Monthly Archives: October 2016

A Poem for Halloween

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween! Thought I’d reformat Sunday’s comic to make it easier to read. I think you can tell I based the art on my favorite movie of all time, “Pan’s Labyrinth”. Well, it’s tied with “The Nightmare before Christmas” but obviously it’s impossible to compare the two.

Also, thought I’d share a link to a lovely bit of Halloween history, courtesy of History.com. The Irish roots of the holiday are almost as fun as free candy. Part of me wishes we kept some of those old traditions:

Click here for the history of Halloween.

And of course, it’s the only time of year when it’s socially acceptable to share my deep love of vintage Halloween photos. If you’ve never ventured down that rabbit hole, I highly recommend taking a stroll down the path of the creepiest, most unsettling images you’ll ever see. I’ll leave you with one of my favorites:

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Have fun tonight and stay safe.

A New Collection of Puppy and Baby Comics

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Click here to get “Dog eat Doug Volume 6”.

It’s here! The sixth collection of “Dog eat Doug” strips. Again, I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting my self-publishing endeavor. I do have to ask for one quick favor: I need your reviews! It would appear, and thankfully so, that in this world of SEO, spambots and automated everything, word of mouth still caries the most weight.

So if you’ve picked up any of my family and kid friendly collections, I would be eternally grateful if you took a minute and gave them a rating on Amazon. Even say a few words. Thanks!

Also wanted to thank Amazon user TSOJ for their flattering review of the new collection:

Brian has one of the best contemporary children’s cartoon strips on the market. You want Tim Burton? You want Clive Barker? You want a funny smell coming from a diaper? (well, maybe not that last one) You want cute babies and puppies living in a household that occasionally gets visited by sweet, huggable demon cats? Then you want Dog Eat Doug 6 (you probably want all of the previous 5 books, too). But, ya, get this book.

Not sure who you are, but thank you. Especially love how you snuck Clive Barker in there.

Click here to get “Dog eat Doug Volume 6”.

Inktober, Part 3

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This Inktober sketch is based on a Victorian dress. Some sort of winged beastie is morphing out of it. I might explore this idea with future doodles. I only used a Uni .38 pen on this, then did a few ink washes over the page. Inktober is a great opportunity to experiment with different styles. In future scribbles, I’ll work on combining the ballpoints and the brushes.

Inktober, Part 2

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I’m a bit behind posting these to the website. Generally I whip these up as quick as I can then just post them around to social media. The name of the game is speed. Inktober is a great exercise to break away from whatever project I’m working on and do something random. Helps loosen the gunk around the creative gears.

Inktober 

Its that time of year again. Time to put aside twenty minutes a day and whip up something with pen and ink. I’ll post my Inktober doodles here as well as on social media. It really is a great excercise to refresh the creative engine.
As you can see, im going with a Victorian theme this year. I might not make everyday, but really speed is the key, so I should come up with at least a scribble.