Baby you could sit and hope that providence will fray the rope

Two Wonder Womans! One for Women of Wonder Day

…and one will be auctioned along with some other Periscopers’ artwork for Dylan Williams of Sparkplug (you can also catch the end of Floating World’s fundraiser for him today).

You oughta see you

Here’s the first of my 2 contributions to Women of Wonder Day: Buffy!

Love love love Buffy. Talk about an empowering character. I’m kind of glad I saw the show for the first time at 22. Adults need strong characters to emulate, too!

Try not to panic

It’s been an unusually long absence for me here–3 weeks! I have been guh-rinding on my can’t-show-you projects, with the exception of yesterday when I took the whole day off, got a massage, walked around in the sun, and went to dinner. The graphic novels are coming along (I’m nearly at the halfway point with them both), and the children’s books are in their final edits. Soon, soon there will be things to show!

Oh! And Eric Stephenson mentioned this in an interview last week: Between Gears will be published by Image in early 2012!!!! So there’s been some necessary prep for that, even though the comic is done, to design the book and extras and such.

For now, please accept these early pencils for two side projects:

It’s Monsters & Dames submission time again! I’ll post all of the process sketches for this eventually; it went through a lot of different versions before I drew this. I still want to change several things…

Pencils for Women of Wonder Day, previously Wonder Woman Day. You can draw any empowering female character this year, but someone’s gotta represent WW ;) As always, I encourage all artists to submit artwork for this! It will be accepted, it will get exposure, and it will raise money for an awesome cause.

I’m an animal you’re an animal too

All photos in this post courtesy Erik Scultz

On Saturday, I got to participate in Dove Lewis‘s Superheroes Celebration at the Lucky Lab. The event honored dogs who donate life-saving blood to Dove Lewis, which is a nonprofit emergency care center for animals. Owners brought their donor dogs out for canine cupcakes, award ceremonies, raffles, and portraits provided by yours truly, Terri Nelson, Joëlle Jones, and Cat Farris. It was so much fun! Cute dogs everywhere!!!

Check out this write-up and short video by local news team KGW.

And tons of lovely photos from the event by Erik Scultz on Dove Lewis’s Facebook page.

Fighting in the darkness for the light

I drew this comic for Bradley Angle, a domestic violence shelter here in Portland, to use for their spring appeal. I love the idea they came up with for people to honor their female mentors by sending in pieces of her wisdom for the shelter inhabitants to read. Bradley Angle approached me to see if I could put their message into a comic instead of the normal text letter that they use. Very cool! This is the organization that Wonder Woman Day benefits as well; they are down with Portland’s comics community <3

If you would like to receive this comic in the mail with information on how you can ‘honor her’, e-mail and ask to sign up for their newsletter. Check out Bradley Angle here.

Change their minds and change the world

So, how much did I love Wonder Woman Day?

It was AWESOME, and I didn’t even walk around or bid on things! Some quality people at that event. Quality conversations were had. Kudos to all involved for putting on a great day of fun and awareness. Early estimates put $ raised in Portland at $22,000!!!!!

Some nice people let me photograph them with things that I drew:

(Thanks to Justin Zimmerman for scanning this!)

My Eve for this Eve-themed sketchbook turned out pretty evil-looking! Like she knew exactly what she was doing. :P

There was a team at Excalibur filming for this documentary. Jen Stuller won one of my art pieces in the auction, and I got to meet her and hear about the project. Very cool; I want to see the finished film!!

I also got to catch up with a comic-nerd-comrade from UO and do a sound bite for the new website NerdStock Comics!

And sidebar — Oh em gee, this is fantastic:

A prize in every pack

You’ve still got a couple of days to get a piece of my original art on the cheap, and support a great cause while you’re at it! Wonder Woman Day bidding goes on online until Saturday at midnight, and continues live at Excalibur Comics on Sunday. There are currently no bids on my grayscale piece, and the watercolor piece is going for $15.

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