I’ve been doing more Barbarian strips, lately. I did this to test out my cheap new scanner. I guess it scans fine. It’s not the same though. The old scanner was a big, bulky tugboat of a machine and this new thing is delicate and jittery. I’m going to miss that old beast. She was a good workhorse. I’ll have to get used to the new one. It gets the job done but it chugs along and takes about a minute to scan anything. I guess you get what you pay for.
It is with mixed feelings that I must announce that I will be shutting down Sparkplug this year. I appreciate the opportunities that running Sparkplug has given me and the wonderful people it has introduced me to. I know Sparkplug means a lot to many people and I want to assure you this is not a decision I’ve made lightly. It’s become increasingly difficult for me to balance my day job as assistant manager at an art gallery, my own comics career, and Sparkplug. I don’t have the time to put into nurturing the press and its artists that they deserve. I would like to express my gratitude to people who have joined and helped me on this journey, and everyone who has supported Sparkplug and me in the years since Dylan’s passing. You will always have a place in my heart. My plan right now is to spend about five more months as Sparkplug - tabling at LAZF, Linework and CAKE - and then close up shop. The back catalog will be transferred to Marc Arsenault of Alternative Comics - a person who takes great care in promoting older titles. Until then, the online shop will remain open, with plenty of Sparkplug’s wonderful selection to choose from.
Again, thank you all. It’s been an honor to publish in this community.
-Virginia February 18, 2016
I finally started a short story I’ve been kicking around a while. It’s called This Is All We Have. It’s sort of a western. Here’s a very short video of me inking page three. It’s a simple page, without a lot of bells and whistles, so I’m not really sure why I decided to record drawing it. I always get a kick out of seeing people draw and work out ideas though, so maybe you will too.
A silly 4 pager from a few years back. I did this for a pal of mine and his lady-friend. Quite a few in-jokes.
This is from about six or seven years ago. It’s one of a million projects that never really went anywhere. It’s pretty horrible looking. I’m happy that the car turned out okay without looking too photo-referenced and the goopy ghost at the bottom is pretty neat, I guess.
The plan was to do a fun horror story without any words. I still want to try that sometime. I rely on dialogue in my comics. Almost all my characterization comes from dialogue and narration, propped up by body language and visual cues. The visual aspect of my comics, in terms of raw storytelling and character, always takes a backseat. I wanted to do away with the things I think I’m good at and try to challenge other parts of my brain. I also like the idea of stories that anyone can read, regardless of reading level or what language they were raised with.
This particular story was going to be based heavily on Dracula. The dude in the car was supposed to be a Jonathan Harker type. Kind of dumb but maybe I’ll try a different approach to something like this one of these days.
these are from 2008 or so. I colored them with coffee and it turned out pretty cool. Elijahbrubaker.com
Pages from my biographical comic book, Reich, are available to buy if you’re into that sort of thing. The above pages are $120 each US, plus shipping. Any other page from the book is also up for purchase, at around the same price, depending on availability. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
This isn’t embarrassing at all. I have tons of confidence and everyone thinks I’m cool. www.patreon.com/brubaker
Hey ya ding-dongs, I’m posting new pages over at my website. I’ll try to have new stuff up two or three times a week. Thanks for listening.
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