2011 is on it's last gasp! That means it's that time of year again where I look back on the year in comics and tell you all about some of my favs! Hopefully this will shine some light on some deserving souls, there is always more comics to be sold! I peer pressure you to go out and buy all these books! NOW! GO!
Old City Blues by Giannis Milonogiannis This is an awesome cyber punk whodunnit book starring awesome mechs and beautiful cars set in a near future Greece. Giannis is a crazy talented guy and he is also super young..so that is scary.
Pope Hats #2 by Ethan Riley PopeHats 2 guys! Man, Ethan Riley can sure draw. This book is such a pleasure to look at and then you read it and realize he is just as strong at writing as well. Great book.
King City by Brandon Graham Brandon Graham has a real inspiring individuality to his work. Every page is jammed full of puns, pretty ladies and funny dialogue. Under all that though is a really good story about growing up and making your own decisions.
Orc Stain by James Stokoe Orc Stain is awesome. So unique looking and the story and genre have never been done this way either. This is a long epic story that is being set up, hopefully it gets back to a good release sched in the new year. I miss my gronches!
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol This is Vera Brosgol's premiere book. I have been a fan of her since she put her Grad film Snow-bo online seven or eight years ago..since then she has had her work in the Flight Anthologies and posted a long stream of awesome work online. Anya's Ghost is a spooky story of a russian girl in an american highschool with her unfriendly ghost. As with a lot of her work it takes a pretty twisted turn towards the end. Great book and apparently YA friendly!
Remake 2 by Lamar Abrams Lamar Abrams followup to the original remake continues to please. Funny, well drawn and irreverent, Remake is a love letter to fart jokes and Megaman
Even the Giants by Jesse Jacobs Jesse's work is very unique looking he uses two tones and leans on isometric perspective. The stories are down right weird too. The book has two main narratives, one about two giants living in the Arctic and another about two really creepy looking brothers jumping around a surreal anti reality. Fun book, check it out!
The Thickness #2 by various. This book boasts work from some of indie comics elite taking a crack at porn, including two others already on this list, Graham and Deforge. Not for the pure of heart, but definitely worth checking out!
20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa Urasawa was on my list last year. I am a big fan, 20th Century boys I believe wraps in 2012, this will be sad. A hell of a series with beautiful art and excellent characterization.
Wolves by Becky Cloonan Becky Cloonan is one of my favs, her inks are so black and smooth and her artistic sensibilites are really close in line to what I wish I could produce. Wolves takes all those things that I already love about her work and then jumps into my fav genre fantasy/horror. She couldn't do wrong.
Lose #3 by Michael Deforge Deforge is indie comics belle of the ball for a reason. Lose is awesome, twisted, unique and funny. Track down these books. They rad.
So that's it for this year. There are a bunch of other comics I love out there but the list was already getting long.. So go out there read these books and read thier favorites to find even more good stuff! Comics rule and so can you!
Also, Fight Song! My webcomic continues, check it out dogz!
So this is the big screen I've been working on for the last while. The screening process was fairly painless on this one, the work on getting the strip ready for the printing took the lions share of the work. These are pretty big..I think they 15x22 inches..I got about ten good ones out of this run so I will prolly sell these and the Converted Protest print at future cons.
Guys, Fight Song is now up on the ol website! Be sure to go check it out. It's Dino Mite!
This is another one of my little strips for the old style newspaper comics page silk screening thing I just finished! The final product is pretty awesome I think..I look forward to unleashing it on you some time in the futures!
Guys! Don River just finished up on my ol website. Be sure to keep coming back because on Monday the action packed Fight Song starts uploading!!
This is one of nine strips that will all be printed together in a Newspaper comics page style. It will be silkscreened..three layers I'm thinking right now. The uniting theme of all these is going to be technology.
Hope you guys are still reading Don River. I have it on good authority that it is bad ass.
Here are a couple doodles for you guys. The warrior guy, I was thinking of this character, Scale, from Joe Abercrombie's books. His biggest role is in "The Heroes". I love his stuff, if you have a dark and gritty Fantasy fan in your life Joe Abercrombies books are some good ones! The riot police officer is for a silk screening piece I recently did. I will be putting up that image soon as well. It's pretty cool I think. So other than that, Don River is still updating. We're getting close to the end of that one. Hope you're all reading!
There is a big show coming up put on by The Beguiling. It's called Toronto Draws TinTin. It's illustrators and comic artists coming together and..well you know. The opening reception is Nov 2nd and then there is a blind auction later on...Nov 27th? Anyways, the show runs the whole month of November at the Steam Whistle Gallery so come and check it out!
As for my piece. I've recently gotten into screen printing. It is awesome. THis one in particular is six layers. It's printed on a very expensive paper from Arches and it's 100% B.A! As for theme, you might be able to guess who the New York Sewer creatures are if you look closely.
What else, last week was Canzine! I had a good time. I was a little ill...so I kind of bailed two hours early. Sorry if I missed you! I still have a few Silk Screened covers of Don RIver available..so don't fret if you didn't get one.
Also you can read Don River online now, check it out! It's awesome!
Guys! Psychic Drama is wrapped up! Hope you enjoyed it! As it was wrapping down I drew a few pics of the characters that may turn up somewhere sometime. I thought I would share one of em with you. It's Esther! She was always my fave to draw. Hope you guys like it!
Now that Psychic Drama is done, Don River is now updating on the ol website. So if you haven't had a chance to read it head on over and check it out. It is definitely B.A!
So I've been very busy. We got Canzine coming up next weekend. Come on down and say hello! I believe the second volume of Grawlix will be released there. I got a new 4 pager in there. It's pretty rad. Also I've beeen doing some silk screens..so I should have some new versions of Don River there with a sexy new silk screened cover!
Soooooo...Word on the Street is this weekend! It's going to be totally BA. It's on Sunday Sept the 25th. It's FREE! I will be there w all sorts of friends. I'm sharing a booth with Julie Faulkner! Come on by, it will be a blast. BA LAST!
In other news I finished my anthology piece with AG Pasquella. I still got to do the tonals, which is slow going. Once I get those done, I'm going to pop the first page up here as promised.
In the next couple weeks we got 24 hour comic challenge coming up. I will be doing it again of course. This year it looks like it will be a private event though. I must say I am very sad to see it apparently winding down. It used to be a real big thing. I think losing McCLoud's involvment and then the Anthology's no longer coming out has knocked the wind out of it's sails. So it goes. I will keep doing em, love the 24hcc.
So last but not least. PSYCHIC DRAMA! The book is almost done. I put up page 110 this morning. I think it wraps around 120. You guys gotta check it out. Don't miss out!
Hey guys, I've been working on this anthology piece the last few weeks. It is a nine pager for a Western horror themed book that Phil McClorey is putting out. My buddy AG Pasquella penned it.
As I write this I am inking the fourth page. I expect to have it finished next week. When that happens I will put this pages inks up for preview. I am really happy with how it's coming together. AG knocked this one out of the park and I'm psyched to be doing something with him again as he is all kinds of rad. Phil puts out some great work too so it's really exciting to be working with him. Anyhow, look for the inks next week! Hope you like the roughs!
Let me remind you guys to check out Psychic Drama! The next three pages that will be up on Mon Wed then Friday are particularly violent. It's getting to that exciting conclusion! Check it out!
Just got back from Fan Expo! It was a blast. Thanks Everyone who stopped by! You were all the best looking comic fans ever. EVER!
This one is, of course, Me, BRIAN EVINOU! Behind me is my new booth poster. Pretty rad right? This photo is courtesy of my friends at TDOT Comics!
This is an example of a free drawing you can get from me with Purchase! I shot off a bunch of these bad boys. Come get one for yourself at Word on the Street!
I also was doing commisions for ten bucks! Practically free! This one was for a fan of the Universal Monsters. It was a blast to do! Come to Canzine in Oct and get one of these bad boys for yourself!
I also did a bunch of sketch cards this weekend. Selling these bad boys for five bold ones. Check it out!
So yeah. FanExpo 11 was four days long. It was intense. There was a lot of cool parties, a bunch of great costumes, a whole whack of rad friends and great customers too. Hope you who bought my books liked em. See ya next time!
Remember Psychic Drama is almost over! Catch the exciting finale!
Guys! I just got back from Mexico. I had a blast! Thanks for asking! I drew a lil bit when I was there. I'm going to post all the doodles on here. One a day for the rest of the week! Keep coming back! They will be here I promise!
You guys have been checking out Psychic Drama right? It's wild right now! All sorts of PSI Powered stuff is happening. Check it out!
So this week I've been working on my submission for the second Grawlix Anthology. I thought I would give you guys a peek at my process. This is one of the pages of roughs. I'm working differently on this book than my usual route. This time, I'm doing my roughs on the cintiq, printing them out and then inking directly over those roughs. Hopefully it works out. Roughing on the cintiq is incredible as far as laying out your action is concerned!
Remember guys, my webcomic Psychic Drama is nearing its end! Be sure to check it out!
Guys TCAF was so so so so very good. I want to unload expletives on you kids but I know about your sensitive ears. I will try and keep it brief. Which is hard because of how rad the show was.
First off on a personal note. I've never had a more successful show. Fight Song sold out! All my other books moved as well. I also got the Grawlix anthology I'm a contributer in as well, it looks great. Great work to Dalton Sharp for putting that togehter. What a weekend. Thanks to everyone who bought my books. Every one was super nice and a blast to hang out with.
Secondly, the running of the show. Again top notch. Chris, Peter, Abe and the whole TCAF crew kill it every year. This year though was so sugar smooth. They had a green roomn for guests, people to run change for you and volenteers to help when you had to pee. Top notch. Great work sirs.
Thirdly. The guests. TCAF has an embarasement of riches guest wise. So to be excited about who your sitting with is expected. Saying that I was definitely the winner placement wise. I was flanked by two great artists in Niall Eccles and Danielle Corsetto. Right beside Neil was Brandon GrahmJames StokoeMarian Churchland and Marley Zarcone, who were the four people I was most excited to meet. They all lived up to my expectations and beyond. Brandon actually gave me a page out of his sketch book, which is, you know, super cool. So the table I had, great. I could not have chosen a better spot for myself.
I bought a lot of books and wished I had more money for all the other great things I saw. Seriously, what a year for new books. It wasn't just my own Fight Song. There was a ton of rad new books to buy and read. I'm excited to dig in over the next couple days. As seen above, I got some work to do!
There is so much more to tell, the drinking, the fighting, the orgies..on and on, but maybe for another day.
Another year in the books, as always looking forward to next year
Guys, I am sprinting to finish this bad boy. TCAF is going to be a hell of a show and I'm going to have a new book for you. Its going to be 56 pages of awesome action! So make sure to come on by and pick one up. May 7th and 8th. Toronto Reference Library!
So whats new.. You know my webcomic Psychic Drama! It got to page 50 today! You guys caught up? Its pretty cool, check it out!
Last weekend was the Kazoo Festival in Guelph! The show is put on by the fine folks at the Dragon. A great store.Lots of great originals on the walls, Very clean, spacious, bright and welcoming. Its how I wish all comic stores could be. I was there alongside friends Jules of Promises fame and Adriana from Fall on me! It was a fun show. Sadly the weather didn't co operate but I think everyone had a great show despite it. I know I'm looking forward to next year.
In two weeks my fav show of the year is approaching. TCAF! There is a crazy glut of amazing talent coming. It is gonna be da bomb. Make sure to come out. I will have so much new stuff. The oft talked about Fight Song is alost finished and will be ready for TCAF. It is fantastic, so look forward to that..also I will have a six page short in the Grawlix anthology. Its bad ass too. So swing on by, buy my books and enjoy the show. May 7th and 8th!
Sometimes I draw things that are a bit out of my comfort range. This is one of those times! I wanted to share it though, I think it turned out ok. Its not that bad either, content wise, I mean, a pair of cartoon boobs isn't going to kill anyone. At least I hope not.
I hope you're all checking out my webcomic Psychic Drama! Its fun and stuff!
Dudes, here is a sketch dump! Drawings! These are various things from my sketch book. I have not updated on here for a while. I am drawing all sorts of comics! Not so many sketches though. Remember to check out my web comic Psychic Drama! Its good.
Also here is a photo from the Wizard World convention this past weekend. It was a good time. I sat of course with Julie of Promises fame and was Flanked by indie comic giants Ben Rivers of Snow fame and Mr Brian Mclachlan of the world famous Princess Planet. We had a good lil table group going on. As for the show itself, it was much better than last year. So hopefully it can continue to build and be a viable third show for Toronto.
Hey guys, tomorrow is the Toronto leg of the Wizard World tour! I will be there selling comics with my partner in panels Julie of Promises fame. We would love if you guys swing by, we will be there all weekend. I will even let you guys take a peek at my new books Fight Song and the Grawlix short. To be released at TCAF!
Anyways, I would be remiss to post sans images. Everything is all top secret though so I thought I would throw up this ad I did for my web comic Psychic Drama! Have you heard? Its wicked!
Hey guys! The big news is, my Website www.brianevinou.com is finally live. Its still under construction but its close enough now that I can show it to you guys feeling good about it!
Right now on the website I'm putting up my comic I finished a year and a half ago, called Jim and Jenn. Theres been a name change its now called Psychic Drama.
Above you'll see an example of changes I've made to the thirty pages that are currently up there. I feel a need to explain this a bit.. I'm not saying I'm going to do this amount of do over to every page but a large portion of these first 30 pages have seen this kind of facelift, I just wasn't comfortable with how they looked anymore. At a certain point the pages get good enough that I won't be making any more changes but for the next bit anyways, lots of changes. Jim and Jenn is a year and a half old, most of the first pages are more like two years old and I like to think I've improved a lot since then. So anyways, its a slightly better looking version that you guys get. I plan on posting 3 times a week. They will go up Mon Wed Fri. This comic is 120 pages long and as its finished you can count on your updates. Hope you guys like it, as I said its old. I learned a lot writing this, my apologies if its a bit clunky.
Hey! Its my hourly comics for this year. THe idea is to do a comic for every hour that you are awake. So, here it is. Pretty fun stuff. It was way harder than I thought it would be. Hope you guys like it!
So, it's definitly 2am, This prolly won't be my tightest blog update. Anyways, this is a page of pencils for a 6 page story I'm working on for the Grawlix anthology. Its written by AG Pasquella and its pretty tight.
I finished the story in Fight Song that I previewed in a previous post last week. Its looking good. I'm hoping to have lots of new things for you guys at TCAF. So keep your peepers peeled!
Back on the life drawing trail after a nice holidays. Posting for 2011 commence!
Now 2010, lets talk about the best of you. In comics.
For me, I will just throw down my favs of this year.
Tumor by my hombre Noel Tuazon and Fialkov. A dirty crime drama stinking so good of Noels distinctive inking style. Also a very nice printed book. Some sweet paper in this badboy. Scott Pilgrim Vol 6 by O'Malley. A satisfying conclusion to the series that got me back into comics in a hard way. Great work and shouldn't be missed. The Outfit by Darwyn Cooke. Dang, this Parker series keeps getting better. Darwyn kills it with his two tone stylings. Super Pro Ko by Jarrett Williams. This was a nice surprise for me. Super fun Wrestling fun. Beautiful simple artwork inside. Very fun. Koko be good by Jen Wang. First Second nails a winner with Jen Wang's first full length comic. Beautifully print quality is rewarded with fantastic watercolor comic, about coming to terms with oneself. 20th Century boys by Nokia Ursawa. This comic continues to rule. Ursawa mastery of suspense and ability to draw the most minute of expressions is incredible. Afrodisiac by Jim Rugg. Jim Rugg is a super hero of comics. Hilarious. Wilson by Daniel Clowes. What did you expect, its Clowes. This one is pretty mean, but also hilarious. X'd out by Charles Burns. Typically wicked, Burns nails it. Is this a series or a one shot? It seems to be book one but I read a couple reviews that suggested its a one shot. I hope not. Great start?
I continue to purchase Walking Dead and Invincible. They are both great. This year allowed a few more into my rotation. Its all image. Orc Stain, James Stokoe premiered his fantastic fantasy comic this year. Hilarious, fun, beautiful. King City by Brandon Grahm. Full of puns hilarity adventure and excitment. Grahms simple unique style is dripping charm. Skullkickers by Jim Zubkavich. A hell of a good time. Fantasy with highend fun. Great drawing and tight dialouge. Craaazy fun comics.
Manly guys doing manly things,Kelly Turnbill- I met Kelly working on Ugly Americans. She is the best. Her comic is just as good. Deep Down, Alex Diochen- Another coworker on Ugly. Alex has been fighting the Zuda fight for a few years now. He just recently launched his new comic Deep Down. So far its been one wicked fight scene. I can get on board with that. Peeling Onions by Lezley Davidson- Slice of life auto bio comics. A thick slice of comedy and heart from Toronto own LD And here are a list of other classics I'm continuing to love.