turtlesoup: a green-haired girl in a collared shirt & vest holds her fingers up to her head like devil horns (magic is shiny - collaborative)
my SPX haul!


So hey, here's a quick SPX roundup post! Quite late, but I lingered in Bethesda an extra day and then nearly immediately headed up to Maine for my best friend's wedding (and extended activities), so ... what can you do. :) But oh man, I had a fantastic time at the show. Check out my haul, above! Mostly trades, plus a few extremely worthwhile purchases, hooray.

Hereby hangs a ramble. )

Hee, sorry, I feel like I don't have the time to be concise right now, if that makes any sense at all. (Honestly, that's how it is.) I have books and such to prep, because this coming weekend I'm back behind the table for another Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo; my first convention and always a favorite! If you're in the Boston area you should really come check it out. I'll have copies of Queerotica (hurry, that first printing's going fast!), as well as Asylum, Tiny Dynamo: DEMOS, my Heartburn anthology (which may go permanently out of print when I sell my stock), and Fruitless. And I'll be tabling completely on my own for the very first time!

News about upcoming projects, as well as online sales for both Queerotica and my solo work, coming soon! In the meantime, as this is also wedding season, apparently ... here's an invitation I designed for my other closest friend, who's getting married soon as well! I don't do this sort of illustration work often, and I'm rather proud of it. )
turtlesoup: a blushing girl plays keyboard while her lead singer leans over and sings to her (rock - pretty girls in love)
a pile of tiny dynamos, fresh off the presses!

Um, so hello! I apologize for once again disappearing for so long ... finishing school is always a very disorienting experience, and I've needed time to recuperate, reorient, and relocate. However, I've managed to keep up my art-making momentum, which is great. So I'm not empty-handed by any means, as you can see!

The above is a pile of my newest (and physically tiniest - it's CD booklet size!) minicomic, Tiny Dynamo: DEMOS, which will debut THIS WEEKEND at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD. It collects a couple of short, fluffy stories about an all-queer rock band that I've been playing around with in the background for awhile. These are introductory tales: there are many more stories to tell about the TD queers (some of them rather more serious), and I think I'll bring them out intermittently as a break from my more concentrated projects.

Here are a couple preview pages and such! )

I'm excited for the convention weekend! It's a gigantic cartoonist convergence/family reunion sort of deal, with most of the people I know in the field all in one place ... including most of my former schoolmates (who I already miss dearly), several CCS faculty members, and even old friends like my much-beloved Elle Skinner. I'll be tabling with my talented former classmate Joyana McDiarmid!Come find us at table K4B if you're coming! )

This is especially exciting because I have ANOTHER fantastic debut to announce ... for the last year plus, several of my classmates and I have been working hard to organize, edit, and publish an anthology of smart, gorgeous, varied QUEER EROTIC COMICS, and it's finally time for us to share it with the world. I've mostly kept my Adult materials off this blog thus far, but guys, I am so proud of this thing: The Queerotica Anthology! Erotica, people: don't click if that's not your thing. ;) )

If you're local to the Boston area, you can also find me, and these books, at MICE in Cambridge in a couple weeks! (I'll try and post a reminder!) And that's it for conventions for me this year ... I'm ready to take a breath and get focused on my longer-term plans, which are mostly focused on turning Asylum into an ongoing, long-term online graphic novel ... so stay tuned.

I'll leave you with a few odds and ends that I drew this summer. Oof, I have to stop doing these giant round-up posts, right? For one thing, those of you who follow me elsewhere must find it very redundant.

A couple illustrations (one contains bare breasts) and a ... restaurant review? )
turtlesoup: turtle (a bespecacled, short-haired cartoonist) clutches her head in dismay (oh my head - wtf)
a girl with her hair half-short and half-long looks sidelong, with a quirky smile and a pigeon on her head

The other day I got an email from an awesome CCS alum friend of mine that opened with "HI KLEEBS! DON'T DIE OF THESIS!" (And if you know her you can probably guess who would call me that. ♥) It's a pretty serious condition to be in, I can't lie. I'm surviving ... I've basically become a comics hermit (or maybe an anchorite, for that extra devotional feel), but if that makes me a bit strange, well. I'm writing about fairly strange circumstances?

So hey, have a couple sample pages! )

Hourly comics and a few doodles )

More previews and doodles soonish, no doubt! And maybe even the beginnings of a convention schedule!
turtlesoup: a confused girl wakes up in a bed in a dark room, hooked to some kind of machine (where? - transition - confusion)
New Year, new sheepish blog apology! Learning to juggle a regular web presence with the rest of my life and tasks is definitely an unmet goal. Not a resolution, per say … I prefer to make January an occasion for a reaffirmation, of sorts, of more personal aspirations. As you can see. (Also, here. The holiday card that I totally failed to send out to half of my recipient list, again. Fie. Maybe I’ll send a few out at random through the year to surprise people!)
a woman hovers above the snowy ground, intoning qualities she intends to embody a moose-centaur in oranges and greens, wearing eight candles on her antlers


With the start of my final semester, and my thesis deadline looming a terrifying three months and change ahead, I’ve been delving deeply into Ash’s world, which has been sprawling out in all directions. Soon you will have some actual pages to take a gander at, but meanwhile have some sketchy things! )

For the timebeing … that’s all; she’s writing. But here, have a few odd bits of illustration and such to tide you over! The season of giving is just behind us, after all.

Recent drawing round-up! )

Lastly, in mid-December I finally launched my own homepage, AllieKleber.com. It’s intended primarily to serve as a point of first contact for my online presence, and a portfolio to show any prospective employers or interested parties … up to date work, process posts and other information will always be posted here! (For more-or-less realtime glimpses at art as I make it, you can always follow my tumblr, although as always, be warned: some material there is pornographic.)

Back to the drawing board! (I wish. Back to scripting. Drawing board soon!) Mwah!
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tattooed angel illustrations for a business card and letterhead
Illustrations from (the front of) a business card, and personalized letterhead!


Ah, so, hello there! I know I dropped off the radar for awhile, but I promise, I'm still alive. I had a bit of internal struggle this summer, to tell the truth; these things happen, but I got through it and I'm back. And let me tell you, I have been working on plenty of projects in the meantime.

I'm now in my second and final year as an MFA student at the Center for Cartoon Studies ... my thesis year, if you can believe it (I can't always). A pretty intense time, but to balance that I've been trying to dial back my approach a bit and experiment a bit. Also, I've been attending a bunch of conventions! You might have seen me at SPX in Bethesda (shilling away at the CCS table), MICE in Cambridge, Mass, or most recently, Paint & Pixel in my own hometown of Northampton! These days I am tabling with Quintuple Ruffle, an awesome collective of classmates comprised of myself, April Malig, Sasha Steinberg, Laurel Lynn Leake, and Joyana McDiarmid.

Check out this photo to see Laurel, Joyana and myself at the very first official Quintuple Ruffle table at MICE! Thanks to the always lovely crew at We Got Comic Issues for sharing their pics.

Anyway, to start off the thesis year on a productive note, the esteemed faculty here at CCS tasked us with producing sixteen finished pages of comics by this week; it didn't matter what they were, so long as they were comics. I decided to combine an experiment of my own with an assignment from my advisor and artistic idol, the esteemed Carla Speed McNeil. As per Carla's instructions, I attempted to complete each of these pages in one day (and for the most part, I succeeded); as per my own, I didn't do a whole lot of advance planning. The settings and events in what follows were loosely inspired by dreams I've had, but I wrote them on the fly. Now that I've made my deadline, I'm planning to sit down and see if a larger story will emerge, because the bits and pieces that have come to me so far are very intriguing! But at this point, it's a mystery to me ... and I find that oddly inspiring.



Continued under here! )

Now that I've completed that wild ride, I'll be making some important decisions about which projects to focus on for the rest of the year! I think my thesis will take the form of an anthology, so there will be several ongoing stories (and probably some shorts), most likely including Goodness Knows (stay tuned for that first chapter that I promised way back in May). But will I continue to mess around with dystopian cities and refugee societies of young people living in abandoned buildings? I had some plans to develop something involving this pair of characters as well ... we'll see.

Mysterious rockstar characters?


I'll be back next week with some spooky material to share, and soon after that with a rather salacious announcement. Speaking of which, I can now be found on tumblr as well, but please be warned: there there be adult material. Not safe for work, and probably not for family members!
turtlesoup: turtle (a bespecacled, short-haired cartoonist) clutches her head in dismay (oh my head - wtf)
Oh hey! Sorry, I know I disappeared off the face of the earth for awhile there ... I was really pretty burnt out after last semester. Needed some time to recuperate with the family and such. Now I'm back at CCS, where they believe in starting off your second semester with a bang, by dumping we poor first-years right into the infamous SILVER AGE PROJECT!

Why am I speaking in histrionics and all-caps? I guess I must still be a little bit in this mode:
um yeah haven't cleaned my working area in awhile

Cover designs by various of my classmates, including Cole Closser, Sasha Steinberg/Sophie Goldstein, and Joyana McDiarmid/Romey Bensen/Vinnie Ferris/Adam Whittier.

Essentially: my class was divided into three small groups, each with a faculty "editor" (overlord might be more like it) and assigned a genre to work in. We then had two weeks to create a full-color 32-page (plus covers) comic book that remained true to the styles and conventions of mid-60s American comics. My group, headed up by the rather incredible Jason Lutes, created a superhero team which is a fairly obvious homage to the Fantastic Four, and attempted to emulate the classic stylings of Jack Kirby. (Not the least bit ambitious, us.)

I've never done anything like that before: the anthology project was a thoroughly solo endeavor by comparison. We worked around the clock, spread out over classroom tables passing pages back and forth so that different people could accomplish their various individual tasks (Penciling characters, or backgrounds, or technology! Inking along similar lines! Organizing the computer files! Designing ads! Coloring alotted excerpts!) It was in many ways a strange experience--I've never inked another person's pencils before, or worked within the traditional four-color palette), and exhausting, but it's kind of amazing to have the finished book in my hands. Several of the faculty have commented that it's designed to make us feel as though we can accomplish everything. It also makes me relieved to live in the era I do, I must confess; I would not want to live by that working model.

A one-page excerpt, an ad, and a preliminary character design. )

Now that we're through that particular gauntlet, the rest of the semester is looking very bright, with many more opportunities to really play with my own ideas, outside the confines of strict assignments. (At least, in part.) I can't wait to get started. In the meantime, have a little more art! )

I leave you with some silly doodles I drew yesterday at a local cafe ... I've discovered that the best way to get me to sketch spontaneously is to hand me a bunch of colored pencils and some scrap paper. Note to self for future conventions. (The octopus is my quick re-creation of the splash page of Agents of A.T.O.M., as it happens ...)

one sizable cephalopod


Excelsior!
turtlesoup: a confused robot holds a scarf and asks "?" (confused robot - winter wasteland)
Halloween costumes!


So this was kind of the weirdest Halloween ever. Growing up, I remember getting a dusting of snow around this time of year once or twice, but nothing like ... stepping outside the American Legion building in White River Junction for a breather during the Dust Ball and watching the world filling with white. We were really fortunate up here; back home in Western Massachusetts, some of my friends are still without heat or electricity (my parents just got theirs back today) ... courtesy of huge amounts of unseasonable wet snow being dumped on leaf-laden branches. Which was clearly entirely awful. :( Here in Vermont, the few inches we got just made things a little extra weird.

Actually, it was pretty fabulous time; toonies know how to do the holiday right, and the costumes were all amazing. I was pretty proud of mine. )

Here are a few more odds and ends for you! We're working on some longer comic projects at the moment, so content here's probably going to slow down again while I'm focused on producing all that. However.

POW! romance.


We were assigned to draw a romance comic cover in the style of various decades; mine was the 1970s. I wanted to do something a little ... different, while still fitting the rather skewed sort of style employed by the genre at the time.

Here's a little process talk about that. )

Also, one more quick oddity: last week we put together some composite creatures )

Well, that's all she drew for now! Practically a drive-by sort of post. I need to go play with androids, fifties hairstyles, swords and swamp creatures ... it's an odd balance of stress and sheer fun around these parts.
turtlesoup: a green-haired girl in a collared shirt & vest holds her fingers up to her head like devil horns (goodness knows - life on a small scale)
So I've been meaning to post a few silly musings about NEWW (which was almost two weeks ago now, eep), but I've been a little swamped with finally finishing my CCS application and such. I have a bunch of deadlines stacked up in the next few weeks, I'm behind on my correspondence, and my apartment's a mess ... but this week, I've really needed a break.

The con babble will probably be up this weekend, though! Also, I plan to start posting sets of comic recommendations (print and web-based, variably) and perhaps other things weekly, on Sundays, while I don't have regular comic projects to post. I've been promising various people recs forever, and a schedule like that should hopefully motivate me at last!

In the meantime, here's some fanart I drew for fun, for the always scintillating Jen Vaughn, who I met on a visit to CCS last March. Jen makes comics about menstruation and mermaids, respectively, so those are the themes reflected below:



She's a mershark, see? ;) The anatomy got a little messed up, but that still felt pretty damn good. (I miss drawing fantastical things. I need to come up with some kind of fantasy project at some point! Or, you know ... make time for my guardian angel story already.)
turtlesoup: a green-haired girl in a collared shirt & vest holds her fingers up to her head like devil horns (other art - the big picture - miscellany)
I love my (new) journaling service.

Someone with a grudge keeps reporting Dreamwidth to their online payment processors. They are unable to use Paypal and now Google Checkout because they refuse to alter their TOS to fit those services' demands. (Google is actually insisting that they should ban all adult content.)

I must remember to write up a check for a paid account this week. I love Dreamwidth's principles, and I'm grateful that they're standing up for them against this kind of pressure. I really want to see this site survive.

I don't have any erotica of my own to post, alas (maybe I'll try that sometime - non-Turtle related!), but in the spirit of things, a recommendation: Jess Fink's Chester 5000 XYV is some beautifully drawn comic steampunk robot porn. (That link is VERY NSFW!) Enjoy.
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One more today, I think.

funny cuz it's true

I originally gave this strip to my friend [livejournal.com profile] sae to use as a guest strip for her webcomic, The Littlest Elle. [livejournal.com profile] sae is one of my oldest and closest artist friends (and awesome just in general); her strip is equal parts adorable and wry, and I recommend it!

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