Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
With the immanent release of House of Twelve #3 via Comixology's Comics app — and because we love you — we here at Team 12 Headquarters have a special holiday gift for everyone, House of Twelve Monthly #1 is available for the low, low cost of absolutely free.
Take this opportunity to check out some of the great comics running in each and every issue if House of Twelve. Issue #1 features stories by award winning cartoonists like Miss Lasko-Gross, Sam Henderson & K. Thor Jensen along with longtime webcomics fan-favorite, Darryl Ayo.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I was out of town and wasn't able to update this until now, but yes, there is a NYC Comic Jam this Thursday. Come on out and get shitty with a bunch of like minded drunk cartoonists.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Holy Shit, it's actually out!
That's right folks, after a nearly summer-long series of "discussions" with the powers that be, House of Twelve Monthly #2 is actually available for your viewing pleasure. You can get the new issue two ways. You can get the e-book for your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad through the app, Comics (by Comixology, Inc), it's sort of an itunes for comic books. Once in the app, click on browse, and type House of Twelve into the search bar. Or you can now purchase the title through Comixology's new web based comic reader (Direct link here). Issue number two is over 70 digital 'pages' and costs a measly $1.99.
Ho12 Monthly#2 is an amalgam of two separate issues, combined to make one super-sized, super-awesome, super-nerdy extravaganza containing stories by Kate Lacour, Fred Noland, David Paleo, Cheese Hasselberger and Dave McKenna. Adventures a-plenty in this massive installment; explore the hidden lives of licensed properties to a look into a wondrous world beneath your feet.
Now go out and buy this goddamn thing, and remember to rate it!
Oh, here are some samples...
From Dave McKenna's Creeple
From kate Lacour's McThology
From Fred Noland's Big Green
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
For the cover of Ho12Monthly#1 I posted a little "How I Did This" series of pics and descriptions and people liked it so I figured I do it again for the second issue's cover.
When we first did the book I had a different cover in mind, I even finished one (as seen in this previous post) but as things progressed and I saw more contributors stories it became evident the book needed a nicer cover (the old one got cut down and is now the issues back cover).
For inspiration I looked to Dave McKenna's story which featured a Pterodactyl and Fred Noland's story which has a decidedly environmental theme. With the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I figured a mash-up of these ideas would make a funny, yet poignant mix.
I started out with some doodles I did in Dave McKenna's sketchbook while manning the table at an indie comic show in New Haven, CT.
We enjoyed them very much.
Afterwards, I did a larger sketch in my own book, took a snapshot of it with my iphone and laid down some color ideas.
That same day, Kevin Colden and I were talking about the program Manga Studio and how much he liked it. I found it on sale at Amazon for $2o (I had $20 in credit from pre-ordering Red Dead Redemption, making it essentially free) so I picked it up. It arrived few days later so i plugged in the Wacom and started playing around with it. I first did a sketch of the cover on it, then cleaned up that in a blue line layer.
Manga Studio has some pretty great inking tools in it, I gotta admit, I'm pretty smitten with it.
Not knowing how to use the color system in MS, I imported the inked sketch into photoshop as layers and colored the bitch.
I chose this ocean pic from someone's wallpaper site.
I guess that happens more often then anyone would like to tell you. Crazy!
Anywho, I combined them in photoshop and turned the tolerance way up, getting a rough idea of what I wanted.
I then sent it over to Manga Studio and made a blue line layer out of it.
That came out pretty sweet!
I had been playing with the color tools in Manga Studio a bit by then and tried my hand at coloring it there, getting some pretty good results, especially on the top half. One thing I couldn't figure out was on the ink layer the program treats white areas as a opaque, creating large parts of the bottom half I couldn't color correctly. Phooey!
Suffice to say, it was back into photoshop where I was able to finish the coloring, add a gradation to the rig explosion and some shading to the cloud layer. Sadly I didn't think to keep copies of any of this, sorry folks.
After a few finishing touches I merged the fore and backgrounds, dropped in the Ho12 Logo and bing-bang-boom, ladies and gents, we have a cover.
It maybe took four hours start to finish for the foreground image, about three hours to research and draw the background, another two to figure out the color for the BG and maybe another hour to combine it all and call McKenna and get his opinion. So we're looking at about 10 hours total from doodle to finished piece. I'm sure I could have cut that by two hours if I had a better understanding of Manga Studio, I still don't know what half the buttons and do-dads actually do. Oh, and Smith Micro (makers of MS) what the fuck? No eyedropper? Shiiiiiiit. I hear there's a plug in that has it, I gotta look that up, taking crib-notes on an RGB slider scale over what colors I'm using is a suckas game.
The whole book should be available in a few weeks via Comixology's Comics app for the iDevice of your choice. It's packed with great stuff from David Paleo, Kate Lacour, Fred Noland, Dave McKenna and myself. These things just get better and better looking as we go along. I'm really proud of this one, I hope you all like it as much as I do.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Yes, it's the first week of the month and you know what that means... It's jam time! Wheeeeeee!
Here's a funny story, remember last week when I said that Ho12 Monthly was coming out? Yeah, well that didn't happen, crazy! Seems Apple Standards and Practices has a problem with Victor Cayro's story, The Mazk, and we're going to have to cut it from the issue.
I can't say I'm too pleased with this. Apple has a rule about comics depicting torture, which I understand, and agree with. I think they're trying to avoid something like the Human Centipede in comic form. I get that, but Victor's story is like Bugs Bunny for adults. In Cayro's story the main character is forced to strip and lick his own blood off of a car's bumper. Technically, these are acts performed under duress, which would classify them as torture, but taken in the context of the whole piece, it's a little silly to call it that.
I've been Victor Cayro's publisher for about five years and I understand that his work can be jarring to people. It's often disturbing, violent, overtly sexual and grotesque — and that's the point. He sees the world for what it is and he doesn't suffer fools who would candy-coat it, mocking them openly through a palette of pop-culture references and day-glow colors. He is, I believe, the finest artist working in comics today and it's a shame Apple has chosen to reject the strip.
Nonetheless, we will suffer on, Cayro will have another story in three months and we'll just have to cross our fingers that it'll meet Apple's muster. In the meantime, Ho12 Monthly #2 will be out ASAP with new stories from Kate Lacour and myself, as well as some selections from the Ho12 archives.
Here is Victor's story in it's final form. Torture porn, meaningless masturbation, or none to subtle social commentary?
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Come one, come all to the latest Ho12 Comic Jam. For nearly nine years, Team 12 has gathered together every month and followed or creed, "Get drunk, Draw comics." Usually held the first Thursday of every month, the Ho12 comic jam continues the long tradition of cartoonists only being able to stand other cartoonists. It's a place to showcase your funny bone or just sit in and watch the live-action cartoonery.
Thursday, May 6th 2010: 7:00
Jack Demsey's Pub
36 West 33rd, in the basement
New York, NY
Just down the block from Jim Hanley's Universe.
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