Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Chicago Comicon- Wizard World

I'll be appearing at The Chicago Comicon (Wizard World Chicago) August 9-12 and I'll be at table 3206 in Artist's Alley. Come by and get a book, print or sketch. If you'd like to prearrange for a commission, email me at matthewphansel@gmail.com
Also, be sure to check out www.martyandspud.com for an original art sale! Click on the original art tab for more info!

MPH

Monday, July 2, 2012

VOTE FOR ME, PLEASE!

Loyal Readers:

Please vote for me at the Cartoonist Studio editorial cartoon contest.  The website is here. You can vote every six hours or so.  Me being from Illinois and Chicago and all, please vote early and vote often.  Here is the latest cartoon.  Thanks for the support.

Cheers-

MPH


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Long time no post...

Hi Gang:

Long time no post.  While I wait for some corrections on a Marty and Spud Sunday Page to dry, I thought I'd post something here.  If you aren't reading Marty and Spud...start now.  We've just about wrapped up our first story arc and the boys are reading for their next exciting adventure.  Catch it at www.martyandspud.com.

I've entered an editorial cartoonist contest at The Cartoonist Studio website.  Please vote for me.  I'm contestant number 13.  Vote here.  I've included all my editorial cartoons, thus far, below.

I'll be at Wizard World Chicago in August.  Come by and say HI and buy a sketch.

More soon.

Cheers-

MPH






Thursday, May 31, 2012

Doodle

A first pass at a character design...needs some more inspiration!

MPH

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Marty and Spud...and things

Hi Gang:

SO...Marty and Spud launched today.  I hope everybody is reading it here and/or here.  AND, more importantly, I hope everybody is enjoying it.

To help promote the strip, I've got two offers going...A) Join the Marty and Spud website and come visit me at C2E2 and I'll do a FREE Marty and Spud sketch for you.  What a DEAL!  and, B) Join the DahlFan Army...join the Steve Dahl Podcast Network at C2E2 and I'll do a free SKETCH for you (and, if you are an existing subscriber, and you attend C2E2, I'll do a sketch for you, too).

SO...go read some comics and then come to C2E2 and get some sketches.

MPH

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Help Matt grow the DAHLFAN ARMY...get a FREE sketch

Hi Heroes:

As many of you know, I'm a huge Steve Dahl fan (I'm trying to lose some weight, though). Steve has put the call out to his loyal DahlCast listeners to help him expand the ranks. I want to do my part to help him out. He's provided me with decades of entertainment and I think that I owe it to him. All of you should be listening to the show! It is the funniest thing out there.

To help incentivize you subscribing to the Steve Dahl Podcast Network, I will offer this to anyone attending C2E2 in Chicago (April 13-15): if you subscribe to the Steve Dahl Podcast Network at the show, I will do a free sketch for you. YES, that's right, a FREE SKETCH. And, if you are already a subscriber, and you attend C2E2, I will do a sketch for you, too.

Erica from the DahlCast staff will be at C2E2 with me and she'll help you sign up and answer questions (and, for the record, I can help you, too!).

Join the DahlFan Army, get a free sketch. That's the best offer you'll get in 2012.

Sign up at www.dahl.com TODAY! (And, when you sign up, tell'em user name MPH sentchya!)

See you at the show.

Cheers-

MPH

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Marty and Spud arrives APRIL 1st!

Hi Campers:

Set your browsers, Marty and Spud launches on April 1st.  That's this Sunday.  Join the Marty and Spud website or join up at GoComics.  And, watch this space for an announcement regarding C2E2 and Steve Dahl (yeah, the RADIO LEGEND).

Cheers-

MPH

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Updates

Hi Gang:

Just an update...MARTY AND SPUD will launch April 1st.  Check it out.

More soon.

MPH

Friday, January 27, 2012

The "I"s have it?


I know, I know…the weekly blog thing has fallen off the tracks already. 

“Didn’t Hansel say he’d do this once a week?”

Yes…yes he did.  However, when he made that commitment, he didn’t anticipate the upper respiratory infection that knocked him on his butt.

Sorry about that.

No more talk of sickness and no more excuses, let’s blather about…well…let’s just blather.

This past week, I entered into an online “discussion” with some folks about lettering.  A comic strip I like to read on a daily basis contained a lettering error and I pointed it out, since I did not wish the  creative team of said strip to be thought of a amateurs.  (The mistake they made was an amateur lettering mistake).  The error was basically this: The letter “I” had the serifs (those little bars at the top and bottom of the letter) present in the middle of a word.  Any professional comic book person, especially if they are an editor or a letterer, will tell you that those serifs are ONLY present in the letter “I” when “I” is the pronoun “I”, or, in certain cases, begins a word such as “I’LL”.  Otherwise, loose the serifs.

This caused many people, including the letterer, to jump on me and say it was an expression of artistic intent to do the lettering incorrectly.  They demanded that I show them “proof” that this was a lettering rule, because NONE of the dozen or so people that post there had ever heard of such a thing.

I directed them to Todd Klein’s excellent website and the Comicraft website (all of which have excellent information about lettering) and I also recommended the DC COMICS GUIDE TO LETTERING AND COLORING.  The masses would not have it.  They dismissed the “DC” book as being a house guide and useless (which is interesting since none of them had read it).  Again, I was told that they had a “RIGHT” to do the lettering anyway they wanted to and that there are no rules.

It was an interesting argument.  Almost 90 years of comic strip publishing history tells us that serifs are NOT used.  Hundreds, thousands?, of comic strips have been lettered this way.  I’m fairly certain that “reading” studies have been done to establish those rules (this is one of the ways that ALL CAPS lettering came to be the standard for comics—its easier to READ it).

I’m all for change when it makes sense, or change to fix something that is wrong.  It seems to me that nothing was “wrong” here and that nothing logically needed to change.  I’m also not a huge fan of following a rule just because it has been in place for a long time, HOWEVER, certain rules do have a purpose and should be observed and followed.

I’ve been told more than once that if lettering (or coloring for that matter) call attention to themselves, then the letterer/colorist is NOT doing their job, because those are the “invisible” part of the creative team.  They are critically important, don’t get me wrong.  They usually are called upon to save the day with regard to deadlines and turn work around virtually overnight, but theirs is a quiet art.

Thoughts?

MPH 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A few things...


One of the things that I promised myself when the new year began was I would try to commit to doing some type of regular essay writing.  The local paper(s) don’t seem much interested in freelance workers these days, and the reality is that my “day job” might make them a wee bit gun shy about hiring me, especially if I decide to comment on the blood sport of politics.  So, here I am in cyberspace (where all the hep cats are anyway) to offer my observations, musings, and opinions.

If you’ve come here looking for gossip or sordid tales of tomfoolery, I’m afraid that you’ll be more than a bit disappointed.  That’s not the game I’m into.  I do, however, reserve the right to have opinions (even unpopular ones) and I will gladly engage anyone in the gentlemanly art of discussion about those opinions.  Remember, as a friend once told me, “…differences challenge assumptions…”.  There is nothing wrong with challenging the assumptions, and I welcome differences as that is what makes life interesting.

No, the column will provide me with an opportunity to talk about a medium close to my heart “comics” and will allow me to talk about and opine on what an old geezer like me wants to crab about a bit.  Mostly, it will be about the GOOD things that are coming out of the medium and the brave new world that comic book/strip creators are headed into.  The internet will change everything.  It HAS changed everything!  Comic Book Resources ran an excellent piece about the future a few days back.  I would encourage all of you to read it.  I’ll provide a link at the bottom of this essay. 

Where was I?  Oh, yeah…the purpose of this here column.

I will, of course, also take the opportunity to plug various MPH projects that are chugging along.  I’m a terrible carnival barker, though, so be warned.  Plugs may be awkward.

I plan on each of these little essays to run about 500 words or some.  Some weeks a wee bit more, other weeks a wee bit less.  But, 500 is a good number to shoot for.

I also plan on using this blog to showcase editorial cartoons (I’m going to shoot for doing TWO a week) and various other media type projects, including my first ever attempt at sculpture.  Should be a hoot.

On another website, you’ll soon find the daily adventures of a boy and his tabby cat.  Marty is a boy who lives in a world all his own…or does he?  What is real?  What is his imagination?  It might not even matter as long as I spin a good yarn worthy of entertainment value for the whole family.

So that’s what my pledge (at least for now) is to you, determined reader.  One essay and two editorial cartoons a week, plus whatever other madness I find amusing and worthy.  Oh, and THAT is 500 words.

MPH

Fever pitch...er...drawings

I've been down with some type of viral infection for these past few days, but in the fever spent days, I managed to do a few doodles.

MPH

Friday, January 6, 2012

2012

Hi Heroes:

Welcome to the future, I guess.  Hope everybody had a safe and fun New Year's Eve.

I've been under the weather, so that's why there hasn't been much blogging here lately.  I'm ready to announce some things soon, so stay tOOned.

I can confirm, too, that I'll be a guest at C2E2 in Chicago this year, as well as Wizard World Chicago, the Chicago Alternative Comix Exp (CAKE) and a show in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  If all goes according to plan, I should be drawing on Free Comic Book Day, too.

Anywho, more soon...

MPH