Saturday, March 17, 2018

Entry 301: S.H.I.E.L.D. Update #8

The artwork for the last two issues of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been done since October 2014. Three and a half years ago.

The last issue to be published of S.H.I.E.L.D. was published February 2012. Six years ago.

And the series started June 2010. That's like eight years ago!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Entry 300!: 7-11 Nachos

One time I was abducted by Scientologists.

I was nineteen and I was alone on a small stretch of sidewalk somewhere in the vast expanse of the spiritual wasteland known as Orange County, California. A car pulled up beside me. Inside was a man and a woman. They seemed okay and they asked me if I wanted to see a movie. That Thanksgiving I had walked to the nearby 7-11 and purchased nachos. They were just a cheep bag of circular chips that you opened and pumped disgusting cheese and chilly onto yourself. I took those nachos home and I ate them. For Thanksgiving. Alone. Dying inside with each bite. So yeah, I got in the car. They could have been serial killers, but if they were going to torture me, at least I'd feel alive. The worst that could happen, I figured, is that I'd actually have to watch a movie. Turns out they weren't serial killers. They were Scientologists.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Entry 299: Weaver on Weaver

Hello, my fans and readers of this blog. I've got good news!

I am not a harasser of women or men! I'm not a pedophile. I've never sexually misconducted myself or anyone else. I've also never pretended to be a person of a different race or nationality, given myself work, and pretended it was diversity... There are no scandals waiting to come out about me. So-- congratulations. You have chosen who to be a fan of wisely. (This time.)

Anyway, I was thinking: I've been making comics professionally for about 13/14 years. I find it helpful and even fun to look back at my old work. I like seeing the mistakes as well as the accomplishments. I try to view it as objectively as possible. In doing this, I've realized that I have a kind of mental ranking of my comics. I think some are better than others. It's never been a fully formed ranking. There's never been a #1 spot. But I got to thinking, if I had to rank them, what would be number one? So I'm going to give it a shot right now.

Here it is.
The Top 15 Best Single Comic Issues I've Worked On (According to me, with maybe some quick thoughts on each issue.)

(This list will not include my PAKLIS issues because I am most proud of them and they would take the top five spots. So it's all pre-Paklis issues)

Avengers #7

This issue opens on a sci-fi scene that took me back to my days working on Star Wars and I always liked it's weird vibe. The rest of the issue has kind of a slow build until The Avengers must scramble to deal with a threat from another universe and the birth of the most dangerous hero on Earth. 

I have an idea in my head of what the ideal superhero team book should look like. Characters should have a certain visual appeal. It should be colorful and dynamic. In the few Avengers issues I did along with my work on Infinity, I feel I got closest to those ideals. I felt good about my drawings and Justin Ponsor's colors were perfect. 

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Entry 298: NOSEvember.

I have this really cool thing I do where I notice people doing a thing. I don't know what it is or where it came from, and instead of choosing to join in or not join in, I instead justify my not being apart of it by believing that thing to be stupid. HA Ha Pretty cool huh?

Anyway it's Inktober.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Entry 297: Blast From the Past- part 26

In 2005, after I did the King Kong 8th Wonder of the World Mini Book, Dark Horse asked if I wanted to draw the adaptation for the upcoming Peter Jackson King Kong movie. I said yes. I like Peter Jackson and I was looking forward to that Kong movie. I'd heard doing movie licence stuff could be a pain, but I thought, "how bad could it be?"

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Entry 296: Paklis 1 Reviews

PAKLIS #1 is out and the response is positive.  I really had no idea what people would think of the first issue. It could have gone ether way in my mind. I'm glad it's going the way it has.

Issue 2 hits stores very soon. June 28 to be exact. I'm really happy with it. I think it's my best work.

If you haven't picked up issue 1 yet, see if you can find a copy and get on board for issue 2.

Here are some of the reviews so far:

Multiversity Comics Paklis  Review
"With three distinct stories, each as engaging and exciting as the last, “Paklis” #1 blows everything else off the shelves."

Comicosity Paklis Review
"...[Weaver] is a storytelling force to be reckoned with."

Bleeding Cool
"The First Page Of Dustin Weaver’s Paklis Is There To Screw With Your Head."

Nerdophiles Paklis Review
"Paklis #1 is a clear, uncut look at one of American comics’ most fascinating, idiosyncratic artists and that’s something that demands attention."
Talking Comicbook Paklis Review
"...[Paklis is] experimental, requiring some work from its reader, and really good."

Adventures In Poor Taste
"Paklis #1 feels like the indie corner of the comic shop has found its way onto the big stage."
Comic Buzz
"Paklis #1 is a great start for an Anthology book."
Paste Magazine
"Overall, this is an impressive first issue with consistently exquisite, ethereal art."

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Entry 295: PAKLIS #1

I'm finally entering into the world of creator-owned-comics. This MAY you'll be able to get the first issue of PAKLIS. Here's the description:
Do you accept the life you've been handed, or do you step into the unknown, even as it leads you into the shadows?

Image Comics is pleased to introduce PAKLIS—a new anthology series from writer/artist Dustin Weaver—where the characters in three mind-bending stories find themselves faced with dark, existential questions that will haunt readers.
 "My influences on this series range from Kafka to Miyazaki. The Twilight Zone, Aeon Flux cartoons, and the comics of Moebius and Otomo are all major touchstones," said Weaver.
In “MUSHROOM BODIES,” Greg struggles with knowing what’s real and fears becoming complacent in a world of human insects.
In the first installment of “SAGITTARIUS A*,” war hero Linus Rad is on a mission to the center of the galaxy to learn the dark secrets of his dead father’s scientific experiments.
In the first chapter of “AMNIA CYCLE,” Tara, a young Jet-Wing pilot, goes AWOL in the war against the Nuriel in order to help Amnia, a mysterious alien with no memory of where she came from and a desperate need to stop a terrible disaster! When Amnia disappears, it sends Tara on an adventure into the Shadow Zone.
 Step into the unknown. Journey into the shadows. There you’ll find PAKLIS.
PAKLIS #1 (Diamond Code MAR170691) hits stores on Wednesday, May 31st. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 8th.