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Hello, everyone!  I'm pleased to announce that 'The Adventures of Thunderclaw', a new Webcomic that I co-wrote with Matthew Loux (creator of Salt Water Taffy and Sidescrollers from Oni Press, and the upcoming Time Museum from First Second), with art by me, is now live and online for your reading pleasure!  CLICK HERE to read the first 10 pages, already posted, and stay tuned for a new page to be posted every Tuesday!  I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of it!
  • Listening to: The Human League / Don't You Want Me
  • Reading: The Best of Archie Comics Vol. 1
  • Watching: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (season 2)
  • Playing: Final Fantasy 6
  • Eating: Cheese
  • Drinking: Water
Heyooooo!  I haven't written anything in a while, so I thought an update was in order.

First of all, I'd just like to point out that my good friend Courtney is now on Deviantart, you should totally check out HER GALLERY and read all her comics.  I think they're totally hilarious, and so will you!

In case you haven't seen it yet, Salt Water Taffy Volume 4 is out now, and it came out amazing!  You can order it HERE, ON AMAZON.  Or, check out the SALT WATER TAFFY PAGE at the Oni Press Website.  Remember that I did a 20 page comic in it, my first time that any of my work has appeared in a book from a major publisher.  Here's a link to a FAVORABLE REVIEW that also mentions me and the work I did!

That being said, I've been hard at work on my next project!  I don't want to say too much, but I'm doing a full book this time, 110 pages... the biggest project I've ever tackled!  I don't want to say too much about it yet, but I WILL say that there's going to be Dinosaurs involved, which is always sweet.  Anyways,  I've been furiously drawing and getting pages and artwork together for it.  The plan is to have it ready to pitch by the end of next month.  Wish me luck!
  • Listening to: Lakeside's "Fantastic Voyage"
  • Reading: Life of Pi
  • Watching: Doctor Who Season 4
  • Playing: Dragon Age
  • Eating: Pepperoni Pizza
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
Hey everyone!  Salt Water Taffy Volume 4, "Caldera's Revenge" by my good friend Matt Loux is releasing in just a little over a month now!  Even more exciting is that it includes a 20 page comic drawn by me, Brian!  Be sure to check it out!  CLICK HERE to preorder it on Amazon, and pick up the rest of the series too, it's a ton of fun!
  • Listening to: Crystal Castles
  • Reading: Crogan's March
  • Watching: Primer
  • Playing: Sims 3
  • Eating: Pizza
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
I've got something big in the works!  I just started on a new project.  THIS COULD BE THE BIG ONE.  I can't really say anything yet, because it's not set in stone, but I'm working on SOMETHING.  Something huge!  Something involving a real publisher and involves real editors seeing my work, making very real decisions about whether they like or... y'know... if it's just crap.  I know that's vague, but I'm excited!  Time to get to work!
  • Listening to: David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
  • Reading: Kurt Vonnegut - Welcome to the Monkey House
  • Watching: Firefly
  • Playing: The Elder Scrolls - Oblivion
  • Eating: Small Genoa Grinder
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
Here's the latest... Lifemeter Volume 3 is all done!  If you click on the link you'll see a few bits of what's in it, as well as a full contributor list.  Oddly, the website they put next to my name is NOT mine... I don't have a website at all, actually... I just find it weird that there is another comics drawing Brian Stone out there.  He is my doppleganger.  Seeing as how I'm probably the least famous person on that list, I highly doubt many people are going to go check out that website anyway.  Either way, I'm really glad to be a part of it and super excited to get my copy!  Unfortunately, I don't think I'm going to make it to SPX, so I'll just have to wait until they're available from the website... (or maybe I'll get a copy for being a contributor...?  I need to ask these things)
  • Listening to: Mitch Hedberg
  • Reading: One Piece
  • Watching: Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Playing: Mega Man 9
  • Eating: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Drinking: Diet Pepsi
Soooooo if you've been checking out what I've been uploading, you've probably seen that I've been working on a Harvest Moon comic for a Video Games Comics anthology.  Well, I got it all done and sent it out last night!  They really seemed to like it, asked me to change a few easy things... and then asked me if I was going to color it.  Uh oh... coloring is not my strongest suit... and it needs to be done in like... a DAY to meet the deadline.  Looks like I've got my work cut out for me!
  • Listening to: Foo Fighters / Big Me
  • Reading: Osamu Tezuka's Buddha vol. 2 - The Four Encounters
  • Watching: The State
  • Playing: King of Fighters 12
  • Eating: BLT Grinder
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
To start, once again, I would like to direct your attention to The Official Salt Water Taffy Website for a new 'Ballad of Dan' comic drawn by me, Brian!  And then let me know what you think of it.  And if you haven't yet, definitely check out Salt Water Taffy by my friend Matt Loux.  It's a fun read, and suitable for all ages!

So on Tuesday, I took the day off from work and went to NYC to meet the cast of The Mighty Boosh.  I've been a fan for a while... I was introduced to them by a friend, and immediately sought out all things Boosh on YouTube and thru torrents... episodes, the Radio Show, etc.  Anyways, they've been on Cartoon Network late at night, and the DVD sets were finally released in the US, and all four of the main characters were doing a signing at a record store!  Awesome.

Unfortunately, it turned out to be kind of a wash... me and my friends were only about half a block back in the line, and it took us 2 hours to finally get up to the door.  When we were only about 10 people away from getting inside, someone came out and announced that they were pretty much out of DVDs... lame!  We finally got inside, and all they had left was Season 3 (I got the second to last one... lucky!).  Someone took my DVD from me, the cast handed it off and each of them signed it, I was quickly shuffled past them and attempted to at least shake hands with each of them, but there was such a crowd and we were so rushed that they didn't even really look at me... never mind taking any photos or anything, there was no chance for anything like that!  Just the fact that they had run out of DVDs, and there were no T-Shirts or anything else to buy, the whole thing seemed kind of poorly planned and disorganized... maybe they didn't realize they had such a large American fanbase?

Anyways, it was still fun, I got to hang out with some friends and take a trip out of town (always good!), and seeing them in person was just amazing and surreal... I don't meet a lot of celebrities, so y'know.  I was pretty star-struck.  Good times!
  • Listening to: All the Mighty Boosh songs (stuck in my head)
  • Reading: Salt Water Taffy Volume 2
  • Watching: Venture Bros. Season 2
  • Playing: Penny Arcade: OTRSPOD
  • Eating: Apple Crumb Donut
  • Drinking: Coffee
So the other night I watched the Speed Racer movie made by the Wachowski brothers.  It was on my Netflix queue, and I honestly only wanted to see it out of morbid curiosity, since it had gotten really bad reviews (currently 36% on Rotten Tomatoes); and let's face it... when Hollywood makes a movie out of something I loved as a child, they generally don't do such a hot job of it (I'm looking at YOU, Transformers!).

To say I was pleasantly surprised is a total understatement.

I think I'd go so far as to say I LOVED the Speed Racer movie.  I mean, I can see why it got bad reviews; the special effects and the neon-colored world were downright garish, and there were parts that were cringe-inducingly stupid (basically, any time Spritle and Chim-Chim showed up and did something it was pretty dumb... but I forgive it for trying to appeal to young children), but otherwise, I totally enjoyed it.  They treated the source material with total reverence, and race and fight scene felt like something that was lifted right from the original cartoon series.  There was one part in particular where they were going over the Mach 5's weapons, and then the ensuing race where Speed had to use them all... man... I felt the glee that a kid feels on Saturday morning all over again.

  • Listening to: Saves the Day / Certain Tragedy (Bug Sessions)
  • Reading: Far Arden by Kevin Cannon
  • Watching: Futurama
  • Playing: Fallout 3 (Point Lookout)
  • Eating: Peanuts
  • Drinking: Alternating between Killian's, Diet Coke, Water
I would like, once again, to direct you to the official Salt Water Taffy website, which has a brand new Dan the Wolf comic drawn by me, Brian!  Check it out and let me know what you think!

Salt Water Taffy Website

Last night I read Buddha Volume 1: Kapilavastu by Osamu Tezuka.  Simply terrific.  It comes in this great hardcover volume (I'm a sucker for hardcover comics!), which I was surprised read left-to-right, but whatever.  I wish I was rich... there's like 8 more volumes or something in the series, at 25 bucks a pop!
  • Listening to: The Decemberists / Won't Want for Love
  • Reading: Buddha Volume 1 by Osamu Tezuka
  • Watching: Venture Bros. Season 1
  • Playing: Lumines 2
  • Eating: Market Pantry brand Microwave Popcorn
  • Drinking: Stolen Coronas (warm)
Here's an interview done with my friend Matt about his comic Salt Water Taffy: LINK

He mentions me in the interview, too... refers to me as his "friend, cartoonist Brian Stone".  I've never been referred to as "cartoonist" before... does that officially make me a professional?
  • Listening to: The Slackers / So This is the Night
  • Reading: Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Watching: Futurama
  • Playing: Secret of Mana
  • Eating: Pepperoni Pizza - 2 Slices
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
I haven't felt the urge to write in the journal on here ever before, but then I thought, why not?  First of all, if you haven't yet, go take a look at my latest work and tell me what you think.  Come on, it took me hours to detail all that tree bark!  At least take a look!  Okay, now that you've done that...

So the weekend before last, I took a day trip to NYC for the Mocca Art Fest.  It was a total blast, and I wish I had like a thousand dollars so I could have bought something at each table.  My friend Matt was there selling his stuff (have you heard of Matt Loux?  He's done some great books for Oni Press, including the Salt Water Taffy series and Sidescrollers, which stars me, Brian!), and we got to hang out.  Good times.  I got these great little Star Wars books (LINK), a book called 'That Salty Air' from Top Shelf, an awesome Map of Chowder Bay (the town Salt Water Taffy takes place in) and, most hilariously of all, a button that has Data from Star Trek making out with C3PO.  Priceless.

A guy at one table was selling a three page comic called 'Yoda Porn'.  It's exactly what it sounds like.  Apparently Yoda has a blue dick.  And Luke's training on Dagobah (Gaygobah?) involved... well... y'know.  Matt sent me to buy three copies.

Afterwards we hung out, went to dinner... I caught the last train back and didn't get home until 3am.  Then got up at 7 for work.  Good times... looking forward to next year!  I'm making it my goal to hit more cons when they come around NYC!
  • Listening to: Coheed and Cambria / The Suffering
  • Reading: Oil by Upton Sinclair
  • Watching: The Venture Bros.
  • Playing: Tetris Friends on Facebook
  • Eating: Cherry Pie
  • Drinking: Diet Coke