Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Free Holiday Card!!!!! Happy Oatmeal Muffin Day!

Hey guys, tons of art stuff is happening in my life. So, there is no REGULAR page. But, I am leaving you with some art you can use on your next Oatmeal Muffin Day card! It's December 19th and Mildred the Oatmeal Muffin Fairy wants you to have a REGULAR New Year. I hope that your Oatmeal Muffin Day is filled with Friends, Family & Fiber.


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

How the Draw Comics the Haldi Way- Part 4



This is the end for me and the page we know as Page 18 of Issue 4.

So, we have seen this page grow from a thumbnail sketch, to a blue lined page, to a revised blue lined page, and now it has been officially penciled.

The final revisions were for me to change the new film crew member's hand to be pointing upward in panel 1. And, I was asked to add Greg in panel 2 and to put Tommy's hand on his shoulder. And, panel 3 received more clarity in the background.

This has been the process that all of the pages for My Big Break issue have been going through.

So, if you want to catch up on My Big Break, you can buy some issues at

It is the autobiographical comic book of Philip Haldiman's experience of playing Denny in the midnight movie classic The Room. You all need to watch that movie. Kyle Bennett is a workhorse. He has been working as the editor, inker, colorist, for the main story. And, he has been writing and illustrating his brilliant feature within the comic called "Denny Between the Scenes". He's giving this project 210% and his is a name to be on the lookout for. Skill and talent like his does not stay underground long.

If you want to see the other "How to Draw Comics the Haldi Way" posts, check out the above links.

And, here it is, the penciled page 18 of issue 4.....

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you all at a really geeky event soon!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Comics the Haldi Way- Part 3

The journey for a great page 18 continues. I sent in the blue lines from last time. Kyle then sent me his editorial notes. Now, the person that I originally drew as bald has changed greatly. We recently found a source that showed us exactly what this guy looks like. He has hair, facial hair, glasses, and a little more heft. So, overall, since this is an auto-biographical piece, I changed that person's look to match reality better.

In panel one, the note was to change the hand of Scott to be holding the box of candy. On my own, I changed the couch and table a tad to make myself happy and more accurate to the film.

In panel two, the note was to changes Kyle's head to three-quarters and to shrink the framed pictures on the mantle.

In panel three, the note was to stack the people in the background and to make the background itself more clear. I had fun with this one. I checked out some Silver Age Marvel Comics to see how those artists stacked people and stole some of their ideas. I threw in a few more familiar faces, a lot of the film's cast is in this panel now. I raised the wall. I also drew in the door that people walk through to get onto the roof of the building. That doorway is a very familiar sight in the film so it was fun to add it in there.

Now, I just wrote this thing as if people are in the know. If you do not know what this is about, now you'll know. This is me chronicling the journey that we take creating a page for an issue of My Big Break. Philip Haldiman is the writer and it is his comic book auto-biography of his experience in Hollywood filming the cult-classic-so-bad-it's-good-film The Room. If you didn't know already, Phil played Denny.

For these features, I'm setting aside the main Fred the Mustard Packet story to tell the story of page 18 of issue 4 of My Big Break. It makes YOU want to draw a real life story comic book, now doesn't it???!?!??? I hope you will learn something.

The above links will send you to the other installments of "How to Draw Comics the Haldi Way".

PS- Boy my Rob Liefeld cartoon from two years back sure shot up in views. Holy Moses on a Pig Farm! My friends on Twitter know about it.

Thanks, and take it easy!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

How to Draw Comics the Haldi Way- Part 2

So, this week instead of another Fred page we are going to return to "How to Draw Comics the Haldi Way".

In this installment, I'm showing you the first pass at blue line pencils. This part of the process requires the page to be drawn in Non-Photo Blue Pencil. This makes for easy corrections and easier pencil work down the line. The lines and marks made by a Non-Photo Blue Pencil will not be scanned by a copier or scanner if it is set to work with pure black and white. However, it can be seen when photographed or copied when the machine is set to color.

This allows for me to do less erasing down the line. There is less smearing and smudging with the actual graphite pencils, because I probably will not use the eraser much or at all by the time I do the graphite pencils. The blue lines erase nicer and the stray blue lines can stay on the page with the graphite lines, because the scanners will only read the graphite art.

This is where I layout the page on a larger surface. Kyle tells me to focus on the three P's: Perspective, Proportion, and Personality. I take the layout ideas from the thumbnail, slightly improve them if I can, and draw out what I think the final page should look like. It should be noted that the blue line art will have a little less detail than the final pencils because I want to save time. No doubt there will be things that need to be fixed, it's only a first pass.

So, here is the blue line work for page 18 of issue 4 of My Big Break.

A lot of the guess work was already taken out of the equation in the thumbnail process. It is still a 3 panel page. Panels 2 and 3 are mostly the way they are in the thumbnail. I did a perspective shift in panel 1 though. I just felt that "flipping the camera" would tell the story with better clarity. Also, the thumbnail did not have much of a background in panel 3. So, in that panel, I placed them on the roof of the condo complex. I made a little note off to the side for Kyle telling him that I envision a green screen set up to be a part of the background. I made that note because it is hard to communicate something like that without color.

This and another blue lined page were emailed to Kyle. He will then write me back with either revisions to make or with the green light to bring the page to the final pencils.

Let's see how it goes. Thanks for reading! Be sure to check out to order your My Big Break comics.

Also, the above link is for anyone who may have missed the first "How to Draw Comics the Haldi Way" installment. In that one I went over the thumbnail process. And, yes, we will make page 18 the focus throughout this feature.

Thank you all for supporting My Big Break and Fred the Mustard Packet.

All the best,


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I have to put the story on hold for one week, but hey, here's some other art that I've made.

Sorry, friends, I've lagged a touch on My Big Break, so I need this extra day to catch up.

Anyway, I designed the below flyer for a super cool show that I was a part of at Funny World. I got to perform with Dain Quentin Gore, Arturo Ruiz, Rick Larsen, AND the Slow Poisoner!!!!! What a thrill! The Slow Poisoner is seriously the best of anything happening in music anywhere. He's also a painter, a comic book artist, a novelist, and a columnist. Look up Slow Poisoner or Andrew Goldfarb to learn more.

If you're a Phoenician and you've never been to a Funny World show, you need to check it out. It's crazy cool and crazy weird at the same time!

I think I want to make comics with the cat that I drew. I named him Weirdo the Cat. He has a tentacle tail, and I've decided that he eats his food with a frog-like tongue. He might be a good character to explore post-My Big Break.

That aside, issue 4 of MMB is well underway. Thanks again to Kyle Bennett for steering this ship of fools. He's a workhorse. Also, when we are post-MMB, you need to hire him for all of your visual media projects. He's amazing.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Plums + Mummies = Plummies

From my World Famous "Fiber Frights" series.

On hiatus for a couple of weeks.

It's nothing bad.... in fact it's about something GREAT!

More details as they are allowed to be released.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

OK..... thanks for the support! Now, let us share something Clawful!

Thank you for the pre-orders! Thank you for the votes!

Now, let us bring the glory home to Phoenix! If you can't pre-order, if you can't vote, I understand. I'm also very appreciative of shares.

So, please, share the link below with the people in your circles.

Comedy + Masters of the Universe + T-Shirts = Rad

Thanks again.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Hey! Yeehaw! My Master of the Universe design for the Threadless T-Shirt Contest is in the running!

I did a t-shirt design for a contest hosted by Threadless that's supposed to use characters and concepts from Masters of the Universe. I did a spoof of those cute "I'm Crabby" shirts with a cartoon crab. But, mine has the MOTU villain known as Clawful in it. Clawful was a fun action figure to have. So, judge it, fund it, and that stuff. Thanks for the love and support that you already give me and Fred.

The link is below. Also, I promise to fix the pixel-ish letters in post if this design makes it to print.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Fred the Mustard Packet Does the Scottish Play- Page 2

Well, here it is. It's lived in my mind for years, but now the world can see it. Here's where Fred lives.... at Clem's Corndog Corner!