Sunday, August 05, 2007

What I've Been Working on Lately

I've been away from my blog lately, attending the latest San Diego Comic Con, so I've been a bit lax in posting new art. Now that I'm more or less recovered from the insanity of SDCC, I thought I'd share some info on the new projects I've been working on lately.

Firstly, I'm still hard at work on my 'dream-project' -- a graphic novel of short stories told in comic book format. All the stories are what would be described as 'contemporary fiction' -- meaning they're really just straight fiction without zombies or dinosaurs or rocketships (not that I don't like all those things!). I've been working on it on and off for the last few months, and its been a great experience. The book is projected to be about 150 pages long, comprised of 5 short stories written and drawn by me, each about 30 pages in length. I've never worked on anything this big before, so its been a bit daunting working on something where I can't even see the light at the end of the tunnel. In the past, most of my comic stuff has been 2-6 pages in length per story, so working on even a 30 pager seems really long to me. Still, since I'm getting the chance to write it myself, I'm really enjoying the opportunity to tell my own stories. The page shown here is from the book, and its the first page of one of the stories. Once I get 2 or 3 stories completed for it, I'm hoping to shop it around and find a publisher for the book.

Secondly, I've been asked to join the fine cartoonists at Transmission X and contribute a strip for their web-comics project. To make it easier for me, they've allowed me to post a new self-contained 4 page story each month, instead doing it weekly like the rest of the gang. I've already completed my first story for it, and will debut it at the upcoming Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) on August 18th. After working on a lot of longer stories lately, I'm really enjoying the opportunity to write short 4 pagers. For those who haven't checked out the excellent work being done by the Transmission X guys, I urge you to visit the site and check it for yourself.

Finally, I'm still working on a lot of my regular editorial illustration assignments, and trying to get caught up after taking a week away to go to San Diego. So, with all that on my plate, I've been slow in updating this blog, and for that...well, my apologies once again!

That's it for me for now -- hopefully, I'll have some other work to show on a more regular basis!


Bill Nolan said...

Looks great, Mike. You should talk to Chris Pitzer from AdHouse Books about the project at the TCAF. He publishes a lot of great, quality books, and I try to buy most of them.

maura said...

I love your work and this page from your dream project looks stunning. I can't imagine you not finding a publisher....Drawn & Quarterly comes to mind. I'm sure you've heard of them. They publish some great stuff. I've never been to Comic Con, but I hear it's overwhelming eye-candy overload (!). Maybe someday I'll be able to check it out. Keep up the great work!

Jason Chalker said...

Man! I wish I'd known you were in San Diego. I woulda bought you a drink. Oh well, maybe next year. The page looks great! Can't wait to see the finished project.

Michael Cho said...

bill nolan: thanks, Bill. I love Adhouse books too -- I actually had a short 2 pager in their "project:romantic" anthology that came out last year. And Chris Pitzer is a great guy.

Maura: thanks for the kind words, Maura. I also love the stuff that D&Q put out -- they're a really fabulous publisher and most of their stuff is really high quality. As for comic con -- yeah, overload is exactly the right word for it!

Jason: thanks, Jason. I didn't know you were at comic con! It woulda been great to hook up and have a drink at the Hyatt bar. Maybe next time!

Cadwell said...

That page is looking great. You've captured the atmosphere of a dark rainy day really well and I even get a sense of the character too from just one wordless page. My favourite detail is right at the bottom right where you've left the lines describing the far off buildings unfinished. It really gives a sense of the haze of rain bouncing off the street in the distance. It's just a subtle detail but I think it really adds to the atmosphere.
I cannot wait to read this book. Any ideas of the title yet?

mike said...

beautiful page michael. looking forward to both your book and webcomic! :)

Willy Ashworth said...


such lovely stuff.

cannot wait to see more of your dream project!


Michael Cho said...

Cadwell: thanks, Adam! I'm glad you were able to get a sense of character and atmosphere -- those two things are what I'm really trying to concentrate on getting across with the art in this book. As for a title for the book -- haven't worked that out yet. I figure I'll decide once most of it is complete.

Mike: thanks, Mike! The webcomic will be up around August 18th on the Transmission X site.

Willy: thank you, Willy. Nice of you to drop by and comment!

Paul Conrad said...

Yeah, put me down for one of those books too! ;)
Looks great Michael...looking forward to the "real deal".

Kyu Shim said...

Wow. Very nice. Love the atmosphere evoked with just a few panels. The quality of your draftsmanship never ceases to amaze. Can't wait to see this in print (or even a galley proof;)).

Dominic Bugatto said...

I echo the sentiments shared here too , looking forward to more.

CosmicPencil said...

Looking forward to the book Michael. I'm sure you'll have NO issues of finding a publisher. I wouldn't be surprised if some don't beg you to publish through them.

I'm a little disheartened that I didn't see 'Legendary' in that impressive list of upcoming things. But I know you're a busy guy, and it probably just slipped your mind. ;)


Michael Cho said...

PaulConrad: thanks, Paul. Looking forward to your anthology too.

Kyu; thanks, buddy! That's a very high compliment coming from you. I'm sure we'll get together soon and I can show you some more pages I'm working on.

Dominic: thanks, Dom. Nice of you to stop by.

CosmicPencil: thanks, Matt. Haha- yeah, a few things slipped my mind -- I couldn't list everything I'm working on -- that would be too long and tedious a list. I'm sooo behind:)

Monkeyfeather said...

This looks awesome Michael. Can't wait to read the whole book. Well worth the wait I'm sure. A publisher with snatch that right up!

Michael Cho said...

Monkeyfeather: thanks, dude. You know I'm a fan:)

Michael Cho said...

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