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Hey all! Heavy is rocking and rearing to go and the only thing holding me back is the necessary funding I need to print and produce the comic. 

I'm a single dad, working a forty hour week job with all the responsibilities and finances that come with those things. It leaves me with having only free time to do art, but no real money to get it produced. 

So, please, check out my GoFundMe and see if you want to give a little bit to help this dream that has been brewing for just over ten years. 

Thanks!!

www.gofundme.com/2uv2br78
Hey gang! 

Aaron Stewart and I had a great outing this year at Rose City. We sold plenty of books, got a number of returning readers and were able to get a whole bunch of new ones. Very exciting seeing old friends and making new ones. 

Aaron and I came up with a great plan for next year! We will be selling little blank, paintable figures of Galaxy Gator. I'm already working on the particulars to get it sculpted, molded and cast. We have a rather sizable sculpture at our table and almost every kid wanted to buy it to bring it home, so we figured that our audience was definitely speaking to us, so we'll listen!

I will also be creating a preview comic of Heavy Horse with the first issue to be available the following con. In this preview comic I'll have a coupon for a $1 or $2 off the first issue if they bring the coupon/book with them. I think this is a great way to get Heavy out there while I'm sill effectively working on the book and creates a good incentive for people to come back and check out the first issue. 

Still debating on coloring the book. I'm using a gray tone ink wash to create some good depth, but, I feel that I need to punch it up a bit more with something, and I'm not sure if color is the way to go. 

Regardless, things are moving forward and I couldn't be more happy!  

Updates as they come in! 

B
Check it out everyone! The next exciting installment of Galaxy Gator is online for you to purchase for your very own!!

Get yours today!!

www.galaxygator.net/
I've gone through a lot of shit this year.
Lost my job.
Lost my unemployment.
Lost my apartment.
Lost time with my kids.

Loss, loss, fuckin' loss. Not that that's made me depressed or anything. Okay, a little. But I picked myself up and have a great job. Still no apartment yet, or time to work on any art, or any more time with my kids, but, I'm surviving and continuing to move ahead.

In regards to this, I've decided to kick my own ass this coming year. I have written, plotted and thumbnailed most of the first issue of Heavy Horse and by golly, this year I'm going to get something printed. 

I wanted to take a moment and thank all my supporters out there (dare I say fans?). Your love of my art and the love you have for Heavy should not go unrewarded and I only hope to create something that is special enough to get even more of that love and support. 

Keep watching my page, I have a DA app now, so maybe I can start posting some stuff from my phone since I don't have access to my computer at the moment. Should be some fun stuff coming your way. 


Till then. 
Thanks
Ben
Hey all. Been out of the game for a while. A series of unfortunate setbacks, but, I'm still alive. 

Heavy is still, (I know, when the fuck will it be ready??!!!!) in the works, and I have a couple of more great ideas on the pike. Just haven't been able to formulate and get them going because life has pretty much sucked for me lately. I still have a positive outlook and am determined to get back on my feet and create something worthwhile. 

Till then, I must travel back into the ether and work on my life. Hope all is well with all of you and know that I'm missing my deviant buddies!!!!
Hey all!

Just a quick update to let all my followers know I'm still alive and well. It's been a rough patch the last few months, from losing my job, to not getting unemployment extensions, to not making enough money, to losing my apartment, to having to stay on friend's couches, I've tried to do the best to stay focused and keep on pressing on to get back on track. 
Heavy is still well underway, and I'll be premiering a set of posters and postcards at the upcoming Rose City Comic Show in Portland, OR. Details to come. !!

Hey everyone!


I've been hit pretty hard with unemployment and just now received word that my benefits have been cancelled, but, no worries. I am still diligently looking for work and hopefully something will break soon.


I have been working on Heavy and have actually completed a number of pages already! WOW!!! right??  Unfortunately, my internet is still down so I can't upload any goodies, but, know that things are moving along pretty well on the Heavy front and I have no intention of slowing down. I hope to have at least something available before the end of the year.

I'm excited and hope that I can continue being productive when I actually land a job.

Hopefully I'll be back with a good working net soon, and can show you some of the awesome stuff I have done!  Yay!



Hey everybody.


Just a little update. My internet at my house has been off for a few weeks, with the possibility of not being up for a few more, so I won't be able to update and post any new pieces of work.


The good news is that I have been diligently working on Heavy and have actually completed the script for the first complete story that will be broken up into three parts. Each part will be about 44 pages, full color, with a healthy gray wash over everything. It should be pretty awesome. So, all the people that are waiting patiently for Heavy to hit the stands (or more likely, my Etsy shop) won't have much longer to wait. I project another nine months to a year, which given the amount of time I've been working on this thing, (ug ten years) doesn't seem like too long.

Thanks to all of you who have supported me completely through this endeavor and I hope that you all enjoy what I have to offer when it does come out.

Excelsior!!!!


Ben

My buddy Devon Devereaux and I sat down the other day and chatted about comics. We talk a lot about Heavy and a bunch of other great stuff. Check it out.

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Check it out, local geek and all around nice guy, Aaron Duran reviewed Professor Ozark's Secret Medicine Show #1.

Here's the link!

geekinthecity.com/
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Check out my latest blog post, all about Dada master, Man Ray!

benperkinsartist.blogspot.com/…
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I just started a new blog a few days ago.

It'll be more of a focus on art, be it fine art, illustration, commercial art, comic art..all types of art.  Talking about things like process, technique, image choice and quality, the importance of craft and the philosophy of trying to reach unattainable perfection.

I have a few posts up already, so you have a bit to read. I started with a summary of my process on my latest work, Suggestive Space.

Go read it and let me know how you like it.

www.benperkinsartist.blogspot.com

Plus, I'll be posting new and exciting stuff to my Heavy blog as well.

www.heavyhorsecomic.blogspot.com

SO, go, enjoy, share, and thanks!!

B
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Way back in the summer of 2001, I believe, I had a group of friends that made home video movies. They were silly kung fu style flicks, with fighting and special effects and the like. They did two in a series called FIGHT DUB, and I was around when they started thinking of the next one. There was no real connective tissue other than using some of the same names, and using the same people for different roles. My buddy, and the director, Kenny Hall decided to do another one and asked me to help write it.

We came up with a post-apocalyptic future where mankind was in ruins and otherworldly beings had come to ravage the land and stake their claim as the creators of the universe, thus, nullifying God. This of course, displeases a certain religious group.  Y'see, a treaty between the humans and the aliens is about to be signed basically eliminating the belief in a heavenly father. The Mormons seek to disrupt the proceedings using a bomb that was made from alien information and tech. This certain tech is actually a gauntlet worn by our wayward hero, Tetsuo.

That's basically the set-up, but, you wouldn't know if from watching it. I had NO IDEA how to write a script for film and it shows. At best this movie is a very funny action comedy and the plot is really insignificant next to all the crazy characters we created. It was just a ton of fun to put in as much crazy shit as we could and make it look cool and try to make it make sense.  

So without further ado, please check out a time-capsule of probably one of my best summers ever as a young man, getting to hang out and pal around with friends with no responsibilities and a whole summer day to shoot some cool fight scenes.

Enjoy....FIGHT DUB III: AT FUTURE'S END!!!!

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As always, it's been awhile since I've updated. I've been going through a lot of personal stuff, so things have kind of slowed down, but, my spirits and motivations remain as high as always.

I've worked out how Heavy will be released. Originally, I was going to make three books, about ninety pages each to create a nice hardcover trilogy. Unfortunately, I'm not rich and that shit takes some money.  I've decided to break up the books into twelve issues, with four issues per story arc. Each issue will be 34 pages, and I'm going to print them in a zine format, 8'X10.5', cause I want something different and a bit hefty. I was inspired by King City by Brandon Graham. It's a neat book, perfect size, and feels like there's some weight to it.  When it's all said and done, I'll probably try to do three trades, and then collect everything in a whole big hardcover special edition book, depending on pricing and demand.

I've just finished plotting out the first four issues, or first arc/chapter/whatever, and laid out each issue plotting each page for reveals, surprises, pacing, and the like.

Next step is to thumbnail out the issues, and then start drawing. I'm looking for to (hopefully) get at least the first two issues done within the year and have them ready for Stumptown Comics Festival 2013, along with posters, buttons, baseball cards and an anaglyph 3-D poster.  

I've let a few people that I trust read the script for the first issue and the feedback has been extremely positive and I couldn't be happier. This isn't going to be your average adventure comic for sure. The pacing is very noir and very character driven and I'm really working hard to make the events in the book and the story points happen as organically and as naturally as possible.

Stay tuned for more updates!
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It's HERE!! Galaxy Gator #0, written by Aaron Stewart and illustrated by yours truly. I have a few copies for those who live close and want to purchase one. Or you can go to Cosmic Monkey, Future Dreams, or check out the website!

galaxygator.net/index.html
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So, for some reason (I'm not sure if it was me, or if it was DA in general) I couldn't post or really navigate this site for a full month or so.  VERY FRUSTRATING! The problem seems to have been fixed as I was able to upload some images earlier and actually see all my DA messages and follow my watches.

The big announcement, unfortunately, is that I was let go from NeoTrash Comix.  I'm not going to get into the whole thing cause it's still fresh and I'm sure there are feelings hurt on all sides, but, quickly, it came down to a gross miscommunication and resulted in the owner letting me go.  It hurt.  Bad.  In spite of this, and getting through a horrible depression afterwards, I saw the silver lining in the whole affair.  

I was free to devote all my free time into actually building the Heavy story I had bubbling in my head and on the various notes I had.  Since being let go, I've been writing full tilt boogie on HEAVY and the as yet untitled book.  I plotted the whole thing down after being inspired by a Cullen Bunn article he wrote on how he breaks down his stories for comics, which I had been kinda doing backwards till I read this.  You can find it here if you're interested----> www.cullenbunn.com/2012/01/22/…

So, armed with a goal, an agenda, and more knowledge, I hit the books and wrote out the entire first arc of Heavy Horse.  The whole thing is looking like it's going to be about 150 pages.  That will include a prologue which I think is pretty cool and gets the dominoes falling which gets our equine protagonist involved, as well as the main story plus some back matter as well as a pin-up gallery.   It seems like a lot, but, I'm really going for more atmosphere and character than exposition and explosions.  I want those meaty character moments, and I want people to kinda of get lost in this world with these characters.  My main goal, even tho there are monsters and weirdos in the book, is to really strive to have everything seem very organic and have that sense of the aforementioned dominoes falling.  Kinda like real life. heh.

I'm having quite a blast as well as quite the challenge of writing this book, but, it's been coming together very nicely.  I'm usually writing about two hours a day.  About an hour before I get my kids from school, and an hour on my lunch break.  Nothing major mind you.  Just writing whatever I can to help solidify the story and get all the nooks and crannies filled in.  Outlines, motivations of characters, their challenges, ect. Hell, I wrote a list of just questions about characters and story to see if I could even answer them satisfactorily, which is a fun exercise if you haven't tried it.  

Anyway, all this to say that I'm working full tilt boogie on getting this thing out by, hopefully the end of next year and in time for the cons next year.  I'm thinking about doing these in issues and then a collected edition that will combine the prologue and the five chapters that I have laid out.  We'll have to see what kind of a budget that will take, but, if anything I can start an indiegogo campaign and get that ball rolling.

Then I'll start work on the next Heavy book, (I've tentatively planned for three), and after that, who knows. Have a ton of cool story ideas on a lot of cool subjects, so we'll just have to see where the winds take me.

All this to say I'm very super excited and I'm actually really pleased I've put so much work into this so far and I'm finally seeing some results as to actually seeing this story work.  It's a bit daunting but one step at a time.  

Thanks to everyone who's been super supportive, especially my good friends Ira Flowers and Diana Davis.  You guys have been great sounding boards.

Until next time...

B
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Learn yourself if you haven't already and when you do, you can sign this petition to keep the gubbament out of the internet.

I know this is a touchy subject for some, because it seems like this law would protect artists and their works.  That's kinda true, if you're a big dog.  If you're a little guy, you're still getting screwed.  

Call me old fashioned but, I in no way, need the government in my life more than it already is.  

www.google.com/landing/takeact…
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Is anyone else out there having problems with Deviant Art lately.  Pages not popping up, not being able to submit artwork.

I've opened it in Chrome and Explorer, and I'm not making any headway.

Any suggestions?
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Just finished formatting Galaxy Gator Number Zero for Aaron Stewart and it's on its way to the printers soon.

I'll let you know of how you can get your hands on a hot copy.  Until then, peruse the website starring our reptilian reprobate!

galaxygator.net/

Let me know what you think, and if'n you want there's a great place to order some merch!!

Christmas IS coming!


Cheers,

B
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So, after a few months of not having my damned net, I'm back.

Wow, what an interesting couple of months.  Where do I start?

Well, I started the second issue of Professor Ozark's Secret Medicine Show!  A lot gets revealed and we have a huge action set piece that will hopefully dazzle and tickle. I'm planning to have that and a special top secret book done by Stumptown and ECCC.  Plus, I'm working on trying to make some small figurines of our slightly mad and ever irritated scientist. I'm playing with the idea of doing a two part poly mold, but, I'm at a loss as to where to get the materials...and what I would use for the casting.  Anybody with tips and links, I'd be much obliged.

I've been painting regularly, doing some pretty cool commissions for some friends, doing their kids as their favorite hero, which has brought in some much needed duckets.  I've been contributing to the Gallery Zero, and amazingly enough, I've sold two paintings in two months, all to the same guy, who owns a very fantastic chain of restaurants in the area....anyone ever heard of Laughing Planet?  Yeah, so really amazing patron, I'm very lucky he likes my stuff.

I'll upload everything I've been working on over the next week or so.  

The most amazing thing to happen was that I was contacted by a small production company to help out with storyboards for an animated project.  I'm locked by a NDA, so I can't disclose any information, but, if it's gets purchased, I'll have a steady gig, and I think it's great enough to catch on pretty quickly, so I'm SUPER excited about that.

Other than that, I've been working on my Heavy story, which has been having it's ups and downs, but, I'm really still trying to whittle down everything into a cohesive and well produced piece of material.  

I can't wait to share all the things I've been working on, I think some of you guys will really dig it.

Until then...EXCELSIOR!
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