I'm A Crafty Bastard!

If you find yourself in the nation's capital this weekend, take a couple hours on Sunday and check out the Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair. I'll be among the dozens of vendors at this Washington City Paper-sponsored arts and crafts fair, and it looks exceedingly cool! Here's the official description, from the City Paper's website: "Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair is a juried exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper Classifieds Department. The fair is all-day, outdoors, free to attend, and will offer goods for sale, food, entertainment, prizes, and more!"

I've never exhibited or attended before, mainly due to the fact that it the date falls so close to the Small Press Expo, but the fab folks at the City Paper offered me some free space this year, and it was just too good an offer to even think about passing up. I'm anxious to see how I do with a new audience, and Mrs. Chappy's been wanting to check it out as well, so everybody wins!

I'll also have a new book in tow...The amazing Wide Awake 666 Anthology is here! It turned out even better than I expected...the fellas did an awesome job putting it all together, and I think you're gonna love it.

So get crafty, you bastards!


Fed Up

If you're an Entertainment Weekly reader, grab your copy of the most recent issue (the one with BATTLESTAR GALACTICA on the cover) . Now take a gander at the letters page and tell me you don't agree completely.



I've been working the last couple of days on a pin-up for Kevin Freeman and Stan Yan's highly entertaning SubCulture comic, the first issue of which hits the streets this fall. Here are a few sketches of the female lead, the sassy, cynical Noel, just to get a feel for the character.

Then I set in to tackle the actual pinup... I figured Noel seemed like the type of girl who'd sit on the roof of her apartment building and drink a tallboy out of a paper bag, so that's the image I went with:

I thought the pose was a little stiff though, so I had her slouch a little more for the final:

I stared inking it this afternoon, so it oughta be finished soon...I'll check with Kevin and see if it's cool to post the final!



Exciting news: Richmond has a new free alt-weekly newspaper! Since the phenomenal PUNCHLiNE went tits-up back in 2002, the city has been sorely lacking a real alternative newsrag (the affable but boring STYLE and abominable WADI nonwithstanding). Finally, it's here. It's called BRiCK....and better yet, it's being headed up by PUNCHLiNE editor Pete Humes, whose vision, hard work and hilarious writing always made that paper so worth picking up. I expect great things.

I'd been saving this news to announce once some content made it up on the website, but I decided I didn't want to wait any longer!

Here's an illo I did for the first issue of BRiCK, from a short column on podcasts worth checking out...specifically the ZenCast. Mrs. Chappy says it'd look good on a t-shirt. (Coincidentally, I'm about one-third of the way through Osamu Tezuka's massive, fantastic BUDDHA graphic novel series, although that book has very little to do with this image.)


Several months back, I sent a bunch of ideas for gag cartoons in to the fine folks at Nickelodeon, and much to my relief, they thought a couple of them were funny enough to buy and run in their magazine! Since this one ran in the July issue, I feel at this point that it's safe to reproduce here whithout violating any agreements or anything...when the next one (which is much funnier, by the way) is published, I'll let you know!


Fire, Flood and Probably Famine Too

This illo is from the current issue of Richmond Magazine, for an article about all the reasons to spring for homeowners insurance.


Well, the big storm has come and gone and we're pretty much none the worse for wear. It was kinda cool, actually, as powerful, extreme weather that ultimately does no substantial damage can be. Sure, it was kinda inconvenient that our power was out the majority of yesterday afternoon... but I managed to do some work at the coffee shop down the street, so that was all right. And as of right now (noon Saturday), our cable is still out, which makes me look like that more of a genius for picking up season three of Arrested Development the other day (and gets Mrs. Chappy out of the house to see a movie for once). Our basement didn't flood. The drainage channel I built last spring worked like a charm. It really was the best you could hope from a hurricane.


Wow, three posts the entire month of August. That's shameful. My apologies.