Monday, December 26, 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas, from W. Hollywood Ave.

JD, Gary, and I hope wherever you are, you're enjoying the season;
we'll be waiting for santa by a nice roaring fire.

Monday, December 19, 2011

goin' on a holiday (& Vacuum Horror).

Hope everyone had a good weekend. Are you getting into the Christmas spirit yet? Me neither; But I'm trying.

I've been doing my best to post as frequently as possible to keep everyone interested. I realized that doing only one comic a week is much less exciting for those of you who enjoyed checking back for a  daily strip.
Now that I'm done with school I'm going to try to post interesting stuff and drawings as often as possible. 
Also, I'll be starting a new daily project after the new year to keep myself drawing. It's not going to be a daily comic, but a drawing. I'll tell you more about it when I get closer to starting it, but I hope it will keep everyone entertained and interested in what I'm up to.

I probably won't be posting new strips or anything until after Christmas, possibly New Years. I want to take some time away from the computer to decompress. I'll still be drawing though, so keep an eye open for a new update, as well as that daily drawing project I mentioned.

In the meantime I got my hands on a copy of Vacuum Horror #1, a debut comic anthology published and edited by Max Morris. Max is a friend, a great cartoonist, and a maniacal "Shakespeare," of sorts. He was also one of the editors of the second issue of Linework, which would not have been as great without his curatorial eye.

I just sat down and read Vacuum Horror, which features an all-star line-up of contributors (I posted a full list after the photos,) and I have to say it's excellent. It's a who's who of young cartoonists, some of whom this may be your first time seeing their work, who you'll surely be seeing more from. From a visual standpoint it flows fantastically - oozing with a frantic energy.

You can pick up a copy at Qumby's Bookstore (1854 West North Avenue) in Chicago for a reasonably priced eight dollars (which will hopefully fund a second issue, or a wider printing of the first).





Vacuum Horror #1 contains work by
Leslie Weibeler
Dane Martin
Edie Fake
Max Morris
"Brett Koontz"
Onsmith
Andy Burkholder
April Camlin
Anya Davidson
David Alvarado
Paul Nudd
and
Nick Drnaso

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Someday they'll write about the Burnham Mart meeting of the minds.


Here's a counter clockwise rotation of the "jam" comic/exquisite corpse/menu that symbolizes the end of an era. Every week the past two or so years, a few of us columbia college cartoonists killed time before, between, and after classes at Burnham Mart. 

In honor of our last week of classes, we thought we would memorialize our time at Burnham with a huge, group drawing inspired by the menu from the grease-counter half of the convenience store establishment.

The eight panel drawing features each artist taking on a different item from the menu. And the Exquisite corpse done by myself and David Alvarado compliments the "jam" by personifying the average Burnham customer - lotto, liquor, italian beef, and hot pickles.

With it's world-famous gyros and it's 24oz "tall boy" pabsts, Burnham Mart will live in our hearts almost as long as it takes the smell of fried foods to fade from out clothes.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Tiny-kev Blog Post

A few people out there have gotten to see the finished products of a project I spent a while working on this past fall. I thought it was about time I showed some of the pictures I took during the creation of the "Kevin Budnik action figures."

As part of a way to promote my comics and art I decided to make a bunch of little versions of myself out of wooden pieces from the craft store. 


I started with hot-gluing the heads onto the bodies and painting them a nice pinky fleshy tone. At this point the they look pretty much like an army of dicks.


I do pretty much everything at my desk, a simple layer of wax paper kept things neat and provided for easy clean-up.


lets put some hair on those little phalluses.


and pants - to cover their shame.


Here's an expanded view of the desktop, the dolls now have their shirts, pants, and shoes painted on. 


The last step was to draw faces on them. Also this pictures shows a bit of the detail on the plaid shirts - painted the pattern on.


The micron pen ended up working better than the dinky sharpie when it came to drawing on top of acrylic paint.


All done! Ready to be sealed into their packages (which I did make, from cellophane, thought I don't have any photos of them post-packaging handy). I think I remembered counting 47 total. I've given away a bunch of these, but if you're lucky and really nice, you might be able to get your hands on one. They take so long to make that I'd like to be frugal with them though.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Thursday, December 8, 2011

New Website and Final Portfolio!

Hey gang,
If you haven't heard, I've been working on a new website.
Well, that site "launched"yesterday, and I thought I'd take a second to announce it officially here on my blog. You can now browse my portfolio at kevinbudnik.com!

There's still a few things to work out content-wise, I need to organize which pieces I want to showcase there, and re-organize them, but it's looking really cool if you ask me. I can hardly take any credit, the whole site was done by my good friend Matt Soria based on my really rough doodles. He's become a seriously talented web designer in the past year. His skills aren't limited to web though... You can check out his blog to see his other work including sketches, photography (in which he has a degree from Columbia College,) and crap!

I know I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was going to be taking this blog down once the new site went up, but I reconsidered. I think it would be best to keep it as my official blog. So I'll continue posting my weekly comic here as well as the "Comics" section of the new site.
I'm also going to be writing and posting more doodles and photos here. Since the site will be there to collect the comics, I'll have more room to play around with showing you guys cool stuff!

If you care, now you know!

Also, before I go, I wanted to mention that I posted a bunch of pictures of my physical portfolio on flickr. I'm finishing school in (I just realized) exactly one week. Another friend, Lindsay Levita, was talented and generous enough to make the actually book cover for me (I traded her a tiny wooden action figure of myself, which I'll tell you about later) and I filled in the pages. Check out Lindsay's blog here.
Between she and Matt, I owe some big dinners.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Last night I printed and started folding a bunch of Christmas minis. Here's a peek at them! I'm in the middle of cutting and folding them now, but I'll have a handful done by tomorrow.





Starting this week I'll be handing them out - spreading on that holiday cheer thicker than figgy pudding.  If you see me over the holidays make sure you grab one!