Thursday, September 27, 2007

Castro Street Fair

The San Francisco Castro Street Fair is almost here! There's going to be a big celebration of local queer comics. And it just so happens that it will be the 1-Year Anniversary of Pride High!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

West Hollywood Book Fair

Hey all!

I'll be at the West Hollywood Bookfair this coming Sunday, September 30th. Unfortunately the print version of Issue 5 will not be ready for this event. However, the fair should still be a lot of fun, and a great way to catch up on Issues 1-4 if you haven't already snatched them up.

From Prism Comics:

Prism Comics will be exhibiting at the 6th annual West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, September 30. If you are in Los Angeles that weekend, come visit this popular, multiple award-winning Book Fair that attracted over 20,000 readers and writers last year. We are in Booth 17 E in the Comics Area on the basketball court.

The Fair is free and takes place from 10 AM to 6 PM in the heart of gay West Hollywood - West Hollywood Park, 647 North San Vincente. Over 300 authors and 100 exhibitors will be featured plus 12 stages with author panels, live story telling, performances and more. Parking is also free at the Pacific Design Center on San Vincente across from the Park.

PRISM is proud to be a non-profit sponsor of the Book Fair and will be there in force with LGBT comics and creators. The current signing schedule is as follows: 11 AM - 12 noon Michael ("Troy") Derry and Lynx ("The Goth Queen Needs a Mate") Delirium; 12 - 1 PM Tommy ("Pride High") Roddy and Steve ("Shirtlifter") MacIsaac; 1 - 2 PM Tony Lawrence and Iceman ("Western Nightmares"); 2 - 4 PM Marc ("Manhunter"; "Torso”) Andreyko; 5 - 6 PM Victor ("Surge of Power") Stone.

Comics will also be represented by Golden Apple Comics, Tokyo Pop and DJ’s Universal Comics. There will be a spotlight on “Fables” with Bill Willingham and West Hollywood Book Fair poster and “Fables” cover artist, James Jean; a “Comics Go Hollywood” panel; a “Star Trek” panel; a manga panel; a graphic novels panel; and perhaps a super hero or two.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Super Duper Instinct

So Super Duper, the fantabulous (yes, I said fantabulous) comic by my friend Brian Andersen, just got a write-up in Instinct Magazine!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Pride High #5, PDF

The pdf version of Issue 5: The Serpent and the Sea is now available for download! Join the kids of Pride High as they delve deeper into the mystery surrounding their friend's untimely death. With artwork by Shaun "Spanky" Piela, Lynx Delirium, and Diego Gomez, a special appearance by Captain Lucky & the Legends, and the first reader-created villains, Pride High 5 is the best one yet!

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Around the Kitchen, Around the World

In the kitchen, I like to mix it up. I don't think twice about using a Korean rice paddle to make South Indian vadas or making sushi with quinoa instead of rice. Tonight was no exception.

Lately I've been on a kimchi & yogurt kick. I'm currently on a course of antibiotics, so I've made a conscious effort to eat foods with lactobacilli on a daily basis. I knew I wanted something Indian, but I wasn't in the mood for raita, so it was kimchi for a side dish. Usually when I have a bit of indecision for a main dish, I default to dal of some sort. But tonight, though I was ready to chow down on some dal, I couldn't settle on which type. So I just combined moong, masoor, and chana dal.

I happened to look in the freezer to see bags of the akara I made in February! I totally forgot about them. Even after all this time, only one out of the batch had a "freezery" taste. The rest tasted pretty much like they did the day I made them seven months ago.

Indian Dal and Rice, Korean Kimchi, and Nigerian Akara

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Kid Olympus #1

The pdf version of Kid Olympus #1 is now available! To download the first spin-off mini-comic of Pride High, click here!

Robert Rivera and Brian Gressett did an amazing job with the artwork. You'll see more from this artistic duo with Pride High #7!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Pride High in Braille

Blind fans of Pride High and Suravi have had to rely on commentary from sighted friends to keep up with the story. Not anymore! The Braille version of Pride High #1 is here! The comic was adapted into short story format by Pride High fan John D. Taylor (thanks John!) and transcribed by the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The Braille adaptation for Issue 2 is currently in production.

The actual embossed Braille cover is protected by the original issue's cover art on flat paper:

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Gaymer Geekout

I went to a Sunday brunch at Squat and Gobble. After brunch we all headed out to the Pilsner for some beer, where our party of six swelled to about fifteen or so. I had a great time geeking out with the GGN gang! Kudos to Baker and Philippe for organizing this!

Justin Morris was one of the guys I met. He's quite a talented artist. Check out this piece that I got out of the blue today. It's Dr. Christian Gunn, aka Lightspot!

Monday, September 10, 2007

The Dark Side

Saturday I hung out with Rylan and watched Star Wars 2 & 3. Such classics!

Saturday, September 08, 2007


Thursday, September 06, 2007

True Colors Conference

I just got off the phone with Tony Eason, Director of Youth Development at True Colors in Connecticut. Every March, True Colors organizes the Queer Youth Issues Conference, the largest LGBT youth conference in the country, with over 2,500 participants. I've been invited to give a workshop on Pride High at the next one!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Robert + Brian

Here are some of the pages previewed earlier, but now in color! The art team of Robert Rivera and Brian Gressett is awesome!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007


I spent the entire holiday weekend working on the new lettering for the trade paperback. So when Monday night rolled around, the plan was to get to bed early. Oh, the best laid plans...

A while back I read a recommendation on for the anime series, "Claymore." I decided to check it out on Youtube. Several hours later, I finally had to stop, but only because I couldn't find anymore uploaded episodes.

Claymore is horror/fantasy epic set in a world where humans regularly fall prey to beings known as yoma. The yoma are demonic beings able to impersonate human beings perfectly and have the nasty habit of feeding on human innards. To fight back, a shadowy organization bonded humans with the flesh and blood of yoma to create powerful hybrid warriors. Known as "claymores" for their gigantic swords, they are able to tap into the same demonic energy, "yoki," used by the yoma. However, that power comes with a heavy price. The more power they use, the closer they get to actually becoming yoma themselves. The current crop hybrid warriors are an all-female force. But it turns out that there were once many male claymores, as well. To say more would be a spoiler.

Clare, the protagonist of the series totally tapped into my Buffy love. For all the blood and gore, the series has a lot of heart. Much of it comes from Raki, Clare's sidekick. Like her, he's the survivor of a yoma attack that wiped out the rest of his family. Unlike most other people, who either regard claymores as a necessary evil or fear them outright, Raki sees them as heroes.

Inevitably in a story like this, there comes the moment when the non-powered sibling, friend, lover, or sidekick has to save the hero with the power of their love. The moment doesn't always work for me. Like when Xander had to save Willow from her Dark Willow phase. But that moment worked for me in Claymore. I almost started crying even.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Scotch Bonnet & Pet?

Scotch Bonnet is Robert Rivera's favorite character and it shows. This sketch is one of the best renditions of Claire ever:

The dancing imp in her palm was something extra Robert threw in, but due to fan response, Scotch Bonnet may very well get a pet one day...

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Lettering Overhaul

I've learned a lot about lettering since. Diego took it to a new level in Issue 5. While I'm not as skilled as he is, I'm a lot better than when I first started. I'm redoing all the old lettering for Issues 1-4 to improve the overall presentation of the trade paperback. Here's a look at the old versus the new:

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