Thursday, July 25, 2013

Star Wars Celebration Europe II!

I'm here in Essen, Germany for Star Wars Celebration Europe!
I just checked into my hotel not far from the convention center and thought I'd update the blog with my travel log to the event in Loo Harvest fashion. I actually landed in Germany last Tuesday, stayed over at my uncle and aunt's in Wiesbaden, and had a relaxing time with them at a vineyard last night before taking the Deutsche Bahn this morning to Essen.
My uncle Elmar just texted me, "Enjoy your Space War." I will!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I still draw stuff! Update: April 23, 2013

I should start all my blog entries with "It's been a long while since I blogged...". For anyone who cares, I'm still drawing ever since I put Loo Harvest Chronicles on hiatus last December. So here's just some of the things I've been working on.

I wrote and drew an 8-page comic short for an anthology called Monstrosity. My comic was inspired by the old Eerie and Vampirella magazines. It follows a former circus bear turned evil lab guinea pig turned city-protecting monstrous bear.
The anthology features other talents like J. Bone, Sam Agro, Brian Evinou, Phil McClorey, Fred Kennedy, and many others. Make sure to check out the Monstrosity website for updates on this book.

My friend Brian McLaughlin invited me to play in his playground, webcomic series Princess Planet. I always find Brian's work clever and charming, so I was honoured when he asked me to do a guest strip for his series.

My high school friend Kevin wrote a zombie survival guide book and asked me to do the illustrations. Here's the front and back covers.

What's next for me? I completed a 50-page Toronto-based superhero comic called Human-Lizard Saves the Day. This is a retelling of a character I created back in high school that I felt had some potential. Here is Marcus Barrett, aka the Human-Lizard.

I'm aiming to release this "giant-size" comic book in September.

And for those who miss Loo Harvest Chronicles. A plot outline has been written and concept sketches has been drawn for its eventual return. It'll feature a runaway Nightsister/assassin.

The best way to follow my updates is through Instagram. Go on, follow me!

Still drawing,
-Jason Loo

Monday, January 07, 2013

Loo Harvest hiatus and 2013 plans?

Sorry for being absent on the blog end.
If you didn't know already, Loo Harvest Chronicles is on hiatus. 2012 has been a fruitful year for this series, but also a stressful one. It's been a tiring run spending hours each day outside of my regular non-creative job to continue the series. Each week felt like clockwork; Monday-Tuesday I would layout and pencil a comic page, Wednesday-Thursday, the page would be inked, then the rest of the week I would sit down for hours coloring the page on my laptop.  I felt it's time for me to gave the series a rest while I can focus on other projects. But don't consider this an end to the Loo Harvest series especially on a sad note ala Empire Strikes Back. There's still more diary entries to translate into the webcomic series (i.e. Twi'Lek mom, Bespin Library, other awkward and heart-breaking moments, ...). Expect to see sporadic updates throughout the year.

What's next for me in 2013?
I'll be part of a monster-themed comic anthology with some talented people: J. Bone, Ed Brisson, Brian Evinou, Adam Gorham, Fred Kennedy, Sam Agro, Phil McClorey, and Marvin Law. The comic short that I'll be both writing and drawing will feature a character from an old comic series I did several years ago, anyone remember Popper Cosmix? Anyone remember Biker Bear? Here's a concept sketch I did of him (updated version).

Human Lizard is another old creation I'll be revisiting this spring-summer. I have an itch to do a 40-page superhero origin story with Toronto being a character in the comic, the same fashion as New York City in Marvel.

In the summer-fall, I plan to write and illustrate my own children's picture book. Ever since I started working in children's services of a public library, being surrounded by children's books and reading aloud to kids inspired me to tell my own tale.

So stay tuned and keep checking Loo Harvest on Facebook for updates!