About CTP


Compelling Tales of the Present my first attempt at a comic strip and, admittedly, even I have no idea where it's going sometimes.

I've read comics for as long as I can remember, and I've wanted to make them since about high school. My influences are a long list of cartoonists, artists and writers including John Buscema, Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Bill Watterson, Neil Gaiman, Charles M. Schulz, David Mazzucchelli, Walt Simonson, Alan Moore, Chris Onstad, and a lot more I can't think of right now. P.S. Thank God for the Lambiek Comiclopedia.

I knew I wanted to make something different than the plain vanilla strips in the newspaper. I wanted something that reflected a different side of the tracks without the remorseful tone. Just because kids live in a poor neighborhood or what not doesn't mean the strip has to treat them as casualties of society that should be pitied.

I draw the strip with a regular #2 pencil on cheap bristol from the craft store. Then I ink it using a #4 and a #1 Winsor Newton sable brush (nothing expensive mind you) and Higgins Eternal black permanent ink. If I'm feeling froggy, I'll give it some tone with Prismacolor warm grey markers (all percentages).

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