Monday, March 26, 2012


My thesis at The Center for Cartoon Studies was a science fiction graphic novel project, titled Arridaba. It featured sea turtles, and futuristic sociopolitical issues surrounding a life-prolonging drug made from their brains. Despite the intriguing premise, the story wasn't quite the masterpiece I had hoped for. Even so, I made many discoveries about my abilities as a cartoonist along the way.

During my two years of intensive comic-making at CCS, I increasingly came to know that animals and monsters are among my artistic fortes. For the scene below, I invented the Gullzards as a plot device, to knock the flying cops out of the air. Being somewhere in between ancient reptiles and modern birds, the Gullzards are quite reminiscent of Archeopteryx. I subsequently planned to create a story about the lives of these "primitive" birds, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Maybe sharing them here will provide a jump-start:

I experimented with ink-wash as "color":

Beware of the flying Gullzards!


  1. I've been following your blog for a while, tried to comment once but had issues but wanted to say to keep up the great blog! I think your comics are great, you should definitely consider doing some educational science comics (think They Might Be Giants Here Comes Science but in the comic world!) I'll try to comment more often :)

  2. Thanks, Shanda! It's great that the comments are working. Yes, I ought to pursue more educational venues for my comics. Learn a few things from Jay Hosler. Excelsior~