Here are all 9 pages of my next ‘The Foggiest’ anthology comic – You Can Lead A Horse To Water, written by Chris Cherry, and Illustrated by me, Ray Friesen. This is episode one, it ends in a crazy cliffhanger. You can read Episode two by chipping in a few dollars on my Patreon page, Patreon.com/RayFriesen. It’s worth it, trust me. I’ll post episode two for free at some point, but it will be a while. You don’t want to wait a while! Become a Patreon!
Happy New Year!
Notice the date stamp, it’s Jan 29th. Happy Newyearsing in January is fine. If I had waited a few days until February, however, the consequences could have been disastrous!!
So what have I been up to lately, I hear you ask? In my imagination, you’re very interested. Well, the answer is a resounding shrug. my 2015 was not overly eventful. I played with my one year old as much as possible, watching him gain new powers and talents has been really interesting. I Paid all my bills somehow, that was nice. I did two events, and they were both fairly impromptu. As I told several people during the day I wandered around the San Diego Comic Con “I’ll be ambitious next year, I’m too tired right now!”
Sleepiness is the enemy of accomplishment. I have lots of great ideas, but not all that much follow through.
I actually did complete two projects entirely last year, but I couldn’t talk about them at at the time, which made my social media presence all the emptier.
Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken book 2 is coming out in March! Finally! I’ll talk more about it when the time for UltraPublicizing is nigh. I’ve actually had it finished since before my wedding in 2013! I just had to take it out and give it a bit of a polish.
Also, I had the very great fortune to adapt and illustrate the graphic novel version of one of my favorite author’s novels, Sir Terry Pratchett’s Small Gods. I’ve been angling to play in the Discworld universe Terry created, and getting to do so officially was a thrill. Not speaking about it for the entirety of 2015 was not easy. I still can’t say too much about it, as I am not in charge of the book’s publicity. But it’s public knowledge that the book is release in July of this year, so I look forward to sharing the cover, and more information as I am in able. I may even have to give the San Diego Comic Con a miss this year, as I’ll most likely be in the UK at the time, doing book release type thingies.
In the meantime, I have several projects in the works, that I’m excited to share when the time is right.
I’m finishing up a Dinosaur ABC book with my friend Mike, who draws fantastic dinosaurs. You’ll recognize his artwork from the ‘Hansel and Gretel and Zorbax’ chapter of Fairy Tales I Just Made Up.
I would like to release a collection of the thousands of tiny story ideas I’ve been accumulating, but will never realize fully. So some sort of big pile of 2-5 page comics, chock full of my usual weirdness.
Does anybody remember Divine Whiners? I serialized that as a webcomic for the better part of a year a few years ago. Never finished the story. I’d like to complete that, and release it as a book. Is anybody interested in seeing that happen? Hands up please, I’m very interested to know.
My novel is as half finished as it ever was. I have a four issue comic miniseries of my own devising I’d like to get around to drawing sometime. It’s pretty cool. I might start another webcomic. I might release an ebook of some sort.
Again, lots of stuff I’d like to do. Not sure how well I’ll follow through, at this quadrant of my life. When my son is done teething, and everybody is getting a full night’s sleep regularly, I’ll probably explode back into the public consciousness and be so productive you can’t even stand it.
Thanks for listening to the mixture of boasting and whining. I apologize in advance, retroactively.
I’ve been in a pirate penguin mood lately. I was just revising and editing my manuscript for Pirate Penguin vs Ninja Chicken Book 2: The Magic Sword of Secret Awesomeness. It hasn’t been released yet, but it has been finished since before I was married. I’ll start thinking about book 3 at some point, and I need to get warmed up and create some more PPvsNC mini comics for the interwebs.
I haven’t had the brain space to do any writing or the time to do much drawing, but I hope to get that all sorted out soon.
In the mean time, here is a comic I recently uncovered. Drawn but never properly colored or lettered, I’ve lost the script, and haven’t the faintest idea what the characters were supposed to be talking about. The visualsare plenty engaging, so if you think of something funny they might be saying, please leave it in the comments!
I’m extra amused by the fact that Pirate Penguin is eating brownie mix straight out of the box.
A classic from last year some of you might have missed, in which our plucky hero chokes on his own pride/fried tortilla triangles. Ninjitsu saves the day, YET AGAIN.
Went and saw the Peabody and Sherman movie t’other day, and really enjoyed it. A lively expansion of the source material, and the added emotional hook type business was fitting, and not all that overbearing at all.
It had a few rough spots, I didn’t like how the character of Penny (a pretty cliché sassy young lady stock character) just went from being mean to nice with no real reason, and her bonding bits with Sherman, seemed a little out of place. Everything to do with Mr. Peabody hisself was perfect. I had reservations about the voice casting, but they did a great job of upsizing his character, still a know-it-all, overbearing and smug, but who had actual emotions and tried to demonstrate them. It seemed very real, if we lived in a world with talking dogs and time travel. The flashback sequence with the John Lennon song was surprizingly touching. I hope they do another one. And I’d like to genuinely see the future this time.
I saw an opportunity for a Back to the Future reference, they had to reach a certain speed, and 88 MPH wasn’t involved. Shame.
Also Patrick Warburton makes everything better.
They’ve been doing some Peabody and Sherman comic books, as a fan I’ve enjoyed them, as a creator, I’ve wanted to be involved. I made some audtionary material, but methinks, too late. Hopefully they comics will do well financially, and if there’s ever a change in creative teams, I can jump in. (They’re doing Rocky and Bullwinkle comics as well, drawn by my dear acquaintance Roger Langridge, and written by a man I’ve admired from afar for years, Mark Evanier. I want to be involved in those comics possibly even more so, even though the crew currently involved is super fantastico. We’ll see what happens.)
I love time travel. Wore out copies of Back to the Future growing up. Tried to build a flux capacitor out of Lego. Mega Doctor Whovian, as you can probably tell. Writing a Very Complicated novel about time travel as we speak. Gonna go see Peabody and Sherman tonight, hope it lives up to my expectations!
In honor of all that business, enjoy Pirate Penguin vs the Snacktime Continuum, one of my favorite Pirate Penguin Classics!