First off let’s get the link out of the way: http://tapastic.com/sandpaperdaisy
If you hit that, you’ll see my profile on there. On the far right is the Series column, and I am going to be stuffing that column in the months to come! The first of these is called Awake.
Awake premiered in Winter 2006 and came from my own life. I was newly married, slowly learning to stop objectifying my husband and start loving the real, three-dimensional imperfect man. The first stages of my love, where I thought of him as my angel who was there to fix me, were more empty…an emotional echo-chamber. Once I recognized him as a complex human, someone wholly apart from myself, our love became more rich, warm and satisfying.
Awake will update once a week, every Monday. It is 30 pages long. But the comics don’t stop there. After Awake, here’s what you’ll see:
The Ruby Machine
The Stone Squirrel with new material: *true ending*
The Pretty Sun
The killing of Dreams
Tales from the Clarkside complete online for the first time
The Ocean with new material, comic finish
That, is going to be a lot of damned comics. And after all those, I will have merely prepared the way for what I truly want to show you.
But first, I invite you to walk the path I have walked. I hope you enjoy yourself as much as I have.
One of my biggest assets that I’ve built over the years is my pile of mistakes. That may sound strange, but to me if a mistake teaches me a lesson, that mistake is very valuable. For me, some of my most valuable mistakes have been BUSINESS MISTAKES. And let me tell you, I’ve made a LOT of mistakes creating comics. Continue reading
…well that was fast! Thanks guys!
Oh and here’s the link.
I debuted this at Cincy Comicon 2014, it collects “The Ruby Machine” and “The Stone Squirrel.” I did a little cover for The Stone Squirrel and messed with the ending pages until I liked them slightly better, it ended up being a 20 page comic. I’ll be offering it for $3 and The Killing of Dreams 45 page horror comic for $5 at Night Gallery 2014, along with some new prints.
Oh and here’s the back cover. Shingo again! That sneaky guy. If you want to see a couple of internal pages there’s three in the COMICS section, as well as a link to The Ruby Machine.
Yes it’s totally live and oh my lord it is GORGEOUS!! You can hear samples, read about the full story behind this creative and deeply involved tribute to comic artists, even get your own copy of the album or the album + the comic!! Run, don’t walk to http://talesfromtheclarkside.com/!
And yes that’s my Amp Head gif, I’m incredibly proud of this simple animation I managed to pull out after taking more and a decade off from doing animations.
Ain’t he cute?
I did two more simple animations which I will post tomorrow and Friday, the first day of our appearance at Cincy Comicon!!
You’ll be hearing about this all week from me no doubt…these are samples from the amazing sintrumental jazz album “Tales from the Clarkside” that my friend Carl Clark is premiering at Cincy Comicon this upcoming Sept. 5-7!! You get more of a feel for the sheer variety and talent of his songs here…as before, accompanied by visuals from the comic I illustrated to accompany the album. He’s used the same pages as his backdrop for this video, so he may not be planning to show new art before our release at Cincy. We’ll see!
Come find us in the Artist Alley!! There’ll be lots of great people there, I’m excited.
That’s right guys, that’s my art with Carl Clark’s fantastic jazz music! We’ll be at Cincy Comicon, Sep. 5-7 in the Artist Alley, with the comic/album set as well as tons more art and comics, including The killing of Dreams and Dog Street: Part 1! Come see us there!
Carl says this song was directly inspired by my piece “Atomic Jazz” and the story behind the picture. I couldn’t be more proud to have inspired such gorgeous tunes! I’ve heard most of the album, it’s mindblowing. Every song is different and they all highlight a different wonderful artist. You don’t want to miss this! If he releases any more music I’ll share it here, I promise. It’s awesome.
And boy does it feel nice. There I am, in the new submissions on the front page!
As you can see, I’m competing with Batman and the Powerpuff Girls among other great titles. I doubt those are good odds. But hey! Being placed on the virtual shelf with these industry comics feels pretty great nonetheless.
Here’s the link to my page: http://cmxl.gy/1jREVom
And a shot of it.
Check it out, his hand and arm aren’t done! CrAZy!!
This young man is about to go pick some flowers. Or was, several years ago, before I mysteriously stopped drawing him and NEVER STARTED AGAIN. I actually don’t know why…??
Other old/unfinished art from The Balance: Resurrection Field||Resurrection Men||White Robe||Balance sketch001||More old artwork
Here we have a character of mine, Burke, standing in a field of chrysanthemums. This was originally intended to be the front cover of the first comic in The Balance series. The back cover would naturally feature my other Resurrection Man, Hare. I picked chrysanthemums simply because I love the movie Curse of the Golden Flower and so I will always associate this flower with sinister and horrible things.
The Resurrection Men pop up again here and here are my other old Balance art posts: More old comic art from The Balance || The White Robe || The Balance sketch001
The Ruby Machine 6 page comic has been uploaded in full to read from this website, enjoy!
I forgot to post this yesterday, whoops! Anyway, I’ve got plenty of old drawings and concepts from The Balance so I’ll just go ahead and throw another one out there. At the bottom I have a larger version since it’s a wide picture.
I’m deep in the middle of a bunch of contract work at the moment, but I plan to try and do one of my more detailed blog posts soon. Lots of shows to cover and review for example, and I have some animation projects coming up.
Related posts: The White Robe || Resurrection Men || The Balance sketch001
I promised a month back in this post that I’d be featuring more pieces of art related to my comic project, The Balance. Here’s another one! If the mood seems kind of sinister, I did okay. This is from quite a long time ago…possibly 2009.
Related posts: The Balance sketch001
I promised back in my Plague Doctor post that I would post my 30 day NaNoManGo project, The Ocean concept sketches, soon. Today seems just as good a day as any! These are daily concept sketches for my developing comic “The Ocean,” done in November 2013. As you may be able to tell, the comic will deal with the Black Plague during medieval times.
And for the rest, you’ll just have to wait and see…
They’re all March 2006 News4U and they all say “Best Wishes Heather” like the one at the end of this post.
But yeah, how crazy is life? Here’s the strip he autographed:
The strip is about the process of making the righthand piece from this post. Is the madness starting to make sense yet??
Here it is! http://www.indyplanet.com/front/?product=109508
44 pages printed, all color, with pin-ups, $5.99. I am incredibly thrilled about this and pleasantly surprised. I FINALLY have it in print, online somewhere for people to buy. Who knows what approach I’ll ultimately end up taking with my comics, but I finally took my first big step getting this one out there!!
A note about the IndyPlanet digital download pricing:
You may notice a $0.99 digital download option. That was entirely my fault, I didn’t notice the “digital download” field when I set up the listing. I actually intend for all digital downloads to be $2.99 to be in line with the Kindle listing, where a comic of The killing of Dreams’ file size can’t be listed for such a low price. However, several comics have already sold at $0.99 so I’m in a rather interesting position at the moment! The only solution I can think of that will confuse the least amount of people (hopefully) is to honor this price mistake until my comic goes off the front page of IndyPlanet. So feel free to take advantage of my mistake! Don’t worry I’ll still be making a bit of money so you’re not ripping me off or costing me money.
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Contact: Heather Landry, firstname.lastname@example.org
Local artist publishes horror/dark fantasy comic, “the killing of dreams.”
Heather Landry’s 42-page comic one-shot explores forbidden love and coming-of-age themes as well.
Evansville, IN – Award-winning artist Heather Landry is extremely active in the local art scene, recently helping to organize the wildly successful 2nd annual Franklin Street Earth Day Art Crawl. Her work has been featured in numerous local shows and galleries including the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation Gallery and a solo show at PG Gallery and Cafe, and her light-hearted autobiographical comic “Things Fall Apart” appeared in the local entertainment magazine News4U from 2004-2008. An active member of the Arts Council of Doom, a local counter-culture art movement, Landry is exploring darker themes with The killing of Dreams.
“Most of my artwork is based on my own dreams and this comic is no exception,” says Landry, who goes by Sandpaperdaisy online. “The killing of Dreams began with a nightmare I woke up from one morning in 2006. Now almost a decade later, I’ve finally been able to realize my dream in concrete form and offer it to others.”
The comic preserves its nightmarish feeling through the use of limited colors and heavy shadows, a stylized “painterly” approach and a closed-set feel leaving the reader feeling uneasily trapped with the disturbing events unfolding before their eyes. The story centers around two girls, Claire and Else, who find their tenuous relationship threatened by deadly forces beyond their comprehension.
Landry is new to publishing and her humorous article “Everything I did wrong when I tried to make a digital comic file” offers an unblushing perspective–as well as helpful pointers–to anyone interested in the rigors of self-publishing in the digital age. This article as well as information on her new book and all her other shows and projects can be seen at http://sandpaperdaisy.com. Right now Landry is finishing a new project to debut at Cincy Comicon, coming up this September 5-7. After that she will be working on several new comic projects including Dog Street, a compilation thematically centered around childhood and the horrifying and nonsensical wonderland associated with it. Her published comic short The Ruby Machine will appear in this compilation and is available to read online.
You can also find Landry on Twitter as @sandpaperdaisy and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SandpaperdaisyArt
Her new book “The killing of Dreams” is available on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K1WBM3Q and is available in print from IndyPlanet here: http://www.indyplanet.com/front/?product=109508
As promised! Wow, where to begin.
First off I will start off by saying this is referring to creating a .mobi file with the Kindle Comic Creator to be used as a kindle book for sale on Amazon. I made digital files for Comixology and IndyPlanet as well, but all that involved was sending them a .zip file of nice huge .tiff images and they do they rest!
…not so with Kindle. Continue reading