Saturday, June 17, 2006

Off to "comic book boot camp"...

(First bit of blog-exclusive art, Hannah Dundee and Hermes from Mark Schultz's brilliant "Xenozoic Tales")

I'll be taking the next two weeks "off" so-to-speak, and since I'm unsure of whether I'm bringing my laptop along with me, I decided to post a heads-up, since I won't have scanner access.

So, I'm off to the Ox-bow art school, where I'll be taking 5-hour classes, 5 days a week...yay me -_-
But seriously, I managed to procure a scholarship to the course entitled "Drawing: Making Comics." Thus, I shall be spending many finger-bleeding hours working on the techniques of panel-layout, story development, and inking techniques.
So, hopefully I'll return relatively unscathed, and then I'll be able to work on summore art, besides what I've worked on at Ox-bow.

See ya! *runs screaming out of a window*

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Aaron Smith 1970-2006

The Godzilla fandom was dealt a heavy blow on Tuesday when Aaron Smith, owner of the site Monster Zero ( passed away after a major cardiac arrest.
At only 36, Aaron was surely taken away at a young age, but did more for the Godzilla fandom in his short time than many other fans can say for themselves.

I followed Monster Zero's development since the days of "Godzilla News" back in 1999 in the "post-GINO" era, and through Monster Zero, I found myself new friends and allies in a community of like-minded individuals, and I owe that to Aaron.

"SIKESTON — Aaron J. Smith, 36, died at 5:07 p.m. May 30, 2006, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.

Born Feb. 9, 1970, in Fort Gordon, Ga., son of the late Alex and Polly Lou Gestring Smith Jr., he was a 1988 graduate of Sikeston High School and a 1994 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. He was self-employed as a Web site designer.

Survivors include: one brother and sister-in-law, Eric and Reagan Smith of New Madrid; one sister and brother-in-law, Maria and Cliff Crowden of Sikeston; and one niece and five nephews.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Nunnelee Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements."

(From Monster Zero front page)

Support for Aaron's memory is much appreciated, so go visit MZ and leave a message or two.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Howdy ya'll!

Gettin' things of to a start here. Welcome bloggers and viewers to my blog, Matt's Screaming Brain!
I noticed that many artists have their own blogs, and I basically said "why the hell not?" and made myself a blog, dubbed from this day on "Matt Frank's Screaming Brain," mostly because my brain likes to make loud noises while THINKIN'...

So, methinks I'll post my most recent (and first) published work: the cover to G-Fan issue 75! Enjoy as I mess around with this blog's settings...