Ring Out the Old

lucy_yawn So, I gotta say, 2009 was a good year. I can't say I accomplished a ton, but having baby and publishing my first comic is enough to satisfy me. It's interesting how focusing on a couple of simple things can really pay off.

With that in mind I wanted to put the word out about what you can expect from yours truly for 2010. Nothing complicated, but here it goes:

1. I'm continuing with comics. I'm working on a story for an anthology, and I'll start thumb-nailing the next Green Monk graphic novel. It'll be a much larger story, so I'm looking to 2011 before I actually publish it, but you'll see much of the work on my blog as I work on it. They'll be plenty of news about this as the year rolls along.  I'll also post my concept art work, as I'm able to. You can expect new art a couple of times every week.

2. I'm starting a new feature on my blog called Theory Thursdays. I really enjoy writing about theory, and people seem to like what I write, so I'm going to start doing it every Thursday, starting January 7th. While the theme of the blog posts is theory there will be discussions on process and philosophy of art and storytelling as well. You can see past samples of these types of articles here:

The Jackie Chan Formula

Why I Love Miyazaki

What is Motivation?

Beware the Tortured Artist

3. I'm planning on doing quite a bit of traveling this year, and I'm going to try and hit a lot of conventions around the country.  Here's a short list of shows I'm looking at:

Staple! -- Austin, TX

Stumptown -- Portland, OR

PDX -- Portland, OR

Kids Read Comics -- Dearborn, MI

Toronto Comic Arts Festival -- CANADA

Craft Lake City -- Salt Lake City, UT

SPX -- Bethesda, MD

I'm also considering the Phoenix Comic-Con and doing APE again, but I haven't decided yet. Let me know if you have any suggestions for other shows I could attend.

4. Last I'm going to start drawing live every Monday at 7pm MST (that's Utah time). My live show will be available on the ArtCast Network and over Ustream. It'll cover whatever work I happen to be doing that evening. I've run a couple of live tests already, and here's a little taste of the type of stuff I'll be working on:


You can stay tuned by adding my blog to your blog reader of choice or following me on twitter. As always, feel free to contact me if you have comments or questions: brandondaytonATgmail.com

Thanks everyone for a great 2009, and here's to an even better 2010!