Sunday, December 27, 2009

Star Wars: Revenge of the Strip, an art class

The 4 week seminar for teens I'm giving is finally up on the Anchorage Museum website.  If you know any teens interested in comics, storytelling, or drawing, I'd definitely recommend it.  I'll be going over the building blocks of developing comic strips, with a focus on developing their narrative chops.

From the website:

10 a.m. to noon Saturdays February 6-27
In this four-week course, ages 13 to 17 learn the fundamentals of cartooning via the characters and settings of Star Wars. Teens create a classic newspaper comic strip in the Star Wars style and start their own comic books. Taught by comic artist Lee Post. $70 members/$90 non members (includes admission to Star Wars)

Recent Commissions
I"ve been fortunate to have a bunch of commissioned work over the past few months.  First off, I was able to do a special print for someone's mother for Christmas, featuring her two dogs and two of her departed pets using the style from my most recent show, including the gilded, gold frame.  It was great fun incorporating all the little details to make the piece truly personal, like the inset portrait of Sleeping Lady and the slightly blood-thirsty look on the black Pomeranian.  

I was licenced my Muskox picture from the Alaska Big and Small book to a local software developer for his company Muskox Software

Finally, I've been working the last several months on a four page, first chapter for Sarah Hurst's colaborative graphic novel based on her original play, "A Native Boy" about the life of Benny Benson and the formation of the State of Alaska.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

New items up on Etsy

I put some new items up on Etsy, finally, today, including both of the children's t-shirts for $15 and the mini-prints from APE.  The package includes nine prints from the "Curious Portraiture" show at the Urban Greens in addition to the image from the Alternative Press Expo.  That's ten 4x6" prints on matte photo paper in an attractive vellum envelope for $5.00.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A.P.E. the aftermath

Well, the 2009 Alternative Press Expo is over and it was a lot of fun overall, seeing all the great folks I've met over the years again, including Ben Walker, Jon Adams, Shannon Wheeler, and having a booth with the esteemed Pat Race, from Juneau's Alaska Robotics.

The convention it self was sloooow in sales, but the crowd that were there were brilliant.  I expect I'll be able to post up a podcast soon from "Indie Spinner Rack" who stopped by for a remote broadcast and I was able to speak with JK Parkin from Comic Book Resources who put up a preview of our table on the site:  "APE '09: A few more items for your shopping list" 

He also got a hold of me and Jon Adams for a debrief after the convention was over that resulted in an article:  "A report from the 'Garage-band' of Comic-Cons"  Its a well done article and much more accurate the mopey comments I made after I hauled all my books and prints back to Alaska.

At the moment I finished it up this year, this is how I felt:

A.P.E. itself was great and walking around, I was amazed at the quality of all the participants.  This was my fourth time in four years of being there, but the first time having a booth and by far, the amount of talent drastically increases every year.  Correspondingly however, I think, based on talking to a number of people, the money made per booth is, well, not very much.  One person I talked to said that it appeared to her to be the same amount of customers/attendees as when she had a booth two years ago, but that just weren't enough dollars/people floating around to support the number of booths and the vast quality and quantity of merchandise people were selling.  In short, I sold a bunch of dollar mini-comics and not a lot of $4 or $10 prints. 
I've grown to really look forward to A.P.E. each year, though this will probably be my last for a while since my wife and I have a baby on the way and spending a factor of ten over the amount I made at the show gets harder to justify.  I started going to A.P.E. after I started communicating with Jon Adams after the first four issues of "Truth Serum" came out.  At the time, I was still producing the strip and didn't know anything like A.P.E. existed.  I haven't gone to any of the other conferences, like SPX or Stumptown, thought I was supposed to go to Emerald City Con this year with Pat Race (which would have been my first major comics convention), but the Alaskan Volcano mess this year stopped all the flights out the weekend of the convention.  I've done a lot of shows here in Anchorage, but unless I'm flying out on a mileage ticket, which I've been able to do for A.P.E., or am staying with friends, which I haven't, it makes it impossible to recoup the costs if I was looking to make back my investment.  Mostly, I look at A.P.E. more of an artist convention, rather than a sales opportunity, which I'd advise anyone who thinks of getting a booth.  
Over the years, I've made some good friends some of the exhibitors and I'm constantly amazed, as I mentioned before, at the quality and breadth of the work.  The only thing similar I've experienced is "Flatstock" the traveling poster artist exhibition.  I've been able to draw on what I've seen and the people I've met when I stopped doing the comic strip, oddly enough, and was at a loss for what to do next artistically, which was invaluable.  More specifically, earlier this year, I literally had to call on friends I made and people I met, like Jon Adams, Robert Goodin, Ben Walker, and Shannon Wheeler, to offer quotes and advise to aspirational cartoonists for the Alaska State Council for the Arts Conference.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fast Food Trailer

The Trailer for "Fast Food" is up on Flickr.  If you look very closely down the alley for a split second, you'll see the top part of my arm, otherwise known as a finger or two.

A.P.E. in San Francisco with Lee and Pat Race

I'll be returning to the Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco this weekend with a booth for the first time.  I'll be combining forces with the amazing Pat Race of Juneau's Alaska Robotics fame at booth #549.  Its going to be super great.  I'll have mini-prints from my "Curious Portraiture" show, with the addition of an exclusive print just for A.P.E., see above, as well as mini-comics, 8x10 prints and a few books.    

24 hour Comics Day at Bosco's

Bosco's 24 hour's Comics day has passed and I wussed out after only a few hours but not before I finished a 24 page mini-comic for the upcoming APE, "In Alaska, Everybody Has a Beard", which I'll have on hand for a buck or so.

Check out Bosco's site and youtube for interviews with the participants (other than myself because I, as stated, wussed out too soon).

Friday, August 21, 2009

Get your t-shirts now!

I've put a few new shirts up on the Mysoti website based on my new designs for the Alaska State Fair this year. If you want to pick up some of the 1-color t-shirts in a range of children's sizes and colors, check out the Babes in the Woods booth.

Giant Vegetables:  the All Green version tee by yoursquarelife. Available from

Giant Vegetables - Full Color tee by yoursquarelife. Available from

Alaska Wild Child tee by yoursquarelife. Available from

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Fast Food

I was recently able to play a part in Jonathan Lang's new short film, that is definitely about eating brains.  I also got to work up an old-timey title card for the film as well.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

The Show

Front Page of the ADN Arts Secton!

I picked up the Anchorage Daily News this morning and found a wonderful article on yours truely on the front page of the arts section, running down details about the show, my art career and color blindness.  I can't complain at all.  Very nice.  

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Monday, August 03, 2009

"Alaska: Big Vegetables, Very very sad Kids" T-Shirts are in!

The new shirts are in.  I'll have a special preview sale at the opening this Friday, August 7th at Urban Greens from 6-9, then they'll be at the state fair in youth and adult sizes for $15.  If you're not in town, shoot me an email or wait until they go up on Etsy in early September.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

The Process (pt. 8)

This is my lovely niece Jaslyn in 2005, lovely, but missing a bouffont, which I was able to correct in my illustration.  This was originally part of a set for a show I did at Babes in the Woods in July 2008.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Process (pt. 7)

This illustration is based on my wife Alex's recently departed Aunt Grace.  She was an amazing woman, a lifetime resident of the same housing block in Aberdeen, Scotland.  As part of her inheneritance, Grace left Alex a number of neatly organized photographs from her life in and around Aberdeen.  They are truly a treasure.  I thought this rare picture of Grace, lounging in the Scottish Highlands was especially wonderful.  

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Process (pt. 6)

This is the first picture I drew with the new tack.  The robot comes from one of my first "Your Square Life" strips, itself inspired by the Wilco song, "I'm the man who loves you." and the web of influence continues on from there.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Process (pt. 5)

I drew this one, not intending originally to add any other elements, to this one, or the others, but it just looked empty . . . then I looked at the other ones and I became less and less enthused with this project I got myself into, originally just wanting to do straight reinterpretations.  I said, screw it, added the ghosts, everything fell into place, and I suddenly became proud, barreling through the rest with a smile on my face.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Process (pt. 4)

I love these three guys.  I can only imagine the old man shenanigans these guys got themselves wrapped up in. The mind runs wild.  I kind of pictured a geriatric "Where the Wild Things Are." with this one.  

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Process (pt. 3)

This is the companion piece to the angel piece and the man with the prodigious mustache.  I didn't try to make her extra-creepy, but hey, it worked in the end. 

  This photo comes a batch of portraits from my Uncle's school I found in my grandmother's basement along with a plastic rosary. Apparently, the exorcism worked.  

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Process (pt. 2)

This is where the the show started to take shape.  When I originally started, I just wanted to do straight portraits, but after I finished the first three or four, they just left me flat.  I liked the attempt, but they weren't engaging beyond the initial glimps.  So, the show was born with additon of  a little angel.  Later, the devil . . .