Christmas Never Sleeps is my year-long cartoon epic that has followed Santa J. Claus daily since Christmas day, 2019, and will reach its conclusion on Christmas Eve, 2020. During the course of those 365 days, it continues to paint the icon in familiar broad strokes, but with quirky details that aren’t apparent during his usual once-a-year appearance.
My friend Ron Randall is conducting a Kickstarter campaign to issue his life’s work, Trekker, in a single, awesome hardcover edition. Check it out!
I’ve been sitting on the following interview for a few months, and now is a choice time to release it to the world. At the time we did this chat, the hardcover collection was not yet in the pipeline.
Craig: Let’s start with housekeeping. What’s your preferred path for anyone hoping to get immersed in Trekker? Do you want them to see the early stuff, the current stuff, or what, and where do they go to accomplish it?
Ron: You know, that’s not as easy a question for me to answer as it probably should be. I’m happy to have readers dive in wherever. Each story is built to work as a fine introduction to the character and the world, and each volume has a complete adventure– beginning, middle and end. I feel very strongly about that. So any book should work as a fine introductory experience. But, I also construct the series so that each story builds on what’s gone before, and also points toward where we are heading next. Like each individual story, I’ve designed the series as a whole to have a beginning, a middle and an end. The character of Mercy St. Clair, the world she moves in, and the scope and scale of things grows and deepens over the course of the stories. Mercy is shaped and informed by her experiences as she goes along, the stakes rise, and so on. And I do have an endgame that we are heading toward. Still quite a way to go before Mercy gets there, though. So a reader who starts from page one and works their way through the whole series experiences a powerful cumulative affect which, I am told, is pretty rewarding. Continue reading Ron Randall’s Trekker!
Here’s a little demonstration video, in preparation for doing digital caricatures at events in the coming year (up to now I’ve strictly done pen/paper caricatures). This was drawn on my iPad Pro.
My caricatures tend to be fairly mild, not too exaggerated. I intend to push that area of my drawing this year and hope to find a more extreme caricature style that I’m satisfied with.
Look what I found in a drawer:
This folder, with the Thrift ‘E’ Markets imprint, was created to hold WWII-era ration coupons.
Today, however, it contains a variety of random, assorted and sometimes inexplicable items of interest, presumably placed there after the book outlived its original purpose — most likely by my Grandparents, Nellie and Oscar Boldman.
I’ll be unveiling and presenting the folder’s contents in posts during the coming days. ‘Rationing’ them out, so to speak, get it? Yuk yuk!
Seems like my Dad was a Stan Lee fan before I’d ever heard of the guy. I uncovered this hand-me-down in one of the boxes from my house disaster of a few years ago. More “You Don’t Say!” is a little-seen non-Marvel Universe project by Stan, consisting of his humorous dialogue affixed to photos of political figures of the day, namely President Kennedy and crew.
A show of my work is currently on display in the front gallery of the Middletown Arts Center in Middletown, Ohio.
Our opening reception, part of the Betty Hughes Memorial Exhibition, is scheduled for Friday, August 3, 2018, 6:00-8:00 p.m. I hope to see all of you there!
My work will remain on display through September 6, 2018 — A great opportunity to get copies of my books and comics, which will be sold through the center. All three volumes of my Tailipoe series, as well as copes of the Cap’n Catnip comic are available.
Included for your enjoyment: Archie artwork; book illustrations; an art series based on classic games and toys; and the complete artwork from a 6-page Archie story with collaborator Stan Goldberg, from Archie Comics #540, “The Man of Mystery.”
With the announced closing of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, MD, and the relocation of its exhibits to the Library of Congress, here is the cover of the 2008 Free Comic Book Day edition of Jughead, which I wrote, and Stan Goldberg illustrated. The story takes place in Geppi’s museum.
Very pleased that my late brother Loyd’s 80’s contemporary Christian band, Prodigal, is getting the reissue treatment from Retroactive Records (courtesy of Silver Orb Media) and available at https://boonesoverstock.com/search?q=Prodigal
Prodigal’s acclaimed albums had never been released on CD until 2014, as a limited edition box set. Prodigal’s entire output, consisting of three albums (self-titled, ‘Electric Eye’ and ‘Just Like Real Life’ are available as of 4/10/18. In addition, Loyd’s solo album, ‘Sleep Without Dreams,’ is being made available on CD for the first time.
One of my favorite go-to sites has long been A Bad Case Of the Dates, a daily repository of true stories (contributed by readers) of dates and romances gone horribly wrong. The site’s creator, Jared M. Gordon, has chosen to bring it to a conclusion at the end of 2017 with the story of his own personal worst experience in the dating pool.
Jared kindly invited me to contribute a bit of art to illustrate his sad tale.
It’s not to late to visit abadcaseofthedates.com and enjoy the collection of horror stories there!
Reminder, my cartooning class at the Middletown Arts Center begins this Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 and runs for eight weeks. The direction of the class will be determined by Wednesday’s group.
Keep up with all my upcoming evens and appearances on the Calendar page!