Comics!

BOOKS:
I have seven comic books in print currently, all self-published. You can see samples (and in some cases all) of them below by going to the highlighted links for each book.

WEBCOMICS:
I also have two webcomics currently running:
Mermaid Music, which updates weekly on Mondays
The Quadra Cats, which updates twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays
As is usual with webcomics, these will open to the latest page; use the navigation buttons under the comic page to go to the beginning, previous, or next pages, or the comic archives to find a particular page.

I’m working on getting a store going for this website, but until then, if you want a book, hit the “drop me a line” link in the top menu, and we’ll work it out one-to-one! I can take paypal, and shipping is according to what it costs to send it to your location.

All my comics are “all-ages”, and by that I mean they’re safe for the kiddies  — no swears, no sexy stuff (sorry), no violence or gore (although Spam does get tossed through the air in one scene but he’s OK) — but they’re just as much fun for adults. That said, each book has particular appeal to specific audiences, which I’ll note below.

Poster

Spam and the Sasquatch (2014) — My first graphic novel, done in collaboration with fantasy and science-fiction author Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Spam the Cat is a purranormal detective, who has starred in several previous non-graphic-novels by the author. In this adventure, he finds himself investigating a mysterious intruder in his town.  You can view samples of the art by clicking the name of the book or the picture.

Spam and the Sasquatch sells for $20.
Full colour, 68 glossy pages, softcover, perfect bound (means it has a spine)
Audience: all-ages, I’ve had great comments on this one ranging from a 3-year-old to an 80+ year old. The main characters are talking animals, and the story is aimed at anyone who likes a good adventure and appealing characters.

Telling Tales cover

Telling Tales  (2013) — My first comicbook, a collection of short stories that I did during the Comics and Graphic Novels program (see bottom of this page for more on that). This includes Mak, Horse Sense, Tam Lin, Cougar Annie, and several one-page comics. You can see a gallery of the art at the link above.

Telling Tales sells for $12
Full Colour, 32 glossy pages, softcover, saddle stitched (stapled) binding (like traditional comic books)
Audience: As a kind of stylistic sampler of my work, this has a little something for everyone: history, cats, riding lessons, fairies!

Iris cover

Muse (2015) — Iris the Art Muse started making her appearance when I issued myself a drawing-a-day challenge. This is her first book. She informs me that there will be more, if Melody the Music Muse doesn’t interfere too much (and she’s a bit distracted with space-going cats and mermaids at the moment). Muse is online at the link above, so you can read it all there if you like, but it’s a nice little book which would make great presents for all your artist friends! Buy lots and save on mailing!

Muse sells for $10
Full Colour, 16 heavyweight matte pages, softcover, saddle stitched (stapled) binding
Audience: this one will be more appreciated by folks who are artists themselves — again, it’s safe for all ages, but the kids probably won’t get a lot of the jokes. Unless they are artists. In which case, buy them this book to let them know what lies ahead!

Mermaid Music cover

Mermaid Music (2015) — Book One, “The Call of the Sea” — I’ve been putting this online as a webcomic (the title link will take you to the site, on the latest page), so you can actually read it all online right now, but it’s soooo much nicer to hold it in your hands and feel the lovely glossy cover and admire the rich colours of the pages! Book Two will be released when I get it done — it keeps expanding! Eventually, I hope to issue the whole series as one graphic novel, but that’s a couple of years down the road.
(UPDATE: I’ve decided to wait to release the rest of Mermaid Music in print until it is finished in its entirety, at which point there will be a Kickstarter. In the meantime, follow along as the story develops on the webcomic. And—I only printed 250 of this first chapter, so they will be collectors items!)

Mermaid Music sells for $15
Full Colour, 38 glossy pages, softcover, perfect bound
Audience: an all-ages. The protagonist is a girl in her late teens, in a culture where gender-parity is the norm, so I think it will particularly appeal to girls and young women who like adventure stories. The webcomic fans, however, seem to be all over the map, both male and female of all ages, so by that evidence, this is a comic for everyone, especially if they like sailing ships and mermaids.

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Takeout  Planet Cover

The Quadra Cats are all assembled for some interplanetary cultural puzzlements — but they all love takeout!

Takeout Planet (2016) — a book of the Quadra Cats! I’ve been making Quadra Cats cartoons for our local village newspaper, and they have started taking on a life of their own outside the quarterly one-page shorts I’ve been making for the paper. You can now follow their adventures on their webcomic, which will be collected as print books chapter by chapter.

Quadra Cats, named after the street that is the centre of our neighbourhood village, is about two ordinary housecats, Tux and Jazz, who suddenly find themselves, unbeknown to the rest of the world, as ambassadors and guide to Alien Cat, a tourist from another planet.

Takeout Planet sells for $10.
Black and White; 24 pages on matte paper, soft cover, saddle stitched.
Audience: everybody! The cats and their friends will appeal to kids (what kid wouldn’t love an alien cat?) but it’s not just for them — the humour and situations are layered with real-life nuances that will be appreciated just as much by adults.

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QC cover

Spaced Out (2017) — the sequel to Takeout Planet! In the continuing saga of our neighbourhood feline heroes, Jazz, Tux, Scatcat, and Alien Cat launch into galactic civilization and the future of Catkind. Follow their continuing adventures on their webcomic, of which this is the second collection.

Spaced Out sells for $12.
Greyscale; 24 pages on heavyweight matte paper, soft cover, saddle stitched.
Audience: everybody! This is very much an all-ages book; the cats and their space adventure will appeal to kids, with humour that will be enjoyed by adults.

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practice-front-cover

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice!

Practice (2016)this unassuming little  (5.5×3.5 in.) book came about thusly:
Each year in February, Opus Art Supplies issues a 28-day challenge; this year, Leap Year, there was an optional 29th day. The mandate is simple: make art every day. I took them up on their daily prompt words, and this book is the result. The originals were done in a Moleskine Japanese Album, the pages of which are a continuous sheet of paper folded accordion-style. You can see all of the original book images on my Facebook Page in the album I made for them, which I added to each day. The pages in the print book have an added border to make them look antique-ish, to go with the cover, with the prompt word at the bottom:

carmen mewranda.jpg

Practice sells for a mere $6 — order lots for presents!
Full Colour, 30 pages on glossy paper, soft cover, saddle stitched
Audience: While this is perfectly child-safe, and I think children would enjoy the drawings, the humour is more accessible to teens and grown-ups. There are literary, folkloric, and film references that are probably best enjoyed by those with some life experience. But let the kids enjoy it too, and practice drawing by copying the pictures!

“Every artist needs to practice. Like musicians or dancers, visual artists need to keep our minds and muscles tuned lest we get rusty.” — from the afterword

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About me and comics—

It’s now been five years since I made a sudden shift in my (then) 35-year art and illustration career to make comics. Here’s what happened:

In December 2011, my friend Joan Steacy happened in to my studio during a studio tour and told me about a new program she and her husband Ken Steacy were putting together at Camosun College here in Victoria, BC. It was to be a full-time, one-year certificate program, and sounded really exciting, but I thought that was a bit of a radical departure to be embarking upon at my age. However, Ken was also doing an evening continuing-ed class, a much smaller commitment of time and money, and I thought it would be fun and maybe give me some new angles on storytelling for illustration. Little did I know that I was about to finally discover what I wanted to do when I grew up!

I finished the evening course, signed up for the year’s program, and after graduating from that, took a year’s mentorship with the Steacys. And now I’m a cartoonist!

3 responses to “Comics!

    • I like your comic! Those bunnies are funny! I don’t do funny very much, my brain doesn’t seem to be built that way when it comes to comics (though I DO have a sense of humour, really I do). And when I try to do short comics, they always end up getting longer than I meant them to be. You have a gift for the gag, so celebrate!

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