Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Max Finder Mystery: Collected Casebook

Who is Max Finder, you ask? Well, he's the 7th Grade detective who, together with his friend Alison Santos, solves mysteries and crimes around his neighbourhood in Whispering Meadows. He's also the star of the popular Max Finder Mystery comic feature that ran each month in Owl Magazine for the past 3 years. Now those you-solve-it stories are being collected up into a trade paperback series with the first volume hitting the shelves this month.

I'm thrilled to see it collected up in a paperback, as Max Finder Mystery was the first ongoing comic feature I ever drew, and I enjoyed working on it so much that it made me want to write and draw comics full time. I learned a lot about drawing comics in the 3 years I worked on it, and I had a great time illustrating the scripts by writer Liam O'Donnell.

For more information about Max Finder Mystery:Collected Casebook, you can check out the links below:

Max Finder Mystery: Collected Casebook is available at your local bookstore, but you can also order it online directly from the publisher, Owlkids books, or through retailers like Chapters.ca and Amazon.com.

Finally, here's a promotional Max Finder poster I drew for the launch and Owl Magazine's 30th Anniversary Kids Day event at the CN Tower, here in Toronto:

Monday, September 18, 2006

Toronto Back Alleys Pt. 11

For those who asked, here are two more ink drawings of the alleys near my home in Toronto. The first was drawn earlier, at the start of the summer, while the second was drawn a week or so ago. As you might be able to tell, I was bit rusty when I drew the more recent one, and my markers were a little more worn down.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Fear Agent Part 2

This is a pin-up I did recently for Rick Remender's Fear Agent comic. Actually, it's the 2nd pin-up I've done for FA (you can see the first one here.) and it took way longer to draw than I originally thought. I drew the rough sketch for it fairly quickly, like under a half-hour, so I thought I'd probably knock out the final in markers over a couple of hours. Of course, sometimes things don't go as easily as planned, and after deciding to change up the lighting for more accuracy and added drama, I spent a full day learning how to draw double-lit figures in two colours. I still see a lot of problems/mistakes in this piece, but I thought I share it anyway.