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Copper Books and Amulet 3 [Nov. 30th, 2009|04:12 pm]
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Copper Books
I've been away from the computer the past few weeks to focus on inking pages and taking care of Juni (who is doing great!), so it's time to catch up on my blogging. First off, if you want more detailed and frequent updates, please follow my twitter account. It allows me to post updates during my short breaks without pulling time away from work, so it's very convenient. I'll incorporate a twitter update box on the front page as soon as Amulet 3 is complete.
The Copper books arrived in the mail just around the time Juni was born, so it was pretty much one of the best weeks ever. Not only did we see the arrival of our beautiful baby boy, but we have a nice new book to add to the library. The Copper books look absolutely fantastic, and it probably has the nicest production values of any book I've worked on. Phil Falco, David Saylor, and Sheila Keenan at Scholastic did a great job on this, and I can't wait to see how people like the final product. It will be available in January through Scholastic Graphix, alongside Raina Telgemeier's wonderful graphic novel Smile, and the first volume of Jake Parker's super fun Missile Mouse.
The Copper book has also received its first award! It was named as a Junior Library Guild Selection for Fall 2009, along with Jeff Smith and Charles Vess's Rose.
Amulet 3 inked
The image above is what I have been working on since Juni arrived. Amulet 3 is pretty much entirely inked, with maybe about 2-3 pages to redraw today after dialogue edits. I'm really excited to be joining Jason and Anthony on the colors tomorrow. Here we go onto the final stretch!
In other news, Booklist asks kids what books they are most eager for, and Amulet 3 shows up amongst pretty good company! Also, Paste Magazine has named Flight Volume 1 to their list of best graphic novels of the decade, at number five!
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Copper - "Angler" [Feb. 18th, 2009|02:31 pm]
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I realize I haven't posted anything on livejournal in a while.  Here's a new Copper strip!


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Copper - "Clockwork" [Oct. 27th, 2008|06:32 am]
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10 things that make me happy [Oct. 20th, 2007|02:37 am]
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My sweetheart just tagged me with this meme, so here goes...

1.  Amy.  I'm just about as happy as I can be when I'm around her or when I have her on my mind.  She's the biggest reason I will have smile wrinkles at a young age.
2.  My brothers Taka and Tim, the best brothers anyone could ask for.
3.  My 3 moms: June, Sunni, and Judy.
4.  My grandparents, whose lifelong happiness is inspiring.
5.  My sisters Julie and Emi, my cousins Mark and Cathy, my aunt, uncle, and dad.  I suppose I should clump all of my family into one entry.  I love them all and they make me happy.
6.  All of my friends.  I have the greatest group of friends anyone could ask for.
7.  Watching movies, good and bad.  My favorite form of entertainment.
8.  Our studio space for work and play.  We have such a cool office, and I get to work on such cool projects.  Plus, Dusty (Ben's dog) hangs out there sometimes.
10.  Good people.

Hmm, I guess I like the people around me so much that I ran out of room for other stuff.  Well, other things that make me happy include a good night's rest, finishing a comic (large or small), finishing a sweet illustration, organizing my work and living spaces, buying cool toys (like video games and such).  As for something quirky - I like it when I slip my legs under the covers of a nicely made bed and it feels nice and cool.
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Happy Birthday, dude!! [Feb. 3rd, 2007|01:26 pm]
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We made you a Mii!  :)
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Flight 3 in stores [Jun. 27th, 2006|03:17 am]
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Flight 3 is trickling into various retail outlets right now. For those that haven’t seen any of its contents, here’s a preview page. We recently discovered that the books won’t be shipping to comic stores this week. I’m not sure why that is (it shouldn’t be the case), so I’m going to check in on that.
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Flight 3 books have arrived! [Jun. 6th, 2006|10:56 pm]
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I have seen Flight 3 and it is beautiful. Sitting in my living room with the warm afternoon glow, I had a nice time reading through the book in its paper form for the very first time. I had read all of the stories many, many times already in their digital form, but I was surprised at how different they all felt reading them like this. It was great. I had so much fun.

I'm so proud of everyone involved in this project, and I have to thank the fine folks at Ballantine Books for their dedication to the book, and for really opening my eyes to the level of professionalism afforded by the big trade book publishers. We already have ten times as many pre-orders for Flight 3 than we did for either 1 or 2, and the quality of the production is impeccable.

The first thing Amy and I noticed was that the satin finish of the cover felt really, REALLY good. It's the kind of finish that you feel on really nice trade books. The second thing we noticed was that despite being 80 pages shorter, Flight 3 was actually THICKER than Flight 2, because of the nicer paper stock. In any case, the book is a very nice package, and its contents continues the high quality set by the first two volumes.

Reading through this volume, even I'm pretty amazed by the development of this project- from its scrappy beginnings as a potential photocopied Kinko's production for the Alternative Press Expo, to seeing the "Ballantine Books - New York" logo on the front page of a book that is about to be in thousands of bookstores across America. It's been several hours now, and I've just been holding this book like a new baby.
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Copper - "Steps" [May. 3rd, 2006|04:41 am]
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The new Copper is up. It's a bit of a tribute to an early Little Nemo cartoon, a strip that I saw in an animation book while at school one day, and revamped my interest in drawing comics.
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Tokyopop Artists Signing @ Nucleus [Apr. 14th, 2006|05:54 pm]
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Just a reminder that Amy and Becky, along with other Tokyopop artists, will be signing books tomorrow, Saturday April 14th, at Nucleus from 7 to 11pm. They'll also have original artwork and prints on the walls of the gallery. Rad Sechrist and I will be hanging out during the signing as well.

I've been going over the first half of the color proofs for Flight 3 and the book looks and reads beautifully. Seeing the stories together, I feel relieved. It really is awesome.
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Flight 3 in Kotori Magazine, plus wraparound cover image [Apr. 3rd, 2006|02:35 am]
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I just realized I can copy-paste my blog entries from my site to the livejournal interface.  Sweet!  So, from today's post:


 

Flight 3 is currently featured in Kotori Magazine (formerly WAV magazine) with preview images from the book. Interior pages here and here.


I realized after visiting my friend Steve's blog that I hadn't posted the full cover for Flight 3 yet, so here's the complete wraparound cover. Flight 3 posters should be ready this week, in time for APE. (I'm crossing my fingers because I gave the printer the go-ahead with no color proof) I'll be there for the event and will be holding a panel discussion with several other Flight artists on Sunday from 1:45 to 2:40 pm. Right now, I'm debating on whether or not we should take the PCH up the coast. The little that Amy and I saw of it when we headed down last time was absolutely gorgeous.
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