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Quick update: I’ve just started a YouTube channel and I will be posting screen captured drawings and other content as I continue to work on STIMULUS. If you’re curious how things are coming along, you’ll be able to watch time-lapse footage of my progress.

I’ve also made my first tutorial video and I plan on making a few more — mostly centered around Photoshop and MangaStudio illustration techniques.

With regards to my “monthly” comic anthology that has apparently been on hiatus so far this year, STIMULUS issue #3 will be out soon enough. I’ll post further updates on YouTube because I prefer the video format over WordPress.

Check out what I’ve got so far:

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header STIMULUS comic issue 2

OK, I finally got this thing uploaded — and it’s exactly a month late. On the bright side, the drawings are REAL SICK, but this definitely falls into the time sink trap I mentioned in an earlier post. Ideally, I would draw these issues with less detail and produce more of them. I’m more about quantity when it comes to this project. That being said, you’ll notice that the art style is slightly different from the first issue and I’m happy with the change. Thematically,…Continue Reading “STIMULUS Issue #2”

Alternative Press Expo 2016

Hey, I have a table at EBABZ, the East Bay Zine Fest and I’m giving away some cool stuff on Saturday, December 10th! Come say hi if you’re in the area. I’ll be selling artwork and handing out comics.

East Bay Alternative Book & Zine Fest
Saturday, December 10th
10am – 3pm
At the The David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way
Berkeley, California
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STIMULUS comic Issue #1

Although I’ve drafted several stories, I chose to kick STIMULUS off with The Spacetronaut because this is a comic that I’ve worked on for years. In fact, it’s probably been rattling around in my head in one form or another for almost a decade. I felt that it was in the spirit of this STIMULUS project to finally publish something that had made me feel creatively stagnant for such a long time. Full disclosure: I wrote the first draft of The Spacetronaut shortly after I…Continue Reading “STIMULUS Issue #1”

Automata comic by Garrett Sneen

Fun Fact: At the time of writing this post I have about 800 copies of Automata and will give you one for free if we ever meet at a convention or something.

Just a little bit of background on this one: Automata is the first comic I ever finished and it took me about 2 months from start to completion. The brain removal sequence was based on a dream I had. Incidentally, the dream version was a lot more steam-punk, maybe even Dr. Seuss esque, complete with power drills, gears and propellers for some reason. I chose not to draw fanciful machinery because I wanted the satire to be as straight-faced as possible.

In that spirit, Kurt Vonnegut was my inspiration — during high school I read nearly every Vonnegut book because I fell in love with his casual (and funny) disdain for the human race. I thought that a Vonnegut styled narrator would be a perfect accompaniment to my creepy dream sequence. Ultimately, I’m happy with my finished product, but I still dislike narration in comics. Scott McCloud talks a lot about this so I’ll defer to his thoughts on the subject. For now, I’ll just say that I’m of the opinion that narration in comics is generally a crutch used to compensate for weak visual communication. But, can you imagine Automata without any narration? I needed my sarcastic narration to keep it from turning into a nightmare and to spoon feed the satirical message!

The funny thing is, a lot of readers don’t seem to pick up on the sarcasm. Out of what I’ve written so far, I tend to receive the most compliments on this comic, but I still wonder why some readers can’t connect with the cynical, snarky narrator. Then again, I suppose he isn’t as charismatic as Vonnegut.

Oh well.

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