Saturday, December 11, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
And just like that, there's only fifty pages of this cockamamie thing left! I seriously doubt I'll be able to get a new page up on Tuesday, as I'll just be getting back from Expozine in Montreal the night before, but I should be able to have Page 71 up by Thursday (or failing that, the following Tuesday).
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
For your consideration, a new page...more later this week. I'm gonna try like hell to stick to my schedule, although it's gonna be tough...in two weeks time I'll be off to Montreal for ExpoZine, and this past weekend was Hal-Con here in Halifax. I had a great time talking to folks and doing some drawings for kids, which if nothing else, taught me I need to be drawing pretty much every day to keep my skills sharp. All of this conventioneering is great for getting new folks into my books, but it unfortunately takes time away from working on said books. However, I did get to hang out with comics superstar Darwyn Cooke for two afternoons, which was terrific. Cal took this great shot of him reading SLAM-A-RAMA...maybe there's a PARKER crossover in the works? Er, not likely. Still, cool photo! Pretty exciting.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Another Thursday, another new page. In other news, I'll be at the Strange Adventures table at this weekend's Hal-Con Sci-Fi convention, selling SLAM-A-RAMA #1 and 2 and SCENESTER: THE INEVITABLE COLLECTED EDITION, as well as trying desperately to siphon off some of the coolness of other guests like Darwyn Cooke and Faith Erin Hicks. And finally, we have yet another Mike Holmes drawing, this time of Andar The Berserker! I should have just gotten this guy to draw the book...
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Thanks to everyone who came out to buy SLAM-A-RAMA and SCENESTER this past Saturday! If you missed the 'Zine Fair, all three Tuco Comics releases are now on sale at the Halifax and Dartmouth Strange Adventures locations (and Fredericton should have some later this week), as well as Obsolete Records at 2454 Agricola Street. My pal Sean Jordan should be back in Toronto by now with a pile of them as well, and he'll have them at the Silver Snail at 367 Queen Street West this week sometime.
And Mike Holmes can't stop with the fan art! Here he is again with a wicked cool rendition of everyone's favourite drugged-out spider enthusiast, Terry "The Tarantula" Purvis! Thanks, Mike!
Sunday, October 24, 2010
The HPX 'Zine Fair--which saw the official launch of SLAM-A-RAMA #1 and 2 in colour--was a blast, thanks to everyone who came out and bought stuff from us! Thanks also to Sean Jordan (AKA Wordburglar, and writer of SNAKOR'S PIZZA), James White of Signalnoise Studios, and Mike Holmes (writer/artist of TRUE STORY and THIS AMERICAN DRIVE, as well as artist on Oni Press's SHENANIGANS) for sharing table space. I'll next be selling my stuff at next weekend's Hal-Con on Sunday, and I'm seriously thinking about hitting up Expozine in Montreal next month. After that, who knows? SJ and I were talking about getting a table at Fan Expo in Toronto next year, and I may look into the Toronto Comics Arts Festival as well. Also, Mike whipped up a swell Jack Jordan sketch! Thanks, Mike!
SLAM-A-RAMA #1 and 2 should be on sale now, or in the coming days at least, at Strange Adventures, as well as my other comic, SCENESTER: THE INEVITABLE COLLECTED EDITION. Also, new pages will be appearing here Tuesday and Thursday, so keep your eyes peeled.
Friday, October 22, 2010
It was close, but etc. Press came through! Tomorrow at the Halifax Pop Explosion 'Zine Fair, I'll be selling SCENESTER: THE INEVITABLE COLLECTED EDITION, and issues 1 and 2 of SLAM-A-RAMA in full, glorious colour! I can't believe the job etc. did on these, they look fantastic! So come on down and buy some comics!
If, however, you can't make it tomorrow, they'll be available at Strange Adventures, afterwards, and hopefully some other locations soon to follow. Failing that, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll mail 'em right to your doorstep!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
All right, so after a far-too-long absence, we're up and running with new pages again! The reason for the delays, as previously stated, was that I was preparing honest-to-goodness PRINT versions of SLAM-A-RAMA #1 and 2 for this weekend's Halifax Pop Explosion 'Zine Fair, as well as a compilation of my early-2000s minicomic, SCENESTER (check out some preview pages here and here). If you're in town this Saturday, come on by and buy some comics from me! If you can't make it, they'll be available at all three Strange Adventures locations as well. So yeah, we're back on a twice-weekly schedule for new pages here, let's see how long I can maintain it! I may take a hiatus between what constitutes issues 3 and 4, but I hope it won't be as long as this one was.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
ust a quick reminder, folks--new pages of SLAM-A-RAMA resume next Tuesday. In the meantime, though, I signed off on the colour proofs of issues 1 and 2 on Tuesday--they should be ready in time to debut at the Halifax Pop Explosion 'Zine Fair on Saturday, October 23! Check 'em out...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Wow, that was a much longer-than-expected absence! My excuse is that I've been busy prepping print versions of the first two issues of Slam-A-Rama for the Halifax Pop Explosion's Zine Fair at the end of the month (Oct. 23, to be exact), as well as a compilation of my old minicomic, Scenester (for a preview, check out my other blog at tucocomics.blogspot.com). I've also been stockpiling colour pages to begin running them here again...I'm going to post at least until the end of issue three (or page 72, going by this numbering scheme), and then I may suspend posting pages for awhile, since I'm going to do a print version of the whole series. Or I may keep posting pages anyway. We'll see how I feel when we get there. In any event, new pages will resume NEXT TUESDAY, come hell or high water. But in the meantime, here's some new fan art from my friend and co-worker at Strange Adventures, Nathan Boone!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
This is the back cover that appeared on the mini-comic version of SLAM-A-RAMA #1, back when it was still called THE SQUARED CIRCLE. It provides a look at Andy Reddick in happier times. Part of the fun of publishing single issues (which I may still do with all this stuff one day, who knows) is coming up with fake ads like this; it immerses you a bit more in the comic's fictional world, and is far less distracting than real ads. Plus, it allows you to sit around dreaming up names for characters you'll never have to draw, like "Velvet Elvis", for instance.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
My buddy Jason Eisener (if you haven't seen his awesome Hobo With A Shotgun trailer--soon to be a major motion picture starring Rutger Hauer--go here and check it out before you do anything else today! Be careful, though, it's most definitely NSFW) recently brought this movie to my attention. I've never seen it or even heard of it before, but it looks pretty fantastic. Here's a link to the trailer on YouTube. Has anyone ever seen this thing? I'm all kinds of intrigued.
And yes, I'm still working on some new pages, I just want to get a few stockpiled before I start publishing again! Just give me a couple of weeks and we'll be back on track.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
A few readers spotted this one as the inspiration for Andar The Berserker's ill-fated debut...in a lot of ways, when my buddy Alex Kennedy first showed it to me, it was the seed that grew into the whole idea for SLAM-A-RAMA many years back. Go here to check out video of the debut of The Shockmaster! It's shocking, but for all the wrong reasons.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
This newest piece of awesome SLAM-A-RAMA fan art comes from Graeme Partridge-David, or as I like to call him, GPD (see, GPD can stand for stuff other than Geriatric Profanity Disorder!). Its arrival in my inbox was followed by a worried question that the piece's claim that "Susanna Hoffs is hot" might not be era-appropriate enough--would "Susanna Hoffs is a babe" be more likely for the time period? I replied that either would have worked for me in 1988. What do you, the readers at home, think? Thanks, GPD!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
While I'm stockpiling the next bunch of pages, here's a look at some great SLAM-A-RAMA fan art from Shawn McLeod! Shawn is one of the fine folks behind the Atlantic Comics Kingdom minicomic anthology (on sale now at Strange Adventures), and you can find him on the Web here! Thanks, Shawn!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
And with that, it's time to announce the winner of the halfway contest...and it's Chad Boutilier! Chad will be taking home a WWE Survivor Series DVD and a drawing of the SLAM-A-RAMA character of his choice. Congratulations Chad, and thanks to everyone who entered!
I'm going to refrain from posting new pages for the next month--back when I started this series, I had a nice backlog of material--a lot of which I accumulated during the week where I broke my toe and couldn't go to work. I've slowly burned through that backlog, and I'm worried that if I stick to my current schedule, the quality of the work will suffer if I want to maintain my deadline. So, the solution was to either a) break another digit and stay home from work again, or b) take a short hiatus in order to stockpile some more pages. The second option seemed more realistic, and certainly less painful. So, Page 63 will debut in mid-August, with the rest of the series to follow after with hopefully no more delays. I'll be posting in the meanwhile, with some cool SLAM-A-RAMA fan art and other fun odds and ends, so stick around, and once again, thanks for reading!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Don't forget, our halfway-point contest continues! Simply leave a comment or email me at email@example.com with the words "Page 60 Contest" in the subject line to enter, and you could win a WWE DVD and a drawing of the SLAM-A-RAMA character of your choice!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
All right, so this is page 60 of SLAM-A-RAMA, otherwise known as the halfway point of this story! Whew! As promised, to commemorate this occasion, we're gonna have a little contest. One lucky winner, drawn at random, will receive a WWE Survivor Series DVD from 2004. According to the back cover, "WWE Superstars are artists. The ring is their canvas. This is going to be a masterpiece of mayhem." So, basically, it's an art film, I guess? Anyway, the winner will also receive an original drawing of the SLAM-A-RAMA character of their choice. All you have to do is leave a comment below, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the phrase "Page 60 Contest" in the subject line. The winner will be drawn one and announced one week from today, on Thursday, July 15! Good luck, and thanks for reading SLAM-A-RAMA!
Oh yeah, I'm also going to be on CBC's Mainstreet this Monday, the 12th of July, to discuss the comic, around 5:30 Halifax time! Listen in as I try not to make a complete jackass out of myself.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
This is exciting--this was the very first scene I worked on when I first sat down to write the script for what would eventually become SLAM-A-RAMA. I didn't know where I wanted the story to begin yet, and the structure of the whole thing was still sort of nebulous to me at that point, but I knew I wanted to have a scene like this one in there so I just sat down and started writing it. The whole Bobby Bullhorn sequence remains my favourite scene in the whole story, and I'm glad other people can finally see it starting!
Thanks for sticking with me so far--we're only five pages away from the halfway point of the whole graphic novel now, and I'm considering doing some sort of contest when we hit Page 60. More on that as it develops.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Hey folks, I'll be updating with new pages every Tuesday and Thursday now, rather than Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. When I started posting pages here, I had a comfortable backlog of ready-to-show pages--that backlog is getting considerably smaller these days, and I don't want to have to take a hiatus from posting or anything. So, we'll be twice weekly from now on, most likely for the duration of SLAM-A-RAMA. Thanks for checking it out! Tell your friends!
Friday, June 4, 2010
As you may have noticed, I've spruced up the joint a bit with an awesome new logo. It's the handiwork of my buddy James White, the mega-talented designer and international bon vivant behind Signalnoise Studios. Head on over and check out his work. Thanks again, James!