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  • Drinking: Water
Hey peeps,
  Just want to say thanks to all of you for the nice comments, the favorites, and for adding me to your watch lists! I'm not able to thank everyone personally unfortunately, but I do try to respond to most of the comments. I definitely appreciate everyone's support! Special thanks also to :iconorangetopatos: for featuring me...Check out her work if you haven't...Some really nice photography.
  I also want to take another moment to tout Ron Paul's campaign. I mentioned him before, but if you haven't heard of him or don't know much about him, watch this video:… then do more research on your own!  On November 5th he raised over $4.2 million dollars, all from individuals on the internet, which is more than ANY presidential candidate currently running. The reason for this is that his message is one of freedom, peace, sound economic policy, and following the constitution. Its time to stop voting based on party and start voting based on who can and will make the changes that this country so desperately needs. Check him out!

Also, for a good expose that John Stossel did on government spending, and support on why free-market economics will always work better than government programs, check out these videos(each around 7 minutes):
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  • Listening to: Talib Kweli--Eardrum
  • Reading: The Bill of Rights
  • Watching: The Trials of Henry Kissinger
  • Playing: With Photoshop
  • Eating: Nada
  • Drinking: Water
Hey all, I think I'm coming to realize that its kind of my calling in life to talk about some controversial topics and expose what I consider to be lies or injustices. In the last few entries I've talked about political and world issues that are important to me, but there are other topics that are important to me as well, specifically Art. I don't know if any of you can tell based on my entries, but I have very strong views on things, and sometimes that can attract negative attention. You know what though? I really don't care. I'd rather have a few friends on here that respect the truth than a million that I can't be honest with.

  So, that brings me to my topic: Lightboxing. What do I mean by lightboxing? I own a lightbox, which I use sometimes to trace my own layouts onto vellum so I don't have to clean up lots of pencil lines. Thats not what I'm talking about. I'm referring to the use of producing "Art" by taking a photograph and tracing it directly onto another piece of paper, using a lightbox. Its becoming rampant in the comic book industry, used by many of the most prominent and highly paid artists in the industry, and its making me sick. Prominent artists are using it as a "tool" to create realistic backgrounds, and sometimes even figures, in a more convenient, cost effective way. Whats wrong with this you ask? Doesn't the end justify the means? To me, the answer is a resounding no. Thats the thinking that athletes use to justify steroid use. To me, its exactly the same thing. If you're using this technique, to me, you're lying to people. You're taking credit for work you didn't do, and maybe aren't even capable of, and thats just plain wrong.

  So, if you're reading this and its pissing you off, its probably because you've done this before, and a little part of you is feeling guilty, but you don't want to admit it, because then you'd have to actually put in real work. Well, I will say this, if it pisses you off I apologize, but I can't respect you. This industry needs a renewal of ethics, and of the respect for REAL ART. I hope we can all agree that Art should be respected as something special, and the bottom line shouldn't be a dollar sign. We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard than what is currently acceptable, because thats the only way we'll ever elevate Comic Books to a more respected art form.
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  • Reading: The Bill of Rights
  • Watching: The Men Who Killed Kennedy
  • Playing: With Photoshop
  • Eating: Nada
  • Drinking: Coffee
Hey everybody! As a somewhat related follow-up to my last controversial journal entry, I thought it would be a good idea to post up the U.S. Bill of Rights. Personally, I couldn't really remember reading them, though I'm sure I did at some point in school. So about a week ago I looked them up online and read them. I think its important that we all know them, especially in these times when there is so much talk about how are rights are being infringed upon by prominent members of government. After all, the less educated the public is of their rights, the easier it is for them to be marginalized or even taken away. I know some of these are a bit difficult to understand because the legal jargon, but I think its worth the effort:)

The Bill of Rights

The Conventions of a number of the States having, at the time of adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added, and as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution;

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two-thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States; all or any of which articles, when ratified by three-fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the said Constitution, namely:

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment II   

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Amendment III  

No soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV   

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment V   

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment VI  

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

Amendment VII

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII   

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX  

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X   

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
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  • Listening to: Sulphur Man, by The Doves
  • Reading: The Bill of Rights
  • Watching: 9/11 Mysteries
  • Playing: With Photoshop
  • Eating: Nada
  • Drinking: Coffee
Hey all, I don't usually do these journal things, because frankly, I don't think I have anything all that important to say most of the time! But today I thought I'd talk about something I consider extremely important. I know its a controversial subject with some people, and there are probably quite a few of you that will think I'm crazy. When a friend of mine first told me about the theory that 9/11 was an inside job perpetrated by evil men running the world, I thought it was the stupidest, most unbelievable theory I'd ever heard.
  Eventually, he convinced me to take a copy of a film call Loose Change, and I told him I'd watch it, if for no other reason than to prove him wrong and find holes in their arguments. Several months went by, and I still hadn't watched the film, partially because I still thought it a ludicrous theory, but there was another reason: A small part of me was a little afraid that it might be true. After all, I had voted for George Bush(I'm ashamed to say now), and if I found out that he was part of something so horrific, I would really feel like a tool.
  So, I finally watched Loose Change, and it raised some questions that I really had never considered before, and I honestly could not explain. I did more research, and watched more films, and they only added to my concerns. So now, here I am, almost 6 months later, and I'm now completely convinced that the governments explanation is unprovable and illogical.
  Like I said, I don't feel that anything I have to say is particularly important or necessarily worth reading, but let me say this: However you feel about the 9/11 theories or whatever political party you belong to, you should try to be as educated on the subject as possible right? If you're interested in finding out more, click on the links I've posted to a few of the better films on the subject. Regardless of your conclusions, I hope you all check it out and research it, because knowledge is power.

Loose Change:…
9/11 mysteries:…

Those three films are all very good and informative, hope you'll check em out! BTW, For those of you who want to start an argument PLEASE DON'T BOTHER!!! I won't respond to your post. I realize there are some very divergent viewpoints on this topic, and many people find the idea of "Conspiracy Theories" to be repugnant, but I really don't have the time to debate people on the topic. If you have a film or something you'd like me to read, I'll be happy to check it, I just don't want to argue as its really not productive. Thanks!
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  • Reading: Message Boards
  • Watching: South Park
  • Playing: With Hearts
  • Eating: Nada
  • Drinking: Water
I guess I probably should have posted this when it was still open for entry, but hopefully those of you who wanted to enter did. So, the contest that helped get me my break in comics is back, and this time I'm on the selection committee! I'm excited to say the ten contestants picked are probably the most talented ever this year, and I'm really looking forward to what they produce each week. You guys should all check it out:…
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After having a very memorable and generally fun experience in Chicago, I found out last night that the great Mike Wieringo had just passed away. I honestly didn't know him too well other than by his work, but he had recently added me to his watch list, and I really appreciated the comments he left me. That really impressed me, because I know how little time you have as a comic artist, and he didn't have to do that. Looking at his sketches especially inspired me...You could tell he was always having fun with his art. Mike, I wish I could have gotten the chance to get to know you better, but you will be missed by me and many others. My prayers go out to your loved ones...Peace, and God bless.

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  • Listening to: TV in the background
  • Reading: Worker in the Light, by George Noory
  • Watching: The time
  • Playing: for keeps
  • Eating: Fruit Salad
  • Drinking: Smartwater
Hey everybody! I just wanted to thank all of you that have come and checked out my art and helped get me to that 30k mark:) I'm definitely very appreciative of all your kind words and crits! Here's hoping for 30k more!
  In other news, I'm flying down to Philly tomorrow morning to attend Wizard World East this weekend. I'll be there all weekend, so stop by the Aspen booth and say hi! I'll have original art for sale, and I'll also be doing free sketches(a limited amount each day though). Hope to see all of you there!
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: TV in the background
  • Reading: Worker in the Light, by George Noory
  • Watching: The time
  • Playing: for keeps
  • Eating: Veggie Burgers with Guacamole
  • Drinking: Smartwater
Hey people! I don't know about all of you, but in general, I hate politians. I'm of the opinion that most of them are corrupt, both Democrat and Republican alike. So, a buddy of mine recently turned me on to this guy Ron Paul. He's running under the Republican ticket, but his politics are really more in line with Libertarian/Constitutionalist ideals. He's also the only candidate that believes the troops should IMMEDIATELY return from Iraq. He's definitely a darkhorse candidate, but he's got quite a grass-roots following going on, due to the fact that his ideas are refreshing, and he's one of the few candidates that isn't in the pocket of big-business and special interest groups. You know how most politians all sound like they're feeding you a line of BS, even though they may(or may not) make it sound smooth? I totally don't get that sense with this guy...He actually sounds honest! Hard to believe, but thats the impression I get. Anyway, I know politics is a topic a lot of people are passionate about, but I'm not trying to start a giant debate on my journal, I'm just trying to raise awareness about a candidate that I feel should get more attention. So, I'd suggest going on Youtube and looking up his name as there are many videos of him debating the other candidates, and you can also go here to learn more: Hope everyone is doing well!
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  • Listening to: Death Cab for Cutie
  • Reading: Worker in the Light, by George Noory
  • Watching: The Competition
  • Playing: with Photoshop
  • Eating: Soon-to-be-illegal healthy foods
  • Drinking: Protein Shakes
...Stand up for your rights! This is kind of non-art-related, but I think its extremely important for everyone to know about this if you don't already. Basically, the FDA is trying to put in effect a law that makes it illegal for you to obtain any vitamins, supplements, super-foods, or even raw juices(seriously!) without a doctor's prescription! Here's an article with more info: For a little while longer(1 week), we have the right to voice our opinions about this proposed bill, and I highly suggest you do so. Personally, as a health-conscious individual who doesn't particularly trust big pharmaceudical companies or the FDA(remember, they have approved TONS of drugs that have later been recalled due to causing horrific health problems, including death), this bill scares the hell out of me. Anyway, I'm not the kind of person that usually "spams" like this, but I think its an important issue, and if you do as well, please voice your displeasure here: trust me, it will only take like 30 seconds, and its a way to excersize the rights that, at least for now, we still have in this country. Peace yall.
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  • Listening to: Coast to Coast AM
  • Reading: The Old Man and the Sea
  • Watching: My mouth
  • Playing: with Photoshop
  • Eating: Chipotle Veggie Fajita Burrito! Yum!
  • Drinking: Protein Shakes
Hey People, just a little update, I'm going to be moving to San Francisco in May...I can't wait! I'm really excited about the whole thing. I'm newly single, and ready to mingle! Ohh yeah! But seriously, I think its going to be a great experience. I'm moving in with a buddy( who's attending Academy of Art University, and I'm planning to attend a class a semester eventually, just to brush up on my figure drawing, etc...
  Also, I'm now on myspace, so if you wanna look me up and add me go for it. I'm definitely in need of friends on there as I only have like 6 or something:) Anyway, thats all I have to say really, but I thought I'd let everyone know I'm making my return to Cali soon so LOOK OUT! peace!

Here's my Myspace link:
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  • Listening to: Coast to Coast AM
  • Reading: The Talisman by Stephen King and Peter Straub
  • Watching: American Idol(I love watching crazy people)
  • Playing: with Photoshop
  • Eating: Baked Ziti with Tofurky sausage
  • Drinking: Agua
Hey everyone, its now for sure, I will be attending the New York Comic con on feb 23rd and 24th. I'm pretty stoked about it, because I love NYC, and I'm going to get to hang out with some old friends and meet some new ones. I'll be selling original art and also doing sketches on both days, so stop by booth A116 in Artist's Alley. The booth is under the name "Monkey Sweatshop". I'm am REALLY excited to be sharing a booth with these amazing artists!!:

Here are the artists appearing:

- Wes Craig; illustrator on Texas Chainsaw Massacre for Wildstorm

- Kris Justice; inker (DC and Marvel)

- Karl Kerschl; penciler on Teen Titans: Year One for DC Comics

- Serge Lapointe; inker (DC and Marvel)

- Yannick Paquette; penciler on Ultimate X-Men for Marvel Comics

- Steph Peru; Colorist (DC and Marvel)

- Clement Sauve; G.I Joe cover artist for Devil's Due

Even if you could care less about me, you definitely gotta stop by for these guys. If you don't know them, check out their blog and get ready to be blown away: Hope to see you there!
Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know I now have a blog and will be posting up some images on there that will appear nowhere else! So check it out foolios. Anyway, not much other news. I'm back in Maryland for a few months, and I'm not used to this weather! Too much California sun. Anyway, please check the blog regularly, because I'll be updating it regularly! Thanks!

My Blog:
hey everyone,
  just wanted to update this thing. i know i havent done it in ages, but i'm super-busy working on a brand new series at aspen comics called "shrugged". its kind of a different concept. anyway, if you wanna check it out the preview launches this month in ever issue of wizard 175! hope all of you enjoy it, and be sure to let me know what you think either way! thanks!

hey everyone,
  in case you havent already seen the announcement on my website, i just thought i'd post it again here:

anyway, to make a long story short, i'm moving to california in 5 days to start working at aspen comics(mike turner's company)! i'm really excited about it, and i'm sure you all got questions...most of which are probably answered on the announcement on my site:) anyway, thanks again to everyone for checking out my stuff on here, and hopefully you'll be able to see my work on the stands soon!!

whats good people?! i know i havent updated my shit that often, and i apologize. i actually havent been drawing that much lately unfortunately, because i'm trying to work alot and save up money for this internship i'm gonna be doin in california in november. lets just say the san diego con was very good to me! i love the west coast, and i cant wait to move out there. no more of this cold weather!! i'll be able to tell yall more about that soon i hope, but expect big things! i think i'm finally going to get my shot at pro status in comics:) i'm definitely ready man, after all these years of tryin. anyway, a big shout-out and thanks to everyone who has +fav'd my crappy drawings and has visited my site( i truly appreciate you!! thats real!
hey people, just wanted to say THAAAAAANKSSSSS!!!! for all of you that voted for me last round, i got the most votes by a little over 100, which was unexpected, but definitely cool. this round, i'm a little more worried to be honest as to whether i'll make it through. i had to really crank out the pages, and the quality suffered a bit i'm afraid. that said, i would REALLY appreciate if any of you feel like voting for me tomorrow at noon. here's the link: thanks!!!!!!

hey peeps,
  i am now back from the kubert school, and i'm already busy!! i actually was fortunate enough to make it into the top ten on's "comic book idol" contest. i'll be duking it out with 9 other talented cats until i get voted off, so if you like my stuff, please, get to the site and vote for me on wednesday june 9th!! i appreciate every one of you guys, and thanks for all the nice comments that have been left, even though i havent been updating:)

here's a link:
hey people, just wanted to say BYE!! i'm going to the kubert school in about 2 hours. also, PLEASE check out my new website, where i'll be posting most of my new art. there is definitely going to be a lot of stuff on there that isnt on here. CHECK IT!!!! HTTP://SONOFDAVINCI.COM
hey peeps!

its been a bit since i wrote in here, but i just wanted to say that everything went great in san diego. it was the most fun i've had a LONG time. met up with a bunch of people i know from online, and they were all cool. i dont get to hang out with other comic artists that much, so it was really nice to be around people that have the same goals as me. i also got a chance to talk to some industry folks, and they had pretty good things to say about my work, though there are definitely still some rough spots. they were all very helpful, and i was surprised at how well they reacted to my stuff. wierd. anyway, everything went well, and i'll DEFINITELY be going back next year, more prepared, and hopefully ready to get some work:)-MiCAH
hey everyone!

its getting close to the san diego con, and once again i've procrastinated:) i'll be working hard up until the moment i leave on all my samples i'm going to show. you'd think i would learn to get things done early but NOOOOOoooo.
  in other news, i'm the first featured artist for the new "MAS: monthly artist showcase" website. its a really cool site, and you guys should DEFINITELY check it out. go here for more info: its got some art from me that you wont really see anywhere else until my website rolls around in about a month or something. hopefully sooner, but we'll see. also of note, my character design on "MAS" will soon have colors by the great danimation2000. if you dont know who he is, you should do yourself a favor and click here: when you diss dan you diss yourself! fool. haha. anyway, check his stoff out, he's amazing. later!