Appearing at the 2016 Central Canada Comic Con: October 28 – 30

I’ll be exhibiting at this year’s C4 in Winnipeg in the Artist Alley. Wow, I’ve been exhibiting at this show for 10 years now! This year, I’ll be clearing out loads of my older prints: fanart and stickers will be on sale all weekend. I want to shift my focus over to more books and original works in the future, so I’m offering a deal on all fanart prints: $8 each or three for $20. Stickers will now be $1 each. I’ve had a lot of fun doing these over the years, but the time has come for me to focus on marketing originals exclusively. I might do a new fan piece from time to time, but they’ll probably be extremely limited run and online only. I’m also offering mystery bags full of stickers for a major discount… IN SPARKLY…

Read Waterproof – my debut comic – for free!

Today I’m very excited to bring you my new comic Waterproof, launched simultaneously online and at the Prairie Comics Festival. Please give it a read and share it if you enjoyed it! PS: I launched it on social media without realizing I hadn’t put a post on my site yet, so I apologize to anyone who checked and couldn’t find it earlier!

Waterproof

Waterproof: making a full-length comic from planning to printing

I love comics. I want to make comics. But comics are a big challenge for folks without a lot of available resources, whether those resources are available time, work space, obligations, or finances. So I haven’t done it… until now. I’ll be launching my first 32-page comic, Waterproof, at the Winnipeg Prairie Comics Festival this weekend. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. I’m a lone wolf when it comes to making comics. It’s just how I’m comfortable: I write, draw, colour, and letter the whole thing myself, then tackle the design, printing, and web version. I opted for self-publishing because I wanted to do a simultaneous web/print release, with the web version being free to read. I want people to be able to enjoy the story regardless of finances, so a free webcomic version just felt right. The printed…

Women and Fandom and me

On March 30th, I was fortunate enough to be a panelist at McNally Robinson for Women & Fandom, a tie-in to the launch of The Secret Loves of Geek Girls by Bedside Press. Hope Nicholson brought together a varied group of women in Winnipeg’s fan community, and I had a great time hearing about their experiences and responding to questions from the audience. I wanted to get in a few more notes and plugs but we all ran out of time (and I had talked way too much already), so I wrote them up. 1. It’s okay to have a day job if you want to be a creative, and that day job can even help you. I was lucky enough to work in media, which gave me a lot of opportunities for networking and promotions. I’ve also had the…

Designing Aiko 2016 Edition: or, how I spend way too much time on Ai-kon mascot contest entries

Royal Aiko! That’s the theme of this year’s Ai-Kon mascot contest. I was super excited by the thought of the frills and ruffles and opulence that I could add to it. From their posting: What is “Imperial/Royal”? “Royal” is defined as “having the status of a king or queen or a member of their family”. This year, we’re looking for representations of Aiko as any type of monarch, including (but not restricted to) an empress, a queen, princess, etc. Designs are also not restricted to Japanese or British regal courts. A cool tidbit is that this is Ai-Kon’s 15th year! 15 year celebrations are often represented by a rose or a crystal. Feel free to use these elements in your designs, i.e. rose queen or crystal empress. I dove in, and I mean really dove in. I used it as…

Mmm, cake: drawing a dessert illustration for Winterfest

I love cake. It’s one of my number one weaknesses. When I got the chance to do a cake illustration for the Ai-Kon Winterfest art contest, I jumped at it. The design would be made into an actual cake by local bakery Cake-ology and served at the Winterfest cafe, and the winner would get an art table and a chance to eat their creation. CAKE. SERIOUS BUSINESS. So I sat down and began to formulate my entry. My number one focus was taste. After all, if I had to eat it at the cafe, why would I make something covered in gross fondant? I wanted to harken back to humble birthday cakes, the kind that (as previously linked) Cake-ology is superb at making. It had to have all the elements of sweet handmade cakes of childhood while still hosting a…

Instagram sketching

Instagram it up

I’ve used Instagram only as a throwaway tool for testing things for other folks. I’m not too keen on reducing life to a photograph, personally. However, I do a ton of sketching and creative work I’d rather not post here, but would still like to share so people can see some of my techniques and tools and other creative endeavors. For the most part, my Instagram feed will include sketches, in-progress pieces, comic scripts, photography, costume building, sculpting, woodworking, and some delightful arts and crafts. So please feel free to follow @jamieisfeld and enjoy!

The power of paper: paper comics versus digital

Despite my digital background, I’m a big fan of paper these days. Namely, books: comic collections, graphic novels, and manga. The tactile sensation of a comic is one of its most enjoyable features. In fact, this is probably why I didn’t think I liked comics for many, many years: I hated the western style of a 32-page, flimsy paper product. When I was a kid, I would pore over Far Side collections and trade paperbacks scrounged from yard sales, but completely avoid the outputs of Marvel and DC. It just didn’t feel right: the books were the wrong size in my hands, the paper was too thin, they were floppy and awful and easy to crease. Manga volumes were revolutionary for me once I moved to a big city and could finally start discovering them: they felt good to read.…

Coping with Copics

I never, ever expected to be a marker person. When I was younger, we didn’t have a lot of money for art supplies, so I turned to the infinite canvas of digital work very early on. But like many kids, I started out with cheap pencils and markers on paper, and eventually a need for a natural medium to execute commissions at conventions drove me to try out Copic markers. I didn’t love Copics that much at first. Lacking the patience for physical media, I only used them every once in a while, and rarely pulled them out when not at a convention. After slowly building up my collection as I needed “just one more” to finish different stickers and characters, I started to feel the power. Sketch by Sketch, I amassed an army. Other than a box of Ciaos…

Rough drafts of comic pages

Writing for comics: scripts, sketches and storyboards

Other than a few brief forays into comics as a younger artist – mostly the newspaper-style, though some western comics were attempted – I’ve been scared of writing them for years. Why? It’s unlike writing anything else I’ve done before. In either professional or personal capacity, I’ve done short stories, novels, novellas, short-form news stories and long-form editorials. I’ve written technical manuals, how-tos, choose-your-own-adventures, poetry, video game plots, stage plays and video scripts. I’ve done storyboarding for commercials and short films. Writing wasn’t scary, of course: writing comics was. I was petrified of the idea of them, actually. Comics are “written” in images and compositions and assumptions; they have a dialect all their own. When in the planning stages, how do you do that? Do you draw them out first? Do you write it like a stage play? Poring over…