Barnes and Noble, a chain of bookstores in the US, held a “Batman Day” as part of a series of promotions.  I learned that there was supposed to be a costume contest as one of the activities of Batman Day—I even went through the trouble of finding out when exactly it would be.  Unfortunately, it turned out that I was the only person who dressed up at that time, so the costume contest was cancelled.


Needless to say, I was disappointed and I even felt like I was some kind of dork.  It wasn’t a total loss, though.  Some people in the store liked this outfit.  One of the employees took my picture at this display (I cropped it for effect) and even took another one to later post online.  Tomorrow I leave for San Diego.  Buenas noches!

Barnes and Noble, a chain of bookstores in the US, held a “Batman Day” as part of a series of promotions. I learned that there was supposed to be a costume contest as one of the activities of Batman Day—I even went through the trouble of finding out when exactly it would be. Unfortunately, it turned out that I was the only person who dressed up at that time, so the costume contest was cancelled.

Needless to say, I was disappointed and I even felt like I was some kind of dork. It wasn’t a total loss, though. Some people in the store liked this outfit. One of the employees took my picture at this display (I cropped it for effect) and even took another one to later post online. Tomorrow I leave for San Diego. Buenas noches!


This is a lesser-known character, though a few of your gamers may have seen pictures around the web.  As I’ve drawn these cards over the past three years I’ve struggled to come up with as wide of a variety of characters as possible from different media and different series and even different countries of origin and different companies.  Part of the challenge was to pick characters who are neither really famous or absurdly obscure.  I think that I may have run out at this point.  Reiko here just might be the last character drawn for this set.  I apologize if I disappointed you and I thank you for sticking with me.  At the very least I hope that the people in the convention center will enjoy these cards.

This is a lesser-known character, though a few of your gamers may have seen pictures around the web. As I’ve drawn these cards over the past three years I’ve struggled to come up with as wide of a variety of characters as possible from different media and different series and even different countries of origin and different companies. Part of the challenge was to pick characters who are neither really famous or absurdly obscure. I think that I may have run out at this point. Reiko here just might be the last character drawn for this set. I apologize if I disappointed you and I thank you for sticking with me. At the very least I hope that the people in the convention center will enjoy these cards.

Here are some more sketched postcards. I actually pondered doing another one today, but I came to believe that I didn’t have the energy to do so. Anyway, I had been meaning to include another Marvel Universe character to balance out the three DC Universe characters that I had. I just now worked up the energy to draw Doctor Strange—I might as well do so with a movie in the works. I also have fan-favorites Lilo, Stitch, and Daria.

It’s true! I decided to see if I can get in a few more character cards before departing. I’m afraid that I don’t have the time or energy to fully color them. I did realize that I might as well throw in Toothless and Hiccup along with the boys of the Iwatobi Swim Club (I’ve heard that Free is either a mediocre fanservice show for girls or a decent comical drama) with the considerable fandoms on Tumblr. I also realized that I should have more prettyboy types to complement the pretty-woman types (I based the drawing of Hiccup loosely on that one Filipino cosplayer). Let’s see who else I can sneak in before Thursday.

Impression of Swallow Me Whole

I suppose I might as well read and write about another comic before leaving for San Diego. I just read through Swallow Me Whole. It’s from Nate Powell, who has also illustrated John Lewis’ March, which I discussed last year. It is about a pair of teenagers who endure hard times within their families. They are also seeing things that make their daily lives even harder.

There is a one big problem with the artwork. The speech balloons are already rather small and often become even smaller. The result is that the dialog is often hard to read. I often had to rely on the Kindle e-book’s zooming tool.

On the other hand, though the artwork is somewhat cartoonish, it is heavily shaded and cross-hatched, and It becomes quite emotive. What can I say about the story itself? It’s the kind of story that demands attentiveness yet heartily rewards it. The plot is simple but it effectively and sensitively shows a major part of these teenagers’ lives. The things that they see and how they interweave with their days is conveyed quite well, bolstered by the appropriately surreal imagery. Consider this another recommendation as a thoughtful work of graphic fiction.

Art is…

I logged onto DeviantArt today and a message pointed me to the website’s poster for San Diego Comic-Con, boasting its sponsorship of the artists’ alley. The page on which the poster was displayed gave a prompt for commenters to finish this sentence: “Art is _______.”

That is a good question. People ask that all the time. People come up with their own answers as well. I had to give much thought into giving my own succinct answer. Below is the comment that I typed and posted, as awkward as it might seem. You can quote me on this.

“Art is a means to reveal and give flesh to the depths of the human heart, the reality of the world, and the presence of the transcendent.”


Cesar Pengee Pinguino’s Night Out in the City

Chopped spinach sautéed in olive oil
Beef or turkey patty
Feta cheese
Chopped flaked tuna
Lemon-herb butter sauce
On a pretzel bun

So Pengee the penguin is sometimes in the mood for a night out in the city.  When he is, he likes to watch La Cometa sashay in the ring while pretending to kick curvy booty, help the Bean Fairy and his leprechaun friends do semi-legal street art, and dance in the club with drunken cosplayers while Alexandros flirts with elves. What does he get for dinner?  Obviously, he gets this fishy hamburger that’s also rich, thick, and faintly tart! Pengee also usually orders a side of yellow rice with baby clams for the a complete penguin-friendly feast.  Man oh man, that sounds a winner!

Cesar Pengee Pinguino’s Night Out in the City

  • Chopped spinach sautéed in olive oil
  • Beef or turkey patty
  • Feta cheese
  • Chopped flaked tuna
  • Lemon-herb butter sauce
  • On a pretzel bun

So Pengee the penguin is sometimes in the mood for a night out in the city. When he is, he likes to watch La Cometa sashay in the ring while pretending to kick curvy booty, help the Bean Fairy and his leprechaun friends do semi-legal street art, and dance in the club with drunken cosplayers while Alexandros flirts with elves. What does he get for dinner? Obviously, he gets this fishy hamburger that’s also rich, thick, and faintly tart! Pengee also usually orders a side of yellow rice with baby clams for the a complete penguin-friendly feast. Man oh man, that sounds a winner!


I was told that I shouldn’t carry around a sketchbook with that previous picture on the front cover.  I pulled it off and immediately started working on a new one.  This is a bit rushed since I was actively miffed at having to start over.  Still, by working with a reference that I found with a quick search I made one that looked decent enough to share.

I was told that I shouldn’t carry around a sketchbook with that previous picture on the front cover. I pulled it off and immediately started working on a new one. This is a bit rushed since I was actively miffed at having to start over. Still, by working with a reference that I found with a quick search I made one that looked decent enough to share.


I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post this one.  I was concerned that it might come off as redundant.  It’s just a traditionally colored version (using both colored pencils and, for the first time in a great while, markers) of a drawing that I earlier digitally inked for purposes of making into an extra background image for the Weblog.  I made this version to tape and laminate onto the new volume of my personal journal (though ultimately I had to rip it off to replace with a picture that was less easy to misunderstand).  I ultimately decided that some of you might like this.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to post this one. I was concerned that it might come off as redundant. It’s just a traditionally colored version (using both colored pencils and, for the first time in a great while, markers) of a drawing that I earlier digitally inked for purposes of making into an extra background image for the Weblog. I made this version to tape and laminate onto the new volume of my personal journal (though ultimately I had to rip it off to replace with a picture that was less easy to misunderstand). I ultimately decided that some of you might like this.


Fun Fun Panko Ranch Chicken

 Chicken breast coated with panko breading 
 Muenster cheese 
 Ranch dressing 
 On a pretzel bun 

And now for something completely different.  Here’s a chicken sandwich from Brian’s Burgers!    It’s milky!  It’s creamy!  It’s cool!  It’s just a little crunchy!  It’s Fun Fun Panko Ranch Chicken!  For more creamy milky fun add a side of macaroni and cheese.

Fun Fun Panko Ranch Chicken

  • Chicken breast coated with panko breading
  • Muenster cheese
  • Ranch dressing
  • On a pretzel bun
And now for something completely different. Here’s a chicken sandwich from Brian’s Burgers! It’s milky! It’s creamy! It’s cool! It’s just a little crunchy! It’s Fun Fun Panko Ranch Chicken! For more creamy milky fun add a side of macaroni and cheese.

I’m surprised that last bit of filler received so many notes. Well, here’s some more filler that you may like. My mother wanted to see me in the full costume before taking it to San Diego; she wisely figured that we should see how it would look and feel in case we had to make any last changes. She had my father take a few pictures and I decided to post it online when I had the chance. This is basically what people nearby will see in downtown San Diego, though I’ll have to find a lighter shirt to wear under the trench-coat in southern California during summertime.

This set of very rough scribbles may seem to be mere filler for the White Rose Weblog. In some ways it is. Still, you may be interested in seeing an important part of the process of drawing a comic. These are the thumbnails for the first ten strips of Penguin’s Voyage. Feel free to compare and contrast these with the fuller comic strips!

One person who replied to one of my usual random greetings told me that this blog’s theme wasn’t very attractive or eye-catching in spite of all my efforts to spruce it up. I told her that I appreciated her input and that I would look into adding or changing still more things. I got the idea to try drawing another picture in the same style as the header (digital inking in Manga Studio is actually pretty nice). Once I figure out how to put this figure in the lower corner of the blog, I’ll add it there.

Why a scantily clad man with a rose? Well, I am a man myself. I wanted a figure much like the one in the header. Many people also like well-built, elegantly handsome men anyway. You might see that I tried to convey a believable, achievable musculature, not an overly defined or “perfect” one. Anyway, the point is that I’m doing what I can to make this blog more appealing.

MAJOR EDIT ON 7/17: This image didn’t work out as I hoped. I have uploaded an extra edit of this same image with the intention of adding it to the sidebar. I’ve edited, uploaded, and deleted several files to get it just right, in fact. I am still keeping the larger image as well.


Another one so soon?  It actually wasn’t as simple as it looks.  I really struggled with bringing together characters, props, and perspective and keeping a consistent, believable scale.  That alone made me less confident in my ability to bring everything together, at least at this point in my development.  I also did the best I could to clean the scanned pencils, using dodging and burning tools as well as the levels sliders, but I still couldn’t quite them them much cleaner.  I also ended up making the usual very late changes before actually posting this comic.  I suppose that I did a decent job here, all things considered.   


I do want to say something here about the upcoming Lux-Luna comic strip.  I do plan on drawing a full twenty-four-page episode.  I have committed to that much.  It will be an important bit of practice.  However, considering the difficulties that I’ve had lately with—once again—bringing everything together in sequential art, I don’t know if I’ll go beyond that.  We will have to consider Matron Paladin Lux-Luna an experiment.  I do plan on starting that in August after I receive new styli for help with sketching thumbnails and make time for all those pages.  I’ll have to figure out what comes next after the fact.  Thank you for understanding.

Another one so soon? It actually wasn’t as simple as it looks. I really struggled with bringing together characters, props, and perspective and keeping a consistent, believable scale. That alone made me less confident in my ability to bring everything together, at least at this point in my development. I also did the best I could to clean the scanned pencils, using dodging and burning tools as well as the levels sliders, but I still couldn’t quite them them much cleaner. I also ended up making the usual very late changes before actually posting this comic. I suppose that I did a decent job here, all things considered.

I do want to say something here about the upcoming Lux-Luna comic strip. I do plan on drawing a full twenty-four-page episode. I have committed to that much. It will be an important bit of practice. However, considering the difficulties that I’ve had lately with—once again—bringing everything together in sequential art, I don’t know if I’ll go beyond that. We will have to consider Matron Paladin Lux-Luna an experiment. I do plan on starting that in August after I receive new styli for help with sketching thumbnails and make time for all those pages. I’ll have to figure out what comes next after the fact. Thank you for understanding.


I’m pleased that this comic strip came out as well as it did.  The styli—both of them—that I use for sketching in Kindle Fire have been shredded and no longer helpful for drawing, so I had to choose from among the mini-scripts that lend themselves to simpler layouts.  I really struggled with scale and detail here, but I trust that this isn’t too bad.  After poking fun at Russian Orthodox fanatics, during this election year in the US I thought that again I’d try my hand at satirizing the Religious Right, or more specifically the sadly increasing trend of wild, dishonest, demonizing paranoia.  I’d say this is a decent entry.  If you were disappointed to not see Pengee, I’ll see if I can make time to draw another strip before going to San Diego.

I’m pleased that this comic strip came out as well as it did. The styli—both of them—that I use for sketching in Kindle Fire have been shredded and no longer helpful for drawing, so I had to choose from among the mini-scripts that lend themselves to simpler layouts. I really struggled with scale and detail here, but I trust that this isn’t too bad. After poking fun at Russian Orthodox fanatics, during this election year in the US I thought that again I’d try my hand at satirizing the Religious Right, or more specifically the sadly increasing trend of wild, dishonest, demonizing paranoia. I’d say this is a decent entry. If you were disappointed to not see Pengee, I’ll see if I can make time to draw another strip before going to San Diego.