What’s up guys! It’s been one hell of a weekend in the hip-hop community, right? In times like this, I just like to keep my head down and draw. I actually might have spend a little too much time drawing this page, but I was having so much fun getting caught up in the tiny details. Hell, I’ve never had to draw a car crashing before or even a cybernetic doberman (which was a last minute decision I ended up designing page BTW) but I couldn’t let that stop me from making their characters as awesome and dynamic as possible. So Lucky Laserhorn finally makes his way to Star Sakura’s night club at the start of this page and just keeps going, barreling into the security guard standing outside. And trust me, the pace of the story doesn’t slow down from here. This is also a sequence we created in the original script 10 years ago, and I decided to keep it, mainly because I’m getting sick of having to draw that damn caddy. In the last frame, we find Star negotiating a drug deal inside the club guarded by two large dogs.
By the way, DragonCon was awesome this past Labor Day Weekend. Melvin and I got so much local love and support, and sold more books than expected. My girl friend, Jasmin, even showed up cosplaying as Chloe Amor from “Provider” and of course we gave of lots of “free hugs” as seen in the Cupid cardboard cutout above, which led to us spending a couple sleepless nights raving with the Con regulars. We are both still learning a lot, and even got our first offer for a publishing deal with a small comic book company because they was so impressed by our stories and table display. We’re still figuring out what direction we are going to take as we continue finish issue #2 of Jambalaya Mixtape.
So I’m kinda mad I was a little late with this one… And by lil’ late, I mean a whole year. One of my favorite artist, LeSean Thomas(BoonDocks) recently created a dope new animated series with Crunchy Roll called Children of Ether, which follows Rhonda, a woman with a dark past and a mysterious power, as she is pursued by an unknown assailant after the death of her father. Aided only by her wits and a pair of orphans, she journeys through a dystopian metropolis populated by gangs and the supernatural (Sounds kinda familiar right?! Lol it’s crazy how you always discover something similar to your own story as a writer, yet they both still come out totally unique.) Children of Ether also boasts an impressive staff, including character designer Hiroshi Shimizu (Michiko & Hatchin), storyboard director Shingo Natsume (One Punch Man), and animator Mitsuo Iso (Neon Genesis Evangelion). Check out the first episode below. Please feel free to share, thanks for reading! Peace 🙂