Anonymous said: Just what I need, another fucking Adventure Time ripoff
Anonymous said: Is Debbie a 90s girl
Beautiful page by Katherine Poe.
This start-over weasel will watch you sleep tonight so you can start over fresh and healthy tomorrow.
"Come with me for a ramble
Down the shady lane.
If you do, then I’m willing to gamble
You’ll never come back again.”
Every day, everyone has a thought that says, ‘I’m tired.’ Then they have a thought that says, ‘I’m insane.’ Truths come out of you while you’re riding in the backseat of your parents’ car and you’re too old to go to college. You have to throw out those thoughts and bathe yourself in a barrel. You know? You know, Dick? You know?Debbie Duck on the Dick Cavett Show, 1975
Anonymous said: Hi, I am a longtime reader of your blog(s), but I was wondering if you could explain exactly what comics you are working on and how they are coming out? You are doing lots of things at once and I'm confused about what series is what, what is a series and what is a oneoff, etc. Thanks..
Well, after years of being frustrated with printing my own comics and not really enjoying or being able to afford the physical process of transforming comics into books after drawing them, I decided to turn to on-demand printing through Lulu, so I can draw comics quicker and feel like I am making progress with various types of stories. I will hopefully reprint all of the Lulu books in standard photocopied comic fashion when I can afford it, in the near or distant future. In early January of this year, I decided to “start over” and slowly but steadily build up some kind of a body of work on paper that can be seen by the public if they seek it out. I haven’t been putting the books out as quickly as I thought I would, due to a string of unfortunate day-to-day circumstances, but there are many books that are fully or partially drawn that will come out throughout the rest of the year.
There is the series DEBBIE, which is an ongoing story exploring Debbie’s life as a factory worker and reactions to being alive. One issue is out, and two are fully drawn but haven’t been printed yet.
CHANCELLOR COP, of which two issues are out, is a story of a boy being raised by a chancellor who is a dog (“Chancellor Dog”) so that he may become the next chancellor, the very first human one (“the first flesh”). It’s supposed to be like my own version of a Disney movie. It roughly has the structure of one. I have no idea how many issues it will be, but at this point it feels like I am barely scratching the surface at the beginning of the story.
There is also HORROR OF THE GAG, which is a comic strip I have run online since July 2012. Recently, I have been collecting it into thirty-two page full-color books. Issue one is out, and issue two will be out by the end of the summer. Right now it is used to serialize the “Debbie’s Farm” story, which will come to a close in the third issue.
I am also doing a series of comic books drawn in pencil that present a handful of short stories. They are all titled differently, but have the word “MAGAZINE” tacked on at the end. UNFORTUNATE HORSE MAGAZINE is out, and ALONE IN THE THRONEROOM MAGAZINE is mostly drawn but not out yet. More to come. I love drawing these shorts of stories… it’s like a sloppy, extra dumb, talentless version of “Eightball” or “Jim.” I wanted to avoid giving the whole series an arbitrary title, and just give it a series of arbitrary titles.
I’ve been drawing one-page strips called SALT MINES that will make up a series of 12-page comics, the first which will come out soon. It exists to explore characters and situations in a way that it is dense but succinct. Playing with dumb one-page structures. It’s kind of the (black-and-white) Sunday version of HORROR OF THE GAG, but drawn in a looser but more detailed way.
There is also BIG DOGS AT NITE, a 64-page story that came out earlier in the year. FORGET BORING TRUTHS is almost finished, a 36-page story about Debbie’s various mental and physical struggles. I like the idea of continuing to do “one-shots” of various sizes and approaches. I want to do a long book in pencil, if I can figure out a way to do it that doesn’t feel like a waste.
I am working on a very long book tentatively titled A COUNTY IS A COUNTY. I am penciling it all before I ink it. It’s been in the works for a few months. It will be absurdly long, and it will explore some of the back story of my characters, but in a contradictory way made up of endless tangents and visual ramblings. It’s sort of a “bible” in the way that it presents explanations and parables and non-lessons. I have no idea when this will come out, or what form it will come out in, but it will be hundreds of pages long. I’m only on page 50-something. Debbie is in a dark supermarket basement right now.
I’m putting out a book of drawings soon called CHARM ON SUNDAYS. I like the idea of putting out books of drawings, as long as they seem fairly complete and are not just sketches or (overly) pointless fragments. This particular book is scanned, cleaned-up drawings from a sketchbook I did in the early part of the year. But hopefully it won’t feel like a bad version of a “Robert Crumb Sketchbook” or an Acme Novelty Datebook. There are not endless drawings of teenage girls’ faces or a very detailed drawing of a glass on a table. It’s just “more of the same,” but not comics, necessarily.
I also am always coming up with ideas for a book I want to do called either THE BOARDINGHOUSE REACH or THE THIRTIES (I haven’t decided yet). I’ve had the idea for a long time, and it’s hard for me to sit down and work on because it involves drawing things like buildings and dinner tables and people sitting at chairs. I want it to be a properly drawn comic book, with four tiers. Ideally a 100-page book (“album??”) that feels like it gets somewhere. This is a long way off, though. It may or may not be published by someone. There is also GAGGER, of which Oily Comics put the first issue out in 2012. I know exactly where I want to go with that series, but I think I might redraw the first issue and spread everything out more. It has a beginning, middle, and an end in my mind… it’s just a matter of getting to it. The whole thing is about a fantastical, fictional, distorted version of animation history and it’s pretty masturbatory and self-referential. It’s hard to walk the line between annoying and embarassing. But it’s my favorite story to work on.
I am just trying to consistently put out various series and try as many things as I can, while attempting for some sort of momentum. Making these things is painfully slow and I am struggling with trying to find a job (any job) and function in a way that is not shameful.
Chancellor Cop #1
Big Dogs At Nite
Unfortunate Horse Magazine
Chancellor Cop #2
Horror of the Gag #1
Coming Before the End of the Summer:
Charm On Sundays
Forget Boring Truths
Alone in the Throneroom Magazine
Horror of the Gag #2
Chancellor Cop #3
Salt Mines #1
Coming Before the End of the Year:
Horror of the Gag #3
Chancellor Cop #4
Salt Mines #2
A County Is A County, Part One
The Boardinghouse Reach (?)
I have a simple paged called Dane Martin Comic Book Catalog that attempts to list the on-demand books I do in a way that makes sense. It needs a good cleaning.
Thanks for reading this overly long explanation. I hope it clears up anything you were confused about or disgusted by. All of this is an attempt to prevent myself from waking up one morning on my death bed and realizing all I ever did was post fragments on a blog.
Let’s all just draw whatever we want in-between wasting our time.
Ink on paper. 14 x 11. $20.
I’m very honored! Simon got her dead stare right.
Anonymous said: happy birthday mr. martin
Ink on paper. 14 x 11. $20.
Ink on paper. 14 x 11. $20.