The beginning of Faces and other things

These days we’re trying to make some smaller stuff and post more frequently. Making books is our main focus, and we’re putting the final touches on our next one, The Seeker, but we’ve been experimenting on the side. Here’s the latest.

Brain FungusThis is the first in a little series that we’re doing called Faces.

color girlsColor is fun and so are computers with editing software.

 

Philly & Frizzy: At The 50 Cent Box

50centcomix 25When we first got to Chicago, we knew we had a lot of great comic shops to visit and boxes to thumb through. The walls of new comics in shops like Chicago Comics and Graham Crackers Comic Books are great indicators that the comics industry is chugging along, but it was the discounted archives in the dusty, dank basements underneath that provided the most fascinating look into a medium that has always found a home in obscurity.

-S. Bufis

Action & Apathy Blues

A lot of boiling-over occurred in 2015 when it came to protests against police violence in the black community and the anger of an exploited middle class. Chicago saw the clashes up close. Lumpen Magazine # 127 is an edition that applauds the efforts of community activists and those willing to stand up to the injustices of a corrupt political system.

‘Action and Apathy Blues’ is our addition to the issue and touches on the malaise of believing something needs to change and what we can do about it.

Get your hands on a copy here or for free at over 300 Chicago locations.

Lumpen Magazine website

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Esoteric Dialogue #1 extras

The story, characters, visual style and… well just about everything in ED#1 was the result of an evolution process. We had a lot of ideas, scratched most of them, and crafted the best ones draft after draft. Below are some of those ideas and Matt’s sketches that didn’t make it into the final book.

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An early drawing of the Illuminati performing a dark ritual in the form of a board game.

 

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Drawings from an idea for a fake gimmick ad page.

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Page from a “history” segment.

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An unfinished promo page featuring Bigfoot, the Mothman, a Grey alien, and a UFO. Oh yeah, and two teens slurping on each other.

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An unfinished comic Matt was working on that showed a media-brainwashed dude that ends up blowing up the planet.

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A page from an old ED story idea about Shelly Shivers, an all-American girl who becomes a witch through playing D&D, which was inspired by the old Chick comic written by the infamous John Todd.

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Another page from the “history” segment.

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A promo page featuring poster-like panels of various conspiracy theories.

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A page from the very first ED story idea inspired by an interview I heard on Coast to Coast with George Noory about a child sacrifice that took place in the catacombs of the Vatican.