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Hellboy doodle

Hellboy doodle

I did a pin up for Monkey Squad One Annual #2! if you’d like to learn more go to monkeysquadmonday.com

I did a pin up for Monkey Squad One Annual #2! if you’d like to learn more go to monkeysquadmonday.com

this is pretty light since it’s just a scan of my pencils, but i’m working hard on learning to draw cars.

this is pretty light since it’s just a scan of my pencils, but i’m working hard on learning to draw cars.

koyamapress:

It’s Saturday morning and that means cartoons. Here are Alex Schubert’s magnificently misanthropic Blobby Boys in “Max’s Song.” Also be sure to check out Alex’s latest comics on VICE

seriously one of my favorite cartoonist.

I’ll bet you’ve been wondering where the hell I’ve been the last month? Well wonder no more! I was busy putting in time on this awesome comic! Now it’s all ready for you to enjoy!

What the hell is it about? Let me just tease you with this: Big titted Cyclops hooker! What? You still aren’t convinced? Well what if I told you this comic has some seriously cheesy one-liners? And a Jive talking Pimp? And people getting slashed up with a samurai sword? I’ll bet that’s enough to wet your appetite!

It seems Jerkface and his band of troublemakers is up to no good, but this time they may have bitten off more than they can chew. There are about to enter a fight for their very lives and you’re super lucky cause you can get a front row seat for the action!

How can you get one? That’s easy: you should get ahold of me at my email address, itszackempire@gmail.com, and I might just send one your way. Just make sure you tell everyone all about it!

Or if you really wanted to you could go to my store and buy one!

http://itszackempire.storenvy.com/

either way, don’t miss out on this baby!

The story continues! Now that BDB has found out that he owes his boss some money he has decided to confront him. But things don’t really go his way as he finds out he can’t yell or punch his way out of things.

The name Cunt Hunt was actually the least offensive name I came up with for the strip club where BDB works, if you can believe it.

It’s funny to look at how short I used to draw BDB’s leg’s. I just did a drawing of him the other day and he has a much more normal body type (for a piece of bacon with arms and legs that is). That must have been something that went away the more I drew him.

BDB mentions smoking, which he also talks about in his first story, but I don’t think it’s really mentioned after that. I did have a lot of my characters smoking at first, but mostly I just forgot about it.

Both Edgar and Alfonze where designed with only one try. I knew that they were mostly throw away characters so I didn’t feel pressure when designing them.

The first panel on page three is set up to look like Lonewolf is taking a piss outside, but really he is getting his dick sucked.

Lonewolf has gone through the most design changes of any character I draw. He doesn’t really look anything like that anymore.

hey hey hey, it’s the next few pages of Ugly people number two. I forgot to post pages last week, but I had a few thing going on that kept me busy.

In these three pages we are introduced to the driving force behind the comic: BDB needs money! I didn’t mean to but I basically came up with a way to put BDB into any number of situations he normally wouldn’t go anywhere near. I just have to write into the story that he s getting paid for something. It was a way of failing up.

Jackie’s breast in panel two are some of the best breasts I’ve ever drawn. To me they really look like two heavy breasts resting because a woman is laying on her side. It’s something kind of perverted, I know, but I’m still proud of it.

The kitchen is covered dirt and grease and you wouldn’t believe how often a kitchen will really look like that.

The joke on the second page might come off a bit confusing. I meant it to read like Alfonze yells out because I said he was going to think about BDB fucking Jackie, but then he corrects himself and says he meant he would think about himself fucking Jackie. I was trying to say that he really was going  picture BDB fucking her, but he didn’t mean to say it. It can also read like he yelled out because he wanted to picture BDB fucking him, which is not what I meant.

Yeah, I used the joke of someone ordering a diet coke after they order nothing but shit. So what?

There are some panels where BDB doesn’t look good but I can see I was starting to form him into the character design he would eventually have.    

Here’s something I did about a month ago. Not really sure what is going on here. It’s just a drawing done for the fun of it, rather than something will be done later on for a comic. I’ve posted a few things lately that have just been drawings because it’s something I’ve been working hard at getting back into my routine. I pretty much only draw when it’s related to comics and I think that it has had more of a negative effect than a positive one. It was fun to be able to just cut loose and draw for the fun it.
My daughter saw this drawing and told me the guy on the left was named Frog Captain. I guess you can’t argue with that.

Here’s something I did about a month ago. Not really sure what is going on here. It’s just a drawing done for the fun of it, rather than something will be done later on for a comic. I’ve posted a few things lately that have just been drawings because it’s something I’ve been working hard at getting back into my routine. I pretty much only draw when it’s related to comics and I think that it has had more of a negative effect than a positive one. It was fun to be able to just cut loose and draw for the fun it.

My daughter saw this drawing and told me the guy on the left was named Frog Captain. I guess you can’t argue with that.

here’s a page from another story I’m working on. The story is that BDB and Johnny Jawbreaker find a treasure map, then go to the beach. It’s awesome.

here’s a page from another story I’m working on. The story is that BDB and Johnny Jawbreaker find a treasure map, then go to the beach. It’s awesome.

here is a joker drawing I did real quick.

here is a joker drawing I did real quick.

This is the cover for an upcoming comic. I’m aiming towards getting this comic out in march. I tried to come up with something a bit more eye catching than my covers usual are. I think one of the problems of my comics is weak cover images, so i’d like to work on that.

This is the cover for an upcoming comic. I’m aiming towards getting this comic out in march. I tried to come up with something a bit more eye catching than my covers usual are. I think one of the problems of my comics is weak cover images, so i’d like to work on that.

This might look a bit familiar too you because I posted a cropped version of this drawing not too long ago. I hadn’t planned on posting a picture of the whole thing, but I got the most likes I’ve gotten on a tumblr post so I thought I would show the whole image.
This is set up to be like a classic comic cover, with the cover title and cover copy, but I did not draw it with the intention of using it. It was just something I did for fun. It seems like every comic must have at least one cover where the title character is “unleashed”, so I thought it would be funny to go the opposite way and show a character just doing something normal.
The idea for this came to me when I was doing this very thing: sitting in a pair of track pants and a flannel shirt, eating chips and salsa, while watching Netflix. I had just gotten off work not to long before hand and I was just sitting there relaxing. For some reason it came to me that this would be a great cover to a comic, so I just decided to draw it.
I would like to do another Lonewolf comic at some point, so I might end up really using this as a cover.

This might look a bit familiar too you because I posted a cropped version of this drawing not too long ago. I hadn’t planned on posting a picture of the whole thing, but I got the most likes I’ve gotten on a tumblr post so I thought I would show the whole image.

This is set up to be like a classic comic cover, with the cover title and cover copy, but I did not draw it with the intention of using it. It was just something I did for fun. It seems like every comic must have at least one cover where the title character is “unleashed”, so I thought it would be funny to go the opposite way and show a character just doing something normal.

The idea for this came to me when I was doing this very thing: sitting in a pair of track pants and a flannel shirt, eating chips and salsa, while watching Netflix. I had just gotten off work not to long before hand and I was just sitting there relaxing. For some reason it came to me that this would be a great cover to a comic, so I just decided to draw it.

I would like to do another Lonewolf comic at some point, so I might end up really using this as a cover.

Here we have the beginnings of Ugly People number 2. I can really recall where I was when I started working on this comic. I had moved in with my sister and the room I had at the time was very small. There bas basically room enough to squeeze my bed and my drawing table into it. Not much room for anything else. Many of my books I had to keep in a box in the basement. I also didn’t have very many friends at the time so  was spending a lot time in that room. It had also been some times since my girlfriend and I had broken up, and I think that was the time when I finally started the process of moving past the relationship. So this comic hold’s a place in my heart as being something special. It was what I was focusing my energies on while I dealt with my loneliness and heartbreak.

This comic was also one where I tried something new with how I approach making comics. I decided that this whole comic was going to be drawn in three shorts months. The whole thing, written, drawn, inked, and printed in three months. I figured out how many pages I’d have to write and draw in what time frame and on the first day of the month I got to work on this comics. It was quite an experience, and I’d really like to try and do it again sometime.

The cover of the comic, which has no words, or even shows the number of the comic, was something I drew one night while watching Supernatural. I was very much into that show for a long time (basically all the way till season eight) and since I did not have cable, but owned the show on DVD, I would regularly re-watch that show. When I drew this cover I was watching the episode titled, “Sam, Interrupted”.

The cover image is inspired by that episode, and a picture I saw on the internet of a pretty girl making a very monstrous face. I don’t recall who it was but the picture made quite an impression on me.

Part of the reason I choose to do the comic in three months was that I felt like I had a huge backlog of stories to tell, and was getting none of them done. I thought that by forcing myself to be done by a certain time I would have no choice but get the stories done.

One such idea was for the Bacon on a Bounty story. I was a big fan of the Savage Dragon comic in junior high and high school (I still have about 100 issues, and I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of them.) and if I recall right this story was inspired by something I read in there. There was a period where Dragon is trying to make ends meat by being a bounty hunter. I liked this idea and thought it would be a funny story to tell with BDB.

The visual part of Jackie, the black girl who isn’t named until later in the story, is based on the look of Rapture, a character from Savage Dragon. No one has ever made the connection, but I think it’s pretty clear.

I really love the last panel. I always wish I could draw very beautiful woman that look beautiful and not just sexy, but I’m not that strong of an artist. I keep trying though.

King Sized Upload today, since there is only five pages left! I don’t feel like breaking up the story with so little left to tell, so I decided to just post the rest. Hope you enjoy it!

I like the second panel on page one. I was trying to change up the angles. I wanted to have a shot where Jerkface was looking up at the To-Do-List. I think I managed to get the idea across alright, though I think I could do a much better job with that now.

I like the way I was drawing trees in this story. I will have to remember it for the future.

Between page two and three To-Do-List throws two left hooks. For some reason I’ve since tried sereveral times to figure out how and why he did this in my head. He punches Jerkface in the stomach and that causes Jerkface to arch his back up, which is way he is being lifted off the ground. As Jerkface starts to fall, To-Do-List throws another punch which then catches Jerkface across the face. It’s silly to explain it, but every time I read this story, I think about it.

The second panel on page three was not supposed to have a panel boarder, but I forgot about that when I was inking the page.

The battle ends rather quickly, but come on, he was just fighting a piece of pager. It can only do so much damage.

The back cover was something I stole from a comic by Anthony Woodward. He was releasing a series at the time that was a collection of his daily dairy comic. On the back of issues he put four random panels that showed what happen in the comic. I took that idea and showed you what was not in the comic. I had a hard time coming up with four things you don’t see. I feel like I covered everything in the first three examples. I was pretty happy when I came up with the self-respect thing.

You should totally look Anthony up on the internet. His comic Lines isn’t just one of my favorite mini’s, it’s one of my favorite comics ever. I read it like 25 times, and I look it at it frequently for inspiration.

Well, that’s the end of Jerkface comics. Next time we start with Ugly People number 2!