Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Junkfoooood!


Come and get it! These Junkfoods keep poppin' up! This one is at Polite Company Magazine .com They are fun to do! And they're getting noticed too. I'll end up having a couple HUGE announcements coming up very soon...so stay tuned!


By the way...The signed Ronn Desrosiers Tim Burton portraits prints are IN! If you are interested, come on by Free Lunch Studios or contact me if you want one.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Working in the fridge!


Hard at work at the Studio today. Scanning Val pages, drawing some cover layouts and returning to Hostile Universe! It was cold in here this morning! It seemed to take forever for this place too warm up! Maggie came to work with me today and she happens to be taking a nap right now.

I promised a peek at one of my Mad Science critters today so here you go!


By the way, our "Night at the Movies" Gallery will be up for one more week...so if you want to see some beautiful original work, swing by tomorrow night for the Monday Night Jam.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Granby Pharmacy window

Well the big holiday gathering in the center of Granby was last night...I missed most of it. It sounded like it was a good time. I hung out with my fellow Lions club members at the Christmas tree sales booth for a little while and then went a took some pics of the Granby Pharmacy store front. Pretty cool.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Junkfood! New Banner!

http://www.politecompanycomic.com/2010/12/junk-food-diary-wiki-kid/

Along with that, Tomorrow (Friday 12/3) Granby Pharmacy will be revealing their front window banner that I drew. If you live in the area (Granby CT) be sure to check it out!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Show in Plainville CT Sunday!

Hey there, everyone! Did you eat too much? Spend to much on Friday? Well, I have good news...Cliff's got a show on Sunday, November 28th, and if you're looking for bargain comics, toys, movies and more...you're in luck! All of these shows run at the Plainville V.F.W. Hall- 7 Northwest Dr. (Route 10) from 10 AM to 3 PM.

99 CENT ADMISSION, CHILDREN UNDER 10 ARE FREE
We will be there to do portfolio reviews, talk about upcoming classes, special events and more stuff going on at Free Lunch. www.freelunchstudios.com

Directions to the V.F.W. Hall: 84 East or West, take exit 32 and turn onto Route 10 North from the off-ramp. Follow Route 10 North for 4.5 miles, and turn right onto Northwest Drive. The V.F.W. Hall is on the left- follow the signs.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Big push before turkey day and comic fest!

Very productive day today! Colored this beast most of the day. It's 22 x 17 inches! Would've liked to have finished it...Friday morning for certain. Also finished this tattoo design!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Come on by Friday for the Black Friday Comic Fest starting at 1230 pm! Post it comics, bargain comics for sale, comic movie marathon and the gallery will be open to viewers! Only $10 per person from 12:30 - 4 (add $20 to stay until 6:30)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pharmy Friends!



Here's the Pharmacy job that I've been mentioning every now and then. The selected concept sketch and final inks here. This piece will be split in two and hung in the Granby Pharmacy front window. I'm starting the digital painting tomorrow...you know me...I'll show you part of it!

Junkfood everywhere!

Our Junkfoods are starting to get popular! As of this week, they are being published in three places! Parcbench, Polite Company Magazine and The Granby Drummer! If you publish a paper, magazine, comic or web site, and are interested in some Junkfood...let us know!

Here's a link to the newest one at Polite Company Magazine

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Workin' on the gallery piece...

Hope you can make it! http://freelunchstudios.blogspot.com/2010/10/night-at-movies-gallery.html

Gettin' ready...for our first Gallery!

As you can see, big changes here at Free Lunch...









Still preparing for our first gallery event. It'll be very exciting...20 pieces total for this show, and they're all great! Be sure to swing by Thursday, 11/11 from 6 - 9 pm! We're in the back of the Granby Commons, 518 Salmon Brook St in Granby CT. See you there!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Enfield Collectibles Show


Off 2 the Enfield Collectibles Show! @ St Bernard School, 232 Pearl St, Enfield CT! See ya there! 9 - 3

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Hard at work...


Kickin' some butt here at the office today!

Early this morning, took care of the humm drumm stuff like the bills and stuff. Yawn! After that I managed to finish the blue line sketches for a banner that I'm designing for the Granby Pharmacy right here in town. I will show you the progress on that as we go along. Scanned in a couple of pieces for our first gallery event that we're holding at Free Lunch. I should have three pieces in it...we'll see.

Started coloring the I, Sherman cover (which you can see here).

After working in New Britain Monday, I picked up a new friend for the Great White...looks mean, doesn't he?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Comic Show on Halloween!

East of the River Comic Show's next event is HALLOWEEN!!
SUNDAY, October 31st, 2010 from 10 - 3. It'll be at the Golden Gavel Plaza, 149 North Road (Route 140) East Windsor, CT 06088. (Off of I-91, exit 45 - Follow Route 140 east for 1 mile, the plaza is on left)

Wear a costume for a chance to win a prize! Contest starts at 12:30 Free cider, donuts and Halloween candy (while supplies last)


Steve Kanaras and I will be there! We'll be on hand to talk about upcoming events in November at Free Lunch Studios.

99 cent admission
NEW VENDORS!
CHILDREN FREE UNDER 10!
FREE GIVEAWAYS AT THE DOOR!
HOURLY RAFFLES


Showcasing dealers of Golden, Silver, Bronze, and Modern Age comic, C. C. G., Sport/nonsports cards, Action figures, Collectible toys, Diecast, Paper/pulp collectibles, Comic/card supplies and VHS/DVD's and more! (more to be announced believe it or not!)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Big day today...


I'm kinda in the zone these last few days...I'm finishing the "I, Sherman" issue 1 today as well as giving 3 mini workshops at an elementary school. I think I'm going to start my Jaws tribute painting today or finish the Polite Company crew for Steve Kanaras. I have to complete two more of them. I'll debut them here with Steve's character bios (they're funny!). - Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Something Creepy This Way Comes...


King of the Monster Mountain is ONE WEEK AWAY so it's time to start celebrating! Today I'll show you a pic from my Mad Science Cartooning class (which happens to be a hit!) where all we do is create beasties! This one's a good one because he can fly - just one of the boosters you can select in the game!



If you are interested in Mad Science Cartoons, just hit this link for more info. If you want to come to King of the Monster Mountain, click here for more info!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

As things continue...Mad Science!!!


First off, let me address this... Barring any weird internet problem, I will record a catch-up show tomorrow morning. I will show you the I Sherman pages. I swear!

Taught our first Free Lunch Studios based Mad Science Cartooning today! What a great time! This class I've taught at other venues, like the YMCA for example, but never at the office. There's a little bit of a difference though...at the office it's a parent/child event. This makes it so much cooler!

If your interested in joining the fun...check out www.freelunchstudios.com or www.freelunchcomics.com

Monday, October 11, 2010

New York Comic Con and Open Studios

WHEW! Crazy couple of weeks have come to a close. For starters...we hosted the 24 Hour Comic Challenge again this year and you can read mine at www.freelunchcomics.com




The New York Comic Con was a lot of fun! This was the first year that we didn't have a table in a while...and it was cool. I forgot just how big the show was. When you are behind the table, you don't see how crazy it is.

Open Studio was great. Met some returning guests and quite a few new ones. It was so busy, Each day I ate lunch at 5 or later! If you didn't get to stop by...you can swing by tonight and every Monday night for our Monday Night Jam from 6 to 8:30.


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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Open Studios this weekend!

Make sure you take the time to come by this weekend to Free Lunch Studios in Granby, CT. We'll be doing tons of fun things like caricatures, commissions, and selling original art. Along with all that, you could get first looks at original Junkfoods cartoons, I Sherman pages, The Last Nativity pages, my 24 Hour comic pages and lots, lots more. See my earlier Granby Artists Open Studios post for downloadable directions.


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New York Comicon

I'll be at the show tomorrow...so let's have a little fun! If you see me or my partner, Steve Kanaras at the show and come up and introduce yourself to either of us...we'll give you 20% off a class or event! I'll be wearing the Free Lunch Great White tee shirt. (if you néed to see what it looks like, go to my Facebook page)


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Thursday, September 30, 2010

PIZZA!


In the middle of all the crazy stuff going on...I still have to produce art! Here's a piece that we did for our neighbor and pizza supplier for our comic themed classes, New England Pizza! MMM mmm...makes me hungry just thinking about it! The next step for me on this job is a kids menu that kids can color! Should be fun!

Almost done with I, SHERMAN...that means you'll be seeing partial pages REAL SOON! Next week?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

24 Hour Comic Day approaches...

Hello fellow 24 Hour warriors! As this great event approaches, I found one creator's tips for a successful 24 hour experience. Kevin Cannon's 1st four chapters of his book, Far Arden were 24 hour comics. Sage advice.

PRODUCTION TIPS

Obviously there's no one way to draw, but here are Mr Cannon's tips:

- Have your paper ready and, if possible, pre-ruled.

- Come prepared with drawing materials.

- Bring a lamp and extension cord for direct light.

- Pace yourself. You have to carve out time for meals and bathroom breaks.

- Try doing a page every fifty minutes. That gives you 240 minutes to rest and recoup and eat.

- If you're chatty, you're shooting yourself in the foot. Don't be surprised when you end up with only 20-30 minutes to draw each page.

- Some people like to pencil the whole book and THEN ink. I HIGHLY discourage this. Try to COMPLETE a full page every hour. This lets you accurately budget your time.

- Do as little penciling as possible. Nobody's going to win an Eisner with these books, so why not jump into the inks right away?

- Bring comfort items: extra clothes, an iPod, a cushion, etc. Better to bring too much stuff on your first time.

- On the flipside, don't bring a bunch of unnecessary crap.



http://24-hourcomic.blogspot.com/2007/10/kevin-cannons-24-hour-comic-tips.html

Friday, September 24, 2010

Granby Artists Association Open Studio Tour

Got a copy of the Open Studio Tour map in the mail! Yay! This is where a bunch of the Granby Artists Association opens their doors to the public to show what's going on where they work. We will be participating again this year with some new changes! I'll be doing caricatures and commissions, selling original art, comics and prints. Be sure to come by!

If by chance you did not get in the mail like me (which you most likely did not) here's a link for a pdf version to download. Click on "maps and locations".

Free Lunch at Sarge's!

COMIC WORKSHOP WITH FREE LUNCH STUDIOS


Sunday, September 26th 1pm-5pm Free Lunch Studios will be teaching a 4-hour Cartoon Anatomy workshop for creating comics. Please sign up early as space is limited.

Cliff's got a show on Sunday!

Hey there, everyone! Cliff's got a show on Sunday! (September 26th)
(and sport card shows are on the 3rd Saturday of every month.) All of these shows run at the Plainville V.F.W. Hall- 7 Northwest Dr. (Route 10) from 10 AM to 3 PM.

99 CENT ADMISSION, CHILDREN UNDER 10 ARE FREE

I'll be there a little bit with Free Lunch Comics own, Steve Kanaras, creator and writer of Only in Whispers, Pork and Beans, Beyond the Kuiper Belt and upcoming Hostile Universe will be there to do portfolio reviews, talk about the Comic Book Shuffle, 24 Hour comic day and discuss scriptwriting. Classes at Free Lunch Studios will restart in mid -October! www.freelunchstudios.com

Directions to the V.F.W. Hall: 84 East or West, take exit 32 and turn onto Route 10 North from the off-ramp. Follow Route 10 North for 4.5 miles, and turn right onto Northwest Drive. The V.F.W. Hall is on the left- follow the signs.

Busy times!

I know...I have not been around...if you follow this blog, you know it happens here from time to time. Here's what's up:

Spoke with the creator of I, Sherman, I will be teasing art from that book starting soon! Wonder Woman Day V is coming up and Free Lunch Studios will be sending our group package soon. We're an official host for the 24 Hour Comic challenge October 2nd-3rd and we've already got quite a few players. The Granby Open Studios Tour is coming up the 2nd weekend in October and everyone's invited.
We're hosting a movie themed gallery in November.

whew!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Step One


We're hosting a gallery event dedicated to classic movie posters at Free Lunch Studios in October. Our pal, Elyse is running it! I'm trying to prepare two pieces for the event, one for Jaws, the other will be my secret! The Jaws one will be a multimedia challenge for me...but being the fan that I am...I'm up for it! Here's a warm up sketch for the project...

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Yow! Couple days make a big difference!

Summer is indeed over and my test truly begins! As we speak (type) I've just put The 'Bug down for a nap, started some laundry, scanned some Junk Foods, folded some laundry and zipped the Junk Foods. Sheesh. I want to sit and work on "The Sherman Project" too.

I've got two classes starting this weekend, Mad Science Cartooning and Cartoon Anatomy. If you want to enroll, go to www.freelunchstudios.com or www.freelunchcomics.com

Here I've given you a Partial Page of one of the Junk Foods....enjoy!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

New Britain Museum of Modern American Art (last day)

Official last day (I should say couple hours) with Elyse as my intern and with the kids from the Studio @ 4 class. We had a great time working on our last MC Escher themed piece. It ended up being the most difficult challenge during class but I feel like the kids really grabbed hold of the concept. They were all really thankful at the end of the session and one, sweet little girl painted thank you cards and gave Elyse and I her own handmade bracelets. Pretty awesome. I'll be heading back there this coming October for classes that continue to tie in with the Escher theme.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The end of summer

Well, if you saw the last post, you saw that today was the last day of Elyse's internship. Even though it's at it's end, we'll still have a place for her at Free Lunch. While she was here, she not only completed some really nice artwork, she helped with meetings, scanning, road jobs and more. It wasn't all hard work though...we must not forget the Twin Peaks lunch breaks, nerf football golf, punchdubs, streaming soundtrack radio, Russian see saws, grape lady, foreign dignitaries, world cup football, riding bikes to work and "ghosting" (look it up). It was an honor and a pleasure to have Elyse at the office and I'm really glad that she'll be with us for the gallery, The Shuffle, workshops and more. Have a great school year and I'll miss having you around all the time.

Matt


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Elyse Took Over

Hullo. I'm Elyse, the summer is coming to a close and that means I have to go to school. Which also equals no more internship with Matt at Free Lunch Studios. Until NEXT SUMMER! So, I'm going to inform you what I've been doing for the past couple months. I worked at the YMCA twice (including today), we did two different things. We did "Mad Science Cartooning" and "King of the Monster Mountain". The kids LOVED it. Also, for the past three weeks we have been traveling to The New Britain Museum of Modern American art to work with more children on impossible architecture themed pieces during the M.C. Escher exhibit. Along with traveling to all of these places I had the "pleasure" of scanning a lot of Matt's original artwork. I was put in charge of organizing a gallery event to be held at the studio, this fall. And another event is a Harry Potter themed workshop.
I learned a lot this summer, I learned a lot from Matt's lectures about why you shouldn't smoke and why the most important thing to do is be yourself. He also taught me how to digitally paint pictures in photo shop. But the greatest thing is how much fun I had. It's hard to describe it. My summer was saved by enjoying two out of the seven days at the studio.
See ya next summer,
Elyse

Monday, August 23, 2010

Comic Book Shuffle Returns!

This August 28th, Free Lunch Studios will host, The Comic Book Shuffle 2. The Shuffle is a creative challenge that takes random artists and writers to work together to complete a five page story in seven hours. For more info, see the Shuffle site.

I have hand picked a variety of creative contenders that so far include:
Writers: G Allan Holcolmb, David Kaminski, Greg Lallman,
Tim Elsishans
Artists: Pete Roohr, Chris Tiso, Aaron Wood, Corey Wright, James Rodriguez, Lady Pefron,


If you want to take part in the voting process, go to Cliff's Comic show August 29th! For even more info, go to his site: http://cliffscons.blogspot.com/2010/08/show-august-29th-and-return-of-comic.html Here's the cover for the Shuffle book to be released that weekend!

First off...

I wanna thank Larry's Comics in Lowell Mass for their great support and a great time for my promoting of the upcoming Sky Pirates trade. If you've never been to that store before...you NEED TO. The deals will knock your socks off! So thanks again Larry!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Come by Larry's Comics!

Promoting the Sky Pirates trade today at Larry's Comics in Lowell Mass! Visit larryscomics.net for more info!


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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Crazy day!

Like many of my days... I Worked on the road again today! I'm happy to say that all the pencils for the coloring book job are done! But, not without some sort of craziness...I cut my arm and bled a little on the script, got some spider guts on one of the pages after I smacked it off my wife's arm and ended up chasing the script across a mall parking lot in Danbury! The script had just an exciting adventure as the one it contained!


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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Y-M-C-A!


Elyse and I had a great time drawing with the kids at the Farmington Valley YMCA yesterday! We ended up working with 2 large, enthusiastic groups of kids (totaling at least 50). We tried a new class out called Mad Science Cartooning. It was a hit! I was happy to see a few familiar faces...Sara Longo and Kevin Hayden, two kids that used to work with me over at the YMCA. After that, it was back to the office and Drawing and Painting for Teens. The kids had a ton of energy so it was a little crazier than usual (which means I laugh a lot).

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New strip published!


Parcbench published another of our strips yesterday! Yay! Go check it out!

I want to thank Mason and Matt Herring (from Secret Identity) for being great hosts over at Most Excellent Collectibles in Enfield! Ava and I had a great time!

Elyse and I will be at the New Britain Museum of American Art this afternoon! See you there!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Most Excellent Comics in Enfield CT

I will be at Most Excellent Comics in Enfield CT tomorrow at 4pm promoting the Sky Pirates pre-orders. Free sketch for anyone that pre-orders while Matt's there! Directions and more at http://mostexcellentcomics.weebly.com/index.html See you there!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Who are these guys?

They are super cute rats that'll be in a Sky Pirates project that I'm working on.

Speaking of Sky Pirates...I will be at Most Excellent Collectibles in the Enfield Mall in Enfield CT next Wednesday (8/4) from 4 - 9 drawing FREE sketches for anyone who pre-orders the Sky Pirates Trade that day at the store. So come on by and order! I'll be showing work from upcoming projects as well.

If you want me to do an in store signing - or anything else art or comic related, shoot me an email! mattsminestudio@aol.com

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Saturday at Sarge's Comics!

Steve Kanaras and I will be at Sarge's Comics Saturday to give our comic creation lecture. Come on by and learn the basics of writing, drawing, inking, lettering and more. We'll be sharing tips and secrets to make your comic creation an easier process. We'll be there Saturday, July 31st at 1pm. Go to http://sargescomics.com/ for more info.

Boom! Done!


Elyse and I just finished scanning the last page of the sci-fi story! Here's the partial page! Up next, I got a couple new jobs so some character designs are on the way.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Partial Page Time!

New art from a new story I'm workin' on. Movin' along at a pretty good clip on this one. Page one is done and pages two and three should be done today too. Once this project is complete, I'll be looking to resolve the next issues of Beyond the Kuiper Belt and Bigger. (Great thing is, those books are already almost done!)

Started teaching the newest sessions this past Saturday...good turnout and a good mix of age and talent. We're gonna have a lot of fun.

I'll probably touch on some quick commissions this week too. I'll let you peek at that stuff too if I can.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Catch Up!

More talking - less typing! I catch up with you on different things! (Including new pages!)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Not too much...

Not too much drawing done today...I was able to do a little. BUT...Elyse and I rode our bikes to Free Lunch, answered some emails, cleaned the office and went to or attended quite a few REALLY good meetings. So, for what little drawing we did do today, we made up in really good business!

She and I had a great lunch at my favorite burger joint, 5 Guys Burgers And Fries. (I love the food there!)

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Page will be done...


...and then I'll be done with another comic story! BOOM! On top of that I have a couple more jobs waiting in the wings so I'll be sure to let you tag along. Rode my bike to work today...ugh, it hurt a little! Looking forward to the ride back! Sarcastic Yay! This'll be the last Partial Page for this story too...I know, kinda rip off...the next few jobs I'll make sure I bring you along for the whole ride!

Starting July 12th and running through that week, from 1 pm til 4 pm I will be hosting a one week workshop on crosshatching. If you are interested, go to www.freelunchstudios.com

Monday, June 28, 2010

Sorry to report...




...there will not be anymore Zombie Partial Pages here in the near future...BECAUSE I FINISHED THE STORY FRIDAY as promised! Rest assured, as soon as GWP is ready to put that book out there I'll let you know.

In the meantime, more Partial Pages starting tomorrow featuring a kids comic that I kinda left unresolved for awhile...I will finish that story this week! Watch for it!

I sent Steve a finished Junkfood today so as soon as that's picked up, I'll let you know. Here are some pics from Heroes Con courtesy of James Rodriguez.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Partial Page!


Thanks to Elyse, here's a new Partial Page! She and I are finishing pages like nothing is in our way! I will continue to resolve them and hope to finish the remaining pages from TWO DIFFERENT stories tomorrow. Yup, I said it...TOMORROW! If the internet cooperates, I may do it on video...

Just started a new fun game on my Facebook page...gotta be a FB friend to play! Check it out!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

New Classes and a Partial Page!

As promised, here are the newest workshops I'm running over the summer and a Partial Page! The Partial Page is brought to you by our new volunteer at Free Lunch, Elyse! I'll let her take over the blog and tell you a little about herself.

Too old for camp or too young to work? This workshop series is perfect for you or your inspired artist. These one week workshops focus on specific media and challenges. Whether you are preparing a portfolio or looking to complete a large commitment piece, Free Lunch’s summer workshop series, “The Big Project” is for you. Each fifteen hour workshop meets Monday through Friday from 1 until 4. Join Matt Ryan as he guides you through the process, concept creation, assignment and daily critiques. All the materials are included and each weekly workshop is $150! Go to www.freelunchstudios.com for more!

Week One: Crosshatch July 12th - 16th
Week Two: Pencil Portraits July 19th - 23rd

Week Three: “Big Picture” Illustration July 26th - 30th
Week Four: The comic page August 2nd - 6th
Week Five: Fashion Croquis (drawing) August 16th - 19th and 23rd



Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Congraduations!


I had to miss the Monday Night Jam last night because...

One of our peeps graduated High School last night! Our film guy, Shaun Keyes! We all extend our congratulations to him, his brother Zack and his mom. Shaun has expressed an interest in doing more with us over the summer, so we are super excited to see what develops!

Here's a Partial Page! I'll tell you guys about the one week workshops I put up at www.freelunchstudios.com tomorrow. If you can't wait...just click the link and check it out now.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Show SUNDAY, June 27th, 2010 in East Windsor

East of the River Comic Show
Golden Gavel Plaza

149 North Road (Route 140)
East Windsor, CT 06088
(Off of I-91, exit 45 - Follow Route 140 east for 1 mile, the plaza is on left)
10 - 3

We'll be there showing our books, looking at portfolios AND looking for new potential contestants for August's Comic Book Shuffle, the first reality show comic book! Apply at the show. To see more, check out the 'Shuffle Blog site!

99 cent admission
NEW VENDORS!
CHILDREN FREE UNDER 10!

FREE GIVEAWAYS AT THE DOOR!
HOURLY RAFFLES

Alright!


As the school year comes to a close, the wave of work approaches. I know that I have not posted any updates for a while...well payback will be....massive. I will get back into the routine AND the triumphant return of the partial pages. So, stay tuned...I might even do some video!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wow...no more comments

Officially removed the ability to leave comments on the 'ol blog. >:^P You got something that needs to be said, linked or pushed...you know how to find me. I'll be happy to oblige. Oh yeah... >:^P

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New Strip!

Parcbench published another Junk Food strip by Steve Kanaras and myself...check it out!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Plainville show tomorrow!

Cliff's got a show Sunday, May 30th (and sport card shows are on the 3rd Saturday of every month.) All of these shows run at the Plainville V.F.W. Hall- 7 Northwest Dr. (Route 10) from 10 AM to 3 PM.

99 CENT ADMISSION, CHILDREN UNDER 10 ARE FREE

Directions to the V.F.W. Hall: 84 East or West, take exit 32 and turn onto Route 10 North from the off-ramp. Follow Route 10 North for 4.5 miles, and turn right onto Northwest Drive. The V.F.W. Hall is on the left- follow the signs.

Free Lunch Comics will be there with their books and more!


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Friday, May 28, 2010

The Destroyer!


The Destroyer mini print is Up at Free Lunch Comics .com! I did this bad boy during one of the Monday Night Jams! I started it with a watercolor wash of just the gesture, then hit it with some India inks and then white out for a highlight effect. Go to http://www.freelunchcomics.com

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Classes and a Partial Page


Cartoon Anatomy is the basic 4 week course that will teach working lines and simple shapes, creating the foundation of character design, form, gesture, expression and a couple sneaky "tricks" we've learned along the way. Courses include our "Free Lunch" named after our comic company and studio. That will be pizza (purchased from our neighbors at New England Pizza (which is awesome)) and soft drinks, served before this class.

Create a finished comic strip or page in this 4 week course for the student who has finished Cartoon Anatomy. Work from a script or create your own story to work from in this exciting class. Dealing with slice of life, slapstick humor, elements of horror or the most intense action, make all of your pages works of art. Free Lunch and drink served before or after this 2 hour class.

Upcoming sessions begin: May 29th, Call and reserve a spot today!

Now for the Partial Page...but we have a problem. As you've noticed, the Partial Pages are getting smaller...I have to start being careful not to spoil anything for the actual story. I'll still keep scanning content from the pages as I resolve them. But don't worry, more big scans will be on the way soon!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Figure Drawing Sessions

NEW at Free Lunch Studios!! Tuesday nights at 7pm, come and gather to draw from a live model in our studio. Just bring your newsprint pad, canvas or sketchbook for these 2 hour sessions. We'll supply the easel and the model! Free Lunch Studios is located in the BACK of the Granby Commons. Call and reserve your spot today!

4 Sessions: June 1, 8, 15, and ...22 is $75
All eight sessions: June 1, 8,15, 22, July 13, 20, 27 and Aug 3 is $120


As promised...

Just worked my last day at the Raymond Hill School in New Britian. I'm gonna miss those kids. For our last day we played a little King Of The Monster Mountain! Now it's time for some dinner and then the Monday Night Jam...

But first, here's your Partial Page! I know, I know...I'm not showing you too much. Well...stuff is starting to get interesting and you wouldn't want me to spoil the story for you, would ya?

Crazy weekend!

Got some good work done Saturday! I guess Friday was "ride your bike to work day" but there's no way I could ever do that on a Friday right now...I decided to ride my new (to me) bike to the office on Saturday....whew....easy to say, not so easy to do (yet). And yes, before you ask, I did not wimp out and call my wife for a ride home...I rode back.









Sunday Steve Kanaras and I went to the Maine Comics Art Fest. What a great show, great guests and great attendees. Here are some pics courtesy of Mr Kanaras.

I promise at least one partial page today...stay tuned!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Partial Page? You got it!

Another page done...that means you get another Partial Page! Yay for everyone, right?!

Aside from that, I'm working on "Big Project" workshops to be held at Free Lunch Studios over the summer. Tomorrow I'll be teaching a private class at Free Lunch (yeah, we do that) and the rest of the day will focus on resolving pages. Should be a good one!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Show Sunday!


If you live in New England and want to go to an awesome comic art show, you should check out the Maine Comic Arts Festival! Free Lunch did this last year and it was a great experience, so we're going back. For more info, check out: http://mainecomicsfestival.com/

More stuff to show...


Had a good day yesterday-actually having a pretty productive week so far. Finished another page for the Guild Works peeps...so you know what that means...Partial Page! This story is coming together well.

New cartooning classes set to start at the end of May. Cartoon Anatomy and Comic Book Storytelling both start May 29th! We're also going to start a Figure Drawing session too! Check out www.freelunchstudios.com for more info.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Holy Cow too!


Still drawin'! Yay! I was able to finish this page and now onto the next! Only partial peeks allowed...you wanna see the whole thing (and I know you will) you're gonna have to buy the comic from Guild Works Publishing! Trust me, as soon as it's out, I'll let you know. Had a great meeting with Mr Kaminski (my partner on Black Roses) yesterday so I'll be peekin' some pages from that soon too! Yeah!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Holy Cow! I'm drawing!


Feel like it's been forever since I drew something! This is the first page from a zombie story that Steve Kanaras and I are working on. Free Lunch in the house! This story will be a part of a larger zombified comic that'll be coming out from Guild Works Publishing. I'll be sure to show you more peeks as I complete pages.

Friday, May 14, 2010

A great loan...

A local Connecticut cartoonist was kind enough dive into his vault to dig out and loan us here at Free Lunch Studios, TWO ultra rare, original editions of The Famous Artists Cartoon Course manuals. These beauties are chock full of awesome stuff including the talents of Milton Caniff, Rube Goldberg and more! You can come by and take a supervised gander at these gems on Monday nights during the weekly jam sessions (see www.freelunchstudios.com for more info). Don't wait too long on this one, they're only here for a limited time!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Have I ever told you...

...how awesome the Free Lunch Studios Monday Night Jam is? Every Monday night from 6 to 8:30, the Free Lunch Studios office in Granby CT opens its doors to the creative public to come in and draw or write anything they want. The "Jammers" come in with their stuff to either work on it more, show it off or even get feedback on it. If you don't know what to work on, Free Lunch has a healthy supply of materials for you to use to work on a project to start there. On top of all the creativity, there are also opportunities to network, roundtable discussions, projects for good causes and more! All in all, it's a great time and an even better way to start the week! Most people look forward to Mondays with dread...Jammers can't wait for 'em!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Comics For A Cure Card-A-Palooza!




















Here are just some of the cards I sent off to benefit the American Cancer Society! Enjoy!