The last works that Wayne and I produced together – his scripts, my art. All three of these are framed and ready to hang. Get in touch with me at art@ejbarnes.com if you want any of them; 50% the proceeds will go to Wayne’s estate (which, with the funerary expenses out of the way, is most likely to be one of several charities including a family homeless shelter in Williamsport, PA).

This 1992 comic was written by the late Wayne R. Smith, penciled by me, and inked (after rearranging the panels) by Myke Maldonado, another member of our APA. Myke has the originals; these are photos of copies.

Though DuoShade was popular with illustrators in the early ‘90s, it died out before Zip-a-Tone did, because it ages faster. As I recall, I LOVED penciling that filthy bathroom.

Content warning: Toilet use, head injury, groin injury, inconvenient truths.

Another collaboration between me and the late Wayne R. Smith, an unpublished one-pager. CW: Explicit robot sex, malfunctioning mechanical genitalia. Larger than the other pages I've posted, but as it's only ink and gouache with no Zip-a-Tone, I'm offering it for less than "Little Hitler" or "Bunnyman", but more than "More Heat Than Light." Donate $90 to Wayne's fund and it's yours postpaid. gofundme.com/f/wayne-r-smith-f

Another story on which I collaborated with the late writer Wayne R. Smith, who died in Williamsport, PA, 3/17/20. "More Heat Than Light" (1991) was published in 1992 in Issue #3 of Gauntlet: Exploring the Limits of Free Expression. CW: Gun violence, head injury, racism, sexism, arson, ad hominem/feminam language, and the late Sen. Jesse Helms being forcibly sodomized with a protest sign. Donate $75 and one of these originals can be yours. gofundme.com/f/wayne-r-smith-f R. Smith

My longtime comics collaborator, Wayne R. Smith, died on 17 March in Williamsport, PA. I'm offering original art from our collaboration -- it can be yours (shipping included) if you donate to the GoFundMe for his funeral/probate fund. These pages are $100 apiece -- email me at art@ejbarnes.com to arrange. Some NSFW language. gofundme.com/f/wayne-r-smith-f

Bunnyman concluded. My longtime comics collaborator, Wayne R. Smith, died on 17 March in Williamsport, PA. I'm offering original art from our collaboration -- it can be yours (shipping included) if you donate to the GoFundMe for his funeral/probate fund. These pages are $100 apiece -- email me at art@ejbarnes.com to arrange. gofundme.com/f/wayne-r-smith-f

My longtime comics collaborator, Wayne R. Smith, died on 17 March in Williamsport, PA. I'm offering original art from our collaboration -- it can be yours (shipping included) if you donate to the GoFundMe for his funeral/probate fund. These pages are $100 apiece -- email me at art@ejbarnes.com to arrange. gofundme.com/f/wayne-r-smith-f

My longtime comics collaborator, Wayne R. Smith, died on 17 March in Williamsport, PA. I'm offering original art from our collaboration -- it can be yours (shipping included) if you donate to the GoFundMe for his funeral/probate fund. These pages are $100 apiece -- email me at art@ejbarnes.com to arrange. gofundme.com/f/wayne-r-smith-f

With all the hand-washing I've been doing over the last several weeks, I had excellent reference for re-drawing a panel from the Ling Master story "The Blue Catfish" for the upcoming "Ling Cycle" collecting Ling Master stories old and new. The new version is much more graphic and gross.
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Ah, the joys and perils of frisket (masking fluid). The clients are a family who want their faces in a famous painting that has a black background. I masked the boundaries of the figures before laying down the background wash, which required two washes. Peeling up the frisket afterward not only lifted the pencils, but in some spots messed with the paper texture. Hope it won't ruin the piece.

Thursday through Sunday is the School of the Museum of Fine Arts annual benefit Art Sale. I'm offering a piece in the sale, the art for my 2019 holiday card. smfa.tufts.edu/events-exhibiti

I've never done Inktober, but I thought I'd close out the month with a gouache-on-black-paper drawing inspired by the music-hall song about Ann Boleyn. youtube.com/watch?v=-eX-K_CHd0

Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo starts tomorrow (Saturday) -- and I'll be premièring my 2019 winter-holiday card at the Boston Comics Roundtable table (Table D01-02) at Lesley U's. University hall. micexpo.org/

I'll be Location #55 for this weekend's Cambridge Arts Open Studios (CAOS) (cambridgema.gov/arts/Programs/). In addition to framed comics art on the walls, I'll have printed comics for sale. Plus I'll be painting these portraits of "Count" Cagliostro and his acolyte, Baroness Elisa von der Recke. (Both shown here with contemporary portraits.)

The sun actually set over the Deschutes River over a very flat-terrained island covered with pine trees and shrubbery.

I find it much easier to blend colors on the paper with watercolor, and even with colored pencil. Conté crayons are literally a blunt instrument.

I tried using the color Conté crayons to draw the sunset on the Deschutes River when we were visiting a friend in Bend, OR. She didn't know the name of the hill here (probably Something Butte, as even the conical formations are called Buttes in these parts).

The Conté set has only 12 colors, and if there's a way to blend them on the paper, I don't know how to do it. (Any suggestions? I just get a smear with the last color dominating.)

Not wanting to take my watercolor gear on vacation with me last month, I bought a toned-paper sketchbook and a set of color Conté crayons. Warning: If you decide to use these, wipe down your scanner platen after scanning, as (unless you use spray seal, which I don't) it's dusty as heck.

I don’t have my own table at FanExpo Boston this weekend, but at the Boston Comics Roundtable table (A1200), they’re selling the new BCR Playing Card Deck – and my art for <i>Le Roi de Coeur</i> (King of Hearts) is the King of Hearts. Go visit, say hi, and pick up a deck! bostoncomics.com/order-bcr-pla fanexpoboston.com/content/dam/

Here's an oldie of mine from 2005. I'm not much of a gardener, so it wasn't until someone pointed it out to me that I should have made the gardener's tan with white hands for gardening gloves.

Much on my mind lately, as I've now got gardening gloves (that fit my tiny hands!), and doing a lot more yard work than I did before I got them.

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