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I am an internationally published author and cartoonist. I am the creator, artist and writer of "Pewfell", a semi-autobiographical, epic fantasy sit-com that began it’s life on the interweb back in the early 2000’s. I have created a large number of children's puzzle and activity books for various publishers, I also designed and illustrated the comic boardgame "Legitimacy" published by Minion Games, and have illustrated a number of other boardgames for Minion. I am also known as the cartoonist for Goodman Game's 'Dungeon Crawl Classics' Role Playing Game. I am also the author of a puzzle book for kids called 'Wizard Pickles'--if you would like to publish it, let me know! In my previous life, Chuck worked as an art director in the advertising world but I promises that I won’t do it again. I was born and raised near the Basingstoke roundabout, but now live in San Francisco, CA.

Noggin the Nog

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File this one under “Weird Things Chuck Watched on TV When He Was Young That Probably Contributed to The Existence of Pewfell”:

I recently watched a DVD of some of these very cool little animated shows that were on the BBC in the 70s. The illustrations are beautiful, and though the animation is very basic (just little paper cut-outs) it is all very atmospheric and effective. If you go to the official website (http://www.dragons-friendly-society.co.uk/noggin/noggin.htm) you can even see a little sample video of it. Shows how much you can do with only a very little. Anyway, I thought y’all might appreciate taking a look at it.

The creators (two guys, Oliver Postgate & Peter Firmin) also did a series of books:

Legend of Bill underway

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David Reddick has the first couple of episodes of his new strip posted. I would say that it is something that would probably appeal to most readers of this blog. Let’s hope ‘Legend of Bill’ has a long and glorious future!

Secrets and Lies Anthology

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Not in my neck of the woods, but if it were, I’d be there. The anthology, compiled by the great Cat Garza, contains my story ‘The Librarian’ which you saw a bit of on this very blog:

SECRETS & LIES Anthology and Book Release Party

White River Junction, VT, May 20, 2008 – SECRETS & LIES is an anthology of comics edited by veteran web cartoonist Cayetano Garza Jr. which will make its debut at the 2008 MoCCA Art Festival in New York, NY (June 7-8, table C27).

The book features a wide spectrum of comics creators from all over the United States and from every corner of the comics industry. Comics legends SR Bissette (Swamp Thing, Tyrant) and Rick Geary (A Treasury of Victorian Murder, Gumby, Heavy Metal) share the stage with webcomics luminaries Shaenon Garrity (Narbonic) and Chuck Whelon (Pewfell). The book also features work from alumni, current and upcoming students from the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont and the surrounding cartooning community including recent graduates Joe Lambert and Bryan Stone, freshmen Lucy Knisley and Dan Archer and recent Xeric grant winner Colleen Frakes (CCS Class of 07) as well as many, many others.

The anthology is projected to weigh in at over 126 pages at press time.

The book’s theme centers loosely around the idea that all fiction is lies and that the best stories tell us some kind of secret.

There will be a book release party on May 31, 2008 at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction, Vermont at 8 pm. The party will also include the debut of Colleen Frake’s new Xeric graphic novel TRAGIC RELIEF. Some of the refreshments will be generously provided by The Center for Cartoon Studies.

Book Release Poster by recent CCS graduate Alex Kim (www.thebearhead.com)

Legend of Bill

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Looks interesting – Coming soon apparently:

Devid Reddick seems to be a very talented cartoonist, I hadn’t heard of him before.
Check out his blog.

I bought this the other day

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A nice little book of sketches and roughs by the man himself, Frank Frazetta. It’s a small sized little sketchbook-type thing with loads of lovely loose drawings, color roughs, scribbles and coffee mug rings. Other than an introduction, there’s not much in it text-wise, but as an artist it gave me some nice insights in the way Frank works/worked:
Frank Frazetta – Rough Work

Larry MacDougall

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Another illustrator doing a cartoon fantasy style whose work I much admire is Larry MacDougall. He has a great gallery of his paintings on DeviantArt.
I found out about him when I bought a book of his work at Wondercon a few years ago: The Witching Hour. I just posted on his DA page to ask him if he’d like to stop by and say hello as our ‘Visiting Wizard of the Week’.



Garrity Strip Sale for Terry Pratchett

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Shaenon Garrity, creator of Narbonic & my collaborator on ‘The Librarian’ is selling off some of her original art to raise money for Altzheimers. Why is she doing this you ask? Well it’s because famed comedic fantasy writer Terry Pratchett was recently diagnosed with early onset Altzheimers disease. He donated a million bucks to Altzheimers research and a number of other artists and creators are aiming to match this.

Why do I care? Because I love Terry Pratchett & you should too. He’s slowly getting bigger in the US these days, but has been on the best-seller lists in the UK for a good 20 years now. His appeal is across board and he is frequently compared by serious literary jornalists to other great British humorists such as P.G. Wodehouse or Douglas Adams. He’s managed to take fantasy way beyond it’s typical restrictions of genre and is extremely widely read over there. He has loads of great ideas and is very funny.

Pretty much all his books are self-contained, but they are all set on the Discworld. Major characters in one book often pop up as minor characters in another, and he has a few favorits like Commander Vimes of the City Watch — those books read like detective novels. Then he has a series aimed at youger kids about a young witch on the Discworld – I read them too – still excellent. There is an ongoing chronology and continuity between the books, but you can pretty much start anywhere.

These days I generally listen to his books on audiobook – the readings by Stephen Briggs available at audible.com are truly excellent. I particularly recommend the more recent ‘Going Postal‘.

Or perhaps I’m preaching to the choir here?


Travis Hanson

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I wanted to post a link to my old pal Travis Hanson‘s work. You might already be familiar with his art as he’s been doing fantasy comics on the web since way back when. He used to do a strip called ‘The Bean’ which has now migrated to being a series of illustrated novels.

I was fortunate enough to have the adjacent table to him at the Alternative Press Expo in SF last year. We’d me once or twice before and have known each other online for years. He mentioned to me then that he was now having much more success from producing & selling large-format full color prints as opposed to individual comics, and he was certainly doing very well with it at the show.

He recently posted in his journal at DeviantArt.com (where he has had a lot of success selling prints and building community) that he’s decided to shelve all his comics work in favor of just doing prints & illustration.

The fact is that you can sell one large print for more than a whole bunch of books would go for. I’ve asked him to stop by and be a bit of a ‘visiting wizard’ and hopefully tell us a bit more about it.



Tune of the week

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I’ve been a big fan of Morcheeba for a long time, but this video is one I just had to share here:

Los Campesinos – You! Me! Dancing!

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I love this little music video & think you will too:

 

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