Fan Expo Vancouver 2014

This weekend I’m going to be at Fan Expo Vancouver! It’s a three-day convention this year, filled with comics, anime, games and celebrities. You can find me at Table P-27 in Artists Alley. I’ll also be doing a signing from noon-1pm on Sunday at the Comic Legends Legal Defense Fund table.

I don’t have any new comics to bring to the show, so I printed up some booklets collecting my #INKtober sketches from the past two years, including some notes about the drawings, the characters and what inspired them. I hereby present “RACCOONS AND HUMANS AND BEARS, OH MY!

A collection of #INKtober sketches by Steve Rolston.

I’ve got a bunch of copies to sell at Fan Expo this weekend and at VanCAF next month. For those who can’t make it to Vancouver, I’ll make the leftovers available via my Etsy shop.

Inkstuds Kickstarter

Robin McConnell has been interviewing comic book writers and artists for years on his INKSTUDS radio show and recently hit 500 episodes. Now he’s teaming up with cartoonist Brandon Graham to take his show on the road and talk to creators on their home turf.

Their Kickstarter has now raised enough travel funds to take them to Los Angeles and New York City, where they’ll interview loads of talented creators such as Jaime Hernandez, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Tom Herpich and Pendleton Ward. The next stretch goal is to add the United Kingdom to the agenda.

There’s only 3 days left and the more money they get, the more creators they’ll be able to visit. So if you value quality conversations with independent comic book creators, toss some money their way. There are some good pledge rewards, like the Inkstuds interview book, a sketchbook from the road, comics, original artwork and even lunch with Robin, Brandon & guests for those high-rollers out there.

INKSTUDS 500 INTERVIEW ROADTRIP BONANZA

Instuds 500

Study Comics at VanArts

My next Introduction to Comic Book Production course at VanArts will be starting up on March 17th, so now’s the time to sign up! It’s a 12-week course that runs on Monday nights (or Tuesday if there’s a holiday) in Downtown Vancouver, Canada. I take my students through the process of writing, thumbnailing, penciling, inking and lettering a four-page comic. There’s a strong emphasis on clear storytelling, in addition to teaching all the other things I’ve learned during my fourteen years as a comic book artist.

Feel free to email me any questions you may have about the course. Or head over to the VanArts website to register now: www.vanarts.com/courses/introduction-comic-book-production

VanArts Comic Flyer

Seeing Red – Korean edition

It’s always neat getting my books translated into other languages. Here’s a peek at the Korean edition of Seeing Red: The True Story of Blood.

Seeing Red - Korean edition

My Witchsona

I noticed that all this week online artists have been posting drawings of themselves as witches. So here’s my #witchsona, along with my feline familiar Sabina:

Steve's Witchsona

You can see a tonne more at witchsona.tumblr.com.

Ecomania

I just updated the website with proper pages for Zoopnium and PicturePages–two iOS apps I did illustrations for in the past couple years. And I’ve also unearthed some much older work that I know you haven’t seen: ECOMANIA!

Way back in 2008 I was approached by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to do the character art for a Sony PSP game they were developing. It was going to be a strategic adventure game, akin to Phoenix Wright, where you’re President of the World and have to solve the World’s Climate Crisis.

Unfortunately the game was “temporarily” shelved so that its development team could focus on another project. And Ecomania stayed on that shelf, gathering dust in a comatose state, until I was recently informed that the entire team had moved on from Sony and the project was officially dead.

The bright side of the project’s death is that I now have their blessing to show off some of the work I did all those years ago. It was a fun project and my contacts there, Pete Giles and James Shepherd, were a pleasure to work with.

So enjoy this peek at some of the characters you would have interacted with if Ecomania had ever become a real video game.

Ecomania Misc Ecomania Enviro Male Ecomania Sketches 1 Ecomania Popstars Ecomania Sketches 2

Great Pacific variant cover

Here’s a variant cover I drew for issue #15 of Joe Harris and Martín Morazzo’s comic GREAT PACIFIC, due to hit stores in April. Drawing miles of garbage and debris was kinda tedious but also kinda fun. Much respect for Martín, who does it every issue.

Can you spot the Easter egg I snuck in from one of Joe’s other comics?

Great Pacific #15 variant cover

Comic Demo at Opus Art Supplies

I’ll be doing a FREE demo at Opus Art Supplies in North Vancouver (near Capilano Mall) on Saturday, January 25th from 2 to 4pm.

Are you interested in drawing comic books but don’t know much about the process yet? In this demo, I’ll cover the basics and explain the typical stages of Script, Thumbnails, Pencils, Inks and Lettering, using examples from Emiko Superstar and some of my other comics.

http://www.opusartsupplies.com/how/demos/intro-comic-production

This demo will be similar to the talks I’ve done at VanCAF and various schools but with a bit more focus on the art supplies I’ve used. If you’ve ever been curious about my Introduction to Comic Book Production course at VanArts, this would be a good taste of what the course covers.

Space is limited and registration is required. Please register in advance by calling the North Vancouver store at 604-904-0447.

http://www.opusartsupplies.com/locations/north-vancouver

Introducing Trapezius Pepper

Trapezius Pepper concept

Here’s a drawing I did back in August. A bit of concept art for a comic project I’ve had simmering on the backburner for many years now. In a nutshell, it’s a series of noir-ish stories about a writer-turned-gambler named Trapezius Pepper. And yes, there are humanized raccoons and bears in this world. Because I wanted to draw some raccoons and bears up to no good, that’s why.

This is my favourite piece of Trapezius art so far but I hadn’t shared it because I’m still not sure if these are the right character designs or even the right art style for the project. And I’ve always been hesitant to share or commit to anything that isn’t yet RIGHT.

I acknowledge that flaw in my personality and I’m trying to get over it. I’m also trying to gain some momentum on this project. I’m a slow artist and an even slower writer. So I’m hoping that mentioning it publicly will shame me into finding the time, energy and focus to make some more progress on it.

Right now it’s just a personal project with no publisher or concrete plans. I’m still piecing my ideas together and trying to make sense of it all. Plus, I’m still focussed on wrapping up another job and hunting for something to pay the bills after that.

So I have no clue when you’ll see a finished product or how much I’ll be sharing along the way but feel free to bug me about it every once in a while.

INKtober Drawings for Sale

Want one of my original #INKtober drawings? I’m selling ‘em for $10 a pop. And not just the bears and raccoons from this year. I’ll also be letting go of the humans I’ve been hoarding since INKtober 2012.

These are inked drawings on 3″ x 3″ pieces of bristol board. They’re all signed on the back, including the date they were drawn. I accept both Yankee and Canuck dollars, via Paypal. The $10 includes shipping via lettermail to Canada and the USA. If you live elsewhere, tossing in another buck would be nice of you.

Post a comment on this blog entry to call dibs on the drawing(s) you want. I’ll email you to confirm that you called dibs first and then you can Paypal the money to me at steve@steverolston.com. It’ll be fun!

INKtober 2012 Sale

INKtober 2013 Sale

What’s still available:
2012 – Days 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29
2013 – Days 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29

I’ll keep updating the list above as drawings sell but you might want to check recent comments to see if someone recently called dibs on your favourite pick. Those jerks.