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A young lawyer tries to fit in with his hipster neighbors. A Bay Area native returns for the San Francisco Dyke Fest. A carne asada aficionado hunts for the perfect taco.

'The Comic Book Guide to the Mission' is here.

Tour the Mission's history, its hot spots, its arts, and its people with over two dozen writers and artists. It's a unique look at a unique and ever-changing neighborhood.

Featuring the talents of: Sean Chiki (Wunderkammer), Jamaica Dyer (Weird Fishes), Andrew Farago (The Cartoon Art Museum, William Bazillion), Shaenon K. Garrity (Narbonic, Skin Horse), Justin Hall (All Thumbs Press, True Travel Tales, Glamazonia), Mario Hernandez (Love and Rockets, Citizen Rex), Greg Hinkle, Nomi Kane (Chutzpah!), Jonas Madden-Connor (Ochre Ellipse), Paul Madonna (All Over Coffee), Omar Mamoon (The Mission: Taco), Amy Martin (Bachelor Girl, The Single Girls), John Mathis, Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, Roman Muradov (Sad Comics), Jen Oaks, Ariel Schrag (Potential, Likewise, Ariel and Kevin Invade Everything), Matt Stewart (The French Revolution), Alfred Twu (First Cultural Industries), Dan V. (American Objects), Geoff Vasile (Trackrabbit), Jeff Walker, Mike White (Amity Blamity), Clint Woods (Fernetiquette), and Rick Worley (A Waste of Time). Plus, a cover by yours truly.


Find out more and order a copy here: www.skodaman.com/
  • Playing: Wii Ski
This weekend I'm participating in a Live Online chat hosted by RPGLife.com

I'll be discussing Pewfell, answering questions on the characters and world, how I make the strip and fantasy webcomics in general.

The event will take place in RPGLife's Live Chat Tavern, this Saturday, October 18th from 4pm until 6pm Pacific Standard Time (That's 7-9 pm Eastern, 12-2 am in the UK).

You might need to register for a free RPGLife account to get in, but otherwise simply point your browser to:

www.rpglife.com/phpBB3/chat

If you can, please do come by and participate as i've never done one of these before and it would be great to see some of you there.

Thanks

Chuck
  • Playing: Wii Ski
OK, so I've been away from DA for far too long. Been busy working on a ton of projects. one which has been an upgrade to the first volume of the Pewfell Archive. My co-writer, Adam Prosser, and I have been hard at work writing several new stories, I've resurrected some long-retired material from the archives and with the help of colorist Carla Costa have colored it for the first time. We hope this new, expanded edition will provide the perfect entry point to the strip that the series had been lacking for a while now. Starting Monday, I'll be publishing updates 5 days a week for the next couple of months as the new stuff is released. You'll be able to see it all right here.
  • Listening to: Counting Crows Come Around
  • Playing: Super Mario Galaxy
  • Eating: Left-overs
  • Drinking: Tea
OK, ss I've been away from DA for far too long. Been busy working on a ton of projects. one which has been an upgrade to the first volume of the Pewfell Archive. My co-writer, Adam Prosser, and I have been hard at work writing several new stories, I've resurrected some long-retired material from the archives and with the help of colorist Carla Costa have colored it for the first time. We hope this new, expanded edition will provide the perfect entry point to the strip that the series had been lacking for a while now. Starting Monday, I'll be publishing updates 5 days a week for the next couple of months as the new stuff is released. You'll be able to see it all right here.
  • Listening to: Counting Crows Come Around
  • Playing: Super Mario Galaxy
  • Eating: Left-overs
  • Drinking: Tea

The Wizards of Ur

Tue Mar 11, 2008, 10:34 AM
A brand new sketch blog for artists Chuck Whelon (Pewfell), James V. West (Pan-Gea), A.P. Furtado(Elf'n'Troll) and Nate Piekos (Atland).

In the ancient lands of Ur there roamed a class of warrior wizards, whose sole mission was to enlighten the world through their arcane scribblings and mystical arts. Pens in hand, swords at the ready, these Wizards of Ur were a remarkable force with unrivaled powers. Their like, it was said, would not walk the earth again until the time of humanity's direst need!

Yes, myself and 3 of the world's  leading maestro's of cartoon fantasy comics have decided to combine forces to create the überBlog to destroy all others. The names of my fellow bloggers should be familiar to many of you, but if you're a fan of Pewfell and haven't seen their work then prepare to have your eyes pop out on stalks!

As The Wizards of Ur we aim to provide you with oodles of that mouth-watering, cartoony, sci-fi/fantasy comix goodness that you love. On our feed you'll get to see our latest and greatest art, sketches and comics pages. We'll also all be posting all that other crazy stuff that we used to post on our individual blogs, i.e.: links to stuff we think is cool, long lost drawings from our archives, personal reflections, rants and just about anything else that comes to mind.

visit us now at: www.WizardsOfUr.com

  • Listening to: Los Campesitos
  • Reading: Savage Sword of Conan Vol. 1
  • Watching: Lost
  • Playing: Hiss
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Iced Maté
I had a fine old time going to Wondercon this weekend -- it was great to catch up with everyone there, especially Joey Manley and Lisa Jonté and all the good folks who came to the 'ModernTales/Girlamatic' dinner on Saturday. I met several new creators there such as the exceedingly interesting Kelly Hobby and the amazingly talented Leigh Dragoon.

Also there were many familiar faces including Shanennon Garrity, Andrew Farago, Jason Thopmson, Lark Pien and the increasingly famous Gene Yang. I didn't seem to have enough time to talk to all the people I wanted to, and missed seeing loads of others. Still it was a grand old time.

I haven't been very active around here lately but, as always, going to the show has re-enthused me about the whole webcomics thing.

Not much other news to report; Pewfell continues to update every week, I'm still reduxing Volume 4, but am adding quite a lot of new art as I color it, so I hope you'll stop by [url]pewfell.com[/url] and check it out.
  • Reading: Young Stalin
  • Watching: Dinosaur King
  • Eating: Leftovers
  • Drinking: wine
Happy New Year!!! I've been way too distracted over the past few months to get much deviating done, but I had a nice bit of time off over the holidays and I put it to good use finishing up 'The Librarian'. The whole thing is just 12 pages long, but it took me the best part of the year to complete! oh well. It's not that i haven't been busy, but somehow this one just kept getting stuck on the back burner. Anyway, you can read it all now right here, and only here for the time being. Shaennon Garrity, who wrote it for me to illustrate, and I will be trying to see if we can get it published. If anyone out there has any suggestions of places we could submit it, let us know!
  • Reading: Young Stalin
  • Watching: Dinosaur King
  • Eating: Leftovers
  • Drinking: wine
Well I finally got to see "Adventures in Digital Comics", the long-anticipated documentary about webcomics. I'm not it in, but one of my black and white Pewfell strips appears on screen fairly briefly - big thrills! I didn't get paid, but I do get bragging rights and it qualified me to receive a free copy of the film on DVD!

So was it worth the wait? Director Sebastien Dumesnil originally began the project about 4 years ago I believe, filming a number of interviews with some well-known webcomics personalities at Comicon in San Diego where he also captured on film the very first ModernTales.com panel - which I sadly missed. Over the years he's added some other interviews, of varying production quality. Scott McCloud gets some good air time and comes across well, but the interviews with Shaennon Garrity and Derek Kim suffer from very poor lighting and audio quality.

The movie gives a good overview of the recent history of the traditional comics market, and of the birth and early growth of the webcomics industry. However failing to secure interviews with some key players such as Scott Kurtz and the Penny Arcade boys who actually make a living out of their comics is a pretty major omission.

In general there is way too much time spent on the reasons why the print comics industry slumped in the nineties. There is no similar in-depth look at the history of webcomics themselves and no mention of early pioneers such as Sluggy or Argon Zark.

I wish the film-makers had spent more time looking at the actual webcomics, and what makes them so unique, rather than just having a lot of talking heads telling us that they are unique, and then only flashing us quick glimpses of what they are talking about.

Still I believe this film was an early effort for the young filmmakers, and a labor of love and if truth be told I did find it inspiring. It has made me determined to redouble my efforts with my own comics, which have slacked off a bit of late. Also it got me my first movie credit and a listing in the Internet Movie Database -- so thumbs up from me!
  • Listening to: Harry Shearer's Le Show
  • Reading: Imperium by Robert Harris
  • Watching: Mad Man
  • Playing: Snood
  • Eating: No Dessert Diet
  • Drinking: Iced Maté
i just got back from a long vacation in the UK. It rained most of the time & now they are having massive floods over there - worst in 60 years or something. Still, I had a good time seeing old friends and travelling around with my wife & son. It's good to be back in sunny California, though. After 12 years this place really does feel like home now.

So as far as drawing goes I'm going to be focusing on completeing 'The Librarian' a 12 page short story scripted by Shaennon Garrity creator of 'Narbonic' www.narbonic.com/. It's very exciting for me to be working with a writer of her great skill & wit, even though there's virtually no actual dialog in it :) I'll be posting pages here as they get done & Shaennon will be showing it to anyone who will look down at SDCC this weekend -- having just blown all my vacation time in one go, I won't make it again this year :( but I'll see you there next time for sure!
  • Listening to: Harry Shearer's Le Show
  • Reading: Entire 'arry Pottah series in go
  • Watching: Mad Man
  • Playing: Snood
  • Eating: No Dessert Diet
  • Drinking: Iced Maté
So after working till 11 last night on a project at work the client this morning decides to change the brief and kill the whole thing. Arrrgggh!! Not only that but this is the second time they've done this to me on the same project.

I am working a day job as a digital artist/flash developer/art director at a largeish ad agency here in downtown San Francisco. Our client is an Internet giant, so I guess they get to do what they want. At least I get paid whatever, after all that pay check is what I'm here for - housing and raising a kid in this town ain't cheap!  Trouble is when I work that late I don't get any time to draw any and then I am miserable! Oh well, at least I get to be a bit creative at work, so I'm thankful for that.
  • Listening to: Kaiser Chiefs
  • Reading: Kafka, by R. Crumb
  • Watching: Lost
  • Playing: Wii Golf
  • Eating: Pizza Orgasmica (on the company)
  • Drinking: Iced Maté
Thanks Travis for sending some folks over this way -- I'm uploading a few of my recent comissions for Goodman Games so they have something nice to look at!
  • Reading: Kafka, by R. Crumb