Stop by table #1023 in Artist Alley
Comicpalooza 2014 is here in just 4 days! ICECUBES will have a table and we expect to see you there starting Friday, May 23 until Monday, May 26!
This should be a giant event so come prepared to get your ICECUBES book signed, pick up some original art and meet Leroy Brown!
Black ink is the life blood of ICECUBES the comic strip. Nothing can take its place!
Original art for this comic is available. This is a unique piece, only one exists. This is not a digital file, this is not a print. Black India ink on Strathmore 400, 2 ply vellum, traces of pencil, titanium white paint, and blue pencil. 15″ x 5″. Signed and dated. $100.00 + shipping.
Great job! Check tomorrow’s update for a chance to win the special prize!
Bonjour comic fans! Last week a cool thing happened at ICECUBES. The website got a bunch of visitors from Belgium! Belgium came in third place for most visits by country. That title is usually reserved for the UK or Australia, as ICECUBES is an English speaking comic. Belgium beat them this week! You may know that Belgium is the birthplace of the European School of Comics. Started just before WWII, the school flourished in the post-war period with many international comic stars.
To celebrate this, I’ve decided to start a week-long contest to see who knows their Belgian comics! So here goes: be the first person to answer the challenge (one prize per person please!)
I will give out a bonus prize of an ICECUBES sticker to anyone who logs in from Belgium and names the characters in Flemish!
Put your answers in the comments sections below. May the games begin!
I always sketch out difficult poses before committing them to paper. The thing you’re looking for is how to inject energy into the drawing. So imagine the characters are alive and moving around on the page. Sometimes it helps to close your eyes and picture it. Having said that, you can see that I erased plenty of times before getting it right. Don’t be afraid of using the eraser! Nobody is watching and sometimes it takes a lot of bad drawings to get a good one!
Here’s the published comic. Note how the camera angle chopped off the legs, even though I drew them originally!
Well, here we are again at the beginning of a brand new year!
2014 holds some great surprises for ICECUBES fans and we’ll continue building on what we did in 2013!
A quick look back on the past year will reveal some pretty neat ICECUBES facts:
* ICECUBES is regularly syndicated in print in the Kingwood Monthly newspaper. I also created and edit a full monthly comics page featuring other guest artists including Mark Stokes of Zombie Boy, David Wilborn of Urban Jungle, Michael Hawkins with Jim Corn, Lonnie Easterling with Spudcomics and Kim Belding with PicPak.
* ICECUBES was featured at the awesome Comiculture Symposium at the University of Houston in Clear Lake. I participated in a live panel with James Barr creator of The Crow and ICECUBES comic art was displayed in the University art gallery.
* ICECUBES the book is in 5 comic book stores all across the country!
* The first ICECUBES comic book is almost completely sold out. (some artist editions left)
* I started work on a book of my earlier more ‘underground’ strips called Atomik Comix.
A zine preview was created for Houston Zine Fest and is still available for $1 + shipping.
* ICECUBES was submitted to some of the larger newspaper syndicates.
* More original art was sold at conventions and online.
There is more original art up for sale, click here!
* ICECUBES premiered 2 animated comics! Woohoo! More to come.
* Finally, a big surprise is coming in the next few weeks… so stay tuned!
Show your support for ICECUBES by purchasing one of the remaining numbered artist editions of the book. You can also become a paid subscriber for only ¢25 a month, or $2.50 for a full year! This will give you access to all the members only areas of the site where the archived comics are kept!
Thanks for reading ICECUBES!
I like it when I am so busy drawing strips that my table starts looking like this. Much more to come in 2014, including a big surprise!!
Ok dear friends, as promised here is the on ICECUBES the Book! From now until January 1st 2014 *free shipping* on all book purchases (USA & Canada only and just $10 overseas for up to 2 books)!!
That’s right, every book comes with free shipping so you only pay $15 for a regular copy or $20 for the numbered artist edition! I only have 19 numbered edition books left! (I’ll be glad to email you the numbers, just shoot me an email at icecubescomic(at)yahoo(dot)com.) I will sign and personalize every book, no exceptions!
Additionally, with every purchase of a numbered edition I’ll include a super special limited edition copy of AtomikComix! This little zine was made for Houston Zine Fest and is the prelude for a book of my early underground comics. These were $5 each at Zine Fest and you can get one for free with your purchase of a numbered edition ICECUBES book!
Hurry and get your books, the first printing of ICECUBES the Book is just about all gone!
I just want to take this opportunity to say a big *thank you* to everyone who continues to support ICECUBES and helps to keep this strip alive! You make it all happen!
More great things to come in 2014!
Merry Christmas everyone and have a wonderful New Year 2014!
Recently I did a strip that required a lot of talking balloons in one single panel. I had to plan it out so that it could be read and understood properly and that there would be room for the characters as well. It took some fussing around and I ended up scoring the entire height of the panel with blue lines!
Since I don’t use a computer for lettering, once I place something I have to commit to it. In the past cartoonists would often blue line their whole strip and I’ve seen Lil Abner strips that were scored from top to bottom regardless of how much text there was! This was often done by an assistant. In my case I was surprised to get to that point where I actually had to do it for practical purposes. Pretty neat! You can see the inked panel here.
I was pretty happy with the end result, especially in the last panel where I had to use some white paint for the snow effects!
ICECUBES will be at Zine Fest Houston tomorrow Saturday, Oct. 12 from 3pm to 8pm. Come by and say hi, get your book signed and visit some of the other great indie publications on display! I’ll also have original art for sale.
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