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Odori Park by Chris Watkins: A Monstrous Alphabet Y Z End
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Yay! I’m super psyched, because after several months, I’ve finished my new book, and I’m really excited to see what people think! I’ve used my kids as a test audience, and they seem to dig it, but that’s a little bit like mom putting your picture on the fridge.

Gamescape is all about a group of wandering monsters–Ratchette the goblin, Grimble the skeleton, Ochre the ooze, and Bartleby the giant bat–given a home by the mysterious Riddle Wizard, down in the labyrinth of his magical Gamescape. They travel into the world above when adventure calls, and discover puzzles, riddles, and games along the way. I wanted to tell a story that had those kinds of goodies sprinkled throughout for the reader to enjoy, too, so you’ll find several mind-benders in the book!

I’m debuting Gamescape at the Portland Comic Expo (that’s in Portland, Maine, not Oregon; sorry, west-coast friends) this Sunday, October 23rd. The show runs from 10 to 5, and I think admission is $5 (cheep!) I’m at table 58, which looks like it’s way on the far side, so bring your hiking stick and come to see me!

And on an only tenuously-related note: I’ve seen my friends enjoying another Inktober, sharing cool sketches they’re doing every day, and I’ve been hankering to try. Now that my book is done, I’m going to give it a shot with what I’m calling A Monstrous Alphabet. I’m drawing some of my favorite creeps from across time, one for every letter. To be honest with myself, I may not make it all the way to Z, but it’ll be fun trying :) I’ll post a new one of these as often as I can this month, so please stop by again!


Last week, I exhibited at MeCAF, up in Portland, Maine, with my buddy John Forcucci keeping me company, and I had an awesome time! This was the first year for MeCAF to be set up in the Portland Public Library, which from our vantage point, turned out to be really nice. We were set up in the Atrium, facing a great wall of windows looking out on downtown Portland. The foot traffic was super, with lots of families, kids, and comics fans!

This coming Saturday (June 11), I’ll be enjoying my first year at Kids Con New England, at the Holiday Inn in Concord, NH! I’ve taught many cartooning classes for kids, and have always tried to make my comics generally friendly for all ages, but this is my first time at a kids-focused event, and I’m looking forward to it. I have a couple new mini-comics, including one my 6-year old helped me create:


I’ve got one more new comic I’ve been working on which I am super psyched about, but that I don’t think will be ready for the Con. It’s a bummer, but I will make lemonade of lemons by using some of the pages to make fun activity pages for the kids who stop by! In the meantime, because it’s got me so excited, I thought I’d give a peek at some of the pages here (click the thumbnails to enlarge!):



Stay tuned! I’m going to keep on trucking on the new comic, and I still have my mysterious tanuki project to unveil at some point… :) In the meantime, please come out to New Hampshire for the Kids Con this Saturday!


I promised tomatoes and tanuki in my last post. I’ll make that slightly less cryptic by posting this peek at a work-in-progress. Not sure if it’ll ultimately be just a mini-comic or a kids’ book. We’ll see how it feels when it’s all colored and compiled :)

Here’s my huge thank you to everyone who voted for, shared, rated, and subscribed to my new comic, BorderWalker, in the Superhero Comics Contest over at Webtoons.com. The voting period ended a couple days ago, and unfortunately, my comic didn’t have enough votes to make it into the top twenty. There are some pretty cool comics in the top twenty, and over the next couple weeks, the powers that be will select the grand prize winner and three runners-up. I’m disappointed I don’t have a shot at a piece of that pie, but I can’t be too disappointed, because I was able to realize the beginnings of a new story, and I drew a huge amount of new work.

When the contest came along, I back-burnered two specific kids comics projects to make time for it. Although I’d love to carry on with BorderWalker, I also want to get back to these projects I put on hold. I’m planning to be at Kids Con New England in June, so I need to focus on that work for now! If you checked out my new comic and enjoyed it, please stay tuned–I’ll bring BorderWalker back to life at some point in the future.

For now, I have tomatoes and tanuki to draw… ;)

I’m happy to say my new comic, BorderWalker made it through the Submission round of the Webtoons contest! Which is to say, I had three episodes uploaded by the deadline :) Now the real hard part has started: I need to collect Votes, Ratings, and Subscriptions (I think).

See, the top twenty vote-getters will move on to the final stage of judge-based selection. To get there, I need a lot of folks to vote for my comic, and to come back and vote every day. The order the comics appear on the contest page seems to be related primarily to a nebulous Popularity score, which I’m guessing is based on a combination of Rating and number of Subscribers.

So, long story short: If you like my new series, and you’d like to see more, please pop over to Webtoons.com, log in with Facebook, Twitter, or a Line account, and throw a Vote, a positive Rating, and a Subscription my way! I’m going to try to post regularly during the Voting phase with previews of pages to come.

And please share the comic, too! The more folks who read it, the better–and it’s people enjoying my comics that I’m really after through all this. :) Thank you!

With that in mind, here’s a look at a little art from the next episode (click to enlarge):

Odori Park is the webcomic story of Japanese Arisa Nishimori, from snowy Hokkaido, Japan, and American Colin Easton, from Suburbia, U.S.A., navigating the culture shocks of romance, parenthood, family, friends, and making a living in an ever shrinking world. A tale of east marries west by comic artist Chris Watkins.
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