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I got a note from Staff Writer and Assistant Editor (pandoraxsage.deviantart.com/) at Doctor Who Watch . She wanted to let me know that Paul Hanley and I's Doctor Who fan comics are featured in one of their articles. 


Check it out here: 
www.deviantart.com/users/outgo…

This a new comic that I have a story in. It's done very much in the style of the Warren magazines horror line Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella.
Get your copy hereThe Scream Queen By Shawnvanbriesen-d6ppbms by ShawnVanBriesenCreeps1-Cover-580x773 by ShawnVanBriesen

You can also read a review of it here:
13thdimension.com/the-creeps-i…

I'll be at CONvergence all weekend. Come by and say 'hi'!

CONvergence
is an annual convention for fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy in all media: a 4-day event with more than 6,000 members, and the premiere event of our kind in the upper mid-west.

“Four days will quickly steep themselves in nights;
Four nights will quickly dream away the time”
Hippolyta, scene i
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare

I'm selling stuff on ebay again . I haven't done this since 2008. It's a mess of art, collectables and just things I don't want any longer. Take a look. www.ebay.com/sch/tracimota/m.h…
I'm finally moved into my studio and my life seems to be settling into some kind of normalcy after months of complete and utter chaos. I have a stack of commissions, a couple of play posters, and Manga Studio V all locked & loaded. There are a lot projects to finish in the next few weeks. Busy is good...

I wonder sometimes if this is just the life I chose or if the universe just wants me be all discombobulated sometimes. I do feel like my work is moving in some new directions. At least if my sketchbook has been being honest with me.

More on that as I finish things...
My best friend CHAS died on November 23rd. I was there and watched him take his last breath after he was taken off life support. I'd known him for 36 years. We met when were kids. We met over our mutual interests in art, film and esoterica. For 36 years we spoke about our mutual interests on a daily basis. We worked together doing comics and animation starting when were both in our teens.

We shared three different art studios over the years. We were sharing one in his last few months. He constantly pushed me to be a better, more searching, more conscious artist. He was an amazing inker. On par with Dave Stevens with his controlled yet flowing natural line work. Dave was Chas's idol.

I'd been trying to get Chas to go to the doctor for the last four years. He didn't like doctors, he didn't want something really bad to be wrong with him, he didn't have health insurance..always some excuse. Chas was one stubborn old cuss.

Earlier last week Chas showed me that he had large bruises covering his body. I said he really needed to go to the emergency room. All week I kept telling him that he needed to do that. As usual, he said he would do it in his own time.

On Saturday morning from 2:30-6:20 I drove around with Chas helping him with his bread delivery (pay the bills so we can do art) job because he was too tired and too weak to do the lifting required for the deliveries.

He dropped me off, thanked me for the help and 20 minutes later he suffered a massive stroke due to leukemia The same kind that Dave Stevens died of. He said to me last Wednesday that the bruising might be leukemia 'and wouldn't it be funny/ironic if he died from the same thing as Dave'.

I'm extremely grateful that I was given the gift of those last few hours of his life. Doing what we did best, making jokes that only we understood, laughing and (of course) talking about art.

I'll never forget him. He's a major part of who I am as an artist. I'll always miss him. I'll always honor him.

Until we meet again, happy trails, Kemosabe...
I am available for commissions and for the first 6 six, 4, 3, 2 (only 1 left!) people I will go half my usual price. This is for an 11 x 17 brush and ink page on Bristol board. Private message me at shawnvanbriesen@gmail.com for more information.

You can view some examples of the commissions I do right here shawnvanbriesen.deviantart.com…
I am available for commissions and for the first 6 six, 4 (only 3 left!) people I will go half my usual price. This is for an 11 x 17 brush and ink page on Bristol board. Private message me at shawnvanbriesen@gmail.com for more information.

You can view some examples of the commissions I do right here shawnvanbriesen.deviantart.com…
I'm very pleased with the Peter Capaldi casting.
  • Listening to: The Vaccines
  • Reading: Wooden Heart
  • Watching: The Hour
  • Playing: Walking Dead
  • Eating: ...
  • Drinking: ...
Fan filmmaker Dan Armitage adapted the popular Doctor Who webcomic by :iconpaulhanley: Paul and myself into a motion comic. Check it out here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=k__hJW…

As always, we did this for charity. So if you enjoyed the story please donate what you can to Saint Jude's Children's Hospital (or the charity of your choice) www.stjude.org/stjude/v/index.…

This is the original Fade Away: paulhanley.deviantart.com/art/…
  • Listening to: The Vaccines
  • Reading: Wooden Heart
  • Watching: Mad Dogs
  • Playing: Walking Dead
  • Eating: ...
  • Drinking: ...
I'm a guest at CONvergence this weekend. Stop on by and say 'hey' in artists alley. (across the hall from the art show)
  • Listening to: The Vaccines
  • Reading: The Doctor Trap
  • Watching: my back...
  • Playing: Walking Dead
  • Eating: Very little...
  • Drinking: Very much...
I'm locked into four separate Doctor Who 50th Anniversary stories/projects this year. Unfortunately, I can't really talk about most of them yet. I'll start talking as they become more finalized. But color me stoked.
  • Listening to: The Monkees
  • Reading: The Resurection Casket
  • Watching: my back...
  • Playing: at theater
  • Eating: junk
  • Drinking: Not so much...
I woke up feeling oddly nostalgic this morning. I am three days out from a birthday so perhaps that's where it's coming from...

In going with the nostalgia I started thinking about Doctor Who.

My first whoa moment with the show was (strangely enough) The Five Doctors. In fairness I had seen the show before. I saw Jon Pertwee episodes when I was quite young and lived in Seattle (Kirkland, properly). There were a few British imports on TV then, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) although it was called My Partner the Ghost for some unfathomable reason. There were other shows Space 1999, The Saint, Fawlty Towers, Good Neighbors, Upstairs, Downstairs and The Persuaders all come to mind. (Hmm lots of ITV shows, they must have had a deal with local stations?)

Later on my family had moved to Minneapolis and friend of mine was always trying to get me to watch the Tom Baker episodes. At that point the show was on daily at 5:30p.m. and was shown serialized in half hour segments. It always seemed like I came in halfway through the stories and I could never quite tell what was going on.

In 1983 this same friend of mine and I were up to our usual shenanigans which more than likely involved copious amounts of alcohol and illicit drugs. We had gotten pulled over on the way to my apartment because his car's (a Starsky and Hutch Ford Grand Torino) air shocks were supposedly a few inches higher in the back than was legal. He had to get a measuring tape out and prove to the officer that the height on the car was in fact completely legal and off we went.

We came in to my apartment and as was the custom, we switched on the TV (presumably to have on MTV as our background music). Except the TV was on channel two (the local PBS station) and a black and white image of William Hartnell was saying something about "--coming back one day and not being mistaken about his beliefs", and then the stinger opening of the 1983 series started.

As we watched the show I kept wondering what it would be like to run into a younger or older version of of myself? What would I say? Would I be annoyed like they all seemed to be with each other? All the "wibbly-wobbly, timey-whimey-ness" really struck my imagination. I was hooked after that. I went back and watched, read and listened to everything I could about the show.

A few years later I got to meet Patrick Troughton and Colin Baker at the comic book store I worked at. They were promoting The Two Doctors and touring the US. I gave Mr. Troughton a picture I had drawn of Wendy Padbury and himself (my first DW fanart, I suppose) and he pulled me aside and told me that he received quite a lot of these types of drawings but that I was exceptionally good and should definitely pursue a career in the arts. If the Doctor tells you to do something I suggest you listen.

So, here we are 30 years on. The Five Doctors still holds a special place in my memory. I suppose Peter Davison was in fact 'my doctor' . Although, to quote the Brigadier, "Wonderful chap. All of them".
If anything my interest in Doctor Who has increased over the years.

I'm wondering how people got into the show? Who was your first Doctor and why did you stay with it?
  • Listening to: James Hunter
  • Reading: Serling: The Rise and Twilight of TV's Last A
  • Watching: my back...
  • Playing: at working
  • Eating: junk
  • Drinking: Not so much...
:icondevilpig: Dave Johnson had this question posed on his FB page. There were very diverse and interesting answers. I'm curious as to what the DA community thinks of the same question.

These are the perimeters of the question as posed by Dave:

Name the greatest comic book artist of all time. Based on creativity, longevity, impact, storytelling, style(s) and influence on other artists.

You can only pick ONE! Not a list, ONE artist.


Explain your answer.

THINK before you answer.

Is it just your personal favorite or are you looking at the entire picture? Also, if you pick a guy who's only been drawing comics for a few years, I'm just going to assume that you managed to get on your parents computer or that you're an idiot.
  • Listening to: James Hunter
  • Reading: The Clockwise Man
  • Watching: my back...
  • Playing: at working
  • Eating: junk
  • Drinking: Not so much...
This has to be the weirdest/funniest thing I've seen all day.
Dr Who, now an offensive bully www.imdb.com/title/tt0436992/b…




'His belittling of Strax was offensive, unfunny and ended up as outright bullying when he grabbed him and knuckled his face. Is this to entertain an American audience as it has no place in an English programme. Moffat, look back to press gang and be ashamed of yourself.'
 
I mean, honestly the day you can't make fun of a Sontaran is the day I just quit.
  • Listening to: James Hunter
  • Reading: Forever Autumn
  • Watching: my back...
  • Playing: at working
  • Eating: leftover x-mas candy
  • Drinking: Not so much...
Looks likes :iconfastsmash: fastsmash (Jefferson Bates) is starting his new gallery of stolen work with my work and :iconjamiefayx: Jamie Fay's.
Happy 'effin new year.

His post fav.me/d5pj620

My work fav.me/d17iztd


UPDATE: His account is now deactivated.

Thanks everybody. Happy New Year!
  • Listening to: James Hunter
  • Reading: Only Human
  • Watching: Shameless
  • Playing: at working
  • Eating: healthy
  • Drinking: Not so much...
"-- And also like all men, perhaps there will be an occasion - maybe a summer night sometime - when he'll look up from what he's doing and listen to the distant music of a calliope, and hear the voices and the laughter of his past. And perhaps across his mind, there'll flit a little errant wish, that a man might not have to become old, never outgrow the parks and the merry-go-rounds of his youth. And he'll smile then, too, because he'll know that it is just an errant wish, some wisp of memory, not too important really, some laughing ghosts that cross a man's mind."
--Rod Serling, closing narration of 'Walking Distance', October 30th, 1959
  • Listening to: James Hunter
  • Reading: Only Human
  • Watching: Shameless
  • Playing: at working
  • Eating: healthy
  • Drinking: Not so much...
I'm doing a series of horror themed pieces for October. They can viewed in my Heartbreak City folder here: shawnvanbriesen.deviantart.com… This is part of my ramp up to a new comic series I'm working called (you guessed it) Heartbreak City. It's a noir/horror book set in 1930's Los Angeles. As a former Los Angeleno myself I've always had an interest in the city and it's history. All of which is steeped in comedy, horror and tragedy. Please indulge me for this journey in October as I explore my approach to this book.


                
 
      
  • Listening to: Lawrence Arabia
  • Reading: Autonomy
  • Watching: Alphas
  • Playing: at working
  • Eating: healthy
  • Drinking: Not so much...
I came across this on Tumblr today. A repost from Neil Gaiman dealing with women being harassed in public. neil-gaiman.tumblr.com/post/30…

Then a followup here stoya.tumblr.com/post/30981186… Which lead to this unwinona.tumblr.com/post/30861…

Being the father of three daughters myself, I've heard stories exactly like this from them since well before they reached puberty. It's a pretty sad and messed up thing that happens to women and young girls on a daily basis. Not two days ago, it happened to my wife on the college campus she works at. A drunk student asked her out on the basis that he knew her from when he came into the testing center a few weeks earlier. He was drunk then, as well. She told him then that he might in fact be better off not taking a college placement test when he was falling down pissed. Apparently, he took her advice and did indeed get into school. Now he meanders around the campus in a stupor randomly hitting on women. Go figure.

It never seems to matter if they are dressed up and have makeup on. In fact, my wife says she gets harassed more when she's not wearing makeup. Basically, women get harassed because they are female. Which is just wrong. Women don't owe you a conversation just because you've stumbled across them in public. Women aren't bitches/hoes/sluts because they don't want to talk to you. Men really need to take more responsibility for this kind of behavior.
People are taking a stand now. I think that's a good thing. There are several organizations involved.
This is one of them www.ihollaback.org/
  • Listening to: Del Close
  • Reading: Martha in the Mirror
  • Watching: Veronica Mars
  • Playing: Arkham City
  • Eating: You don't?
  • Drinking: ...
I've been having a discussion with:iconlima-juliet: about Doctor Who: Fade Away by Paul Hanley :iconpaulhanley: and myself. She very kindly told me that she thought it was REAL art.

Which I honestly thought was a very kind thing to say -but personally, I don't really consider what I do 'real' art. I use a lot of photo reference (that I shoot myself, mind) I consider myself a commercial illustrator, animator and graphic designer. I've never really thought of myself as an artist per se.

Generally, the commercial work I do is competent and workman like. I do an awful lot of eLearning, web design, commercial illustration, advertising etc. None of which I consider 'art'. But it's lucrative and I have and odd skill set so it works out. It's also seen by a lot more people than any of my DA work. I just don't get credit very often.

My comic work has been mainly licensed properties (Buckaroo Banzai, Doctor Who, Discovery Channel, etc.) -so there's always a lot of photo reference involved because the licensors have that expectation of their freelancers. Also the turnaround on most of the work I do is very tight and using photo ref saves me a lot of time.

I consider people like Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo (the list goes on) to be real artists. It just got me thinking about it and it's nice to be called an artist.
  • Listening to: Del Close
  • Reading: Shada
  • Watching: True Blood
  • Playing: Arkham City
  • Eating: You don't?
  • Drinking: ...