Friday, June 29, 2012


You may know this about me already, but I'm a big fan of comic books. I tend to follow my favorite artists from book to book, rather than being loyal to particular characters, and I'm pretty picky about the artists I like. In most cases, comic books are supposed to come out once a month, meaning that the artists must draw 22 pages of story and in most cases a cover each month. I get excited about the comics that are scheduled to come out and become really bummed out when those artists announce delays to the books they're drawing. Due to the "high in-demand" nature of most of my favorite comic book artists, and the meticulous nature of their artwork, compounded by the fact that usually just drawing comics won't pay the bills for these guys and they have to take outside work as well, I often suffer through huge delays from my favorite artists.

I say all this because I want you to know that I always have that on my mind when there are delays in this comic strip. I'm currently trying to develop a specific look for some of the story panels of our upcoming story arc, but am having some trouble because it's unlike anything I've really done before and, while it's stretching me in a good way, it's taking some time to really get it to look like what I sort of see in my head.

I'm also trying to work towards developing an illustration portfolio, and that's taking up time as well. If you're interested, you can see some of the work I've been doing recently at: I just finished moving my site over to a Wordpress based site so that I can easily update things, and have a blog. If you're interested, you can read some little stories that my Search and Research co-writer, Jason Watts, and I have collaborated on too. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

 - Eli

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Search and Research #161

Over the past few years of drawing this strip, I've noticed that sometimes I'll sit down to draw a strip and everything just flows, from the clarity of the idea in my mind to my ability to draw it. Other times, I'll have a clear idea in my head, but when it comes to actually drawing it I seem to do more erasing than actual drawing. This strip fell into the latter category. It also doesn't help I've been sick for the past few days. Anyway, here it is. Enjoy!