Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Megacon Tampa Bay

On the weekend of October 28th, 2016, be sure to come out to the 1st ever MEGACON TAMPA BAY! I'll be set up there all weekend with a BUNCH of snazzy new comics that you're going to want to get your hands on!!!

The BIG news is the launch of issue #1 of the long-awaited sequel "The WELLKEEPER II: The Hollow Realm"!

Also available for the first time EVER is the all new "BIG POND COMICS SAMPLER"! This new comic is a flip book, featuring an exclusive preview of my all new adventure, "MARJORIE of the WEIRDLINGS" and a special 8 page "Wellkeeper" story that bridges the two epic series'!

And if that isn't enough, there will be 2 NEW collections of my long-running webcomic, "DANDY & COMPANY" to sink your teeth into!

I'll be there all weekend with these awesome new comics AND taking your commissions! Hope to see you there.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Wellkeeper II Premier!

On October 28th, 2016 you can be among the first folks to own a copy of The Wellkeeper II: The Hollow Realm #1 at the all new MEGACON TAMPA BAY!

It's the beginning of the next chapter in the life of Zoe Kostopolous as she continues to learn what it means to be the Wellkeeper: the guardian of the balance between life and the forces of death. But her position as the worlds guardian is challenged by a mysterious cabal known only as the Council of the Hollow.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Making Marjorie - Part 1

Hey there, folks. As I'm working to develop my latest concept into an actual comic, "Marjorie of the Weirdlings", I thought it would be cool to let you folks in on a little of the behind the scenes processes I'm using to make this comic.

Now, while I am planning on going to crowdfunding to help get this book make in full color, the initial print of this premier issue will be in black and white. However, I really wanted to make this book stand out with a unique look that blends the highly rendered style I'm known for on books like The Wellkeeper and Carpe Noctem and a more open, animated look similar to my Dandy & Company cartooning.

As such, I came up with a fun trick to create a look that will hopefully be a best of both worlds solution.

On the left, you can see the original, clean and open line art. I scan the art first with only this level of inking, which is more familiar and cartoony. (And eventually, way easier to color. lol)

Afterwards, as shown in the middle frame, I go back and ink in shadows, atmospheric effects and textures in a style similar to how I usually ink on projects like the Wellkeeper. I LOVE to noodle.

And in the panel on the right, you can see the finished, black and white effect. The layers are placed directly over each other, as the highly rendered art is reduced in opacity 75% to create a very unique and animated style that I'm hoping folks will dig.

Keep on checking back for more regular updates on the production of "Marjorie of the Weirdlings #1". Thanks and I hope you continue to enjoy.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Meet Marjorie

In development now, MARJORIE OF THE WEIRDLINGS© is an ALL NEW comic about a young girl named Marjorie who discovers a shadowy world of magic and monsters where she might be the weirdest of the Weirdlings!


Marjorie of the Weirdlings, all art and characters is ©2016, D. Fish.

Friday, December 18, 2015

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" review

As the title of this should indicate, this is my review of the latest Star Wars film, Episode VII: The Force Awakens. And if you haven't yet seen this film, know that this review will be spoiler-filled, so if you wish to avoid spoilers, stop reading this now.

In fact, I'm writing an extra long introduction to this post JUST to make sure that no spoilers pop up in anyone's feed or a google search of this blog. Yes, I am writing a bunch of pointless filler right here JUST to take up space and words to protect you all from spoilers.

So... SPOILERS!!!!

If you don't want to know anything about the film, STOP READING NOW!!!





Okay, you were warned. Don't whine to me if you keep reading.

First off, let me say that I REALLY liked the movie. It will take time for me to decide if I LOVED it. But I've seen it twice already and it's really solid. That said, I think it's nowhere near as perfect as it's currently being touted as.

I think that fandom was given a very expensive, 2 plus hour fan film/love letter to the original "Star Wars", and at the end of the day, that's a little disappointing and in some ways, exactly what I was worried was going to happen.

Let's spoil the plot right out the gate. A lonely, gifted girl from a desert planet is whisked away on a grand adventure where she meets a wise old man who offers to shepherd her away from her sad life into a new one. Together they storm the evil villains lair where he is killed, inspiring her to discover the hidden power within her and save the day. Does that sound familiar? Okay. The evil lair is a giant super weapon that can destroy planets with a single weakness that can destroy it utterly. I know you've heard THAT one. "The Force Awakens" is an almost scene for scene redo of "A New Hope".

And not in an artistic mirror. A nearly one-for-one remake. And at the end of the day, was that really all you wanted out of a new Star Wars? The same stuff you loved over 30 years ago repackaged? I thought everyone hated remakes?

Let's talk now, not about the genuinely interesting new characters like Rey, Finn, Poe or "Ben". They are great, well fleshed out characters that were pleasures to watch. Go J.J.! You nailed fixing the biggest flaw of the much hated prequels. No more stiff, wooden dialogue or acting. Home run, there. No, let's talk about our returning heroes. Specifically Han Solo and Leia. (Chewy was great. No gripes there.)

Han Solo is a grizzled smuggler living on the edge of space, taking jobs where he can get them.

Leia is a general, leading something baffingly called "The Resistance" with intelligence and powerful leadership.

They are EXACTLY THE SAME CHARACTERS THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN. The script bent over backwards to make sure that the old guard and the entire universe itself have not changed in any significant way. Instead of the Empire, we have the First Order. Instead of the Rebellion, we have the Resistance. But what are they resisting, since we are told there is a restored senate and Republic on a planet that sure as hell looks like Courescant, but is destroyed without ever being named.

Shouldn't the "Resistance" just have been, ya' know, the army. Why is Leia leading another rag tag group of reb...istance fighters when the rebellion won the war? Well, sadly I suspect, it's because all involved wanted to stick as close to the expected status quo as they could. Fans HATE change. That's just the sad truth. As much as we all whine about hating remakes, they are made because we want to see the same damn characters go through the same damn motions over and over. And J.J. Abrams and co. delivered. Han and Leia had a son, he went evil and their reaction was apparently to spend the next however many years doing nothing new at all.

All the foreshadowing of Leia being as potentially as strong in the force as Luke in "Jedi"? All but ignored. Their relationship? Broken up to try and recreate the tension we fans are more comfortable with. It's like how Pixar keeps bending over backward to make sure we get to see "delusional Buzz" in every Toy Story film. The warm,comfortable hug of the familiar in place of forward motion, change or growth.

This seems to have been the guiding light of the entire film: Maintain the illusion of change without really changing anything. Even John Williams' score was sadly anticlimactic. Sure, he gave us all of our favorite hits from the good ol' days. But where was this film's "Duel of the Fates", "ACross the Stars" or "Battle of the Heroes"? Even the most ardent prequel hater will generally, if begrudgingly, admit that the scores were fantastic. Williams built upon the familiar themes with new ones to GROW the audible universe. New characters and moments were given dynamic life in the scores. But there was precious little of that in "The Force Awakens".

Rey had a nice, melancholy bit of music, but it was overshadowed by a slavish need to dip into the depths of nostalgia at every turn. Much like the rest of the film.

I feel a little robbed. I was hoping for an Episode VII that would show us a bold new vision of a galaxy far, far away. Instead we were given a beautiful recreation of what we've already seen.

And yes, I still liked it.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Uncle Scrooge

I first fell in love with "Scrooge McDuck" from his staring role in "Mickey's Christmas Carol". From there, I followed the gent to "Duck Tales", and years later to the work of #carlbarks and #donrosa.

While I still love #ducktales, I find that nothing beats #unclescrooge COMICS for the very best of the old bird.

That said, this piece was designed to have elements from both the cartoon and the comics that inspired it. The #moneybin was modeled after it's appearance in the cartoon, as was the inclusion of a plane, to represent #launchpadmcquack. While the nephews #juniorwoodchuck quidebook, Scrooge's "sideburns" and his good old #numberonedime are specifically from the comics.

This was a lot of fun, and maybe someone from #IDW will see it and decide I would be a good cover artist for their #disney books!