Category Archives: Comic

Creating Comics Class at the Amherst Public Library

June 23rd, 2011, Amherst Public Library, 221 Spring Street (on the corner of Park Ave.)

Note: Even if you’ve taken this class before, you may want to come back again as you’ll be working with different people, and you’ll get new and different content during the class.

This is a great way to learn how to create comics, how to work with others, and why some comics come out the way they do. Taught by local artist and caricaturist Mike Leuszler, students learn to create manga and comics… by making comics. But there’s a twist or two.

Students will also learn a bit about comic publishing and comics history during the class, and have an enormous amount of fun despite that!

No drawing experience necessary.

Everyone who participates in the class will get a free print by Mike Leuszler. That’s me.

For more info or to register for the class, call 440-988-4230. Or, you can contact the Youth Services Director, Cheryl Ashton, at cashtonapl@yahoo.com.

Obama Trumps Osama

Obama Trumps Osama comic Copyright 2011 Michael Leuszler
Obama Trumps Osama

Click to enlarge

Wow. Osama bin Laden is dead.

Or at least that’s what’s been in the news today. Really, who knows anymore when it comes to the news. If it’s true, does it really matter? I mean, Al Qeda will go on, without the great bearded one in the driver seat. Terrorism will continue. And didn’t we declare “Mission Accomplished” way back in G. W. Bush era?

Anyway. Enjoy the comic.

JFK 50 years Later

John F. Kennedy Digital Sketch
Click to enlarge. Copyright 2011 Michael A. Leuszler

Today is the 50th anniversary of JFK’s inauguration and in honor of the event I did a quick sketch of the former US president.

This was done on a Wacom Tablet with Manga Studio 4 Debut. It’s just a quickie warm-up sketch. I hope to do more of these more often and post them here, on my Deviant Art page, and my Facebook page.

Happy New Year. Back to Work!

Everyone who does content for the Internet seems to saying what a great year 2011 will be for them and that how they will kick 2010’s ass in some vague way or other. Instead of saying how they’re going to do, they’re making vague statements, metaphors and pronouncements while paving more road to hell with good intentions.

Sure, that’s normal human behavior at this time of year, but I’m going to go one better and give you an actual sneak peek at what’s coming up this year for me, instead of just saying what a swell year it will be.

Comfort Zone the Comic: I did a crappy (really, it was) little webcomic that kind of went way off course last year. I let it go for awhile, but this year, starting in January, I’m going to resolve the “story” of the last comic and bring it into a better storytelling format. It will be twice a week, but instead of three panels twice a week, it will be more of a comic-sized page, or an old time Sunday Comics sized strip, when strips took up 90% of a page. I want to create a comic to show off my real art and storytelling chops.

I don’t want to creatively masturbate three panels a day with week jokes.

Podcasts: Open Mike, Insert Foot is done. Finished. Out with a whimper. I have gotten everything out of that experience that I can get and it is time to move on to bigger and better things. Shows that are better prepared, less reliant on random callers and other people, and stuff that I’m more passionate about.

That Stupid Podcast premieres in January. The first episode sets up the concept and format, and from there, well, it gets stupid.  People are getting dumber and I’ll show you how, with a bit of observation and a pinch of comedy.

Before the Crisis is the working title for my comic book podcast. It will talk mostly about my life in comics, specifically focusing on the years before 1986, comics’ best year (in my lifetime). It will have a strong focus on different types of cultures in comics, the DC multiverse as it was in that time, and many other topics that you don’t hear on Major Spoilers or Word Balloon.  I’m hoping to launch this in the Spring.

Mike the Art Guy: Art, Internet, Business. I’m going to call upon my associates to share with me their experiences in art, Internet, and business. This show will be for working artists and Internet content providers. In between may be episodes that are more journal in nature, where I share my adventures and observations. Still finalizing the format, so look for more announcements about the final launch date in February or March.

I will also be ramping up production on my original artwork, prints, cards, caricatures, and other commission work, or as it’s known, my real job.

I’m not just pulling this stuff out of my butt, mind you. I’ve long ago planned everything out and documented it, so I can focus and keep on schedule with my various projects.

So with that all out in the open, and practically daring myself to fail, I want to take a moment to wish you all a productive and fun year, not just right now in January, but all year long.

Now get back to work.

Mike

A Halloween Comic

Zombie Comic Halloween 2010
Click to enlarge. Copyright 2010 Michael A. Leuszler

Milk, it does a body good.

Hey, all. I hope you have a scary fun Halloween. Since I’m way out in the country, I don’t expect to get a lot of trick or treaters here. Instead, I’ll probably put some artwork up on eBay today. And work on getting rid of all of these comics. Still. Sigh.

On Monday, November 1st, I’ll be doing another Open Mike, Insert Foot podcast recording LIVE. Come check it out and either join us in the chat room or call up. The more the merrier.