Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Hey, it's a first Friday art show at Novel View at 335 E Street (the old Sweet Basil Cafe) with a bunch of illustrative works from the past two years on display, including some of my Press covers, side projects and the children's books. I'll be on hand from 5 to 7 p.m. signing my books, sketching, selling prints, and looking hansome. Really handsome. Come see. We'll both enjoy it.
Barnes and Nobles's website (Member discount!)
Titlewave's website (free delivery in Alaska!)
Fireside Books' website (Just a cool bookstore in Palmer, throw them some support)
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
I'll be doing some signing and sketching at the new Midnight Sun Cafe (the defunct Lucky Monkey) from 5 to 7 p.m with music by Jared Woods and Mike Holtz. It's going to be awesome, so don't miss it.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Alaska Big and Small is now for sale on Amazon.com and at my etsy.com shop.
[Update] It's now on the University of California Berkley's bookstore as well. So if you hate Amazon, but like ordering from the UC of Berkley's website, your wildest dreams have come true.
All three books will be available (in limited quantities) at Titlewave later this week as well.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The good news for you is that I've added both volumes to yoursquarelife.etsy.com for purchase. They should be at the local stores and on Amazon in the next month, but with Etsy, you're ordering directly from me, so I can include a personalized dedication and sketch, in addition to my handsome signature. So if you miss one of my upcoming signings or live out of state or country, get the hookup at yoursquarelife.etsy.com.
You'll also be happy to know, I ruined a young boys dream, when I was absent at my post looking around the book show, leaving him waiting to get his book signed, then when I did make my appearance, I showed up with my fly open. I'm sure "traumatized" would be the polite term. I did have a tie on, which I think offsets the open fly. I have to look that up or just tell people that often enough it becomes true.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I just got word, the "Best of" book should be on Amzon for ordering in a week or two and I'm working hard with my publisher to get copies in the local Anchorage stores in the next month or so.
As far as the other books, the Suduko book I illustrated, "50 Lies told to Alaskan Tourists" is going to be out this week and the children's book, "Alaska Big and Small", should be back from the publisher in a few weeks.
So, for those who are breathless for a copy, the best bet, is the Anchorage Museum craft show, this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I'll be around the last few days for a few hours to do some signings and give free hugs.
Friday, November 16, 2007
The first printing of the "Best of Your Square" is back from the printer today. I'll be doing signings at the Egan Center this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. I'll be at the Egan from 10:30 to ~6:00 on Saturday and there from 11:00 to 3:00 on Sunday.
Next week I'll be at the Anchorage Museum Craft fare with both the "Best of" and my new children's book, "Alaska Big and Small" from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday November 24th and noon to 5 p.m.
I'll have my sketch book with me and I'll be taking requests.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
As you may notice this week if you look at the comic page, this week marks the 300th edition of my comic “Your Square Life” and its sixth anniversary in the Anchorage Press. Unfortunately, it also will be the last comic. Please don’t worry, it wasn’t anything you did, most likely.
Bingo Barnes asked me to comment on my time working on the strip and my rather sudden decision to pull the plug on what can only be described as my labor of love. In my effort to remain humble about my achievements with the comic strip, I have only included a small illustration of my handsome face to accompany this article. Let it be an inspiration to you.
Seriously however, I have had a phenomenal time creating “Your Square Life” for the last six years, starting when the then editor Robert Meyerowitz asked me to draft up a locally drawn strip to include in a comic page he was introducing to the paper. In the beginning, I had little idea what I was doing and, unfortunately or not, I still don’t know what I was going for most of the time. My goal throughout it all was to make something each week that at least a little funny or thought-provoking. I have no idea if I was successful or not, as I’m desperately trying to remain humble.
Over time, the strip opened many doors for me. It allowed me to do a “Your Square Life” inspired play, “the Simple Dating System”, with the infamous Duke Russell for Out North’s “Under 30”. I also had a successful retrospective show at the late, great Noble’s Diner. I even had the comic published in a few issues of a glossy art magazine in
, the true measure of international fame. Apart from all my obscure accomplishments, the strip and the modest halo of fame I’ve accrued have allowed me to meet scores of people I now call friends. I even got a wife out of the whole deal. Not too shabby. South Africa
In the end, I made the decision that I need to get out from behind the drawing board, where I’ve been camped week-in, week-out for six-years, and get out of the house a bit more. Apart from all the fame and adulation I’ve described above, drawing comics is a pretty lonely, anti-social hobby. However, I’m not getting out of the art business and should have a few books coming out, including a “Best of Your Square Life” volume, in the next year. I’ll be posting my new artwork and updates for my upcoming projects at yoursquarelife.blogspot.com.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Here is the final Your Square Life, in color. I had no clue how I was going to end it. Just another joke, something sappy . . .? Last week I was walking to lunch, cutting through an intersection at Piper and Providence Drive, when I found this photo (see below). Magic! Thus the final comic was born.
If you haven’t noticed, this week’s “Your Square Life” is the 300th strip, which amounts to six years with the Anchorage Press, give or take a week.
For those not in the know, “Your Square Life” was originally a ‘zine I started after my return from college ‘98. It ran about ten issues over the course of a couple years. I distributed around town at random and I found out later, it was ravenously collected by a few and pasted around for long after. Robert Meyerowitz, who was the editor at Anchorage Press at the time, saw some of the issues and asked me if I’d be interested in doing a comic strip for the Press. I said yes, even though at that point beyond doodling in my college notebooks and a page long illustrated story in the ‘zine, I hadn’t done any formal cartooning. Thus YSL was born, becoming whatever it became over the years.
Originally, if the ‘zine was started to meet people in
Over time, the strip opened so many doors to me. It that allowed me to do a YSL-inspired play with Duke Russel “the Simple Dating System” for Out North’s Under 30. I plied my fame into MC’ing the last three Spenard Socials. I had a successful YSL retrospective show at the late, great Noble’s Diner. I had a few strips published as “artwork” in two issues of the South African glossy art magazine “Itch” as well as hang a piece in one of their gallery shows. I’ve got to do concert posters for a great number of local friends and their bands. Best of all, the strip and the modest halo of fame I’ve accrued have allowed me to meet scores of people I now call friends.
Now the shocking announcement:
This is going to be the last “Your Square Life” comic, in this form at least. I’ve decided to pack it in. Over the last year or so, it’s become harder and harder to produce the strip each week. Part of that may have been due to our move to a new house and my parents move out of state on top of some changes at work, but a great part of it is my need to get out from behind the drawing board/computer each weekend and to start to challenge myself in some new ways. I frankly need to exercise more, read more, get out more . . . generally take advantage of my youth and vigor.
However, I’m not getting out of the art business. Part my reason for stopping the strip, is to allow me to better focus and refine my artistic energy, rather than worrying about my weekly deadline. I’ve recently had the good fortune to be contacted by two different local publishers to produce some new work in two different veins. For one, I’ve completed illustrations for an Alaskan-themed puzzle book that should be available in stores any day now and I’m just finishing work on a children’s book, “Alaska Big and Small” that I hope will be in press before Christmas. The other publisher would like to publish a “best of” volume and wants to publish some longer-form graphic work in the future.
I’ve also started a small Etsy.com shop to sell prints and hope to update my blog much more often of whatever my project of the moment is. Go to the blog for more information about the store, the books, and my offer of commissioned illustrations for the holidays (no better gift!).
I'm also going to start taking commissions for the holidays. I'll put a link up on the Esty.com shop, but the basics will be that I'll draw a small likeness or sketch for $50.00 or a color Your Square Life Strip with the person or persons of your choice for $100. All the prints will be on archival paper and will include the original drawing. For those who want their comic strips before Christmas, I'll be doing it on a first-come, first-served basis for up to 3 people. If you're interested, send me an email and we'll talk b'dness.
Here's an example of a strip that included my friends Buddy and Jay for Jay's birthday.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Here are some great photos from the past Dr. Sketchy's by Jamie Lang.
As you can see from the picture of me above (the one with the underpants on the inside) I am 1) handsome and 2) a serious artist as evidenced by my lack of leering during the exact moment of the photograph.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 09, 2007
I think this one turned out pretty great, esp. since I did it in an hour or two. Look for it all around town this month.
*UPDATE* Del will now be at the Anchor, Anchorage's latest downtown club. The word on the street is that it is pretty posh.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
If you’re in
On a related note, my comics will now be appearing monthly in the
Lastly, I’m hard at work on illustrations for an Alaskan Themed suduko book for Cheryl Kirk. The theme is “lies told to tourists.” I just started on it, but it will be a quick turnaround so, it should be out sometime in July. The illustrations are shaping up beautifully and should be a fine addition to your comics and/or sudoku themed library.
Friday, June 01, 2007
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Well, today was the first session of the Anchorage chapter of Dr. Sketchy and it was a blast. Danger Mouse from VaVaVoom Burlesque was our expert model. The sun was out, the drinks were cold and the artists were delightfully surly. A success all around.
The next session will be Sunday, June 17th from 4:00 to 7:00 p at Bernie's, with a special guest, Scott McCloud, of Understanding/Reinventing/Making Comics fame. It sounds like its not to be missed.
These are a few of my longer sketches, the first being in the theme of "Tatoo Flash", which netted me the prize of a free pass to the VaVaVooms next show in October. Whohoo!
Be sure to check out some photos of the session by Jamie Lang.
Monday, May 14, 2007
The inaugural meeting is Saturday May 19th at 2:00 p.m. at Bernie's, as organized by Anchorage's own Bearded John. I'll be there, hopefully so will you:
"What is Dr. Sketchy's?
In the words of Dr. Sketchy founder, Ms. Molly Crabapple "Dr. Sketchy is what happens when cabaret meets art school." Its ART by Jove! Life drawing without all the fun sucked out of it.
Come and sketch. Come and draw. Come and doodle. Come and have a few drinks and a few laughs and win some prizes.
Sign up for Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School, Saturday May 19th at the Paradise Lounge, high above Bernie's Bungalow, SoNo, Anchorage (7th & D).
Doors open at 2pm with drawing starting at 2:30p. $5 for students with college ID. $10 for artists (bring your own pens, pencils and pads; I will have a few drawing kits for sale). $20 if you just want to come and watch.
To reserve a seat or a table or a couch e-mail me[Bearded Jon, Dean of Artistic Mixology]: email@example.com"