Visit AP @ the MoCCA Arts Festival & ALA!

It's a busy convention weekend for Ryan and Fred -- first up, come visit the ActPhilo booth at the MoCCA Art Festival Saturday June 23 and Sunday June 24 at New York City's Puck Building. The Evil Twins will have their usual array of comics, t-shirts, prints and bad humor available. (They will both have just attended a bachelor party the night before though, so if you could keep your voices down they'd appreciate it.)

Then on Monday, Fred will be hopping the train to Washington DC and this year's American Library Association convention. He'll be signing at the booth of our redoubtable book distributor, Biblio beginning at 12:30pm on Monday June 25, so if you're there, stop and by and say howdy!
Dave Kiersh

Basic Bio: I’m a librarian who tends to draw comics about “troubled youth”.
Comics: A Last Cry For Help
Making comics since year of: 1997
Art education/schools attended: One year of art school was helpful.


I don’t use a pencil at all. Instead I do my rough drafts with the same pen that I’ll do the final version with. I trace over my roughs with the use of a light box. I find that I could never match the consistency from pencil to paper and that erasing is a nightmare. So I quit using pencils long ago. With the use of a light table, I can do multiple drafts with my Pigma brush pens and Pigma Microns 05 and 08. I simply use cheap Xerox paper because I end up doing lots of drafts. This works for me because I limit myself to 4 panels a page. If I wanted a page with more panels, I’d use a larger format. Also, copy paper is thin, which makes it more transparent. And I don’t have to worry about messing up and wasting it! I like the size too because it fits neatly on the scanner. For color I use Photoshop and draw with a wacom tablet. In referencing CMYK, I use a Color Index book for reference.

Tool timeline, starting from when you began drawing in any serious way until the present, and what spurred the changes: The use of a light table changed the way I worked. I started doing multiple drafts and in the process, my art developed into a cleaner style. Now I’m starting to draw directly into the computer using a wacom tablet. Using layers, it’s a very similar process.

What tools you'd never use, and why: A mechanical pencil. And Pen Nibs. Because the pencil is too predictable and the nibs are too unpredictable.


That's right, kids, ACTION PRESIDENTS is in development, and the crack Evil Twin Comics team, in order to bring you the finest quality and most obnoxious non-fiction comedy possible are sparing no expense in traveling for research ... as long as said research is in (cough) driving distance from New York City. Our intrepid scribe FRED and his beautiful wife spent Memorial Day Weekend visiting three (count 'em) THREE Roosevelt-related sites and he'll you all about the hilarity that ensued in his travel blog on the ETC boards.