Tools & Layout

Gearing up for some new comics work means cleaning Rapidographs and consulting with Frank Santoro on page layout. He laid down some geometry on a piece of DC/Vertigo paper that I had handy. 

You can learn more about page layouts from Santoro in these columns at the Comics Journal:

Layout Workbook 1

Layout Workbook 2

Layout Workbook 3

Layout Workbook 4

Or you can study with the man himself through the Frank Santoro Correspondence Course. 



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#3 is my favorite. :)


Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1 cover by Alexander Maleev
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Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. #1 cover by Alexander Maleev

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My favorite women of Afro Punk 2K14. It was really hard to pick just 10.

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Furious students burn Mexican government building in protest over police corruption, demand justice for missing students
October 16, 2014

Hundreds of residents in a southern-Mexican city smashed up the state capital building in a furious protest over the continued lack of information about 43 local college students, believed to have been abducted by corrupt police.

The local police are allegedly working with a powerful drug cartel and it’s feared that 10 newly discovered mass graves may contain the bodies of the students taken on September 26. “Up to 20” charred remains were discovered on Saturday.

As an investigation is underway, 26 police officers have so far been arrested, a number of which admitted to working with the Guerreros Unidos – an infamous drug cartel. Arrest warrants have also been issued for the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Albarca, his wife and his security chief, but they have gone into hiding.

The building in Chilpancingo, the capital of Guerrero state, was seen from a distance, engulfed in flames. 
According to local authorities, the crowds included hundreds of students and teachers from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college, who blockaded the building and used sticks, rocks and Molotov cocktails to attack it.

They initially tried to get into the state congress, but police in riot gear repelled the crowd.

This comes more than two weeks after a serious incident in Iguala, also in Guerrero state, involving the shooting of six students by police during a rally in support of rural teachers’ rights. The law enforcers opened fire on a bus carrying protesters and arrested dozens of students, who have not been seen since.

The situation touches on a problem that’s been plaguing Mexico for a long time – police corruption and rampant organized crime by ruthless cartels.

Monday’s events come after a case of mistaken identity, during which the police shot and wounded German student Kim Fritz Keiser of the Monterey Institute of Technology, according to state authorities.

Keiser was travelling with her other foreign classmates in a van from Acapulco, which passes through Chilpancingo. At the time, the police were involved in another, unrelated confrontation with kidnappers, and erroneously assumed the people in the van had some sort of connection with the kidnapping. The state prosecutor’s office told AP that, as the officers tried to pull the van over, some crackling sound resembling a gunshot was heard from inside the vehicle. The police shot back, wounding the student.

Fearing that it was a case of armed men kidnapping students, the driver of the van refused to stop and drove away from the scene.

The officers involved in the incident have been detained and their weapons are being examined, authorities say.

Warnings have been issued by US authorities in the past to avoid the northwestern part of the state of Guerrero, because of frequent violence occurring in places like Iguala.


dashyn said: Yo, i saw that drawing of the robot and "sit down to talk about GamerGate" stuff. Would you actually like to do that? Just thinking it would be interesting if ya want. Free to keep the chatlogs and stuff, i dont care. I have Steam and Skype if that works, havent used Skype in ages so need to relearn how to use it.





No, I really wouldn’t. There is literally nothing to talk about. Gamer guys are egomaniacal pissbabies. Like, I’m scared of being on my deathbed with unfinished projects, or having my bike stolen because it’s my main method of transport, or running out of unemployment before I find another job. Y’know, real things. Them? They’re scared of journalism. Scared of their own dirty laundry.

That’s the fucking definition of cowardice.

Gamers need to grow a backbone like, 10 years ago.

How about you shut your fucking mouth because GamerGate is fighting  Corrupt Journalism from sites like kotaku and RPS. All of you fucking SJW’s are stupid thinking that all girls are innocent and all men are fucking evil. HOW ABOUT YOU KISS MY FUCKING ASS FOR HAVING THAT STUPID FUCKING MINDSET. A fucking girl didn’t want to be my friend anymore and i almost fucking committed suicide OVER HER. And the thing is that you fucking SJW’s will think she is all innocent even though she almost committed manslaughter. And that is really insulting.

P.S: Gamers also have jobs and shit and they are defending their video games from you SJW degenerates and your stupid agenda of killing all men. And gamers are not homophobic. Me, along with a few LGBT people support gamergate

P.S.S: Even Marceline is laughing at your stupidity.image

A fucking girl didn’t want to be my friend anymore and i almost fucking committed suicide OVER HER”

"she almost committed manslaughter"

Dear carlossalas81

Hi, I’m a dude. I know what it’s like to have your heart broken by a girl who wasn’t interested in you, even though you know in your heart you did everything you were told was right in order to make it work. I’ve felt that pain, I remember it, it’s terrible. It’s not always your fault though, sometimes it just wasn’t meant to be. Eventually you realize this and move on.

But I want you to know that you deserve that pain. It is your fault, and your reaction is even more pathetic. There is zero mystery why this girl would want nothing to do with you, and the further this girl gets away from you, the better. I would pay for her restraining order if I could. The fact that you think you can blame the consequences of your horrendous shittiness on people standing up to concentrated threats of murder over god damned fucking video games shows just how little happiness you really deserve.

I don’t normally engage militantly ignorant absolute losers online, but using Marceline to attack my spouse and people like her, in defence of violent misogyny, is kinda like coming to my kingdom and using the flag to slap the Queen, son. Enjoy being alone forever, you’ve truly earned it. 


“According to a recent study conducted by students at Harvard University, it is now literally impossible to properly satirize the issues of police brutality and corruption.

The study attempted to analyze various attempts at making satire directed at the prevalence of police brutality within the United States, and tried to measure the ability of various pieces of satire to adequately fulfill a number of standards of good satire.

"Satire," said one of the Harvard researchers, Alicia Powell, "is a form of comedy in which one portrays an exaggerated version of a social or political issue, and does so in a tone which clearly suggests condemnation of one side."

She continued, “On the one hand, satirizing the issue of police brutality seems extraordinarily easy. You just need to imagine a scenario where a police officer does something cartoonishly evil, and is defended by practically all of society and gets away with it. This seemed relatively straight-forward, but as our study went on, we came across some surprising - or perhaps not so surprising - results.”

The study involved interviews with various popular satirists, as well as exhaustive analysis of real-world instances of police brutality. One aspect of the study involved showing people a mixture of real headlines and satirical headlines involving police brutality and corruption. A sample size of two thousand people, across many races, genders, and various other backgrounds, showed that literally no one was able to distinguish between the real stories and the fake ones, with an astonishing 84% insisting afterward that clearly every headline was actually satire, as there was no way scenarios so absurd could actually happen in the real world.

One writer for the popular satirical news website The Onion said, “I was going to write an article about a police officer seeing a black man holding a sandwich, saying that the sandwich was actually a gun, and then shooting him ten times. Except now that’s actually happened. Only worse, because first he tasered the teen, and shot him not ten times, but sixteen. How can I write satire when the most absurd, outlandish things I can dream up are actually happening in the real world? I might as well just become a regular journalist, it would literally be the exact same thing at this point.”

Another satirist, the author of the Tumblr news blog The Wishwashington Post, commented, “I give up. I literally give up. I could write a ridiculous article about, like, the Ferguson Police Department doing a drone strike on Ferguson and saying it was self-defense because all the black people all had guns, and then they all get applauded for being brave officers and they all get bonuses and white people shake their heads about how violent black people are and how they were just looking for an excuse to protest or riot and how if they didn’t want to be bombed they should’ve just been more civil to white people… but honestly, I could probably turn to Fox News a few weeks from now and hear that story. Verbatim.”

They went on to say, in an exasperated and hopeless voice, “I can’t do it. They are literally parodies of themselves. I give up. I’m done.”

While the study did account for the phenomenon of Poe’s Law, in which satire of extremism is often indistinguishable from the real thing, the study nevertheless concluded that true satire of police brutality is now impossible. One of the study’s closing comments read, “You can poke fun at the extremes of certain situations, but when extreme is the norm, it seems almost fruitless and redundant. You could write a satirical article about how the sky is so incredibly blue, and you can play up how absurdly blue it is, but when you look up, it really is that blue. You haven’t made anything up. You haven’t made a cartoonish parody of the real thing. You’ve documented a fact. It’s not satire, it’s just humorous, depressing journalism.””

Police Brutality Now Literally Impossible To Satirize, Study Finds

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Parker of #Alien


Parker of #Alien


"All you need is fish" by AnimaProject



So while Gideon was summoning Bill, he was saying something in backwards, so I reversed it in Sony Vegas and I literally laughed.

Here the reversed version. 


And this is why I love this show.


Sword Photography

  • With Samantha Swords, winner of the open longsword competition in Harcourt Park World Invitational Jousting Tournament
  • Photography by Rey Alabastro
  • Armour by Shari Finn

Copyright: © Rey Alabastro Photography, 2013

Source: via Samantha Swords


Protester barricade in Hong Kong


Protester barricade in Hong Kong