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Why is that? Because there are only three pages to go.

That’s right, after 40 pages this epic chapter will be done. I do my best to stay in a printable comic book arena at 24 to 32 pages. This time I got a little carried away, but what can I say, it’s my favorite chapter so far. I really didn’t want to rush it so there was a need to add pages here and there. It helped the pacing and moments that needed to be emphasized. I hope everyone is enjoying the story so far. Chapter 6 promises to take things to the next level!

In case you didn’t see it.

I’ll be exhibiting at both Emerald City Comic Con again this year, and at Denver Comic Con.

For ECCC, I’ll be at Exhibitor booth 1308. On top of exhibiting For “Hominids“, I’ll also be there helping sell Monsterpedie 3, which is an anthology book I’ve been a part of for the last 3 years. So if you’re planning on coming this year make sure to stop by and say hi!

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A word of advise for comic creators.

Don’t get sick when you’re working on a difficult page.

I would have had this page uploaded this morning but I caught a nasty bug on Saturday, which seems to be lasting an obnoxiously long time.

I’m also working on a new short story. Those of you who have followed me for awhile will remember the Monsterpedia books that I have worked on in the past. Monsterpedia 1 is where Hominids got its start. This year I’m collaborating with a friend who is writing while I’m drawing. I don’t get to draw other peoples stories very often so it has be quite fun.

Also Hominids got a review last week over at Girls Like Comics. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out and let me know your thoughts.

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A new page is up!

It’s been about a month since I was on time.

I hope everyone enjoys and please discuss. What do you think Icari’s plan is?

This is the last week to donate to The Comic Creators For Freedom fundraiser. It ends on Saturday the 14th, so make sure to contribute before then.

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Make sure to donate at the official Hominids fundraising page. Donate here and we can track exactly how many Hominerds contribute. With some of your help I’ve already raise $390! I’m hopeful that we can double it this week before it ends on the 14th.

You’ll also get a poster collage with each artists contribution. Check out mine below.
Thank you everyone!

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Hominids Spotlight

Hey everyone! I’m hard at work on Chapter 5 of ‘Hominids’. In the meantime, I wanted to share this  spotlight by a young blog and recent Hominerd, Sean Guynes. I met Sean at VikingCon last weekend. This was the first year of the con, so it was a fairly small show. Although there wasn’t a huge crowd, I was able to meet people in a more intimate setting. Sean was actually working the show as a coordinator but was able to check out the exhibit floor during downtime. It was great talking to him and I really enjoyed reading his review. Check it out at the link below and let Sean know what you think.

http://hitchhikers-scifi.blogspot.com/2013/05/spotlight-comic-review-jordan-kotzebues.html

Chapter 4

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Chapter 4 has begun! It’ll all starts with this epic double-page cover. This is one of the funnest parts of making comics, is creating an illustration that encompasses the main event of each issue.
Comics in general have gotten away from this in the last ten years or so. Instead, you tend to see lots of action shots where the heroes are running towards some ambiguous threat or standing on a rooftop looking heroic. This may look great but it says nothing of the story inside! The other thing we often see is a beautifully created illustration that’s a bit abstract and also tells us nothing about the story, and they are usually created by a different artist then the one inside. This usually makes me put the comic right back on the self because I wanted to read a comic that looked like the cover I just picked up.
I like to harken back to the good ol’ days when a cover was not only drawn by the interior artist but also says a little something about what you will be reading. So I solemnly swear that the scene in this cover will show up in the story. Enjoy!

ECCC is All Over

I just wanted to thank everyone who came out to ECCC this last weekend. Even though I missed Friday, I had a blast on Saturday and Sunday. Being a Seattle local I never miss it and its one of my favorite cons to attend. Unfortunately it was a less successful show then previous years, despite the fact that there were twice the people and twice the floor space. My business wasn’t all that different to that of NYCC. My hypothesis is that once a show grows to a certain size it’s actually bad for independent comics. Almost everyone I talked to said they had a harder time selling books this year. However, people did great if they had extra merchandise like prints.
There was also the fact that big celebrities stole a lot of traffic. To get a photo with someone like Gillian Anderson, it cost $65 and Patrick Stewart was $100. Who’s going to buy comics after that.
The real joy of the convention as always, was talking with people and putting faces to fans. Everyone was so friendly and despite being overcrowded, were having lots of fun. I’m already set to go for next year. I think I’ll plan on some more artwork to sell, plus I’ll have more issues.
Here are some of the highlights of the show for me:

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My first sketch of ECCC 

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Someone really liked the frog I did in Chapter 3

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Showtime!

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Cap is ready to serve a can of woopass for his country!

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An awesome Shockwave cosplay.

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This guy bought his t-shirt from me at last years ECCC

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My buddy Rick Werner’s son as the caped crusader.

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All the merch I bought.

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What a dork.

 

Monsterpedia 2

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This year I will once again be attending the Emerald City Comicon! I’ll be exhibiting with my fellow Monsterpedia team. For those of you who weren’t hear at the beginning, Monsterpedia is what kicked off “Hominids” in the first place. It was an anthology book that I did with my co-workers at PopCap Games. Each of us did a 6 page monster story and this is where I decided to do “Hominids”. From there, I had build up pretty good momentum, so I kept going and here we are 2 years later. If you want to see what in the world I’m talking about go here.

This year I’ll be selling the first 3 issues of “Hominids” along side the brand new, never before seen, Monsterpedia 2! The artists include Dev Madan, Karin Madan, Erin Middendorf, David Ryan Paul, Cory Allemeier, Dana Sweeney, Sarah Dickens, Gene Blakefield, Travis Kotzebue and myself. These are all really talented artists and I couldn’t be happier to be sharing a book with all of them. Make sure to stop by each of their links. It’s well worth it.

Also, I will periodically be posting the pages I did for Monsterpedia 2, so make sure to keep a look out for that. Here is just a little preview.

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We’ve broken out of Artist Alley this year and bought a booth that the whole Monsterpedia team will be sharing! The show floor is twice as big as it was last year so prepare to be on your feet. We will be at Booth 506. If you are in the Seattle area make sure to come visit! Here is the massive map of where we will be. See you all there!

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Hominids Review

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Hominids was reviewed over at I Am Legend back in November. I didn’t find it until this week so I’m a little late to the game here. It’s a nice review though and wanted to share it with you all. So head on over and show a little love to  who wrote the review. Check it out at the link above or here.

Thanks Antione!

 

 

Newsarama Video Interview From NYCC

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I did this interview way back at NYCC with Newsarama. After the show I could never find it and then I forgot all about it. From time to time I do a Google search of Hominids just to see if anyone’s written about it or highlighted it without me knowing. Then I can thank them for the support. In this case I stumbled upon the video. It’s hard for me to watch but I hope you all enjoy it!

Band of Brothers

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This week I received a little help. Usually I am about 8 pages ahead of my Tuesday updates. This gives me a lot of breathing room and if I fall behind it’s no big deal because I have enough pages to last a while. In the last two weeks that buffer ran dry. I’m still ahead a few pages on my inking but in terms if finished pages, I am already out and am not even up to page 10 in Chapter 4.

Thank goodness my brother Travis once again has stepped in to help. As some of you may remember, he helped in Chapter 3 coloring the first 8 pages. He has returned to color this weeks page. He’ll stay on for the next 4 pages so that I can rebuild that oh so necessary buffer that all webcomic creators should have.

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Travis and I have a life long camaraderie that not only has formed a life long bond but has also instilled a hard as rock work relationship. When I graduated college, Travis was already well established in the gaming industry. As soon as I was out of school we started working together. From projects like Sly Cooper, Xeko, to doing some DC Comics work. We’ve been a team for a long time. Recently our professional careers have taken us in slightly different directions for the time being but we keep each other very close in our personal projects. This is why it’s so easy to jump in where we left off.

His help on these new pages is beyond helpful. Go spend some time at his site and check out some of the things he’s got brewing. You’re going to want to be a part of it!

http://skullbabyland.blogspot.com/

http://thekotzebuebros.com/portfolio.html?artist=2&category=10

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