Monday, December 29, 2008

Superpowered kids

Just realized I never posted these... I did these last year for my nieces and nephew, while visiting them back home in Montana. Gannon (above) wanted Wolverine's claws, Reed Richards' stretchiness, Ghost Rider's chain, and the Flash's speed. And a jet pack, of course!

Kendra here wanted to be a combination of Invisible Woman, Elektra, and Storm. Pretty lethal combo there, I think...

And Brittany loves the Jaina Solo character from the newer Star Wars books, so now she finally gets to wield a lightsaber.

Monday, December 01, 2008

November Sketch Night

Pencils by Seth, inks by Matt:

Pencils by Matt, inks by Seth:

Well, there were only three of us at the last sketch night. Matt suggested that we draw some fantasy creatures, so I drew the most powerful mythical being of all... the Jackelope.

But the low turnout actually worked out, because it gave Elton and I time to help Matt scan in the last images for his new (and first!) comic... Decaying Death. I just finished editing it tonight, so it is completely done. We'll post some more details soon, but in the meantime here's a preview image...

Saturday, November 08, 2008


Over at the Joplin Sketch Night blog, you can see the results of our last sketch night, where we drew each as zombies. The results are enjoyably disturbing...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Joplin Sketch Night and such

Well, I told you all I might be a bit absent with school starting. I didn't think it would take this long to post something, though. This first quarter has been incredibly busy for me, but I think things are starting to settle down. I'm actually getting some time to work on my art again. So we'll see what happens with that...

Anyway, we started a blog for our little Joplin Sketch Night gathering that we do once a month. We'll be putting up all of our stuff from those nights on that site, so check it out!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sketches Ahoy.

Well, it's that oh-so-magical time of the year... that's right... school starts Monday. It's already started for Dusty. We'll both be teaching high school art now, which is quite cool. I'm at the high school full-time, instead of half-middle school/half-high school. And I'm going to be tackling some new classes I haven't had before, so I will be pretty busy the next couple of months. But I'll still be throwing some new stuff up here, don't worry.

This crazy creature came out of a sketch night with Dusty earlier this summer. Just havin' fun with a brush pen. Don't even try to make sense out of the words... inside joke.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

No more WOWIO.

Just so you all know... we will not be using WOWIO, at least for now. They are under new ownership and have restructured how the downloading of comics works. It is no longer as simple as it used to be... find a book, download it for free. Not everything is free now.

Anyway, I won't bore you with the details, but we will not be using them for the immediate future. We may eventually, as things stabilize over there.

Thank you to the many of you that downloaded a copy under the old WOWIO! Your support is very appreciated! We are looking into new ways for you all to read these books online... stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Monster Jam!

Good things come from sketch nights. Dusty came over last week for one, and we came up with a really groovy new drawing challenge. Basically, one guy draws the basic form and layout of a creature, and then we pass it back and forth, taking turns drawing limbs, heads, and details. Then one guy inks it to sort of tie it all together. We call it a Monster Jam (or Monster Jelly, as Dusty prefers). It's amazingly fun, and the creatures look a lot more cohesive than I thought they would.

The dragon above was initially roughed-out by Dusty. I drew the head, an arm, and the tail; Dusty drew an arm, leg, and lots of body details. I had a blast inking it... I'm a big fan of drawing wrinkles and cracks, so I really savored this one. We both agree it's the best dragon either one of us have ever made.

The other creature we made is a little more original... the Aqua Yeti. I did the rough plan, the claw, and legs, while Dusty did the head, tentacle arm, and body. He inked it and really went nuts on the details, as usual.

We both agree it's the best aqua yeti either one of us have ever made.

We got together again last night and both did a Hellboy drawing. Here's mine...

If you've seen Hellboy II (terrific movie!), then you'll really understand this one!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sketch Night Numero Dos

Well, the second Joplin sketch night is in the book. We had a couple less this time due to scheduling issues, but we still managed to crank out a lot cool artwork. As usual, it all gets swapped around with different people inking and coloring each others' work, and at the end of the night it all gets divvied up. Here's the stuff I ended up with...

The first one up there was penciled by Randy and painted/inked by Amber, I believe.

This one was penciled by Matt and inked by me. It is the main character from Matt's upcoming book. This was fun to ink, because Matt and I share a love of bold lines.

The zombie was penciled by me and painted/inked by Randy. It turned out like a zombified Rebuker (accidentally, I think).

The rest of these were penciled by Randy and inked by me. Randy puts us all to shame on these sketch nights. While the rest of us finish a half-dozen drawings or so, Randy ends up with a inch-thick PILE of drawings by the end of the night! His pencils are extremely loose and fun to ink over with brush pens.

That last one I actually finished the day after. I seem to have indoctrinated my daughter with my love of Spider-Man. She watched part of the movies with me this summer and really liked it when he was swinging around. Anyway, all day today she was carrying this sketch around like a cherished toy.

Now if only I can make her a 49ers fan...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Back in town...

Well, I've been out of town for a good chunk of July. First a trip to see family in California and then a week-long art teacher workshop in Kansas City. Both were lots of fun, but I'm feeling a bit out of the loop artistically now. Ah well, I'm sure some drawin' will cure that. Above is a sketch I did while in KC, from photo-reference. I'm feeling more and more comfortable with brush pens now.

This is Scott Morse's Magic Pickle, from a graphic novel I just got. It's a great, fun read! Superheroic produce... ya gotta love it. This was really quick and easy to draw.

One of the comics I'm picking up every month right now is the Perhapanauts, by Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau. It's about a group of paranormal adventurers that include a bigfoot, a ghost, a psychic, a mothman, an interdimensional guy, and THIS guy... Choopie (the chupacabra). It reads like a really light hearted Hellboy.

And here are a couple more drawings from our last sketch night. This one was penciled by Amber and inked by Matt. Inspired by our resident dachshund, of course.
And this one was penciled by Amber and inked by me. Hopefully we can do a bunch more of these on Tuesday when we have our second Joplin sketch night!

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Collaborations are swell

Pencils by Matt, inks by Seth:


Pencils by Seth, inks by Matt:

Matt was over the other night, so we could scan in some of the pages of his upcoming book. Towards the end of the night (actually early morning) we did a little sketching. It's dang fun to see someone ink your stuff... almost as much fun as inking over theirs.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Upon further review...

One of the most exciting things as a creator is getting a chance to hear what people who spend a lot of time reviewing comics think of your work. Well, some of those reviews are starting to show up for our newer books, so here ya go...

The fine folks at Pulp Secret included DUEL in their regular comic review video podcast. They had a lot of kind words and really seemed to get what I was going for with that book. Check it out right here (the Duel review starts at the 3:48 mark):

Broken Frontier took a look at both new books (they also reviewed the mini-comic version of Random Ink way-back-when... nice people). Tonya Crawford had a lot of nice things to say about ROOK CITY #1, including

"With a $2.95 price tag for over 32 pages of highly enjoyable comic book stories Rook City comes off as a bargain. Wolfshorndl has crafted an overall strong first outing and will hopefully keep turning out these stories that are sometimes witty, sometimes silly, but always entertaining. This comic is like a trip through the funhouse – a lot of laughs, some good-natured teasing, and at the end anticipation of the next time we get to go for a ride."

Meanwhile, her fellow Broken Frontier reviewer, Richard Pulfer, seemed to enjoy DUEL #1 although he would like to see it develop farther, saying

"The character designs are imaginative, especially in later characters like Cyborg Stan and Triode. Once again, it’s the execution of the battles themselves, seen in the expression of the combatants and their ultimate fate which give the book a disarmingly cinematic feel. While Wolfshorndl’s art is more than sufficient, it might be interesting to see two artists with contrasting styles duel one another in later books."

Funny he should say that, as that is just what we have planned. More on that later...

Over on her Comics Worth Reading site, Johanna Draper Carlson reviewed both ROOK CITY and DUEL. Of the two, she seemed to enjoy DUEL more and really gave me some things to consider.

I really appreciate all these people taking the time to look over our books and spread the word about them! Hopefully, there will be even more to tell you about soon.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The 1st Joplin Area Sketch Night!

Well, this was pretty dang cool... and something we've been wanting to do for awhile. Last night, a bunch of area artists interested in comics gathered at our house for a sketch night. This was sort of inspired by the CCN group in KC. It was great to get everyone together, as I knew almost everyone there, but many of them had not met. We stayed up until 2am showing each other what we'd been working on, comparing favorite drawing tools, and sketching like crazy. Eventually we started inking/coloring over each others pencil sketches, which produced some crazy cool results.

Anyway, I think this is going to be the start of something really cool. Who knows what kind of collaborations are going to spring out of this? We're going to try to meet every month like this and see what happens.

The Phoenix drawing up top is by Randy Rustin, who is a drawing MACHINE... cranks 'em out like no one's business. This was one he did for Laura (Phoenix is her favorite character). I'm helping him put together a sketchbook of his stuff for print.

This one is a portrait of our dog, Zoe, by the super-talented Amber Stone:

This is one of the guys from Evil Ain't Easy, pencilled by me and inked by Matt:

And the Rebuker, of course, pencilled by me and inked by Brad Shipp (check out his deviantART page here... amazing!)

This is just a small sampling of the art produced last night. Most of it we gave away to each other. Hopefully, this is the first of many of these sketch nights!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Read 'em and weep!

Last night, we had a little Three Trees sketch session at my house. Elton, Dusty, and Matt all came over. We got to show each other what we were working on, which was cool. All three of those guys are cranking out some great stuff you'll get to see in the coming months! This was the first time all four of us were together, and it was quite awesome.

We decided to make some jam comics, so Elton came up with some story seed words to get us started. We all picked some out of the pile, and then got started on the top third of a page. Then we would pass it to the next guy, draw the middle section, and then pass it again and finish it. I got a lot of grief for taking too long on the first two sections. Dusty was really hardcore... straight to ink, no pencils.

Be warned... these are really loose, quickly-drawn, and crazy!

This one was done (in order) by: me, Dusty, and Matt:

This one was Matt, me, then Dusty:

This one was Dusty, Matt, then me:

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Revamping the sketches

Just so you all know, we've redone how we are organizing our sketches for this site. From now on, we'll be using our deviantART galleries to display our work. For those of you that don't know, deviantART is the largest collection of art and artists on the web. They make it simple for us to display, sort, and even sell our artwork in a really easy, streamlined way. Dusty was the first to sign up, and then he finally kicked my butt and got me to do the same. You should definitely check it out!

We'll still mention new sketches we put up on this blog. For instance, here's a couple of scratchboard pieces I finally scanned in:

Friday, June 06, 2008

DUEL #1 released!

Here's yet another new issue for your viewing pleasure... DUEL #1!

What is Duel about? Well, two young boys with overactive imaginations are hanging out and drawing one day. When one of them sketches the image of a mighty warrior...the challenge is on. Before long there is an all-out artist's duel raging to see who can create the toughest character. We are soon sucked into the world of their imagination, a world filled with tremendous battles between cybernetic cowboys, secret snake ninjas, huge gelatanous creatures, and much more! Who will emerge victorious? You can preview some of the pages HERE.

This book started out as a 24 Hour Comic (24 pages created in 24 hours) I tried to do at the end of last summer. I tried to come up with something fun and loose that would be a lot of fun to draw. I only got a few hours into it before I failed the 24 Hour challenge (should've remembered I was a new dad), but I liked the idea so much that I wanted to finish it. So here it is!

You can order it now from our Indy Planet store and have an actual print copy for yourself! But, just like Rook City #1, you can download the entire issue for FREE through WOWIO in electronic format. Remember, it's free to sign-up on WOWIO and a great way to support us.

By the way, Random Ink #1 is also now available for free download through WOWIO! For those of you who might now know, this was our first published book. It's an anthology that features some of the Rook City stories along with a wide variety of other tales about everything from blues musicians to martians to time travel. You can check out a PREVIEW, if you want.

This will be our last release for a little while (although several are in the pipeline right now), but it's nice to have three finished comics available. I hope you all at least download some copies, check them out, and let us know what you think!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Rook City bonus stuff!

This terrific image was done by Brad Heath, one of the regulars on the CCN message board. He downloaded a copy of Rook City and said the Rebuker is his new hero. It's always awesome to see another artist's take on my characters. Brad definitely got the attitude right!

Some of you might have noticed the "Suggested Soundtrack" in the back of Rook City #1. Well, here's a music player that features all of the songs on that soundtrack! And then you can read along with the music. How awesome.

Track 1- Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues" (for the "Bullets and Bedpans" story):
This song seemed to capture some of the Rebuker's attitude as he tries to escape the nursing home. It's easy to imagine his voice sounding an aweful lot like Johnny's (although I doubt the Rebuker does much singing). "I shot a man in Reno... just to watch him die."

Track 2- Smashing Pumpkins "We Only Come Out at Night" (for the "Transformations" story):
This perfectly matches the Vlad Squad, for obvious reasons. The goofy instrumentation and slight creepiness of this track fits the mood we were kind of going for with these characters. I can see the Squad liking this track quite a bit.

Track 3- Miles Davis "So What" (for the "Sleuth" story):
Well, Toby is a big jazz fan. In fact, if you look closely you'll notice there is a Miles Davis poster on the wall of his room in this story. But more than that, the ultra-cool beginning of this song really nails the film noir feeling I wanted to get across in this "mystery".

Track 4- The Flaming Lips "Waiting for a Superman" (for the "Showtime" story):
Obviously the superhero references in this song match the epic battle between the Captain and Dark Star. And if you want enjoyably cheesy dramatic music, the Flaming Lips are always a good bet. But I also like how the line "Tell everybody waiting for Superman that they should try to hold on as best they can/ He hasn't dropped them, forgot them, or anything/ it's just too heavy for Superman to lift" matches the reveal at the end of this story.

Track 5- John Lee Hooker "I'm Bad Like Jesse James" (for the "Gratuity" story):
This song just has the proper attitude for Rebuker's incident at the diner. John Lee Hooker's ominous voice sets the mood perfectly. He's singing about justice being served, and that's just what the Rebuker dishes up in this story.

Well, anyway, I hope this is entertaining for someone besides me!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

ROOK CITY #1 released!

Finally... here it is! ROOK CITY has finally been collected into print form! It's actually been completed for awhile (as you can tell by our convention posts), but it took awhile to get everything setup for ordering. You can order it now from our Indy Planet store and have an actual print copy for yourself!

But you also have another option! You can download the entire issue for FREE through WOWIO, an e-book company that we will be working with! It's free to join Wowio and free to download books, but each time someone downloads our books we get paid. So, if you like our work and would like to support us, this is a great, free way you can do so!

Anyway... hopefully you've been following our Rook City tales online over the last few years. This issue features the first five stories: In "Bullets & Bedpans", Toby Fox must stop the Rebuker (a 80-year-old vigilante) from devastating his nursing home. "Transformations" shows us the origin of the Vlad Squad, four college kids who think they are vampires. Meanwhile, Toby must solve a mystery involving his professors and an ancient mask in "Sleuth." Rook City's resident superhero, The Captain, battles his arch-rival in "Showtime"...but all is not as it seems.

And finally, the Rebuker reappears and leaves his mark on the locals in "Gratuity." This story has never appeared in other formats, and is available EXCLUSIVELY by downloading or buying a copy of Rook City #1!

This issue also features behind-the-scenes sketches, character info, and pinups. It's 36 pages jam-packed with goodness!

So anyway, it's exciting to finally get this book out there. I hope you all at least download a copy, check it out, and let us know what you think!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

More sketchies

Here are some more sketches I did for some of my students that bought some of our books. It's always fun to take a crack at established characters. I slapped some color on the Iron Man. I was feeling inspired after watching the movie (which I highly recommend to all of you)!

These two were requested by a student who really likes cheese and tacos. A boy after my own heart.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Jam comics!

Free Comic Book Day was a blast today. Elton and I hung out with fellow local artists Amber Stone and Randy Rustin, sold some books, did some sketches, and gave away a bunch of mini-comics. It was great hanging out with fellow artists and checking out each other's artwork. Hopefully we can make this a yearly tradition here in Joplin!

Maybe the best part of the day was doing some jam comics with Amber and Randy. The way it worked was that we each drew the first row of a one page comic and then passed it on to the next person, who drew the middle part and passed it onto the next person, who drew the end. The results are pretty loose and fun... check 'em out! (Amber and I must have had zombies on the brain, as the two we started feature the undead.)

Created by (in order): me, Randy, and Amber...

By Randy, Amber, and me...

By Amber, me, and Randy...