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I made this 'Zine as a kind of yearbook for the stuff I've been posting to the site.

I wanted it to be a real bagfull of Halloween Candy, sometimes you reach and there's a Snickers, sometimes you pull out a Necco candy bracelet. There's artwork I've posted to the site, writing I've done (including the "Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Horoscope" ) a 5-page teaser for the first treatment I did for my comic, Gun.

Its 22 pages with an additional 12 page black and white insert. Each one of these books was hand-crafted with love by the artist. I did all the folding and assembling, I trimmed the pages myself with an exacto knife, each one of these books was loved, I hope you enjoy!

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 The first comic I ever read, the comic that made me love comics, was Captain Carrot & His Amazing Zoo Crew.

I was a kid and back then you got comics at gas stations & 7-11s off newsracks next to the magazines & newspapers. It was issue#3, the cover featured the Zoo Crew in pitched combat with Frogzilla. I begged my mom to buy it & I was hooked. Like, for life.

CCAHAZC was the perfect gateway drug: it was a funny animal comic, chock full of puns & parodies, but it was rooted in the formula of super-hero comics: villains & crises rose, receded & recurred in the episodic pace of comics, by the time I started to outgrow the funny animal genre I was primed to trade in the parodies of the Justice League for the real thing. 

Scott Shaw! was the regular artist and there was a dull ache at the issues he didn't draw; I'm still a fan. I got the chance to meet him at a con in Anaheim & although they warn you not to meet your heroes he couldn't have been more of a prince. He said nice things about my portfolio and invited me to sit with him at his booth. I can't stress this enough cos I've had some chilly receptions and cons are, let's face it, an amiable shitshow, but Shaw! was amazing.

 Anyway, the Captain Carrot still holds a soft spot in my heart (you never forget your first) and for a while I wanted to take a stab at doing real world versions of the Zoo Crew. I started with my first prepubescent crush, Alley-Kat-Abra.




the Girl in the Locket



For the longest time this was called "When Darkness Loves Us" although not inspired by the spine-tingling ELizabeth Engstrom novella of the same name, it was a subtle allusion. (sidebar: people argue and I mostly agree that horror stories tend to run shy on originality, half the thrill of reading When Darkness Loves Us is the sense that you are down a new dark alley.)

The speaker in the poem is actually meant to be Pamina, the daughter of the Queen of Night from Mozart's aMagic Flute.

The Queen of the Night entreats the young hero to rescue her kidnapped daughter, which sets him on his quest but when he finds her it turns out she wasn't quite kidnapped so much as rescued, it's actually kind of a great little story. Wikipedia it if you don't know it.

My introduction to the Magic Flute wasn't through the Opera at all, it was a comic adaptation by P. Craig Russell (the images I've linked here are from it - his Queen was amazing, dark, but beautful kind of like Muscha drawing. If you've never seen it, god, get thee to Amazon right away, it's a great introduction for people, particularily girls I think, who are intrigued and looking for a gateway comic, the art is romantic & the adaptation clever and funny)