Comic-Con 2

San Diego Comic Con

Hey guys. Sorry there’s no new page today. But here’s a pretty dumb picture!

I thought I could get one done before we left for San Diego but between getting ready for the trip and a pitch I was super working hard on last week, I wasn’t able to get it finished.

Speaking of San Diego, I’ll just be wondering the show floor most of the time and don’t really have anywhere I need to be, so if you see me and somehow actually recognize me, come say hi. But more importantly, if you’re going to be there you should definitely check out the things my girlfriend, Faith Erin Hicks, will be at, because she’s so awesome! You can see her schedule here: Faith’s schedule!

I’m going to be down there for two weeks so there unfortunately won’t be a new Mush-A-Mush page during that time, but as soon as I get back things will be back to their regular two pages a week schedule! I hope you can wait!

And again I’m sorry! I can’t wait to be back making more comics!

Chapter 4 Update!

Hey guys and gals!

Sorry about being quiet for so long! I’ve been busily working away on chapter 4 of Mush-A-Mush and can now finally tell you guys when it will return!

Chapter 4 of Mush-A-Mush will start on July 1st! Yay! Next week!

And hopefully I should have a consistent two pages a week. I pretty much have the whole chapter penciled out so I just need to do inking and colouring which should easily allow me to do two a week!

I hope you can wait another week! See ya then!

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Sorry about this page being late! I just got back from TCAF last night and was a bit too tired to colour this last night.

But it’s up now! And it’s the end of chapter 3! Also it’s the 100th page of Mush-A-Mush! So lots of excitement!! I hope you can handle all of it!

Anyways I hope you enjoyed this chapter! I’ll have some news soon about when chapter 4 will start, but it should be sooner rather than later!

I hope you can wait! See you soon!

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Hooray! Awkwardness! Fun times!

Just one page left in the chapter! Although it might be a little late since I will be flying back from TCAF on Tuesday. So it will either be up late that night or early the next day.

Oh and if you’re wondering what TCAF is be sure to check the post on the front page to find out all the details about it!

Enjoy the page and see ya next week!

TCAF 2014

Hey guys! I just wanted to let everybody here know that I’ll be exhibiting next weekend (May 10th-11th)  at TCAF! IF you don’t know what TCAF is, head on over to their site and find out: TCAF!

I’m pretty excited! I’ve been going with my girlfriend for the past 4 years but this will be the first time I’ll be selling stuff! So if you’re in the Toronto area you should definitely stop by!

What am I selling? You probably know! But if you don’t I’ll tell ya!

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I’ll be selling the first volume of Mush-A-Mush! It contains the first two chapters and concept art. It’s 75 pages in full colour! It’s pretty nice, if I do say so myself! And you can pick one up for $15!

I’ll also have a bunch of prints including these:

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A brand new print for TCAF of Cosi and Tang, characters from an upcoming comic I plan on doing!

But if you here for Mush-A-Mush there’s always this:

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I should also have a bunch of other prints! And I’ll probably be doing commissions as well! So be sure to stop by.

Also you definitely want to stop by to check out my girlfriend, Faith Erin Hicks’ work! You’ve probably heard of her because she is so awesome!

You can find the two of us on the second floor of the library, right here:

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I hope to see you there!

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Hey guys! It sunset. Sean is knocking away. Allison is surprised by something. I’m sure nothing at all is going to happen next page. Naah.

But yeah you’ll definitely want to come back next week and check it out!

Speaking of next week, I’m going to attempt to update the last five pages of the chapter at a rate of two pages a week. It’s all drawn out, it’s just a matter of inking and colouring! But I’ll get it done for you guys and gals cause I like ya!

Anyways enjoy the page and I’ll see ya then!

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Woah! A cabin! How mysterious!

The only thing I can say about it is that I promise that it won’t be magically teleporting around this island! Haha!

Anyways I’m pretty happy with the design of the cabin! It was fun trying to figure out how to make it look old.

I hope you enjoy the page and I’ll see ya next Tuesday!

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Uh oh. That doesn’t look good.

Didn’t have much time to do up a blog post because of the Superb Owl and other stuff, so I quickly rounded up some concept art that I had lying around! Enjoy the art and the page and I’ll see ya back here next Tuesday!

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Concept for Allison’s and Sean’s life jackets for this chapter! Pretty adorable!

Concept art for Mrs. Garland from chapter 2!

Concept art for Mrs. Garland from chapter 2!

Concept art for two background residents of Mush-A-Mush!

Concept art for two background residents of Mush-A-Mush!

 

 

The TMATTATHLTY Awards!

Tim's meaningless awardsSo it’s the end of 2013 and I figured I should put together some sort of thing to talk about the things I liked this year so I came up with this! It should be fun so let’s get to it!

Best game that took me about 9 months to finish award:

Bioshock Infinite

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I’m starting this list with something I only recently finished! I actually bought Bioshock Infinite back when it released back in March. So you’re probably wondering what took so long to actually finish the game. Well it’s a game that both Faith and I were interested in so she wanted to watch it when I played. Normally this works out fine but after I started it she got really busy with The Last of Us prequel comic (another game we will eventually go through!) And then San Diego Comic Con happened. She got a little less busy but then my work picked up. And then finally we where both super busy with work until last week! And then we just powered through the end!

I’m glad I got to finish it because it was pretty crazy/interesting! There may have been some gameplay and story stuff that didn’t work perfectly but the stuff that was good still has me thinking about it. It would be awesome if they could have done a Valve type commentary system in game so I could hear about certain story beats and other things. Also the game was really gorgeous. The city of Columbia was always a sight to be seen. There were moments where we would just stare at the scenery and be in awe. It’s too bad it was filled with terrible people!

Speaking of characters, the game had some great ones. Particularly the Lutuece Twins and Elizabeth. I would play a whole lot more with those characters. Maybe in some DLC we’ll see more of them.

Anyways, great game that took us way to long to finally finish!

I played it for HOW MANY HOURS?! award:

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

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I played Animal Crossing: New Leaf for over 150 hours this summer.

That’s not the most I heard someone playing it, but for someone that has a full time animation job and tries to do a webcomic weekly on the side, that’s a lot of time.

And I enjoyed all of that time in my little virtual town. There’s just something relaxing about spending my time talking to my animal neighbours, hunting for bugs and making my town beautiful. I think Faith described it best when she said the lack of responsibilities is really appealing when you’re surrounded by a bunch of work and deadlines. I’ll still drop by my town to see how everyone is every now and then.

There’s only one thing that detracted from my experience and it gets it’s own mini award:

Most annoying villager award:

Egbert.

I’m not even going to post a picture of him. He was so annoying and creepy. He sent me a letter once. It read “I bought this and sent it to you because it really reminds me of you.” I opened up the present and inside was a potty. I was so happy when he moved out.

The only game to feature a mariachi cover of Eye of the Tiger and that’s only one of the things
that makes it pretty great award:

Rayman Legends

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Rayman Legends is super gorgeous, fun to play by yourself or with friends, and has the best musical levels ever. It’s pretty great at video games! You should be playing it right now!

This is the only animated movie I saw this year so I’m going to talk about it award:

Frozen

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For the longest time I thought I wasn’t going to see any animated movies this year. I wasn’t interested in Monsters U. I didn’t care about what Dreamworks was offering. I forgot to go see Cloudy with a chance of meatballs 2 (whoops, sorry Bianca!) And the marketing for Frozen wasn’t doing anything for me.

Then some reviews came out and said it was pretty good. And then some of my friends went and saw it and said it was pretty good. So eventually I decided to go see it with my friend Andrew because everyone else was going to see the Hobbit and we don’t care about those movies at all.

It was a good decision.

I was really impressed by how solid, funny, and towards the end, somewhat surprising it was. There might have been a bit too much singing at the beginning that could have been spent on developing some characters a bit better but overall it work really well. Not as good as last year’s Wreck-It Ralph but a lot better than Tangled. Definitely go check it out.

These guys still know how to make a really funny movie award:

The World’s End

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The World’s End is a really funny movie. That’s not too surprising considering it’s written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg who also did the pretty alright Shaun of the Dead and the pretty perfect Hot Fuzz. It doesn’t reach Hot Fuzz levels of perfection but it’s pretty close! I’m going to be re-watching it real soon I think! You should watch it too!

It’s also the only live action movie that I cared about that I saw in theatres this year.

This is always the best comic every year award:

Yotsuba&! Vol. 12

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Yotsuba is always the perfect comic. It’s such a feel-good read every time that makes you think this world is pretty alright!

The tagline for Yotsuba is “Enjoy Everything” and I do enjoy everything about it. It’s stories are simple but perfectly paced. The characters are humourous and relatable. And the comic work is simply gorgeous!

I’m already eagerly anticipating the next volume!

The best comic this year that isn’t Yotsuba award:

Usagi Yojimbo: A Town Called Hell

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It’s only been in the last couple of years that I got into Usagi Yojimbo. I wish this was a series I was aware of when I was younger because it does so many things right that I would have loved to have it influence me at a much earlier age. And this volume is a great example of everything it’s strong at: complex and interesting characters, great humour to compliment the serious tones,amazing action and sweet emotion. It took me longer to write this cause I got caught up reading it again while trying to think about what to write. It’s that great.

I actually got the chance to meet Stan Sakai when I went to San Diego Comic Con this year and I can easily tell you that he is one of the nicest guys in comics. Unfortunately he and his family are going through some rough times. Please head over here and find out how you can help. 

The show I should be angry and jealous of but I can’t because it’s so darn great award:

Gravity Falls

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If you have seen Gravity Falls and read Mush-A-Mush you may have noticed some similarities. I know I did. For a while there was a point that I was slightly angry that there was a show on sorta doing what I was doing at the same time but was much prettier and funnier, and it was created by someone who is around my age. But I got over that pretty easily because I knew Mush-A-Mush would have it’s own separate identity, but mostly the fact that Gravity Falls was just too good to be angry at.

The two main characters, Dipper and Mabel, are unique and funny and I’m excited every time I watch to see what crazy thing they’ll discover next and how they react to it. And the overall mystery is pretty interesting. What is up with Grunkle Stan? I wish I didn’t have to wait so long for the next season to start to find out, but I know it will be well worth it.

The “Let me just sit here and think about this ending for a bit” award:

Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated

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If you would have told me a couple years ago that a Scooby Doo show was going to become one of my favourite shows ever I would have laughed at you pretty hard. If you then told me how it was going to end I would have thought you were crazy and would slowly walk away. But this show became one of my favourites and it ended in a pretty insane way… and it was amazing!

I definitely won’t go into spoilers at all here but I can tell you it was pretty unexpected. In fact that’s how I would describe the show in general, not what you expect. The characters are funny (especially Fred which is the most unexpected!) the individual episodes are great and the overarching mystery always keeps you guessing. If you have been putting it aside because it’s a Scooby Doo show give it another chance. I think it will surprise you!

Okay I’ll admit I got teary eyed when it ended award:

Futurama

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I love Futurama. I have bought every dvd and listened to every commentary. I can’t get enough of the show. I love how smart and dumb it can be at the same time. I can watch the same episodes over and over again and still laugh at something new or something old. So even though it’s ended before (many times actually) this one hit me pretty good. There was a certain sweetness and finality to this episode. I feel like I was okay saying good bye this time. It had a great run. But there’s still a part of me that will miss seeing Fry, Leela and the rest of the Planet Express crew show up on my TV.

Well that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the first ever TMATTATHLTY awards! They may or may not be back next year!

Hope you have a Happy New Year and I’ll see you in 2014 with even more Mush-A-Mush comics!

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Is there something in the water? Maybe… but you don’t get to find out until 2014 cause this is the last page of 2013!

The suspense!!

I hope you enjoy it!

Also be sure to check out my “awards” blog post that will be going up later today! It should be lots of fun!

Anyways I hope you had a great 2013! I’m looking forward to an even better 2014 with lots more Mush-A-Mush!

See ya next Tuesday!

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Hey guys not much to say today. Heading out to my parent’s place for Christmas sometime this morning so I got to go get ready!

But I’ll be back next week with a new comic and perhaps a list of my favourite things from this year put into dumb award categories! Should be fun!

Enjoy the page and have a safe and fun Christmas and holiday time! Eat all the holiday food too!

 

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I hope everybody had a great weekend!

I got awesome news this morning! I’m going to be an exhibitor at TCAF this year with my girlfriend, Faith Erin Hicks! I’m super excited! I’ve gone the last 4 years as an attendee and to help Faith out but now I get to be behind a table in an official way! I hope everyone can come and check out a copy of the first volume of Mush-A-Mush!

Anyways I hope you enjoy the page! See ya next Tuesday!

 

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Chapter 3 – Pg 11

Finally a change of scenery!

So yeah I promised a blog post and there’s going to be one!

First off I just wanted to show you a comparison drawing of Allison and Sean in the boat from 2008!

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Look at how old it is! Also look at the blatant disregard for safety! Put those life jackets on kids!

And second, Hal-Con happened a couple weekends ago and we finally got around to putting up a bunch of artwork we bought there and at many other conventions! So I figured I would let you guys see where I make the Mush-A-Mush magic happen! (And sorry for the crappy photo quality. My phone doesn’t take the best photos.)

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Pretty awesome stuff right? Well I also figured I should give you guys links to all these great artists (the ones I can find) so you can go see their awesome artwork.

So in no particular order:

Faith Erin Hicks, Noreen Rana, Miriam Gibson, Andrew Power, Natasha Small, Leisl Adams, Bianca Sierckle, Tony Mitchell, Steffi, Beccy David, Carmen Cameron, Tim Carpenter, Tyson Hesse, Nina Matsumoto, and Elizabeth Sherry.

Whew! That’s a lot of talented folks! Can’t wait to get some more great artwork to put up!

Anyways I think that’s good enough! Have a great week and see ya next Tuesday!

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Hey guys! Sorry for the delays in updating! Both Hal-Con and work kinda got in the way. Hopefully it will be steady again for a bit because I really want you guys to enjoy this chapter!

Speaking of Hal-Con, it was lots of fun! I sold a decent amount of Mush-A-Mush books and bought some really cool art from other cool artists! There were some problems with the show (which you may have heard about,) but it’s still always great to see all the great artists there!

Anyways enjoy the page! I’m fairly certain there will be a comic up next Tuesday! Chances are looking pretty good! ;)

And maybe I’ll have some sort of blog post with it as well!

So see ya then!

Hal-Con 2013

Just wanted to let anyone who will be in Halifax this weekend know that I’ll be at Hal-Con selling Mush-A-Mush books! I’ll be sitting with my awesome girlfriend, Faith Erin Hicks, who will be selling lots of awesome stuff as well!

Here’s where you can find us!

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And here’s a good idea of what I’ll have for sale! I’ll probably be doing commissions as well!

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(There probably won’t be any ghost like in this picture, but I can promise that for certain!)

Anyways to find out more head on over to the Hal-Con website!

Hopefully we’ll see you there! If not, have a great weekend!

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Oh Allison, never change. You’re pretty perfect!

Just want to let you guys know that I’m going to be just updating once a week on Tuesdays for a little bit. Work is pretty busy and hopefully this might allow me to build up a buffer of some sort. But I will make sure to consistently have a page here for you every week! And eventually, hopefully, go back to twice a week!

Anyways enjoy the page!

See ya next Tuesday!

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Happy Friday everyone!

Today I’m going to talk a little about my trip to San Diego Comic Con. I can’t believe that was over two months ago!

I still amazed that I got to go to SDCC. Faith got invited to go down as a guest and I got to be her plus one!

So I pretty much summed up what happened on that trip in some journal comics I did when I got back and you can see them here:

San Diego Comic!

Epilogue!

Anyways, here are just some things I wanted to point out:

-I was actually surprised that it wasn’t as crazy as I thought it would be on the show floor for the most part. Except for Saturday. That got a bit insane.

-Stan Sakai is the nicest guy. I bought some awesome original art from him and really need to get around to framing it.

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-Getting to hang out with Bryan Konietzko (co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender & Legend of Korra) was not something I was expecting to do but it was awesome!

-The city of San Diego was really nice. It wasn’t too hot while we were there and I liked how the city was laid out.

-It was awesome seeing something I animated on (Teen Titans Go!) being represented there!

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-There were lots of cool and amazing and awesome people there.

-Eight hours of flying is something I don’t want to do on a regular basis. My long legs were not meant to airplane seats.

-I’m super happy that Faith had an amazing time there! She really deserved to be a guest because of how awesome she is and she deserved how great of time she had! She’s pretty awesome I think! ;P

-Here’s a dumb photo of the two of us!

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That’s all I think. I’m probably forgetting something but I need to head to bed! It was a super fun time!

Anyways hope you enjoy this blog post and the comic!

See you Tuesday!

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Finally done with the madness of work which means chapter 3 of Mush-A-Mush can finally really begin! Yay!

I’ll be back on Friday with another page and a proper blog post about my trip to San Diego!

Today I’m just going to link to the Shantae Kickstarter! You should all go support that game because they are great games with great fun characters!

Shantae Kickstarter!

Anyways see ya Friday and enjoy the page!

 

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Chapter 3 – Cover

Hey guys! Chapter 3 is finally starting… somewhat!

Unfortunately work is still in major crunch time so it’s been really difficult to find time to ink and colour the pages I have drawn. So that probably means I won’t have the first new page up until two weeks from now, when this current work project is all done! But after that it will be a consistent flow of updates I promise!

Thanks for being so patient during this busy, busy time. Hopefully this cover will tide you over those 2 weeks! And it’s going to be lots of fun once it gets going!

Now I need to head to bed so I can get the little amount of sleep I can get, so I can do all the work!

DCAF and Chapter 3 update!

Hey guys! Sorry about disappearing for a while! I’ve been busy with animation work which has taken up a lot of my time. Also I was to San Diego for Comic-Con. So lots of things going on!

Anyways I wanted to let anyone who lives in the Halifax region know that I’ll be at DCAF (which you can find out all about here!) this weekend selling this:

999432_10153155794840341_1982692470_nIt’s the first two chapters of Mush-A-Mush in book form! Yay! I’m pretty excited about finally having my own book to sell! It’s really cool having stuff you drawn in book form!

I hope I see you there! It’s going to be lots of fun!

The other thing I wanted to let you guys know about was when Chapter 3 of Mush-A-Mush would be starting. Work has been super busy lately as the project I’m working on is reaching it’s end so I’m a bit behind than where I wanted to be. Right now it’s looking like I won’t be able to start updating until September. I’ll set the date of September 6th for me to work towards. Hopefully you guys don’t mind waiting a little longer! Sorry!

Anyways until then, continue having a great summer! Can’t wait to get back to this!

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And with this page Chapter 2 is finished! I hope you all enjoyed it and are looking forward to the next chapter!

Speaking of which I thought I would give a couple details about when Chapter 3 would be starting up.

So I don’t have a concrete date yet but I’m thinking that it’s not probably going to start up until mid to late August. Why so late you ask? There’s a couple of reasons:

I’m just kinda behind right now. The script is written but it’s not thumbnailed out yet. But hopefully that won’t take me too long. And I like to try and have a buffer before I start up a chapter just so there’s a consistency of updates for at least a little bit. So getting that done will take some time.

In July I’m also going to be taking a trip to San Diego Comic-Con! Faith’s a guest so I get to go with her which is pretty amazing! I’m really looking forward to it. And I’ll be sure to put up photos and stuff of it once Chapter 3 is started. However this will be taking up a week in July and while I might be able to work a little there I doubt I’ll get too much done.

And the last reason why is that I’m also going to be working on putting together a printed version of the first two chapters of Mush-A-Mush! I’m not sure how much time this will take up but I’m super excited about seeing it in book form. I’m hoping to have them done in time for a local convention here in Halifax: DCAF! So if you in Halifax Aug 19 you should definitely check that out and hopefully pick up a book! :D

So I’m going to work my hardest to get everything done quickly so you guys can start reading the next chapter sooner rather than later!

I hope you guys have a great July! I’ll update when I have a more solid date and also with more details about DCAF when it gets closer! So see ya then!