Happy Holidays to you kids. I hope you are having a great one. I’m enjoying the family and some Cowboy Bebop. See you next year kids.
Greathouse was good enough to give me a bit of an introduction in his last post (which I have since edited, because punctuation) and I wanted to take a moment to expound upon what he said and give you a little bit about who I am.
Firstly, this good man has linked to to my twitter but I am, sadly, a noob who spends most of her time on reddit instead (don’t get me started on the hours I waste on truly sad subreddits) so my tweets are few and far between. I’ll work on changing that. Don’t feel like taking a moment to click a link? I’m lazy like that too, sometimes. Follow me on twitter and instagram (which really has nothing to do with Scotty, but whatevs) @DeathDalek. You’ll mostly get pictues of cocktails and dogs (I have two and they are maybe the cutest things ever. Ever. Scotty ain’t got nothing on them. See below.).
I suppose I should give you some background. I earned my Bachelors from GSU in Creative Fiction because, like all hopeless romantics with a penchant for Tolkien, Tom Robbins, and Patrick Rothfuss (among countless, countless others), I dreamed of a lifestyle in which I could spend my days writing, drinking, falling in love, traveling the world, and generally living out a Hunter S. Thompson novel (possibly without the overt alcoholism and drug addiction. Everything in moderation, eh?). I worked at bars and restaurants to support myself through school and continued to do so after graduation when I was not, to my own horror, immediately given my dream job which doesn’t exist. I worked in a publishing house for about a year and quickly learned that even getting to do something you enjoy doesn’t mean you can continuously put up with the most insane boss I have ever encountered (want to hear some crazy stories? Holy crap. Maybe I’ll tweet them.). Even when I got to do a little editing in between some of the most ridiculous tasks I’ve ever been asked to do, it wasn’t much, and the allure of working with Children’s stories and YA novels quickly dissipated. And so I returned to the restaurant industry to write and edit in my spare time.
In accepting my fate, I realized something that most good authors know… how well alcohol and writing play together. I’m a craft bartender who has discovered a deeply-seeded love of classic cocktails and the stories that accompany them. (Interested in discovering this love story for yourself? Start here.) Bar tending is my full-time occupation and I absolutely love it.
I had resigned myself to editing college papers for friends or the most boring collegiate consulting reports you can imagine when a mutual friend introduced me to Josh and I was able to see some of his work. Incredible. I wanted to read more and be a part of expanding the series and creating a high-quality story. We pretty much immediately hit it off as we are both nerds with a number of overlapping fandoms. While I had never worked on a comic or graphic novel-style project before, I’ve read and loved them for years, and so when we talked about partnering up I was thrilled with the prospect. It’s taken me much, much longer that I originally anticipated to work my way through the hundreds of strips Greathouse has already drawn and illustrated, but we are finally caught up and ready to start the serious brainstorming. I’m thrilled to help broaden characters, introduce new ones, and help tease out the story Josh already has teeming in his head.
Queries? Comments? Considerations? Bring it!
Fishsticks and custard,
How have you been? It’s been a little while since we’ve talked but I’ve got some good news for y’all. “But, Greathouse! Where have you been? Is Scotty Over? Who is Leonard? Have you given up? Is underwater basket weaving your new passion? Have the bears finally won? Why do I cry at night? Where are the answers?!” Now I know it’s been a minute (Or two…or five…or a while) since I wrote a blog and a couple of months since a comic has gone up. For that I do apologize. The Blog I’ve let slip before, but the comic… never. So let’s tackle some of these questions I’ve been getting.
First off, Who is Leonard? Some of you might have notice on top of the logo is my name and the mysterious Leonard. Well, Hannah Leonard (in the two images above) is the editor of Scotty Odyssey. If you’ve been a fan of mine for a while, you know that spelling and grammar is *not* (Here Leonard illustrates her role as editor! Stay tunes for more, folks!) my strong suit. She is helping with that but more importantly she’s forcing me to think about story and characters in a new light. Ideas are like gems, they need time and pressure to create something magical. Having a second person on board means I have to convey even my most basic ideas to make sense to her. She then helps me turn the weak ideas to strong ones and the strong ones a little stronger. An idea is ever growing. Also she might say something that sparks a ton of ideas in me. She really has been a lifesaver and if you are looking for an editor, I can’t recommend her enough. Hannah’s had the titanic job of going through my old scripts and making sense of them. Especially since I wrote the scripts back in the day by paper and pen. Here’s an example of some of her work.
133:2 – “The “Lord” here’s real name is Billy.”
133:3 – Change “childhood” to “early years.” “Animals were scared of him and other children tended to avoid him.”
133:4 – “”Billy was a genius but the curriculum bored him. He was obsessed with his own endeavors.”
133:6 – “I discovered I was wrong… very wrong.”
134:1 – “Billy’s grades began to slip and he was threatened with expulsion.”
135:4 – “Billy kidnapped me and demanded my help. He threatened my life and the safety of my family.”
She’s done that for a 164 strips. She also asked me if I would stop making new Scotty till she caught up with all the back logs. She knows this would be hard on me, but it’s not fair to keep adding to her work load. We’ve been talking and have some great stories in store for you guys. You can also find her on twitter.
Now if that wasn’t enough, my mentor Brian Stelfreeze has told me my head structure sucks (well, not that gently, but you get the idea). So he has me drawing hundreds and hundreds of heads. I’m happy to say it is paying off but it’s been a lot of work and eats up a lot of time. Then I still have all the art to do with Jason and the Argonauts from Blue Water Studios. Then in between that I’ve moved, pulled my back (again), went to NYCC, did samples for NYCC, dealt with family trouble and then began healing my back. Which means going to the gym more. I can now swim 3/4 a lap underwater in one breath. Impressive, no? Needless to say, it’s been busy here.
“Okay Greathouse. Comics we can read without error and better story line is good news in the future, but what about now?” Well, I’ve opened up a couple of stores. The first is an Esty to sell off my original art. A lot of my originial paintings. I’m hoping to grow it in the coming year with more pen and ink work, and hopefully commissions. This store going to be bit more on the pricy side but it’s all original art; these are all one-of-a-kind, no prints or second-hand stuff here.
The second good news is Scotty is going to be entering the Ebooks market soon. Starting with “Softening the Stone” storyline, then going back and doing each story as a book. Why “Softening the Stone” first? Well, for one it’s the Holiday season. Two, it’s one of my favorite stories. It’s also when my art started to take a big turn, I feel. It will be hopefully on Comixology, Amazon and iTunes soon. However, I wanted to offer it to you, my fans, first. Not only that, but I want to give you guys a discount. So the first 100 fans that buy the book here get a dollar off the 2.99 book.
That’s the news for now. I don’t know when new Scotty’s will be coming but I know two things. One, it’s soon and two it’s going to be better art and writing. Thank you again for all the support. I couldn’t keep doing this without the love from you guys. Hannah and I are working on making 2015 a very big year for Scotty.
Thank you again for all the love and support. I couldn’t do this without you guys.
P.S. Hannah didn’t edit this, so if there are mistakes. Sorry about that.
P.S. Leonard has now edited this. As I am unfamiliar with the site there’s going to be a bit of an adjustment period, so please bear with me as I stumble clumsily through my first couple posts. The first of which I will write… well, now, I guess.
Last week was the annual HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina. Just like Christmases of my youth, it feels like it was forever ago even though the calendar says differently. HeroesCon is my favorite convention. Notice I didn’t say favorite comic convention? Well for me, it’s the only true comic convention I’ve been to. I’ve been to MegaCon, DragonCon and even C2E2. All of them have a lot of comics, but they also have celebrities from shows long since ended and other forms of entertainment. Hell, C2E2 even had an X-Box station.
HeroesCon is different in four major ways. One,: it’s clear off the bat that this show is about the love of comics. The show is nothing but professional artists, comic writers, independent creators and up-and-coming creators. It’s almost overwhelming, but you get to see lots of different types of creators. Two: it’s a relaxed, laid back show. I’m not saying it’s a lazy Sunday afternoon, it’s hard work and there are busy times for the artists, what with the many commissions they’re often working on. However, it’s easy to approach an artist and chat with him or her, enjoy the conversation and not feel rushed. I’ve gotten to know a lot of artists just from being able to really dive into their work and enjoy a small conversation with them. It’s also a treat to watch people work. I’ve learned more from watching Phil Noto, Brian Stelfreeze and Andrew Robinson paint than I have from hours of reading about or looking at art. (Nothing beats doing it yourself though unfortunately.)
The third reason it’s one of the best shows is that it’s cheap. A weekend pass costs $40 bucks. If my math is right, the total number of hours of the con is 21 for the whole weekend. (Split up from Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so you do have to take that into account.) The grand total then is about two dollars an hour, per person to enjoy the con. That’s dirt cheap! The best part is, that means each person has more money to spend. That’s more art, sketchbooks, prints and books to buy. Wondering how can they keep costs so low?
That leads to one of the biggest reasons I look forward to HeroesCon, and that is the HeroesCon art auction. They ask artists to donate art to auction off on Saturday night of con weekend. This helps keep the show cheap and about comics. I am happy I can support the show each year (Even if I’m not tabling, which has been the last two years. Next year might change, we shall see.) which helps to keep price down and the celebrities out. However for me, it’s one of two times a year that I get to see how much I’ve grown, and how I measure up from last year. The second is the holiday card I do each year. These are the only times I roughly do the same project around the same time. I can look at old comic pages, but it’s just not the same. Those are a different story, set-up, and things are always changing. The art auction is more important in some ways, since I am forced to do more traditional art. For example, I love to paint and work without a screen. It’s something harder and harder to do it seems. So each year I try to beat last year’s model. I do this not worrying about how much my piece sold for each year, but just focusing on the piece itself. This year I brought the big guns, which means next year might be a tank…
I also have to say I love how Shelton and the whole staff of Heroes Aren’t Hard to find out do themselves each year. I remember when the drink and draw (The Friday night event.) was a small group of people at Fuel Pizza. Now it’s almost impossible to find a seat at the Hilton bar. I love going to that and drawing and chatting with friends. (One side note, I do wish the live band was a little lower. When it’s nearly impossible for me to hear some three feet away, it’s way to loud.) It was also a big treat to see some Bill Waterson originals. He is the reason I am a comic artist, to finally see one of his originals made the weekend.
I also have to say, I love how Sheldon and the whole staff of Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find out-do themselves each year. I remember when the Drink and Draw (the Friday night event) was a small group of people at Fuel Pizza. Now it’s almost impossible to find a seat, as it’s now hosted at the Hilton hotel bar. I love going to that event, and drawing and chatting with friends. (One side note, I do wish the live band was a little lower in volume. When it’s nearly impossible for me to hear some three feet away, it’s way too loud.) It was also a big treat to see some Bill Watterson originals. He is the reason I am a comic artist; to finally see one of his originals made that weekend.
I also liked that the floor layout of the con was spaced out a lot better this year. It didn’t feel as long, and it was nice to see some big names and not-so-big names closer together. Nothing is more heartbreaking than tabling at your first con, and seeing people stop or turn around a few feet from your table because there is no big name creator there. HeroesCon really makes an effort to treat everyone the same, because this year’s no-name person might be the next big thing a few years from now.
My last piece of advice about this show, is to make sure you visit the Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find comic store. It’s the cleanest, best designed store I’ve ever seen. It’s my benchmark on what comic stores should be. It feels like a classy, fun bookstore filled with…well, comics. Heroes comics is also very family-friendly and well organized. This year I ended the show with buying Brian Selfreeze’s complete run of Domino art. I won’t lie, I couldn’t think of a better way to end the weekend! Buying comics as a fan, is just what it’s all about.
Thank you again guys, and I can’t wait for 2015!
P.S. Here is my piece, it was shown earlier, but here is the scanned version.
P.P.S. Thanks to Micheal Morris for editing this. A lot of work.
So I’m on a lot of social network sites, I know you were dying to know. One of the ones I’m on is Pinterest. Some people rave about it, I’m hardily on it. I was bored and looking at it through when I saw this image.
I never knew that Waterson did politic style comic on the industry. It’s interesting to see an artist’s view on his industry. This got to me thinking, “Do we love Calvin & Hobbes so much since there is only the books?” He hardly license a couple of things outside of the book (when I mean a couple like 2?) So when you think of Calvin & Hobbes, it’s the books, the characters, the story.
Now a days, if something is license from a character. You are giving up a little part of that character. So are you doing a good or bad to that character by taking a piece of him? It’s hard to say. I mean Mickey, Snoopy and Garfield have grown because of all the marketing. That’s the only reason why things get made. I mean the book, the comic, movie doesn’t sell. The toys video games.I won’t lie, I would still buy a stuff Hobbes if I could, however I rather have the complete volume.
I guess it’s a little sad we can’t tell a story any more unless it’s independent publish. Maybe this is how it always just time destroys everything but the thing that made it great. The story. I’m a huge Calvin & Hobbes Fan, that was the first book I ever read on my own. You can see a lot of influence in it here. So I think as this grows to not just throw my characters into a grinder to make things. Thanks again guys.
Now Entering Stone Cold Steve.. wait no?! That’s not it. What else could I be talking about? In the early nineties with the Warner Brother Studio’s Batman Animated Series was being made. The Censors made a lot of complaints and made them change a lot of things. The Broadcast Standards and Practices made a list of nine things couldn’t be shown. They were; Guns, Drugs, Breaking Glass, Alcohol, Smoking, Nudity, Child Endangerment, Religion, and Strangulation.
Now after the recent storyline, with Scotty and Jake flying through the glass. After finishing that page, I realize a couple things. Well one thing, I have broken four out of nine of those rules. I have shown smoking, guns (lots of guns) Child Endangerment (how couldn’t I right?!) and now breaking glass.
This got me thinking. What is appropriate for kids? I mean, a lot of those points I understand and agree with. However how you do you a children show and not show child endangerment? I can understand a couple of things, religion, drugs and nudity. After making this thought I remember Batman Beyond episode with Slappers. A drug based off of venom, that teenage boys in athletics where taking. This was a child show, showing drugs.
I’ve been reading some Terry and the Pirates, an old news paper comic strip by Milt Caniff. In the comic, I’ve been introduce to a character named Big Stoop (Best name ever!) However another character cut out his tongue. Now I don’t know if they showed them doing it. However, just even talking about it is a big,WOW. I mean news papers are more censored then television ever has been.
It use to be ok to show children with guns, I mean how else are they going to find villains? Now a days it’s unthinkable to show a child with a gun. The other way to get around this was, well let’s make every villain a robot. So that way if get’s destroyed, it’s just a toaster. I’ve notice shows are going back to human villains.
I do try/feel like this is an all ages strip. The way I judge is simple, would I show this to my grandmother? The answer is a simple yes. This strip might not cut it for tv but I will always make it safe for children. Take it easy guys.