Entry 113: Tsunami Relief

The subject of this week’s Periscope Studio sketch challenge is Japan. The idea is to have a week of pieces that we can auction off and have the proceeds donated to tsunami relief.

Edit– This piece is now sold.
Check out other pieces up for auction from other Periscope studio members here. All of the pieces are for tsunami relief. (I might bid on Aaron McConnell’s piece myself.)
And a big thanks to everyone who bid.

I had pretty much told myself that I wouldn’t be participating in many more Periscope sketch challenges for a while because I need to be focused on work. But when the idea of doing a Japan week was suggested I was immediately on board. There are probably a lot of artists who feel this way, but for me this is a chance to give a little back to a country that has given me so much. Many of my greatest artistic inspirations are Japanese. Which brings me to the piece itself.

I considered doing a piece directly related to the tsunami and everything that’s happened there but it seemed so depressing. I turned to the idea of Japanese pride. I thought about all of the amazing and super cool things Japanese culture has brought to the world. I actually felt as though Japan itself was going to look at what I did and judge whether or not it was in the right spirit… I’m not sure what that means, but it made me think of the end of Akira (the manga).

—Spoiler Alert—

At the end of Akira, after Tetsuo has been killed and the UN can finally reach the shores of the devastated Neo Tokyo with supplies and medical aid, Kaneda is there. He’s clearly assumed a leadership role– after all, he was always a leader– and he tells the UN essentially to beat it. We don’t need your help. Just then Kei rides up on Kaneda’s bike. Kaneda hops on, they ride off into the city, and you get to see these two strong characters finally joined together. Maybe things are going to be okay. What can stop these two? The ghosts of Kaneda’s friends, Yamagata and Tetsuo, appear riding along side them. They zoom out ahead and vanish and we see the city start to rebuild itself. The last shot is of Kaneda and Kei riding into a perfectly reformed Neo Tokyo as the last bits of debris fly back into place. It’s a beautiful and hopeful ending.

Akira is my very favorite comic series ever. The only thing that challenges it’s #1 spot for me is Tezuka’s Phoenix, also a Japanese book.

Click over to the Periscope Studio Tumblr to see the other pieces that will be available.


p.s. click the "japan love" tag for past Japanese related posts.

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Entry 112: Blast From The Past Part 9

I’m overdue for a new blast from the past post. So lets all step inside the time machine and take a little trip back to 1999… Or maybe it was 2000. I gotta be honest I don’t know what year we’re going back to. I thought that the first year that I went to the San Diego comic con with my portfolio was in 1999, but when I count backwards each year, it has to be in 2000. I’m missing a year!

click for time travel

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Entry 111: Portland Comics Interview

I recently did an interview with fellow Portlander, Doug Dorr. The interview is now on his Blog, Portland Comics, which is solely about the comics scene here in Portland. Yes, there are enough comic creators here in Portland to have a regularly updated blog about it.

Check out that Interview Here Portland Comics- Questions- Dustin Weaver

Now you might be wondering- what is with the movie poster?
Well, it has absolutely nothing to do with the interview.

Learn about Ghost Party

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Entry 110: ECCC commissions

Emerald City is now over. I survived. It was rough, but I made it through. And it’s back to real work now.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and said hi. I signed a lot of Shield books and a lot of people had some really great things to say about the book. I really appreciated all the kind words.

I’m sorry to anyone who came up and wanted a sketch or a commission that couldn’t get one because I was booked up. That’s the first time that’s happened to me. This was the first show where I actually had to make a real commission list. In fact, I over booked myself and I now have to get a few of those commissions done at home. I’m really sorry to you guys who have to wait a little longer.

Anyway, enough jibber jabber, to the art.

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Entry 109: ECCC

Continue reading

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Entry 108: SHIELD #6

The answers to all of your questions here!

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Entry 107: Super Powered Lucy/ Mad Men

Hello again! and welcome to another Live Web-log by me, Dustin Weaver.
As you can see, Lucy has begun to manifest her mutant X-gene powers. Normally they don’t kick in till puberty, but she’s an exceptional kid. The doctor says it’s perfectly normal in some cosmic energy manipulating omega-level mutants. That’s right "cosmic energy." All I can do is make my eyes glow, which only looks cool. But guess what, when they’re lit up, I can’t see. Completely sightless!

Moving on.
This week on the Periscope Tumblr we are doing Mad Men pieces. No, not pictures of crazy and or angry guys. Pictures related to the popular TV show set in the early 60’s, Mad Men.

I must say that I had never seen the show when I saw that we were going to be doing a week on it and I defiantly thought to myself, "Screw that!" "I don’t watch that show and everyone who does must be stupid." But then I thought, "Wait. not everyone who watches that show could be stupid. In fact, logic dictates, that there is likely some percentage of that shows viewers who are smart. That means that I could watch it too and I don’t have to feel like I’m stupid for doing so."  So I’m giving it a try. I’m a little more than halfway through the first season and I like it.

Here’s my piece

This show makes me want to smoke.

Check out the other Mad Men pieces at the Periscope Studio Tumblr…. if you dare.
…It’s not scary. I know people say "if you dare" when it’s something scary. If I scared you away from doing it, I apologize. Seriously, nothing bad is going to happen when you click on that link. It’s not some kind of thing like in the movie The Ring where you’ll get a message telling you that your going to die in seven days. It’s nothing like that. It’s just pictures inspired by the show Mad Men. So click on the link. It’s fine.

Once again, it’s time for the corner that is taking the world by storm! The corner that is making everyone say, "I didn’t know a corner could be so good." Lucy’s Poetry Corner!!!!!!!

In closing, I would like to share with you a revelation I had the other day: Justin Bieber is the bizzaro Dustin Weaver… Think about it.

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