Oliver's Travels

the development of a new world

San Diego Dreamin’

July24
This seems like a fitting time for me to launch the official blog of OtherLand. It was a trip too San Diego two years ago that inspired me to get serious about my dream to do a comic. I showed some old art and got some pretty rough but constructive critics but I was on fire with inspiration. I sat with my sketchbook late into the night coming up with new ideas and revisiting some that had been with me a long time. When I got home I drew this…
It was the start of something. I spent the next year working up new ideas, sketches and eventually pages to take back the next year. I will show some of those pages when we get a little bit further along with this grand adventure that is bloging. All that led to me returning to sunny California with a preview book in hand. The cover of which you see at the top of this post. I handed the book out to a ton of publishers and got as many people to look at it and give me feedback on my portfolio as possible. I learned so much. After leaving I made choices and changed my approach from a monthly to a Graphic Novel.
That leads us to today. I deep into the development of the new book, I am writing and drawing it and my wife is painting. But it is not done and won’t be until next summer. That is why I am here, at home dreaming of warm sun, big waves and a convention hall filled to the brim with awesome.
Now dear reader, you know where I am starting from and you know the goal, to have a completed Graphic Novel on sale a year from now.  I will be sharing as much of the creative process and myself with you as I can in hopes that you will keep me honest and keep me working.
I have so much to show you all and over the next year and hopefully you will stick with me on this adventure.
Thanks for reading.
Joshua

This seems like a fitting time for me to launch the official blog of OtherLand. It was a trip to San Diego two years ago that inspired me to get serious about my dream to do a comic. I showed some old art and got some pretty rough but constructive criticism, but I was on fire with inspiration. I sat with my sketchbook late into the night coming up with new ideas and revisiting some that had been with me a long time. When I got home I drew this…

It was the start of something. I spent the next year working up new ideas, sketches and eventually pages to take back the next year. I will show some of those pages when we get a little bit further along with this grand adventure that is blogging. All that led to me returning to sunny California with a preview book in hand. The cover of which you see below. I handed the book out to a ton of publishers and got as many people to look at it and give me feedback on my portfolio as possible. I learned so much. After leaving I made choices and changed my approach from a monthly to a Graphic Novel. I took the advice of the folks I met at the Convention, my friends and family, and changed the style of my drawings. My wife joined in the project with me and has been watercolor painting each page.

Cover to the preview book from Comic-Con

That leads us to today. We are deep into the development of the new book, I am writing and drawing it and my wife is painting. But it is not done and won’t be until next summer. That is why I am here, at home dreaming of warm sun, pumpkin waffles, big waves and a convention hall filled to the brim with awesome.

Now dear reader, you know where I am starting from and you know the goal, to have a completed Graphic Novel on sale a year from now.  I will be sharing as much of the creative process and myself with you as I can in hopes that you will share your feedback and keep me working.

I have so much to show you all and over the next year and hopefully you will stick with me on this adventure.

Thanks for reading.

Joshua

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3 Comments to

“San Diego Dreamin’”

  1. On July 24th, 2009 at 8:33 pm Fred C. Stresing Says:

    Hey Josh!

    It’s Fred, that kid who liked comics in your foundation drawing classes a few years back at FLCC! Sorry I’ve been so stingy with the updates, but not a whole lot has really happened til recently (other than the whole graduating FLCC thing).

    Hope things are going well for you, and it’s really cool to see new site up and running! Saw a few of these pieces I think in the FLCC gallery, very nice work! Watercolors continue to elude me personally, but I think those look really nice. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this site!

    I also have huge news! If you recall, way back when, I showed you some pages of a comic in the very early stages of, I think it was just pencilling. Well that comic has now been finished and is being released next week (available at finer Canandaigua comic shops everywhere: http://www.pulpnouveau.com).

    There’s going to be a release party happening this Thursday (the 30th) from 6-9 at Pulp Nouveau, located on Main Street Canandaigua, and it’d be great if you could come. There will also be refreshments!

    I understand if you’re busy, that’s fine. If you still want a copy of the book you can probably find it at Pulp Nouveau anytime, and hopefully for sale online soon as well!

    I’ve also been asked to do some lettering for a project I can’t say too much about. But it’s an exciting time for me, to say the least.

    Hope things are going well with you!

    - Fred C. Stresing

  2. On July 29th, 2009 at 8:04 pm admin Says:

    Fred,

    It is great to hear from you! I was so excited to see a comment on my blog so quickly. I figured it would be months before anyone noticed this was here :)

    That is great news about your book! I can’t wait to see a copy. I will be purchasing one for sure. I would love to come to your release party but I may not be able to make it. I will try though, and if I can’t i will be out to purchase a copy next week.

    Definitely keep in touch and thank you for the first post ever on the blog.

    Joshua

  3. On January 23rd, 2010 at 8:52 pm Dulcie Says:

    To Mr.Coon,
    Or Josh – I just felt like saying that because I’ve never actually called you Mr.Coon. Huh. But I digress, Hello it’s Dulcie :)

    At first I was going to post my comment on your wall, but then I decided to leave it on your blog instead. If I were a comic book writer, or if I become a writer someday, I think that’s where I would want my comments. Makes it more official :)

    I think I ask about your book about every other day. At least twice a week. This usually consists of “How’s Josh’s book going?” to which your wife replies “Great, he worked on it last night” which I comment on by saying “Awesome!” Sometimes it goes more in depth than that.

    My first thought on Otherland (though I keep slipping it up and calling it Elsewhere – sue that man who took that name! SUE HIM!) is on the way you draw Brisby. I love her character design! I really enjoyed how you took something that usually wouldn’t have personality – since she’s a dog not a person – and gave her ALOT of it. I think it’s the ears. I love how you draw her ears. They remind me of my dog’s haha. I feel a little sympathy for Oliver though, Brisby seems the smarter- or at least more observant of the two. Oh would you look at that, I’m bashing Oliver and I haven’t even read the book yet! Apologies.

    Secondly, I think that Oliver looks like a young Josh Coon. Seriously! The first time I saw an ink drawing of him (in his very hip Otherland logo t-shirt by the way) my first thought was: he looks like Josh! I don’t know if you did this intentionally, or even agree with the opinion, but I thought it as neat. You an always find, whether it’s a comic book or just a novel, a piece of an author in his work. It’s unavoidable.

    Lastly (and there was more to this comment, I had it finished but idiotically hit the Back button and erased it all!) I would like to thank you for taking such an interest in my name. I am truly touched that you like it enough to consider using it in your comic. I can’t really even express it – though I am a girl of many words – no one has ever done something like that in my life.
    Though it may not be important or pertaining, I’ll give you some insight on the name itself. Eden, my middle name was chosen by my dad. I have no idea what his motives are, but he picked it from what else – The Garden of Eden. My dad actually wanted to name me Aurora, but my mom quickly DENIED that. You can thank her next time you see her.
    My first name was chosen by my mom. She picked it out when she was sixteen, after hearing the name in a song in the musical Man A La Mancha. The musical is based on the book Don Quixote. In the novel, an old man convinces himself that he is a knight. He decides to tour the world, killing dragons and rescuing damsels. On his travels he chances upon a woman named Aldonza (she’s the village wench, thanks mom), but he only calls her Dulcinea. Accoring to the old man, every man has his only “Dulcinea”, and only he can call her that. For instance, your wife would be your “Dulcinea”. That lady your meant to be with and love love love. Juliet would be Romeo’s “Dulcinea” and so on and so forth. My mom chose the name because she loved the song that he sings to her. She used to sing it to me when I was little, and embarrassingly I still have music teachers and solo fest judges sing it to me as well. She loved the line “And thy name is like a prayer an angel whispers, Dulcinea”. You can always google it.
    In short, Dulcinea means “one that I love”. My whole name Dulcinea Eden Lord translates to Sweet one that I love in the Garden of Eden with God. Yeesh what a mouthful.

    Hopefully this comment wasn’t too monologue-ish and got across the point that I can’t wait for your book! I’ll also be looking forward to new posts and more updates.
    “Have a little more faith and patience and you will be rewarded”
    - Wonder Woman
    And congrats on the new job!
    - Dulcie