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Fire Fighter

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted. Lots of things in the works that are an excuse: the day job, freelance, prepping the book for press and taking some time off to go back to the States. Gertrude and I even shot a wedding for friends (if the bride and groom are down, we’ll post some pics later). Autumn is upon us and it’s time to get back to business. More to come, I promise.

But for now, here’s a firefighter.

On holiday, I went back to my old Brooklyn neighbourhood in Prospect Heights. When I was there, the two biggest industries around the neighbourhood were the Phoenix Halfway House for recovering addicts and Pintchik Hardware. Phoenix and Pintchik are both still there, but so is that most eclectic collection of boutique stores I’ve ever seen. I mean, a comic book store? What’s the world coming to?

Seriously, though, I went in to Bergen Street comics (a very cool, very good comic shop: kills me that it wasn’t there when I was) and picked up Daytripper, an Eisner award winner this year for its twin Brazilian Brother Artists, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. Do yourself a favour and pick up this book. It’s gorgeous and compelling.

And inspiring. I’ve been sticking with contour line drawing for all of “Trailer Park”. But looking at Moon’s gorgeous brush work (reminiscent of Paul Pope) and the colours of Hellboy’sDave Stewart, got me excited to try something different.

This firefighter (inspired by talking to Gertrude’s friend Babette who is dating a REAL firefighter) is the result. Looking forward to doing more and playing around with rasters instead of vectors for once…

I’ll post more sketches from the recent US sojourn soon.


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