Artist Showcase: Erika Moen

Since this past weekend has revolved around comics, our artist showcase of this week is illustrated storyteller (aka comic artist) Erika Moen!

I have been a close follower of Erika’s popular comic series Dar: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary since I was in high school (that makes it a total of 8 years). Basically, Dar is Erika’s autobiography in pictures. Each strip is a scene or event that actually happened at some point in her life; they range from serious to funny to the absolutely bizarre, but each one has a punch to it. On a personal note, when I was in high school and just starting college, I found solace in her words, especially when she spoke of her own experiences wrestling with her sexual identity. It helped me not only find myself, but her comics helped me to explain it to my family. My coming out letter to my mother contained two of Erika’s comics (one and two) that explained to her what I was going through better than I ever could (by the way, thanks for that Erika).

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Besides Dar, Erika is a very talented illustrator, with artwork published in several different books and anthologies and a large number of gallery exhibits under her belt. She has been employed by the likes of LAIKA where her talents were put to work on the feature-length new movie Coraline. She lives and works in Portland, OR where she resides with her husband Matt.

You can more Erika Moen art and info here:
Portfolio Site: Erika Moen
Comic Series: DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary
Livejournal: erikamoen
Twitter: @erikamoen

I’m a Lying Fire-Pants of a Liar.

I totally lied. I am not camping, nor did I ever leave town for that matter. We got about twenty minutes into the drive and changed our minds. We’re going camping in two weeks closer to home, but for now, I’m here. Hi. Expect a large amount of blog posts soon as I catch up on my “To-Blog” list.

I have been working on something though… have a peak:

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Coding is in the works. Hope everyone had a great Monday!

Gone Camping!

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Hey guys – tomorrow I leave for a long-awaited camping trip/family reunion/my grandparents’ anniversary celebration. I’ll be gone to Wisconsin till August 1st, but then it’s down to Austin for a bit for some moving business and an interview. I’ll have a better chance at getting some blogging done while in Austin considering my limited resources at home. Thankfully, we will be fixing Ash’s laptop soon which means we’ll be back to having two computers instead of one which means back to full-time work for both of us. But that’s then and this is now. Tomorrow I shall choose the winner of the Comic-Con Contest (you still have today to enter) and I will email him or her. The rest of tonight will be devoted to packing last minute items and then getting to bed earlier. I want to get an early start in the morning.

I say that and yet somehow we always end up leaving around 4 in the afternoon. We’ll see what happens. Bon Voyage! I hope we don’t get lost in the woods…

EDIT 7/22: Congratulations to Adam for winning the Comic-Con Contest. An email has been sent to in regards to your prize. I hope you enjoy your new movie!

Comic Book Heroes and the Contest!

Growing up, I loved comic books.

Yeah, who am I kidding? I never grew up, and I still love comic books. Graphic novels. Writings with pictures. The works. It started with X-Men and Archie, became an obsession with Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, and culminated into a fascination with how art evolved in comics throughout the years. I love learning about comic histories and back stories of superheroes. Really, I just love comic book heroes in general, so I thought I’d share with you a few of my favorites.

The Comic Book Heroes!

Storm (Marvel)
Best Known From: X-Men
Storm
Ororo Iqadi T’Challa, the daughter of a Kenyan Princess and an African photojournalist, was a promising thief in Cairo when she met Professor X of the X-Men. He saw within her great potential and took her under his wing. With the X-Men, she became one of its leaders and the beautifully dangerous Storm was born.

Beast Boy (DC Comics)
Best Known From: Teen Titans
Beast Boy
Garfield Mark “Gar” Logan had the unfortunate mishap of being bitten by a green monkey when he was a boy, and due to the medicine given to him to save his life, his own skin turned green and his powers to shape-shift were established. Beast Boy (or Changeling as he was known as for awhile) was a part of the Doom Patrol and later the Teen Titans.

Batwoman (DC Comics)
Best Known From: Batman
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Batwoman is the alter ego of Katherine “Kate” Kane and was originally the love interest of Batman in the 50s. The modern Batwoman, however, is a Jewish lesbian with several tattoos and a punk persona. Like Batman, her powers rely more on her feminine-disguised gadgets rather than any super human powers.

Abe Sapien (Dark Horse Comics)
Best Known From: Hellboy
Abe Sapien
Abraham “Abe” Sapien is an Icthyo sapien, which can best be described as a “merman.” Originally a man named Langdon Everett Caul who was turned into his current appearance by an underwater deity and a misplaced ritual, was saved by Hellboy a century later from curious scientists who named him Abraham after the date that was written on the side of the tube they found him in: April 14, 1865 (the day Lincoln was shot).

Death (Vertigo)
Best Known From: The Sandman
Death
The second oldest of the family of Endless, Death is the only one not tied with limitations. She is portrayed as a young goth girl, perky, with an silver ankh around her neck. She comes to humans when they are born and when they die, and one day a century, she becomes a mortal doomed to die to better understand those she works with.

The Comic-Con Contest

In exactly ten days from today, Comic Con will take over San Diego, and in honor of this event, I have decided to hold a contest, because who doesn’t love winning free stuff? Since I can’t actually attend the event, I thought this would be a fun way to take part.

The Rules

01. You may comment one time on this entry.
02. Tell me who your favorite Superhero or Comic book character is and why.
03. On the first day of Comic Con (July 22rd – 12:01am) the contest will end and I will pull together all the entries and randomly pick a winner.
04. The winner will be announced here and receive an email by the last day of Comic Con (July 26th).

The Prize

Hancock The winner of the contest will receive a brand new unwrapped DVD copy of Hancock: 1-Disc Unrated Edition. Hancock is a movie about a down-and-out super hero who has kind of fallen to the wayside until a friendly publicist decides to turn things around for him. Unfortunately, neither took into account the publicist’s wife. The movie features Will Smith and Charlize Theron and was directed by Peter Berg. It is rated PG-13 and is a total of 102 minutes long.

So what are you waiting for? Comment with your favorite Comic book character and enter the contest – it’s free, so why not join in? Everyone loves winning.