Friday, November 13, 2015

PALS WITH THE BIG G: What is asked

Hey all!

Another update regarding my thoughts on the Christian faith. But don't worry! I've got tons of art updates coming too, so if philosophy isn't your cup of tea, there's some new things to look forward to!

Anyway, follow the jump to read the rest of the article!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Wow, it's been a long time since I've posted! In between my activity on Tumblr and Tapastic, my poor blog and Deviant Art have really been left behind and unattended. Maybe it was for the better, since between the last post and now, I've learned to really value brevity.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Zombie Shark Bear Episode 0 Part 4

Pages 13 and 14 of Zombie Shark Bear, Episode 0.
Thanks to everyone who helped me get this comic finished!

Pages 15 -17 of Zombie Shark Bear Episode 0
Episode 0 actually ends in the middle of the upcoming Episode 2. Since the series is set up to have an episodic feeling and is set up to have a TV show feeling, I gave it a to be continued page and next episode preview using my rough layouts for the next chapter!

Zombie Shark Bear Episode 0 Part 3

Pages 9 and 10 of Zombie Shark Bear Episode 0.
On Aqua, the primary law enforcement concern is keeping outbreaks from occurring.

Pages 11 and 12 of Zombie Shark Bear Episode 0.
With the end of the film, the comic reverts to its normal art style.

Zombie Shark Bear Episode 0 Part 2

Pages 5 and 6 of Zombie Shark Bear Episode 0.
The story takes place on a planet called Aqua since there are other stories going on at Earth right now. Zombies are nothing new on Aqua and humans have been dealing with them for hundreds of years already, and have finally reached the point in their medical advancement where the disease can be controlled in populated areas.
I went with this setting because we rarely ever get a glimpse at a world well after the fall to zombies and they’ve become commonplace.

Pages 7 and 8 of Zombie Shark Bear Episode 0.
I wanted to do something a little different with the zombies in Zombie Shark Bear, and to make the disease a little more like an actual disease, it affects people in different ways with a wide range of severity. So, we can have classic, mindless zombies all the way up to a mildly affected person who may-or-may-not become a serial killer.

Zombie Shark Bear Episode 0 Part 1

First two pages of my original online comic, Zombie Shark Bear. The look of these pages were inspired by the gritty feel of grindhouse cinema and this particular episode as a whole is designed to have a public service announcement film type of feel. 

Pages three and four of Zombie Shark Bear Episode 0
Keeping with the rough look of the intro, the art style I used on these pages was heavily influenced by Gekidan Inu Curry’s witch labyrinth scenes fromMadoka Magica.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


So, it feels like it's been twelve million years since I last wrote one of these opinion posts that wasn't religiously skewed, but really, that's just how good Marvel Studios and Netflix's new Daredevil series is. I even did fan art!

If you're looking for a full-fledged review of the series, you can find those at many other sites. This post is more of me just gushing about the series and a basic run down of my favorite parts of the show.

1. The Black Costume-

As soon as the Matt Murdock's black costume was revealed last year, the question everyone was asking was where was his iconic red costume and what would it look like? Despite poor reviews on the film itself, Ben Affleck's Daredevil costume was actually pretty good looking, so how the new version would compare was a pretty hot topic.

But I actually really like the super basic black costume Charlie Cox's Murdock sports for the majority of the series. It really drives home that Daredevil is a street-class hero and sets him apart from Iron Man and Captain America. I also appreciate the callback to Daredevil's original live action appearance in The Trail of The Incredible Hulk, which continues the MCU's reverence to the series started in the previous MCU film, The Incredible Hulk.

2. The Leads-

I really, really enjoy Charlie Cox's take on the often-conflicted character Matt Murdock. There's a good mix of vulnerability, compassion and conviction in the performance that really underscore's Murdock's need to be Daredevil. I also enjoyed his chemistry with his supporting cast, especially co-star Elden Henson's Foggy Nelson.

Of course, I can't not talk about Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk, whose multi-layered portrayal of the character make him as relatable as our hero. Even though Fisk is the primary antagonist of the series, it's still painful watching him lose so much as the story progresses. Another nice touch was introducing the character in a scene showcasing his social awkwardness and having a slow build to his first villainous scene.

3. The Sidekicks-

Really, I think I would have liked to put this topic above the leads because, for me, it was the side kick characters that really stood out and built up their respective sides of the story.

Foggy really brings the humanity to Murdock that keeps him from being too brooding and too distant from the people he's protecting. The conflict between himself and Murdock is also handled really well and I was pleased that it played out the way it did.

On the villain side of things, Kingpin has his own confident in James Wesley, his savvy secretary played by Toby Leonard Moore, whose wholehearted and genuine care and devotion to his boss makes the character really endearing despite his evil bent. To be honest, Wesley is my favorite character from the series and is definitely in my top 5 favorite MCU characters.

4. The Big Picture-

Like all things related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Daredevil references the world's history and sows the seeds of it's future. Daredevil's journalist ally, Ben Urich's office features framed newspaper clips recalling scenes from The Incredible Hulk and The Avengers. Later episodes tease directions for future Daredevil adventures and feature hints at characters that have yet to appear. Even Daredevil's bandanna is worn in similar style to future hero Iron Fist's costume.

5. The Fights-

Finally, the action choreography in Daredevil follows a very close second to the action in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, making fights visceral and realistic. The anything-goes-style of the fights further sets this series apart from the rest of the MCU; even on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D fights focus much more on martial arts and putting foes down in as few hits as possible, in Daredevil, we get normal guys fighting normal guys and it really adds to the girt of the series.

All in all, Daredevil was an amazing production and really stands out even amongst the incredible pedigree of Marvel Studios' projects. The series is long and rich enough to really savor, but also short enough to warrant multiple viewings. Definitely a series well worth your time, whether viewing it a few episodes at a time, or as a binge watching affair.

Monday, April 6, 2015

PALS WITH THE BIG G PART 20: To Be Continued...

Well, this is it... the last Lenten post for this year, but as the title implies, I'll still be doing these kinds of posts every now and then, and hopefully this time on a more regular basis than before.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

PALS WITH THE BIG G 19: The Simple Things

Happy Easter to all my friends, family, and readers!

Well, we've finally reached the end of the Lenten season, which means today I will be posting my final two articles in this project. This is the first.

PALS WITH THE BIG G PART 18: The Want to Give

Final post for Holy Saturday 2015...


This is so much later than I was planning on posting, but does it matter? My view counts are at zero anyway... screw it! Part two of today's posts!

Saturday, April 4, 2015


First post for Holy Saturday...

PALS WITH THE BIG G PART 15: The Sign of the Cross

My final post for Good Friday, 2015 is pretty topical and builds on some of my past posts.

Friday, April 3, 2015

PALS WITH THE BIG G PART 14: Self Inflicted Damage

Today's post, Part Two!


Well, here we are Good Friday and I'm still in the low teens with my post count... Pretty disappointed I've only made it this far, but it has been a really, really busy last few months and last time I was doing this project I was able to fully commit to it since it was the only project I had running at the time... Still I really wish I could have done better. Anyway, I'm shooting for ending the Lenten season with 20 posts, which means three today, three tomorrow, and a final post on Easter Sunday.

Let's get started! The first post is going to be simple...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pals with the Big G 12: In The Details

So far behind...

Luckily, I'm making great headway with one of my other projects, so hopefully that'll translate into more writing time for me in the very near future.

Monday, March 16, 2015

PALS WITH THE BIG G 11: The fine print

Today's post is going to build off of the sermon given today by the Pastor of my church. It was an excellent homily about the harsh reality of being a Christian and all that entails.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

PALS WITH THE BIG G VOL. 9: A matter of pride

Well now that I am at least 10 days behind, I am going to be redoubling my efforts to post on a regular basis and get caught up before the end of the season. 

So let's cut to the chase!

Saturday, March 7, 2015


So I suppose I'm pretty bad at keeping up with this blog assignment on a day-to-day basis. Looking at it metaphorically, I guess it could be said that this blog is a reflection of life- hopes and ambitions are there, but life gets in the way of making those happen. But that's why we need God- to give us the drive and the encouragement to keep going.

Monday, March 2, 2015

PALS WITH THE BIG G PART 7: Patience with Faith

Pretty tired today, so we're going to go ahead and dive right in to my topic.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pals with the Big G Part 6

Wow, I am really behind here, aren't I?

This is supposed to be a daily blog post, but here it is day 11 of Lent and I'm only on my 6th article. Seems like double duty is imminent at this point and I may have to really keep my thoughts on the topics brief and to the point. Which is probably for the better anyway.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

PALS WITH THE BIG G Part 5: I love science!

Okay, so I've come to the realization that doing a daily blog on top of having a full time day job, an active social life, and drawing two full color comics is hard... REALLY HARD!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Pals with the Big G Day 4: Enjoy Everything

While I do like writing about my faith and my thoughts on it, it gets difficult to think of something to write about everyday and sometimes I don't even feel like writing. So today I'm just going to write about things I enjoy.

Saturday, February 21, 2015


I'm going to keep it short with this entry, guys.

Friday, February 20, 2015


No subtitle for this entry. Just the generic "Day 2."

Thursday, February 19, 2015

PALS WITH THE BIG G: Ash Wednesday 2015

It's been a long while since I've posted anything on this blog and for that I apologize.

I don't know how many people actually keep up with my blog posts (though it's not really that difficult to track), but if you are a regular reader, please know that though I have not been updating my status here on a regular basis, my life has been anything but dull.

ZOMBIE SHARK BEAR and GREMLIN WORLD are both being regularly published on Tapastic and soon my Tumblr, Aswembar (Nom Nom Art Collective) has been cleared for a table at the San Diego Comic Con again, and my writing collaborator and I have been hard at work on a brand new short story we hope to have out in time for summer.

I've also been attending regular art meet ups, keeping up with Spider-Verse, Endgame, and one of my new favorite comics, Boku no Hero Academia, and watching The Flash, Agent Carter, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, and Log Horizon. Guilty Gear Xrd has taken up a pretty good chunk of time, as well. I've even been able to try a slew of new restaurants and exotic new foods- needless to say, I have not been bored.

That said, the Lenten season is upon us again, and I've decided to revisit my daily blog post project that brought me a lot of enjoyment back in 2013. I feel like I have grown a lot as a person since that last project both in my faith and as a person, and so I think further reflection will take me on to bigger and brighter things.