Littlest Pet Shop

The last of my Littlest Pet Shop episodes has now aired. I spent half of 2015 drawing storyboards on this kids show over at DHX Media. It was fun time, getting back into my animation roots and getting the hang of more cartoony, slapstick storytelling sensibilities.

Littlest Pet Shop

I got to work with some swell directors: Joel Dickie, Steve “Meatstick” Garcia and Mike Myhre. And my storyboard partner John Young was a delightful dude. John and I would each board half of an episode, so if you’re curious about what I’m to blame for, here’s a list of my episodes, all from Season 4:
Ep. 09 – Un-Vetted (front half)
Ep. 14 – Steamed (front half)
Ep. 19 – Race Team Buttercream (front half)
Ep. 24 – Seeing Red (back half)

You can watch them all on Netflix, if you’re into cute kids shows about big-eyed pets. I also storyboarded an LPS short called “Squeak Up!” featuring Zoe the purple dog. I don’t think that one has aired yet but it should be available eventually on

FYI, I’m currently a rough storyboard artist on Marvel’s Avengers Assemble at Atomic Cartoons. I joined the team halfway through Season 3 and we’re now working on Season 4.

VanCAF 2016

Come see me this weekend, May 21st and 22nd at the VANCOUVER COMIC ARTS FESTIVAL! You can find me at Table D7 where I’ll be selling my books and things, including a brand new booklet of my INKtober sketches, fresh off the press. I’ll also be doing a talk on Lettering Comics at 11am on Saturday.

VanCAF is held at the Roundhouse Community Centre in downtown’s Yaletown neighbourhood and admission is FREE.

Hourly Comic Day 2016

February 1st was Hourly Comic Day, where people do a tiny comic for every hour that they’re awake. I had posted mine on Instagram and Twitter (hashtag #hourlycomicday) throughout the day but here’s the entire load compiled together:

Public Relations #6 in Previews Catalog

Wow, has it really been 5 years since I’ve had something new on comicshop shelves? Well don’t cry… the wait is over!

PUBLIC RELATIONS #6 is in the current Diamond Previews catalog with a launch date of March 9th. Our publisher, Devil’s Due / First Comics is also putting out a collection of the previous arc, so everyone can catch up if they’re late to the party.

I should note that someone screwed up and the Previews listing says #6 is still being drawn by David Hahn, who valiantly pencilled the first five issues. But ignore that. It’s me. Cross my heart.

PUBLIC RELATIONS is a workplace comedy that takes place in a magickal kingdom. It has both dragons AND dick jokes! Written by funny guys Matthew Sturges & Dave Justus, pencilled by me, inked by José Marzán Jr, coloured by Hi-Fi Color and graced with covers by Annie Wu. Are you sold yet?

Head on down to your local comic shop and ask them to pre-order PUBLIC RELATIONS #6-11 from Devil’s Due for you. Maybe ask for that first collection too.

Here’s a sample page from #6 to let you see what you’re in for.

Public Relations #6 pg 18

Comic Lecture at Vancouver Public Library

I’m going to be giving my talk on creating comics at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library on the evening of Thursday, January 14th. I’ll be discussing the basics of drawing comics and explaining the typical stages of script, thumbnails, pencils, inks and lettering, using examples from the graphic novel Emiko Superstar. The event is free to attend.

See more event details here. 

This is a good talk for those who are new to making comics and want to get a glimpse at how another artist does it. This will also give you a good idea of the types of things I teach in my comics course at VanArts. My next course there starts up on January 25th UPDATE: We’ve pushed the next start date to February 15th.

Comics in Transit: Doors of Copenhagen

Doors of Copenhagen comic

Here’s the one-page comic I created for the COMICS IN TRANSIT project put together by Cloudscape Comics and the City of Vancouver. Twenty different comics by local artists are gracing some bus shelters for the next month. Each comic is only at one location and I don’t know which one mine is at, so let me know if you see it!

You can find a list of all the locations on the Cloudscape website, where they also have information about a contest they’re running. Basically, tweet a photo of yourself in front of one of the comics and you can win some Cloudscape comics.

Some of you may recognize the doors from the photos I took while visiting Denmark, meant as reference for another comic. When this project came along to create a one-page comic about an international city, it was a no-brainer to tackle Copenhagen in this way.

Patreon Hiatus

Project Status: HIATUS

A little over a year ago I started a Patreon account so people could get a sneak peek and support me as I worked on a new comic called TRAPEZIUS PEPPER. But the project has been on “semi-hiatus” for the past 8 months as I’ve been busy working full-time as a storyboard artist.

It’s time for me to officially bump our status to “HIATUS” with a capital H.

The storyboard work has been going really well. I’m improving my storytelling skills and paying bills while I’m at it. The downside is that it doesn’t leave me with much time or energy to put toward my own projects.

I don’t know how long the hiatus will last but my current plan is to stick with storyboarding for a while longer. I want to get the loan sharks off my tail before I take another gamble on creator-owned comics. So I’ll be putting this project on the backburner until I can properly dedicate my time to it.

The Patreon account is going to stay online so people can still see the practice pages and process posts I created for it. Feel free to sign up and pledge at the $1 level so you can see all the posts. You won’t be charged! I’ll make sure to give everyone plenty of warning when the hiatus ends and it’s time to start charging for new content.

I’m very grateful to those who have already shown an interest and given me their support. Know that I WILL be returning to this project. I have a bunch of ideas for stories and games in the world of TRAPEZIUS PEPPER and I’ll be tinkering with those ideas whenever I get a chance.

Thanks for checking out what I’ve done so far!

HitRECord Emmy

HitRECord on TV Emmy Card


This card showed up in my mail the other day, thanking me for my contribution to HitRECord on TV’s Emmy win for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media.

For those who don’t know, HitRECord is an online collaborative art community started by Joseph Gordon-Levitt back in 2005. It’s since evolved into a production company that makes books, short films, music and a variety show from the creations that its 80,000+ users upload and remix.

I haven’t had time to contribute anything to the HitRECord community in quite a while but I’m glad it’s still active and stronger than ever, fueled by Joe’s infective creative spirit.

If any of you out there are looking for a place to share your artwork/stories/photos/music/poetry/animation/editing skills and you want to see what others can transform those creations into, go hit up HitRECord. It’s also a great place to riff on other people’s ideas. Anyone can contribute.

And I see Season 1 of HitRECord on TV is now available on Netflix! If you see a herringbone pattern in any of the HitRECord stuff, there’s a decent chance it’s one I drew.

VanCAF 2015

Heads up to those of you in Vancouver, BC! The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival has released their 2015 VIP packages that I drew a postcard for. These goody packages are $20 each and there are only 100 available. They include:

Ten limited edition VanCAF 2015 postcards, featuring exclusive art donated by Molly Applejohn, Laura Bifano, Tyler Crook, Kadi Fedoruk, Hazel, Steve LeCouilliard, Dylan Meconis, Steve Rolston, Morgan Shandro, and Tara Williamson;
– An exclusive VanCAF 2015 poster art print, featuring art by Nina Matsumoto;
– Five raffle tickets for the VanCAF 2015 gift baskets, with contributions from Oni Press, Metropolis Comics & Toys, Opus Art & Framing Supplies, Urban Fare, and more;
– A VanCAF vinyl slingpack, for all your loot-storing needs;
– Two refreshment vouchers;
– Reserved VIP seating at all events in the panel room.

VanCAF VIP package

VanCAF will be held on May 23-24 at the Roundhouse Community Centre and admission is FREE. This is the only show I’m scheduled to attend this summer, so make sure to swing by my table if you go.

Learn Clear Storytelling

My former student Michael Weber has posted his third and final blog entry about his experience taking my part-time comic book course at VanArts. He’s titled this one:

Learn Clear Storytelling from Steve Rolston

That’s definitely something I emphasize in my class: making sure it’s clear to the reader what is going on and where they’re supposed to be looking. In this post, Michael shows how I coached him through a particularly tricky sequence in his Dawn Line comic. He had some cool ideas on how to lay out the panels but it took some tweaking before we got a version where we knew it would be read in the correct order.

Weird Sequence

My notes on his work also highlight just how much thought goes into drawing a comic page; whether it’s composition, timing, continuity, physics, legibility, sound effects or the many other things a comic creator has to consider. If I see my students doing something that could confuse or annoy their reader, I will call them out on it so they know to avoid those problems in the future.

It’s nice to know that Michael appreciated my critical eye and the advice I had to offer. If you’re interested in having a similar experience and you live in Vancouver, check out my Intro to Comic Book Production course. The next course is scheduled to start very soon, on Monday, March 30th.