I know it's been a while since I've updated my blog, but I've been busy with freelance, projects and my personal life. The good news is I seem to have plenty of freelance work which unfortunately means that my personal projects, like Robotic Madness, have been put off. I've been doing piles of work for LEGO Club magazine, so if you get it in the mail you've probably seen my comic art in there as well as on www.lego.com. I've also been doing some random freelance work and small projects here and there for other people. I've been doing a lot of design work for a surf shop in RI called "Drift Surf." It's located on Main St. in Wakefield and it's a great locally owned shop with fantastic customer service. Here is some photography and design work I've done for them recently.
Wow! What a great weekend! Comiconn was a success and I look forward to doing it next year. I also added my web comic to Comic Rocket so you all can read it easier! You're welcome!! Drop by www.jimmycakes.com to read more blogs and see photos of Comiconn. You can also read Robotic Madness there. You can also click the image on the left here to add Robotic Madness to your Comic Rocket pull list!
I took a trip down to 7PLY skateshop in Westerly RI yesterday to investigate long boards. We've decided that we'd like to try and build out own boards out of baltic birch veneer and press them in one of our shops.
Being a graphic artist, the first thing I started thinking about was the shape and graphic of the board I will be creating. While we're looking at longboards, I am looking into my skater past as some of the illustrations used on vintage boards. Here are a few pieces that I LOVED when I was a growing little grom.
I haven't skated in years. Since I don't have any freestyle skills left it is my opinion that I need to become a cruiser. I do still surf and bodyboard quite a bit, so I'd like to work on my balance. A longboard is a great way to work on my balance. I will more than likely try and sell a few boards on this site in order to cover some of the set up costs. If you start seeing me post some awesome pics of boards and you decide you might want one, please inquire via the contact page. As you can guess, I'll probably have a robot theme on my first board.
Every year I hang out with Joe Caramagna at New York Comic Con and every year someone puts up a sign or a banner behind us and no one really stops at the table for us. This year I created a banner for Joe so people will drop by and ask what he does. Joe has lettered for Marvel for a long time and odds are you've seen his name in almost every characters book at some point. You may have also read the stories he's written for Superman, Iron Man and many others. This year at New York, look for his banner and stop and say hello. Also look for my banner. You can't miss it.
I haven't thought much about branding since our small publishing company, SUMM Publications. Back then I thought A LOT about how we would look and be perceived by the fans. Now that I'm off on my own and running around trying to sell my work I need to start branding myself more. Sure, everyone considers me the "Robot Guy". But if they walked by my booth would they immediately know I'm there? Probably not. So I'm taking 2011 by the horns and designing a five foot tall banner to have at my tables. Whether I'm hanging out with Hero Envy, Joe Caramagna, Andrew Edge or the various other comic folk I share tables with, you'll know I'm there. The question now is, what would you as a fan expect to see on this banner. Please leave comments below or use my contact page to email me. Thanks.
Since posting I have sketched up these thumbnails. Shout out if you see something you like!
Top left will have squirmy robot arms in the background. They will be light not to interfere with the robot.
Center top will have crazy action lines in the background.
Bottom right would have waving water in the backgroun. Don't know why.
Bottom center would have pulsing mind control waves coming from the top robot. He's saying "buy robot art"
Bottom right is Rob Bot and one of my silly robots. My hand symbol will be on the bottom right.
I may add my hand sy