I will be appearing at PCC Mini Con in Portland, February 4th and 5th (that’s a Thursday and Friday!), from 10am to 6pm each day. If you’re in SE Portland, please come and say hi!
“Hereville” colorist Jake Richmond will also be there.
That’s at 2305 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR.
Here’s my part of a panel from Hereville 3. (It’s from page 128, if you have the book and would like to compare.)
I usually don’t use photo reference for figures – it’s difficult to prevent photo-referenced figures from looking lifeless, at least for me (other cartoonists do it better). When I use a photo ref and the resulting drawing looks like it was photo-referenced, I think of that as me “getting beat up by the photo.” But some poses are just too hard to figure out without reference. This three-way hug is definitely one such pose.
So I made my housemates Matt, Maddox and Sydney pose for for this photo (Matt is the girls’ dad), and used that as the basis for my drawing. Even with the photo, there are still differences between the reference and the final image – although there are also bits that are very similar (compare Fruma’s hands to Matt’s). The biggest change was Mirka’s entire figure, and turning Layele’s head so that readers could see her happy expression.
I think I’ve gotten much better at not letting source photos beat up my drawings. In the first Hereville book, there are some drawings that still make me wince because they look so obviously drawn from photos.
Hereville: How Mirka Caught A Fish is the long-awaited third book in Barry Deutsch’s Hereville series, about “Yet Another 11-Year-Old Time-Traveling Orthodox Jewish Babysitter.” And it’s finally here!
Hereville creator Barry Deutsch will be on hand at 6pm on November 13th at The Spritely Bean, Portland’s comics and coffee cafe, to sign and sketch in books, alongside his collaborators, longtime Hereville colorist Jake Richmond, and new background artist Adrian Wallace. There will also be a presentation at 7pm, featuring live drawing demonstrations, an animated film of the Hereville drawing process, and other fun stuff. The festivities will continue pretty much until people stop showing up.
Past Hereville books have been nominated for Eisner, Ignatz, Harvey, and Andre Norton Awards, and have won the Sydney Taylor Book Prize, the Oregon Book Award, and a Sybel Award.
The Hereville Book Premiere event will take place at The Spritely Bean, located at 5829 SE Powell, Portland, Oregon, beginning at 6pm. We’ll have copies of all three Hereville books for sale.
If you’re in or near Portland, I hope I’ll see you there!
I’m so excited that this is out!
And it’s also available as a digital download on Comixology!
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I’ll be tabling at “Stan Lee’s Comikaze” comic-con in Los Angeles this weekend! And at my table, at least part of the time, will be the award-winning science fiction writer Rachel Swirsky! So if you’re in LA, please come and say hi. The con is open today, Saturday, and Sunday.
This is the first event where I’ll have copies of Hereville 3 on sale, so I hope someone buys it! We’ll be at table #SSA08, which is near the Bob’s Burgers Pavilion and also near the R2D2 maker’s booth.
I’ll be appearing at Rose City Comic-Con, in Portland, Oregon, this weekend. I’m sharing a table with Becky Hawkins, my collaborator on SuperButch. We’ll be selling copies of First Glance, and of course I’ll have copies of Hereville on hand.
If you’ll be there, please come and say hi!
It comes out in November, and this is the first time I’ve seen it on paper.
I’M SO EXCITED!
Here’s an example from Hereville 3 (in progress). It’s from page 45, a panel in which Mirka is running fast down the porch stairs.
As you can see, it involves work not only by me, but also by my wonderful collaborators Adrian Wallace (who draws the environments) and Jake Richmond (who does the colors). We also use a computer model of Mirka’s house which was created years ago by Mr. Matthew Nolan.
Transcript of image:
BOOK READING, SIGNING, AND SLIDESHOW
I’ll be shaking hands and signing books, of course, but I’ll also be doing a slideshow, which will include some live drawing demos, an animated film, and a reading from my most recent Hereville book.
I’ll even thrown in some preview images from my upcoming book! It’ll be really neat.
The talk begins at 7pm, but please get there at 6:45 and come and say hi!
I’m experimenting with a Hereville T-shirt; I’ve ordered a sample shirt in my size from OOshirts. I chose them because they seemed like a good-quality company and they carry a large range of sizes (I can’t abide companies that only go up to 2x or 3x). Once I’ve received the shirt from them, I’ll post a report on how it came out (and photos!).
Full disclosure: They’re giving me a $50 coupon in exchange for that link. If the sample shirt turns out well, I’ll use the coupon to order shirts for Jake and Adrian. And my mom.
Meanwhile, here’s the artwork for the front of the shirt:
It’s based on a page in Hereville book 3.
Further updates as events warrant!
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