In between regular postings of This EMPIRE are “yesteryear” strips and sketches. 

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Related Strips: Sketch

Late start to this year’s allergy season left me quite out of sorts, knocking off the production schedule of This EMPIRE. A no-show last week but this one week another edition of “Sketch Swap.” This time around featuring finished pencils, inks by Todd D.

Sketch one character pose suggested by Todd D. I started my sketch based on a Naruto pose I couldn’t get out of my head. A new anime, yes I came very late to this one 🙂 thank goodness for back episodes 220 from the first series plus the 308 and counting of the second series Naruto Shippuden courtesy of Hulu. It’s still seem as if I am watching TV to me no matter what device I know reading that seems very, very odd 🙂

Sketch two 1980’s cartoon series suggested by Marko. This one was hard, do you realize how much TV I watched back then damn, we had good time TV “ol buddy, ol’ pal, ol’ friend of mine.” I tried to do sketch of Turbo Teen.

  • Here is the opening sequence of the show.
  • By the way check out this clip by Robot Chicken (a slightly dark take on the show).

There are others… 

Last week I was fortunate to attend a second round of sketching, Comic Meet-up, set up by Dennis Freeland, Max Miller Dowdle from Quinate Anthology. This was their first time out hopefully I will be able to attend more. Listed below are some comics from the attendees.

In Memoriam

I am sure you heard that Chicago Sun-Times Film critic Roger Ebert passed away.


At the movies (originally Siskel and Ebert and The Movies, and later At the Movies with Ebert and Roeper) is one of many that helped me understand films. Taking me from casual viewer to an avid film watcher. The show has long been over and I continue to follow Roger Ebert reviews I didn’t have to agree to every point they made. They did help me be a more informed viewer of the medium. Isn’t that point of a good critic

Thank you, Roger Ebert. 

NPR – Roger Ebert: Elegance And Empathy by Scott Simon

Thank you for reading, back to making comics.