Friday, December 5, 2008

just when you think you're on a roll....

Maybe I'm not ready for December yet. Maybe there needs to be some breaks on this ride. But first and foremost, maybe my dog needs to stop barking at ghosts in my apartment!! AUGH, I can't take it!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


So I finally ending getting (read: suckered in to) another foster dog. For those of you who don't know me, this means I will probably be keeping it until the end of time unless something goes horribly awry. My sisters and I are pretty sure we're going to call it Pickle. She's only been with me about 3 days but considering she's pretty neurotic and scared of just about everything, I think she and I are a perfect fit.

She's quite good at being cuddly and is perfect for being on my lap when I'm at my drawing desk or computer. But God forbid the heater come on or someone's garage door opens outside, 'cause then she gets all stiff and alert and ends up looking like this: She was abused so it will take a little time for her to get over this but I think she'll be ok. Even in the few days she's been with me, she's calmed down a lot. And, to be fair, she's not very threatening even when she's upset. She's so small that her growls sound like purring!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


this one is supposed to be Kanon Wakashima

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

in my fevered waking dreams...

Just in case you need to know more things about me that you don't care about, here's what I'm really into as of late:

Renewed love/obsession with eyewear (did it ever really go away?) Especially when it concerns characters that don't wear glasses to begin with.

Dogs with MOHAWKS. Mohawks on dogs, people. Think about it.

(Don't worry, I'll have some legitimate work to post here soon. I just had to get this off my chest.)

Saturday, November 8, 2008

west coast vs east coast rain

Being a week away from it and with my cold now in full swing, now seems as good a time as any for a mini report on my time at APE in San Francisco. It's a little hard to believe I was across the U.S. last weekend bumpin' around with full days helping Matt Madden and Jess Able with their daughter Aldara but my jet lag on Monday and burgeoning cold could not refute it. It seemed to rain the whole time we were there but despite that and the busy schedule Matt and Jess had, I had a good time. I always get a little nervous traveling with people who aren't my family but that's only until I remember that other people's trips are amazingly less stressful (is my family really that crazy..?!)
I was able to see some familiar faces as well as meet a couple new ones who I had only spoken with via phone/internet which really made the journey worth while. Also, seeing Matt and Jess function as family and work partners was kinda a treat for me. I know how my family works, so it's really nice to see how others go about it especially when they're working and successful in the same profession I'm in.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


In case you missed it, this is exactly what SPX was like.


Sunday, October 19, 2008


Here are some pages from Third Horseman., really. I'm serious!!

Ok, so maybe it's only the second illustration (which is only a panel) but hot damn, do I love that first page. However, if I really had to draw 3rd Horseman like that, not only would it be wildly inappropriate, but I'd also want to throw myself from a ledge. Drawing and joking about shoujo are two different things!


Thank goodness I wasn't too much of a little shit in my high school years because I had the pleasure of getting a call from one of my cronies of way back when with a commission. JP is a fellow artist of the musical persuasion, and is putting out a cd for which he asked if I could provide cover art for. Now, sometimes I feel like I know more musicians than I can shake a stick at, but he's the first who's ever asked if I could do some drawing for him. Needless to say, I was pretty tickled about it and had a good time working with him.

JonPaul R

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Potter- occupation: not a wizard

Of all the Third Horseman characters, Potter is the one who took longest to pin down as far as looks went. This is probably why he's never made any appearance on the internet till now. He'll be coming up in some pages soon though so I've been thinking/drawing him a bit more as of late.

He's a bit of a punk-ass, but I like him.

Oh yah, and there's Chester lookin' fancy.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

change of plans...

OK, so I found this amazing book at BookOff and (holy shit!) I didn't even know there was shoujo western manga out there. I can just imagine Third Horsemen with a total shoujo sparkling facelift. So many roses!! Of course, I can also imagine loosing my job so let's just call it a secret fantasy.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Oh yah, thanks a lot Ada!

Thanks to an unnamed party, I recently finished watching Macross Frontier which was done for the 25th anniversary of the good ol' Macross franchise. I came for the weird farting lizard phone and stayed for the boys who looked like dreamy girls.

Oh yah, Yoko Kanno, the creator of the series' dreamy music, is also appropriately dreamy as well.

NY Anime Festival 2008

I was an anime corespondent for my friend's web page. *cough*nerd*cough* It was awesome AND I didn't loose money!
Anyway, he already posted it in a prompt manner to his site but I thought I should post it up here as well. You know, 'cause readin' and writin' is awesome too.

After a successful failure the first go ‘round, the New York Anime Festival could only get better in it’s second year. Thankfully, it did. Attendance and overall organization was up giving the convention a stronger and more positive vibe this time. Cosplayers were also happy to trade in the December chills for a muggy September rain and appeared in full force. A varied guest list showed off big names who were appropriately given panel rooms this year and not made to present at the back of the dealers room on a stage that was sectioned off by curtains. The dealer’s room itself did unfortunately close promptly six o’clock, but panels and screenings ran later into the evening this time to keep attendees in each other’s anime loving company for a few more hours. Such improvements should be duly noted, but the fledging con still has a long way to go before it can settle into an established identity that has a consistent quality standard.

The movement towards showcasing a larger swatch of Japanese pop culture, as seen with bringing in Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chief, fine art friendly Yoshitaka Amano, and loli fashion designer Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, is a promising direction to be headed in for the con’s future. However, bringing in these guests only to fall back on crowd Q&A’s for the entirety of a panel doesn’t do anybody any favors. Such was the case with Morimoto-san’s forty five minute block which contained a shining example of such dangers when a Naruto Shippuden cosplayer ask if Morimoto-san knew and was friends/related with the Morimoto of Nintendo fame. Uh, right. I ended up learning a lot of what Morimoto-san’s likes and dislikes were by the end of the panel but little else. The same can be said for the amateur run panel Kingdom Hearts: A Fan’s Point of View. The two speakers brought a topic and their bodies to prop up the microphones but little else in the ways of informative or creative content. On the other hand, Amano’s panel provided an appealing balance of a thought out interview, crowd questions, and limited prize give-away. Having evidence of preparation was really the deal breaker for most of the panels I sat through and, unfortunately, a lack of this was in the majority.

The main floor stayed fairly consistent from the year before and remained pleasantly bland. The most notable change was the consolidation of the artist alley to the side of the dealer’s room/main floor space. It gave a lot of the artists more face time with the attendees but many of the artists saw slow sales and remained uncommitted to a positive return appearance at N.Y. Anime Fest ’09. Artists with original content had an especially hard time moving their wares and the state of the economy certainly wasn’t doing anyone favors.

At the end of the day though, for all its faults, I still found myself having a good time. The opportunity to be in a crowd that loves the same the niche market that you do is something special. Seeing new fans with bewildered parents in toe and old fans heralding the classics will never tire for me. This anime convention is no different from any other in the fact that I always walk away with an over priced import item, the mental scar of seeing an especially inappropriate cosplayer and the prospect that next year will be bigger and better.

Monday, September 15, 2008

like you wouldn't believe

For starters, many apologies to those who met me at otakon and contacted me via internet who have not received a response. A family vacation and poorly timed computer meltdown prevented me from surfing the wold wide web with ease. I'm still getting used to my new computer (it was sent from the FUTURE!!) and catching up with everything so hang in there, I'll get back to you!

With that said, the car/plane rides helped me get some of my old sketch on.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I think God like likes me

How else can I explain the existence of this comic which is now in glorious technicolor?

Thursday, July 31, 2008

more movies that betray my age and reveal my maturity

Look, just cause I netflixed High School Musical and accidentally got a little drunk while watching this alone does not make me a bad person. I'm not weak, stop judging me!

Here, look. I draw stuff from reality that's not directed at teens!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Saturday, July 5, 2008

the story of how i love movies that are trash

I've had these backlogged for a little bit, but it's time for them to shine.
The first one is from Tokyo Gore Police and yes, he is being propelled forward by the profuse bleeding of his new leg stumps. Kinda like the Rocketeer but not really...ugh. The second is a girl form the movie X-Cross. She starts off fighting with two extra long scissors but later upgrades to one, giant one so that she my battle another girl who wields a chain-saw. And the final is Viral, from Gurren Lagan. This is actually an anime but I figured I throw it in here as I pretty sure it didn't benefit my brain cells much either.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Graceland in Queens

Any of you who frequent this blog (what exactly is wrong with you anyway?...) know that I rarely bring personal news to the table. However, you'd have to be blind not to realize that I have a dog named Elvis who my family and I care about way more than we do for people. (Well, maybe not my mom, she's pretty selfless and does a lot of volunteer work.) Anyway, a few days after I returned from Hero's Con he passed away. I was awake and with him at the time and consider myself pretty damn lucky for it as it's not usual to have the chance to tell a good friend just how many people love them before they go.

Needless to say, it's the end of an era for me and my family but I'm sure that few creatures have been more loved than he. In fact, I had made dire predictions about the state of the world in his absence (ie my parents divorcing, my twin suddenly forgetting how to read, my older sister joining green peace, thousands of sickly cats flooding my apartment, volcanos etc.) but it turns out that everything will be ok. Elvis is The King and not much can ever change that.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

i love you too dad

As if there was anything else but putting my dog's head on an Elvis body that could truly convey the proper father's day feelings.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Thank you to those who stopped by at MoCCA this past weekend (and even to those who thought about it but couldn't.) And perhaps, more importantly, I'm glad every one who did make it didn't melt on route.

So as I prep for Hero's con by folding hundreds of pieces of papers, I thought I may as well put up some sketches and a half finished Kaiba drawing Note: if you haven't checked out the series Kaiba that is currently running in Japan, you should. Youtube or it right now!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

updating my cold little heart out!

I don't know how I did it but I'll have a new mini for MoCCA this weekend. Well, actually, I know exactly how I did it and it involved not contacting the outside world for a week and a half.... uhhh not so good. But non the less, here's a mini peak (it IS a mini after all) of what's in store should you choose to pop up to the top floor of the Puck Building this Sat and Sun.

Also, if you just couldn't stand not having a print copy of 'The Fast and the Furious III: Stop Tokyo Drifting into My Heart,' wait no longer my tomodachi because it will be showing up at MoCCA in the fabulously crafted compilation mini KA-BLAM-O. But more so than getting your bad movie sequel parody on, you should check this mini out 'cause it's full color and filled with some amazing work. I feel very proud that Edwin let me be next to these other pages. He'll be handing them out FOR FREE (!!!) while walking around the con and I will probably have some on my table with a pay what you wish thing happening as I'd like to help get him some of the printing price back.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

NY comic con and such

Robot roll call:
The first is some fan art/thank you I gave to Ryusuke Hamamoto who I met at the convention. Super nice guy and artist as well super brave for going solo to an American convention. I don't know that I would be brave enough to go to a Japanese con all by myself....

The next one is a drawing of the 3rd dog of the Florido house. Her name is Scout and she loves playing ball and finding dead things in the dark recesses of the yard to roll in (especially when she is freshly bathed.)

Third up is some Mum drawings. I haven't drawn her in so long and it occurs to me that she's the only character I've done that I would ever want to bring back to a story be it new or old.

The final picture is pretty much a photograph of me. I'm serious. Really, for real!!