Toronto Comics Anthology – Kickstarter style!

Hey all,

Just wanted to pass along a great update – The story I worked on with Sam Noir for inclusion to the second edition of the Toronto Comics Anthology (more info in previous post), is almost seeing the light of day! A Kickstarter campaign is getting up and running, and if you’re able to, help support this project full of amazing creators! You won’t regret it.
Check out the link , and help be a part of this great project!

Toronto Comics Anthology 2 Kickstarter Campaign

- Yaoza

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Back on my feet, slow and steady.

Hey all, sorry about the lengthy absence from the site. 2014 was just a superb fail all around. With the exception of my little drawing ventures, I didn’t much enjoy things at all.

With the new year a few months underway, I’ve found a brighter outlook, both in health and work. I’ve already been involved in a couple new comic book gigs, and I’m hoping to get out to more shows and events this year.

2015 started pretty well, I got on board with a session of a few comics for the Toronto Brazilian Jiu Jitsu dojo. A comic venture aimed at their younger students, not too far departed than the Y Guy comics I worked on a couple of years ago. Fun stories written by my friend and BJJ member Aaron Broverman, the mostly black and white stories star two top members of the dojo as heroes defeating an evil cult like rival dojo. A few pages of the 3rd issue (I took over duties from the previous artist Shane Heron) I’ve posted in the sequential gallery.

Along with the BJJ gig, I have also been honored to work collaboratively with Sam Noir on a 12 page story for the second collection of the Toronto Comics Anthology. I had the enjoyment of working with him on a small strip he did called Dwayne’s Inferno.  The story we’ve done is called Major North ( I’ll post a few pages in the sequential gallery when I’m able to).

Beyond those two little adventures, I’ve got a small stack of new sketchcovers, including the long awaited new STAR WARS series blanks – there’s also a set of Princess Leia and Darth Vader ones). I’m in the process of sketching out more ideas for these, with at least one of each being dedicated to the kid versions of characters I’ve created. I’ll post them as soon as they’re done. Of course as always I’m available to do commissions, so let me know if you’d like to have one done up :).

Ok, so it’s back to the drawing surface, hopefully to come up with some more decent drawrings.

-Yaoza

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Getting creative

It’s a tough road, being creative.

It shouldn’t be, what with all the mounds of infinite  inspiration and outlets afforded to artists. But it is. It’s a challenge, and one that I’ve gladly accepted with pencil to paper and mindgears spinning. 
Sometimes the pencil breaks, on it’s own or by my frustrated force. And the gears seize up, the grinding shrill squeak echoing in my head. I hit a wall with a story. My pinup or sketchcover isn’t coming together the way I planned. It happens to all of us.
When your life revolves around these sessions of creating art, it’s almost devastating when there’s a void in the inspiration and everything stops. Sometimes I just want to break down and let it go. I’ll feel heavy headed, and no amount of words from others will pull me out of the mire.

At some point, though,  I will stop and think really hard about why I’m here and what I’m worth to what I’ve dedicated my life to. And it sure as hell isn’t about sitting on my ass feeling hard done by.
I’m here for one reason. I’m supposed to give everything and all my energy and positivity to the one thing I love most. Art.

It’s only as hard a road as you make it.

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-Yaoza

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QuickDraw video – First attempt

Recently I was asked if I wanted to be filmed sketching for what’s known as  ‘quicksketch video’. Basically after I’m recorded doing a 15-20 min sketch, the video is sped to 2x speed and accompanied by music. Sufficed to say it was interesting to see me work in a lightning fast pace, seemingly making me look that much more pro lol. Anyway, here’s the result.

Many thanks to my friend John. J.C. Bulmer for the video, as well as the fine folks at We Got The Geek.

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FanExpo 2013 come and gone.

I suppose the reason I haven’t or didn’t report on FanExpo, aside from being busy with trying to get work done to pay the bills, is well, there wasn’t too much to report. I managed with a couple of friends, and the help of another friend to procure a table at the last minute in artist’s alley at the show. The location was meh, but beggars can’t be choosers. I was fortunate and thankful to be at the show, but honestly I will make a more valiant effort to get settled with a table next year. Buuuut…

That’s the thing, in my line of work. You never know how your money situation from one project to the next is going to work out. So during the past year, I have been struggling to get the money flow going, and it was going pretty well. Alas not well enough to secure a table. I knew however, that if I didn’t make it to the show that I would regret it. So when an opportunity made itself known, I jumped at it. It was a hanging-by-the-nails moment up until showtime, but it worked out.  The 4 days were busy, but not lucrative. hopefully next year might yield better results.

So since then, I’ve been back to whichever projects I’ve had to finish up, and as well messing around with a couple of sketchcovers. I promised myself that I wouldn’t be spending so much time on them. Honestly though, if it helps me retain that ‘drawing every day’ groove, then why not.

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I’m still hoping to make some appearances at whatever small show venues will have me, as it does help with my exposure to the comic/gaming/geek community, and the rest of the showgoing public. It’s all about getting your name out there, right?

-Yaoza

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12 Hour Comic Book Challenge Marathon – July 2013

So once again I took part in the Comic Challenge at the Comic Book Lounge and Gallery, this time again of the 12-hour variety. Of course I was surrounded by many familiar and new faces, all of which were full of creative energy.

I chose this time out to do the comic myself, writing and art. And I think that it turned out pretty decent. It was a story idea that I had put aside shortly after finishing college, and never thought to do anything with until today :)

So, for your viewing curiosity, is my solo effort titled,  – Greylight – the story of Ordine, a man chosen to be a herald of a mystical power called the Greylight, an ability to travel between realms and see that which is unseen by normal mortals. His belief is that he is the  sole multi-realm representative in this city he calls home, until he is proven otherwise…

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Many thanks go out to Kevin Boyd and Keiren Smith for hosting another great event!
I will most likely ink and properly finish up this comic for print.

Until then, sleep for moi.

-Yaoza

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Upcoming events and such .. Summer 2013

Hey just wanted to give you all the low down on what’s on tap for me this summer  –

June 8-9  –  Niagara Falls Comic-Con (table 744)

I’ll be hanging in Artist Alley with a whack of other amazing creators , sketching and hanging out! You really should make time for this show that’s grown leaps and bounds in the past couple of years:D

July 13 –  Jace Wars Launch Party – Port Colborne

As part of a group of talent offering time and work to a great cause, Jace Wars is offering up a great afternoon full of StarWars awesomeness!

August 23-26 –  FanExpo Toronto Canada –  Metro Convention Centre (South Building)

This show is sure to be the largest in Canada. Top tier talent and celebrities, tons of things to see and do and aquire. I’m hoping to be there at the very least in league with The Comic Book Lounge and Gallery. I will keep you updated with things as details are firmed up, things may change indeed.

Hopefully there will be more events to be a part of. For now you can keep tabs on the Comic Book Lounge and Gallery page, as I most likely will be around during any events they hold(except for ladies night functions).

-Yaoza

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