Monday, October 05, 2015

Things to Come and COMMISSIONS for GR CON!

Hey friends! Its been a draining couple of weeks for me. But that will soon be fixed. I have decided to go down to TWO jobs instead of three. My days as the "manager" of Cap City Reprographics are coming to an end and I am now full time at my new graphics job.  After almost 10 months of 16 hour days, I am ready to slow down a bit. However at the new job I will be working a ton of overtime. So it will be very similar, but I will not be spread as thin and it will help me focus on the job more.

The new job is a "career" job. One that I am more than ready for. I am used to just barely scraping by with two jobs to make a living wage. But this one... I quite enjoy it. The environment is professional and the people are great. The job itself is challenging but I am doing quite well at it. Who woulda thought it took me until my 37th year on this planet to finally get a "real" job! HA! Anyway, I am very happy with my choice and I'm glad I found the place. I look to have a long career there from this point forward. It pays my bills, feeds my family and I am able to start thinking about things I need for the future. For the first time in my life I have actual health insurance, a 401K... you know.. ADULT things! Wow. And now I will also have a bit more time to focus on finishing the art projects I have on my plate. Best of all, I will have a steady schedule to see my boys. It started that way back about a month or so ago and its really working out nicely. We all need steady schedules in our lives. And a healthy sleep pattern isn't anything to scoff at either!

How I got through the days of 18 hours of work at 2-4 hours of sleep, I'll never know. NEVER AGAIN folks... NEVER AGAIN.

But work for me is getting ready to ramp up big time. First up I got the Grand Rapids Comic Con on Oct 16-18th. Word is that tickets are almost sold out for the show, so it is going to be insanely busy there! I am now taking pre-orders for commissions to be picked up at the show. I do not do commissions at the shows anymore so if you want anything from me, you'll have to grab it now. To see info and rates, click HERE and if you are interested in ordering, email me right HERE

Also is the launch of the Kickstarter for STARSLAM 2!!! I started really drilling down on the coloring of the pages this last week and I got only about 10 more pages of art to go. But I'll make my deadline. Right now its looking like the Kickstarter will launch toward the end of the month, with the digital copies available in December, and the print versions in January... very similar to the last time. The book will be around 160 pages and its wayyyyyy awesome! I can't wait for you all to see it.

After that, its full speed ahead on Pleasant Life 2. I'm already 40 pages of art into that, and it will be in black and white, so less work digitally. It should go smoothly. But I hope to have that done in time for convention season next year. No Kickstarter for that I think. Just release as normal. Maybe a book tour. Who knows...

Also sometime next year I will finish and release my first full novel about my porn store work experiences. And MAYBE I will release my short story/poem book too! We'll see on that.

Also in time for con season will be a new pinup book: VINYL GIRLS! Pinups of girls with music and vinyl records in theme. I have the pieces all drawn, they just need to be colored and a cover done for it. (See, I've been busy!!!)

And I'm still planning on launching ALL of my comics digitally in various formats before the end of the year. Look for a big push from me for the holidays. Perhaps a holiday sale to boot!

Lastly, I will continue to work on Star Wars cards in between all of this. I am on a set right now, so I still have to finish that before the end of this month.

So... TONS of stuff is coming off the burners and will be released to your hot little hands!


As far as personal life, things are going quite well. My girlfriend and I are doing this October horror movie challenge and showing each other favorite horror flicks the other has never seen. This week I showed her EVIL DEAD 2, which she dug. I also showed her some BEAVIS AND BUTTHEAD, which she also dug. Up next is her pick: The CONJURING. Somewhere in there we gotta check out THE BABADOOK. And we'll keep up the horror watches all month. I am getting excited for the holidays. Some Turkey, taters and asparagus is all in my head. Yummy!

All things are well. Thanks for checking in. Great ready for the things to come!!

Cheers, T

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Rampin' Up

Hello my little droogies! How has your week been? Its been a while since I posted. Only get to do maybe once every two weeks or so. Times are a little quieter around Castle Adam and thats a good thing. I'm well adjusted into my new job and schedule and its much much much better for me for a variety of reasons.... especially my sleep schedule! No more overnights jocking the register to drunk college kids. I don't miss it at all. I'm enjoying getting up early every morning, getting breakfast and then getting work done everyday. Staying super productive, no matter what. Then going to bed at a decent hour and sleeping in my own bed, instead of grabbing 20 minutes here and there at the gas station! HA!!

One downside is that I have about 15 pages left to go on Starslam and haven't got them done yet. I got my new STAR WARS cards all pencilled and inked and they need coloring. My whole day during the week and Saturdays are monopolized by my jobs and my Sundays are for my kids and unwinding. Right now I am in the post production stage of the art. Which is digital clean up and then coloring. Then lettering and PDFing. I hope to get a real good jump on it before my self imposed deadline for the launch of my Kickstarter campaign for it. Then you're gonna get a ton of blogs and postings. You'll get sick of me! So I'm trying to hang back. Plus I got the Grand Rapids Comic Con coming up. Just the calm before the storm, I say!

I'm already looking ahead to the holiday season. Something I've always wanted to do is throw a costume party at my house. And thats something I think we're gonna try to do this year. I wanna go all out for this Halloween season and have some fun. Plus I'm looking forward to a huge Thanksgiving meal with my boys and some football. Then Christmas... ah, Christmas. December is a very tough month for me for a variety of reasons. Too many bad memories have happened during that month. In a month that should be a jolly time, for me, its insanity. But this year, I want to try to rekindle the magic of my youth and have one slam bang great fucking Christmas. I might even treat myself to some shit I've had on my wish list for years! We'll see. But right now I got a list going for the people in my life. Lots of thank you's to send out. I just want to enjoy the Holidays this year. I've got a lot to celebrate and I want to start with that.

Life is going really great for me right now. Great jobs. Great art-working. Great life. I'm really proud of how far I've come and what I earned for myself. A while ago this moment seemed very far away. I went back last week and re-read some of my blogs from this past year and man did I have a journey! Even things I forgot about. But here I am and I'm damn proud of that. I say that with no ego, mind you. Its been a doozy. Seems like I've done a lot of living in a few months! But its all come together nicely. Almost calculated like I knew what I was doing! I didn't. I just made shit happen. And I am continuing to do so.

We got big things coming on the horizon. Digital release of my comics. T-shirts. Starslam 2. Pleasant Life 2. The Vinyl Girls Pinup book. 2016 convention season with new convention table setup. (and FINALLY) The release of two of my novels I've been talking about. Thats all coming! By this time next year, you will see all of that available. Its about time.

Its been a long hard road out of Hell. But one that was well worth it.

Onward and Upward!


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Motorhead/Anthrax Concert and STARSLAM 2 pics!

Hey friends. Coming off my last week at the gas station job and moving into the new graphics job. I start today and im pretty jazzed to get things rolling. I was able to take a night to myself and catch a concert with my pal Robert. We saw MOTORHEAD/ANTHRAX/CROBOT. It was a great show all around!

Opening band: CROBOT. I never heard them before and they put on a nice performance. The lead singer looks exactly like Russell Brand! (I'm sure he gets that a lot) They sound like a sexier, funkier Rage Against the Machine. 

Anthrax takes the stage and immediately there is a huge mosh pit right in front of me. It was an intense performance. I've never seen anything like it. What I liked was when people fell in the pit, everyone scrambled to pick them back up. It wasn't about beating each other up or kicking someone's ass, but simple aggression release. It was great to see. Man, can Anthrax put on a show. Holy crap! 

The mighty Motorhead takes the stage. Mikky Dee's drum solo was out-fucking-standing! The dude is a monster. And Lemmy sounded good, all things considered. He joked around with the band and the audience. Glad to see he was in good spirits. 
I'm glad I went to the show. I met some cool people in line and chatted with a few others. Glad to see us old fogies of rock and roll still get along and still have an outlet for the music we like. I also saw some teens there moshing along. It was good to know that Metal still lives in the hearts of the young!

In the middle of me working, art on STARSLAM 2 continues. I just finished page #130 and I got about 15 more pages of art to go! Its actually grown bigger than my initial plans! But thats okay. As I was going along, I just found places that I could flesh out the story more and make each character involved have their own specific moments. There's lots of sexy time in the book and a treasure trove of pinups too! I'm gonna see if anyone wants to contribute a pinup to the book very soon. So if you are an artist and are interested in doing a pinup for the book, hit me up and in exchange, I'll give you a free digital download copy of the book and credit inside!

Anyway, here's a look at some of the more recent-ish pages:

Some enemies come back! 

This is what you call the "Oh Shit" moment of the book! Wait till you see the next page!!! 

Man Superior has his own unique journey this time around! 

Round two of the biggest fight ever! 

Possible cover idea?
All in all, its shaping up quite nicely. I hope to have the art done and coloring started come October 1st. Its gonna be a race to get things done, thats for sure. I hope to launch the Kickstarter around October, and have the book done in December... smut just in time for Xmas!!!

I suppose thats it for now. Don't forget to mark your calendars for October 16-18th where I will be at the GRAND RAPIDS COMIC CON! Its gonna be a blood orgy!

Cheers, T

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Updates and Good News All Around

Hello friends! Sorry for the couple weeks of silence but I wanted to sort of put my head to the grindstone and get things done around Castle Adam. There's tons of new things to discuss and some cool pics to show off. Let's get started!

First off, I got another new job! I will now be working at TWO graphic design outlets. One in the morning, one at night. So officially after this week, I am retiring from register based customer service. And it couldn't come sooner! I've jocked registers since I was 16. And when I found myself up shit creek earlier this year, its the first place I turned to. I had to because my resume looked like Dresden, but also because it was comfortable and familiar. But slowly I got this sinking feeling that I have grown beyond basic customer service. The gripes and drunks got more and more annoying and the crazy hours they wanted just was too much on my plate. Also I was repeatedly treated like crap and like I ultimately didn't matter. But I survived and kept applying and finally found two places to call home, where my skills can be used and in an adult fashion. I am beyond thrilled and excited for the opportunities both of these jobs present me. Its in my field of art and both are going to expand my knowledge into the next phase.

Of course, with this I lose my overnight job where I was able to work on comic pages. So that will present a challenge. I will need to fight for extra time to get page work in. So I will have to be very choosy when it comes to commission work for a while. Good thing I am about 3/4ths done on STARSLAM 2 art! I am gonna bust ass all this week on that book and the new Star Wars card set I am on in an effort to stay ahead of the game. No dilly-dallying around. This week is nothing but hardcore work! I'm fighting to stay on schedule here! So expect no delays.

This weekend was a special one beyond it being Labor Day weekend. I got my oldest son Cody for a nice long visit. I hadn't seen him in months due to many factors but I hope I made up for it. I got him things for school and we even went to a video game convention called RANDOM BATTLE CON. There we played a few cool games but the best was this game called NIDHOGG. I love it. Here's father and son at the gaming con (photo courtesy of Joe at

The dude is 6"1"!!!! How did he shoot up that tall? I have no idea. But anyway we had a great weekend and I am glad to have spent more time with him this week. He starts his Sophomore year in high school (GAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!) and he is studying hard to get college classes done early and go into Video Game developing. We're planning a trip to PAX maybe next year or the year after so he can soak up some more of that world. Least I can do to help him set out on the path he wants to go on. I'm looking forward to it.

I spent some time with my girl too as we both have been working lots of hours and only see each other in passing. We hit the beach and then some nice breakfast at our favorite spot: GOLDEN HARVEST!

OUCH! The sun hurts my pure white skin!!

Being at the beach rocks. 

BACON GALORE at the Golden Harvest! 

I can never get tired of this place! (Turner St in Old Town Lansing. GO THERE!) 
I also spent a few hours with my pal Dean and we watched some MST3K. It was a much needed weekend of laughs and relaxing. I've really been working super hard for the last few months and I deserved a break. This week I end my career as a cashier and begin next week at the two graphics places. Sundays with my boys. They start school today as well. I'm thrilled at the changing of the seasons and times are advancing. Things are happening. It feels good!

IT's FOOTBALL SEASON!!!!!! The Lions are looking good. I gotta get an antenna for my TV as we don't have cable at home. Sundays will be football and being with my boys. I can't wait!

Don't forget! October 16-18th, I will be at Grand Rapids Comic Con in artist alley. I will be premiering all my new 11x17 prints at the show. If you want to score them early, go to THE RECORD LOUNGE in East Lansing, MI to buy them from there and support my vinyl habit! Hopefully in October my Kickstarter for STARSLAM 2 will launch as planned. But more on that later. Let me get it done first!

There are many other things buzzing in my life but thats all I can think of right now. Thanks for reading my update and I hope you guys have a good week. I'll come back soon to let you know more about the new job and more Starslam 2 goodness. But for now, its time to put my head back down to the grindstone and get this shit done!

Cheers, T

Monday, August 24, 2015

Starslam 2, Con News, Pics, Website thoughts and More

Hey folks, BIG Blog today. Thought I'd keep you in the loop on some things. Plus share some new exciting STARSLAM 2 page progress shots and some pics of my boys and I. So lets hop to it!

1-CON NEWS: Unfortunately the September 26th show in Taylor is cancelled. I guess the promoter lost the venue that the show was going to be at and so the show had to be cancelled. Its a bummer, but it will be on for next year. But that's okay, it gives me more time to focus and prepare for the upcoming GRAND RAPIDS COMIC CON going on Oct 16-18th. I reserved my hotel and I am locked in, baby! The show is at the DeVos Center in downtown Grand Rapids and is sure to be a happening. For more info on the show, visit their website right HERE

2-PODCAST: I'm still doing Idiothead Morning Show podcasts via Itunes! You can subscribe and download via Itunes by doing a search for IDIOTHEAD, or stream/download them right HERE

3-WEBSITE: I am planning an overhaul to the website here. I was thinking of moving to an entirely new server and trying some new approaches, even possibly a new URL, but I am not sure on the subject. I've been with Freeservers for several years now and its working quite well. I only pay $50 for the year and its been good. But I am mulling around ideas. Change is in the air! If you think there's something my website here is lacking and you'd like to see it, feel free to EMAIL ME HERE and give me your thoughts. I'd appreciate any feedback anyone has.

4-STARSLAM 2! - Holy crap folks. We're rolling right along. I'm into the final battle pages and they are gonna be doozies. I'm gonna share some of the non-spoilery pics here for you. Here's some pencils with some inks:

Pencils on a page.

Double page splash being inked...

The girls getting ready for some action!
As you can see, everything is up a notch. Trust me, there's MUCH more to come! Hope you enjoyed what you see here so far. (heh heh)

5-CONVENTION PRINTS! I've finished work on all my new 11x17 prints and I am taking them to Grand Rapids Comic Con with me. However if you are in the Lansing area and need some of my art now, stop by THE RECORD LOUNGE in East Lansing and you can score some there! Check it out:

They are gracious enough to allow me some wallspace to sell my wares. There are other local artists' stuff up too. Plus GREAT vinyl selection! Check them out on Facebook right HERE - Please go and support local art and music!

6- It's been a while since I shared some pics of my boy James (who turns 3 in a few days!!!!!). So here's some home pics I thought I'd share:

James LOVES my homemade chicken n' dumplings and Mashed Potatoes. Gloria's Dumplings live on!

I gave myself a shave and a haircut. Got rid of the Van Dyke and just went with a Goatee from now on. HOT!
Lastly, I thought I'd share a few warm up head sketches I did the other night. Here ya go:

So there ya go! Thanks for reading folks. Have a good week!

Luvs, T

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Batgirls and Bob Dylan

Yyvonne Craig is gone. That sucks man. Not only did I enjoy her as Batgirl, but in the Star Trek episode: "Whom Gods Destroy" she played a psychopathic killer/green slave girl vixen. She wasnt a damsel in distress. Yyvonne Craig kicked ass. I was at the comic store the other day and was jonsing to try something new. I saw a Batgirl trade, the New 52 one by Gail Simone. I got it purely because of my affection for the character. Ive never read a Batgirl comic before. Im way overdue. But I gotta think that I picked that book up partly because of my affection of 1960s Batgirl. I also loved her in one of my favorite Don Knotts movies: How to Frame a Fig. But we need more actresses like Yyvonne Craig was. A definite hero to many and she will be missed. My heroes are slowly leaving me folks. That blows.

Im stuck at my overnight job right now listening to Bob Dylan. Always gets me somber and sober. I got about 15 albums sitting on my iphone mix wanting me to listen and digest them. Bob Dylan's music has this unique power of taking me back through my life amd make me think of people, places or times that Ive lived through. It reminds me how grateful I am to be here right now. It helps me reflect on what got me here. But it also makes me wonder where Im going. Everything is on an upswing lately and I have no odea when it will level off. I dont want it to. Ive had enough heartache for one year. I just want time and quiet to live and get things I want done to line up.

Im looking over the new Starslam pages after I scanned them in this week and man am I proud of these. This little smutty book has kept me together the last few months. It has been a great anchor for me. I cant wait to finish it. Only 45 pages to go. Give me a week or two on that!

Oh well. These are random late night thoughts. Thanks for the indulgence.

Cheers, T

Good Weekend!

Hey friends. Up at 3am after a weird night of stomach issues. I'll try to sleep again in a bit, but I thought I'd try a blog to get my eyes tired again.

I dug through my beloved comp here to get rid of files I no longer need for various reasons. The little things that always need to be done. I've tried to enjoy myself this past weekend on top of all the working, kids at the house and artworking. The art Gods blessed me with being able to pencil 8 pages in two days. I'm just about done inking them. I am on page 105 of STARSLAM 2. I have about 45 pages to go. I just mapped out the rest of the page count, so I am looking really good. Since I got so productive, I decided to sit and tackle some music and movies I keep putting off. I dissected some albums on my iphone that just need my sit down full attention. Some good shit like the newest Transatlantic and Royal Blood. Then I decided to dig into Sherlock season 3. However, I realized that I had already watched it last year! I simply had forgotten. I was proud of myself that I was ahead and didn't realize it. So instead I watched a documentary on The Eagles on Netflix. Enjoyable. I've always liked that band. They remind me of my Uncle Richard. Rest in peace, Smitty.

I reserved my hotel for Grand Rapids Con. I'm 100% locked in on that show and the Taylor show in September. I dropped off my new 11x17 prints at The Record Lounge in East Lansing. They sell my prints and my half goes to my vinyl addiction. Its a fair trade, wouldn't you say? So go there to get them! My son is coming up on the 4-6th for us to go to this Video Game convention together. I'm excited to spend a weekend with him. Time and recent events have kept us apart for too long. But that will be fixed soon. I had a job interview a week ago. I went to a second interview. I should know this week if I got the gig or not. If I got it, it would work around my current graphics job, which is a definite plus! No more overnight gigs at the gas station. I'm kinda done with that place anyway. While its great cause the work is easy and I can draw pages there, its sort of dangerous. And with the drunk college kids returning, I'm not looking forward to the hassle of the idiots. Plus, its a 20 minute drive there and 20 minutes back. Less on gas and wear and tear on my beloved 1996 Bat Blazer. We'll see what happens, fingers crossed.

I finally bought some new vinyl records. A Clockwork Orange Soundtrack, U2 Joshua Tree and Joe Jackson Stepping Out. I'm overdue for buying some new stuff. A friend gave me some Parliament and a George Harrison on vinyl too. I got the urge to go get some more blu rays, but really I don't have much time to sit and enjoy movies like I used to. My girlfriend and I try to sit and enjoy a movie now and then but her tastes and mine sometimes don't mix. Its a good thing cause we are comfortable liking what we like and don't give the other person shit for their tastes. But we both love horror movies and Halloween season is coming up.

In the next couple weeks, I gotta get my kids some school clothes and supplies. We all have our own thing going and that is great. I feel like I got a million things going on, but isn't that always the case? I often wonder if the word "retirement" is in my vocabulary. Probably not. I think I prefer it that way. I'd love to die at my art table with a pencil in my hand. I don't have an art table right now, so that dream is a bit of a ways off. First I need to get us a new bed. Then an art table. If I score this new job, I am promising myself a Cintiq for my hard work. Maybe eliminate the use of paper all together. Wouldn't that be nutty?

I'm late night rambling now. Best try to re-hit the hay. Thanks for reading folks. Have a great week. No, MAKE it a great week! You got the power to get that done. Go make it happen. No one hands you shit in this life. You make it happen.

Cheers, T

Friday, August 14, 2015

The Downside of Productivity

Hello friends! Its Friday and I am staring at a long weekend of over 24 hours at my second job and 24 hours of sleep and watching the kids. Weekends suck for me. Ups and downs. Quite a juggle. I hope that all changes soon. I'd like to be awake and refreshed for a nice week, and enjoy when my kids are here, instead of fighting sleep. But there are possibilities for change in the air. Lets hope it happens. (Vague, I know, but necessary)

Meanwhile, my extreme productivity streak continues. I got all my prints done for con season. Like, back from the printer and in plastic sleeves, DONE! I am in the middle of artworking for the new banner stands. Supplies are ordered and are here. I don't have a new show until late September and a major one in mid-October, but I am ready! Some things checked off the TO DO list. I'm busy designing for a much overdue face lift to the website here. As well as new avenues to monetize my work. I'm talking digital comics (finally!), T-shirts and a new digital comic via a subscription service like Patreon. All that is down the road in the 4th quarter of the year, but it is on the stove in various forms.

For now, the main focus is Starslam 2. I'm damn proud of where this thing is headed. I am about 3/4ths through the artwork and its getting to the good stuff. Some sex scenes and a big fight. It all leads into being one of the better books I have ever created. I can't wait for you all to see it. I am on schedule and its looking like October for Kickstarter launch.

I'm more productive than ever. But this comes at a price: I am behind on all things. I woke up the other day to realize, that we're in pre-season of the NFL. Holy crap!!! We don't have cable at my house so we're looking into other options for me to get my fix. No way am I missing games again this year. I missed out on the Playoffs and the Super Bowl for the first time in my life this year. Never again.

I'm also left out of the loop on whats going on in mainstream comics and movies/TV. I have not seen Captain America 2, Thor 2 or Avengers 2. I have not seen a second of Better Call Saul, Gotham, Flash, Arrow, Daredevil. Or any of Broadchurch, Sherlock season 3..... I am just behind. Truthfully, these things are not high on my personal priority list, but I am aware of them.  If anything, the only thing I keep up with is music. I am still loving the new Faith No More and Scott Weiland discs. But coming up we got new Ghost, Motorhead, Saxon and David Gilmour albums. I got the new Wilco one off Itunes for free, but haven't even touched listening to it yet. I bought a new Neil Gaiman book a few months back but haven't read a page of it.

I do enjoy these things, but there's more of a pull to keep my head down and just keep working. I feel the push and I am enjoying it. Sometimes I do feel like the nerds taking over the world is passing me by. I should be out enjoying the media instead of creating it. Ya'll feel me? Just once I'd like to sit down and enjoy something without some guilt. I have to wrestle with sitting down to enjoy anything. I'm in the mood for a nice murder mystery show like Sherlock or Poirot. But I can't indulge. Have to keep going! The media will always be there for me to enjoy. But the streak might leave me and then it will be a pile on my desk of unfinished business. And I got too much of that already.

So I shall continue to work hard and be as productive as I can.