Reubens, Star Wars, and the Future of Red

Hi, Red-Heads! I’m sorry for the long absence from the comic and blog.  I’ve found myself swamped trying to catch up on work-related deadlines since my last post.  To briefly catch everyone up, let me start with the Reuben Awards in May.

Photo by Tom Richmond

2014 Reuben talk — Photo by Tom Richmond

My talk, “Why I Do A Webcomic” went well for the most part, despite my losing much of my voice in the days leading up to the event. But I received many compliments from the cartoonists who attended as well as regrets from those who missed it because they couldn’t make it away from the bar. I may possibly upload a movie or video of the talk in the future. The great thing about doing a talk like this is being able to showcase your work to people who may never have seen it before.  I’m happy to say it’s led to some great connections and new relationships. I was fortunate enough to be the first up on the opening day of the weekend, which allowed me to kick back, relax, and enjoy all the fun the rest of the weekend.

Photo by Keith Robinson

Formal wear. Photo by Keith Robinson

Saturday night’s award ceremony was a great time as well, emceed once again by the hilarious Tom Gammill. This was my first time being nominated, so it was quite the honor.  And though I knew I wouldn’t win this time around  (being up against Jeff Smith is like being up against Meryl Streep at the Oscars), it was a great feeling to hear my name called out as a nominee!

The weekend closed with an amazing party on the aircraft carrier Midway, where many of us had a chance to draw for soldiers and their families in support of the Wounded Warriors project.

There are also a couple of things that have happened just over the past week — both of which are very exciting — that I’m not at liberty to completely share yet. Still, let me at least tease you with what I can.

Phineas and Ferb Star Wars

While I was in LA, several of my colleagues, having heard many of my impressions and voice characterizations, encouraged me to pursue voice acting. I did a little bit of temporary dialogue (“scratch”, as it is called) in Phineas and Ferb and was preparing to put together a voice reel when we made the decision to move back to Florida. Last week I found out that Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh, the creators of Phineas and Ferb, have decided to use my voice for a small ( but important) part in the upcoming Phineas and Ferb Star Wars Special. I don’t think I can tell you the part I’m playing yet, but be sure to watch on the Disney Channel July 26 and stay for the credits! It’s really cool.

And lastly, on the Red’s Planet front, there are some things happening behind the scenes. Really cool things; jumping up and down, kissing strangers, calling-the-neighbors kind of things. And, though I can’t really tell you anything at this time, it will mean discontinuing updates for a while; and for that I am truly sorry.

Red_readsTelling this story as a webcomic has been one of the best experiences in my life. Many of you have been here from the beginning and have stuck with me, waiting patiently as I’ve put the comic on hold — when my daughter was born, or when I moved my family across the country, or when there were looming deadlines for actual paying work. You continue to be the best audience I could have ever imagined. You have embraced my characters, cheered me on with your comments, and, for the most part, never complained when your free comic hasn’t arrived on time.

But now, I have a chance to expand the audience for Red’s Planet — an opportunity that I have been working toward for some time —and it’s my sincerest hope that you will stick around and be a part of that story. For now, this site will stay up and will continue to post news about the next step for Red’s Planet, hopefully sharing some sketches along the way. You can trust that I’ll let you know whatever I can, when I can.

I do promise…Red’s Planet will be back and in a very big way!

Ready for the Reubens!


I’ve got my new dress shoes and the tuxedo is back from the cleaners—I’m ready for the Reubens!

Vintage UFO Magazine Article

Hi Red-Heads! It’s going to be a crazy week of deadlines and last minute preparations for my journey to San Diego for the  2014 Reuben Awards weekend. As you might remember, Red’s Planet was nominated in the  Online Comic – Longform category and I am one of the speakers for the weekend event as well. And, as you can imagine, there isn’t much time for a comic page.

I hate to leave everyone hanging on a cliff from last week’s page, but at least I can give you something fun to take the edge off (edge…cliff—see what I did?).

Here is an old magazine article from that popular 70’s publication, UFO Fancy, that I dug up and reprinted in the limited print edition of Red’s Planet #1. It’s an interesting article and it’s amazing to read about the kind of technology that is being hidden from us by the powers that be. But, I also found  a little insight into what may have happened to Red’s shoe. And, man, does that UFO drawing look familiar?


Anyway, enjoy the article and look for some more goodies over the week!UFO_fancy

Tanner Jones and the Quest for the Monkey Stone

If you haven’t seen the work of Travis Hanson, you are missing out!

Travis is the creator of the webcomic “The Bean”, which has been collected in three volumes of graphic novels. He a wonderful illustrator with an amazing sense of color. His art prints are among some of the most inspiring cartoon fantasy work I’ve seen.

Travis has had 5 very successful Kickstarters (I’ve jumped in to support several of them myself) and his newest book, Tanner Jones and the Quest for the Monkey Stone, looks like it will be as equally successful! An adventurous kid, teddy bear pirates, a ship named the “Scrawny Duck” (love that), and treasure hunt — I’m not going to miss out on this one!

If you love all-ages stories, wonderfully and imaginatively illustrated, then don’ t miss out on Trav’s new project! The clock is ticking on this project!

Check out the kickstarter here: Tanner Jones and the Quest for the Monkey Stone And check out the rest of his work at

A Big Valentine to Comics

Today, April 1st, is the day that Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder’s long awaited feature-length documentary, Stripped, premieres  on iTunes!

Stripped_filmI had a chance to see an advance screening of the film in October and I can’t recommend it enough to both cartoonists and comic lovers alike. It brings together some of world’s best cartoonists to talk about the art form they love and its possible future as newspapers continue die.

Dave and Fred interviewed newspaper cartoonists like Jim Davis (Garfield), Cathy Guisewite (Cathy), Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), Jeff Keane (The Family Circus), and Richard Thompson (Cul de Sac), as well as the new stars of the web like Scott Kurtz (PvP), Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics) and Matt Inman (The Oatmeal). And, probably the coolest part of the film,  there is an audio interview of the reclusive Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), who also drew the amazing poster for the film. There were over 70 interviews conducted for the film and the directors wove them into a compelling narrative that is informative, inspirational, and heartfelt. It is really is a work of love and, as Bill Watterson said, “a big valentine to comics”.

So here’s the big thing you can do to help—

  1. Because I know you’re going to really enjoy this film, get over to the iTunes store today (Link) and buy the movie. It’s only $14.99, which is less than taking a date to McDonald’s for diner and desert (I know what you do), and you’ll have a good time and help Dave and Fred be the #1 movie on iTunes for the day. For $14.99, you can really help out a couple of indie filmmakers and all round nice guys get a little attention for a project they’ve spent several years creating.
  2. Help spread the word! Even if you can’t spend the money, please help spread the word. Link to this post or on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or whatever you favorite flavor of social media is. Every post will help these guys out.

Thanks! And please let me what you think of the film in the comments below.