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Paradigm Shift returns on June 1st with ACT II!

May. 20th, 2010 | 04:14 pm
mood: excitedexcited

Part Four: Flight - Get ready to run starting June 1st!

Now the moment you've all been waiting for:

I can officially announce the triumphant return of Paradigm Shift with the launch of ACT II! Kate and Mike return in Part Four: Flight, the first of a new three part series that takes them far beyond their Chicago home to hide from Kate's mysterious pursuers and to ultimately find the truth behind her frightening condition.

Get ready to run starting Tuesday, June 1st.

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Apr. 5th, 2010 | 05:36 pm

The kickoff to my book tour at Anime Boston was loads of fun and a smashing success! I broke a sales record, selling over 100 books for the first time in a single weekend. The new prints went over very well, too.

This year I was accompanied by my friend Ellen, who helped out at the table and was an excellent assistant. In another first, she also cosplayed as Kate on Saturday! She even attempted the crazy bangs for that totally 80's styling:

Ellen cosplaying as Kate. Armed and dangerous.
Attitude? Check.

Awesome! Thank you so much again, Ellen! You were a great help, and your costumes were great!

I also had a fantastic time hanging out with Brion Foulke & Jen Brazas, Shannon & Rich Townsend and Dave Lister while they crashed at my place. And on Saturday night we got together with fellow comickers Zack Giallongo, Steph Yue, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Stevie Wilson, Beatriz Bravo, and Pat Lapierre for dinner where we recreated The Last Supper:

Anime Boston: The Last Supper

All in all this weekend was a tremendous start to this month of conventions. I'm really looking forward to the rest of them.

Next up: Tekkoshocon!

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Anime Boston - Ready or not, here I come!

Apr. 1st, 2010 | 08:57 am

Well, the big day is upon us. I set up at Anime Boston this evening, and will be there bright and early at 10am tomorrow morning when they open Artist's Alley up to the public. In addition to the books & minis, I'll have prints, including a couple of new ones:

The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects

City Lights
City Lights

Anyway, I shouldn't dally. I've got to finish prepping for this thing! See you at Anime Boston!

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Ahoy! My Book Tour approaches!

Mar. 22nd, 2010 | 09:25 am
mood: excitedexcited

So, many of you are wondering, “Hey, Dirk, you finished Part Three back in November, and launched it in January. Why the hold up for Part Four?” The answer, my friends, is that I’m getting ready to go a on Book Tour next month. Starting the first weekend of April, I’ll be doing four conventions in a row: Anime Boston, Tekkoshocon, The Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2), and finally, Anime St. Louis, where I will the Artist Guest of Honor!

While Anime Boston will be a local show for me, the others will be taking me back into the Midwest. Considering I mostly recently hailed from Chicago, and my home town is near St. Louis, I have decided to make a road trip out of it. I’ll be leaving for Pittsburgh for Tekkoshocon a few days after Anime Boston, where I will be joined by my talented brother Kurt. After that, I will spend a couple of days visiting friends and family in Ohio and Michigan before arriving in Chicago, where I plan to stay for a few days on each end of C2E2, so I can visit a few more people. I will then make my way down to St. Louis and visit my folks before arriving at Anime St. Louis. Finally, I will make the two-day trek back to Boston, arriving just under three weeks after I left. In addition to visiting friends and family, I will also be taking time to do some research trips around the region to scout locations and take photos for scenes in the upcoming book. I may also drop in on a few comic shops and deliver a few copies of PS on the way. I will also be making frequent updates from the road, and I’ll let you track my progress as I go.

If you plan on coming to any of these upcoming conventions, please take time to come look for me. I’ll be at Table #53 (Row P) in Artist’s Alley at Anime Boston. Likewise, I’ll also in Artist’s Alley at Tekkoshocon, though I do not have my table assignment #, yet. Look for me at Haven’s Indy Island at C2E2. As a Guest of Honor at Anime St. Louis, in addition to a table, I will also be giving an art workshop and Q&A during the weekend.

I must admit I’m delighted to be invited to Anime St. Louis as a guest this year. While most of you know me as a Chicago guy, I actually spent my junior high and high school years in St. Louis’s Metro East (the IL side of the Mississippi), and the convention will be held only a couple of towns away from where I graduated. Quite honestly, I doubt I would be drawing comics if I hadn’t moved to that area, because it was there that I first discovered comic books, role-playing games, anime, and other geeky pursuits. So in some ways it feels as if I’ll be coming full-circle as I return next month, almost exactly 20 years after I first started drawing comics in high school.

So, when can you expect Paradigm Shift’s triumphant return? I decided to delay the launch of Part Four until after I completed this marathon, because it’s highly doubtful I’ll be doing much drawing while driving halfway across this beautiful country. I also promised myself I would not start drawing until I had a completed script in hand, and I intend to keep that promise. After launching this website at the end of February, I’ve been spending this month deep in the writing process, and hope to have a completed first draft of the Part Four script in hand before I leave, so I will be ready to start drawing again upon my return. Expect the launch of Part Four sometime in May. I’ll continue to post more daily artwork until it’s ready to go. Thanks again for your patience. I promise this season break will be worth the wait!

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Hey, hey, some good press!

Mar. 13th, 2010 | 05:32 pm
mood: happyhappy

Check out Brigid Alverson’s interview with me over at Robot 6, where we chat about Paradigm Shift’s origins, influences, and where the name comes from.

Thanks again, Brigid!

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Also, check out my new mustache!

Mar. 3rd, 2010 | 01:20 pm

Shaved down my beard to a classic Van Dyke, and now I’m growing out the ends of my mustache for that “English Colonel” look.

It may be time to update my icon.

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Welcome to Werewolf Wednesday!

Mar. 3rd, 2010 | 09:44 am
music: Zoe Keating - Frozen Angels

As promised, I bring you the premiere edition of Werewolf Wednesday, where once a week we'll dive into the depths of my sketchbook and dig out all the old werewolf ideas and designs I withheld for spoiler reasons while workingParadigm Shift - ACT I. Considering this happened over a 10-year span, there's plenty of material for me to share.

This week, I've got a study of the transformation of Kate's hands and forearms, including my first attempt at a morphing animation, using this sequence as a basis:

Hands Transformation

(Click through to see the animation.)

Stay tuned next Wednesday for more werewolf fun!

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PREVIEW - Werewolf Wednesday is coming!

Feb. 26th, 2010 | 10:45 am

Anyway, as I promised I'm going update new stuff regularly here to hold you until the new PS story line starts up this spring. But, I don't mean just once a week. Look for new things here every day, from sketches & gift art to previews & color designs.

Today I'm giving you a sneak peek at the backlog of werewolf design material that I've kept off the web partially for spoiler reasons, and partially out of laziness. Also, for those of you who read the footnotes at the end of Part Three, I promised you animations! So, without further ado, I present to you first in a series of transformation designs from way back in 2002:

Original Head Transformation

(Click through to see the animation.)

Tune in next Wednesday, when I'll post the next animation, and we'll officially kick off Werewolf Wednesdays!

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New Website is GO!

Feb. 25th, 2010 | 09:53 am
mood: accomplished

Paradigm Shift's new home.

Update your bookmarks, Paradigm Shift has a new home!

It took a little more time than I'd planned, but the new website is up and running at www.paradigmshfitmanga.com. I've had a fabulous time here on Webcomicsnation.com over the past few years, but my needs have outgrown this site, and it's past time to return to my own server again.

In addition to the complete archives, you'll also find bonus footnotes and extras, not to mention a full comment engine and sensible navigation. I'll leave the archives here on WCN for now in their current state, but from now on I'll be posting all new updates on the new website, including the next story line later this spring. In the meantime, I'll keep plenty of art and news coming your way to keep things interesting.

I'd like to thank all my beta-testers for poking around, finding bugs, and making sure everything worked properly in the wild. If anyone finds any lingering bugs, please contact me at dirk (at) dynamanga.net or on Twitter, and I'll get them squashed.

Thanks again everyone, and happy reading!

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Guess who's going to be at Anime St. Louis...

Feb. 19th, 2010 | 11:06 am

It's official! I'm going to be the Artist Guest of Honor at Anime St. Louis this year!

That's pretty cool, since I went to Junior High and High School in the Metro East. My family is still out there, too. Can't wait!

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