was busy, but here we go with Chapter 4. Did a little research on Talkeetna, Alaska for this chapter. Seems like a groovy place and I’d love to go visit. If you know anyone from Talkeetna, please send them this way. If you ARE from Talkeetna, I hope you’ll forgive my changes/errors. I’m not intending to offend anybody 🙂

Chapter 3 is at the printer now–will let you know when it’s available for purchase. For you digital comics aficionados, the .PDF for Chapter 3 has been added to the TMR digital download store. Also, in celebration of Free Comic Book Day last Saturday, I made the Chapter 1 .PDF available FOR FREE! Planning to keep it that way for awhile, at least.

Rejected Cover

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Drew this 2 years ago (!) for the cover of Chapter 4, but as I mentioned last month, I’ve had to re-think Chapter 4 a bit. Also, the guest art I’ve been waiting for is still incomplete, so I’m forced to fill that empty page in issue 3 with something else in order to finally pass it along to the printer. Dusted off this drawing, added some color, and will put the file together for the printer ASAP. That guest art will eventually be finished–hopefully I’ll be able to stick it in the 4th issue.

ALSO…this Saturday is the first one in May, so don’t forget to swing by a comic shop and get your free comic books! To help celebrate, I am offering the digital version of the Moose Riders #1 FOR FREE! No purchase necessary. Just download that thing, read it, and if you dig it enough to spend a buck on Chapter 2 or 3, then come on back and get ’em!


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One month ago I promised the start of Chapter 4 today, but all I’ve got is another lousy sketch page (featuring George R.R. Martin up there at the top of the page). Sorry to drop the ball here, but I’ve had to re-write the script for Chapter 4 based on some recent discoveries. Let me fill you in.

So we’ve mentioned Talkeetna, Alaska a few times in the story as the last place our heroes met a group of survivors, and it didn’t turn out well. Chapter 4 is the bit in our story where we take a look back at exactly what happened there and what went wrong.

Now, I originally chose Talkeetna as this place of trouble for the kids and Moose based solely on the fact that it’s a small town/village near Denali National Park. I had plans to make this a Woodbury-esque kind of place, complete with a funny (IMHO) parody of The Governor. So I finished Chapter 3, started working on the script for Chapter 4, and then started Googling Talkeetna, Alaska for some visual references. If I had just stuck to the image search results I would’ve continued as planned and you’d have the cover of Chapter 4 up there instead of another sketch page. I made the mistake, however, of reading about the real Talkeetna.

WHAT A COOL PLACE! Holy crap, man. Apparently Talkeetna was the inspiration for the TV show Northern Exposure. The mayor is a cat named Stubbs. The place is full of artists and musicians and mountain climbers and moose sculptures.

So now I’m forced to reconsider some things. The easy choice would be to stick to the original script and ignore the truth, as I’ve done with a few other bits in the story. I think, though, that figuring out a way for my Governor-parody to be in charge of this somewhat bohemian community sounds like a pretty fun challenge, so I’m re-writing. Sorry for the delay, but I really think this will be worth it. Please bear with me for a bit longer while I get this new plot line ironed out.

Also, if you happened to listen to WLCA 89.9FM on Sunday afternoon, you might have heard the Comic Shop–a short segment in which radio personality Zac Coffman discusses comics with folks who make/read them. Anyhow, Zac interviewed me about the Moose Riders for the Sunday show (thanks Zac!). With me being the brilliant marketing strategist that I am, I’m posting a message three days later to say, “Hey! If you’re here from WLCA, thanks for stopping by 3 days ago! Go check out the Moose Riders starting with Chapter 1!”