Oh daaaaaang! Check out this sweet spread of Periscope Studio and myself in issue #22 of France’s Rise Magazine! Thank you so much to P-mod for featuring us in his travelogue about voyaging across the USA’s west coast, it was a pleasure to host you and you’re always welcome in our house :)
“Leia Weathington and Erika Moen are Smut Peddlers. Or at least, they’re comics creators who have contributed a 7 page opus de smut to contribute to an independent tome of lady-centric comics pornography. What the hell does any of that even mean? It’s so much better to hear them tell it, as well as the story of how they came to be collaborators, and what it’s like to work at Periscope Studios, apparently an oasis of sanity and awesomeosity in an industry not so much known for either things. Erika also breaks down the inspired question from Jeff Parker at the heart of her collaboration with him, “Bucko,” and since we’re discussing the art of titillation, it only makes sense that Paul Ryan’s pictures come up for discussion. BONUS: Leia and Bobby slapfight each other over fashion and mispronunciations!”
TODAY Thursday, October 4th, 7:30pm
Bucko’s BOOK RELEASE party will be hap-hap-HAPPENING at Powell’s on Hawthorne! Parker and I will be doing a reading and shooting the shit. Guaranteed to be a swell time. Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR
TOMORROW Friday, October 5th, 6-9pm
The magnitude of celebrating Bucko in book form cannot be contained to one store on one day! So Parker and I are moving the party over to Bridge City Comics where we will be living it up with more readings and witty banter for you, our dear, beloved readers. Bridge City Comics, 3725 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR.
The digital download of Bucko is available from our publisher Dark Horse Comics! It contains all the additional content and comics that Parker and I put together for the print version.
Last Friday I had the incredible honor of being “The Talent” in a Wacom promotional video! Holy moly!
This is one of the perks of working in Periscope Studio– I’m exposed to amazing opportunities just by being in an attention-catching professional collective. Nearly every one of our two dozen members uses Wacom products, from tablets to Cintiqs, which somehow got back to Wacom’s HQ (They’re just across the river from us in Portland!). Now whenever they need artists to take their products for a test spin or get feedback on what kind of tools and features we’re really wanting, they’ve got a one-stop-shop for 20+ professionals’ feedback.
Which leads us to Friday, where they needed some artists’ hands and artwork to film as they worked on a variety of their products. The videos will then be used on their website to show potential buyers some of the different ways their tablets and Cintiqs can be used. My name won’t be shown, I’m just a pair of mystery hands, but you guys will probably be able to recognize me by some of the familiar octopus illustrations that you’ll see me working on.
I came to them on their third day of shooting artists back-to-back-to-back and was so incredibly nervous. But the whole crew was super nice and friendly and excited about my artwork, so it was all great! Plus, I had my very own stylist making sure my fingers looked perfect and plucking lint off of my sleeves between takes– talk about feeling pampered! Many thanks to the stylist for using my camera to take the above photos for me!
(This photo by Darcy) When the video goes up next month, I’ll post a link so you can watch my hands in action!
Oh shiiiiiiiiiiit, you guys! Bucko is finally available as a collected book from Dark Horse ComicsTODAY.
It turned beautifully, I am so incredibly impressed with the production quality of this book. Allyson Haller was the designer on this project and oh my lord she totally nailed it. Allyson successfully made the layout really playful and totally reflected the feeling of the content– a touch I was definitely not expecting! The first time I looked at the proofs for the book, my mouth was honestly hanging open with how impressive her work was.
Let me share this preview of the book with you!
Parker and I packed in jokes onto pretty much every single page, including the dedication.
Parker wrote essays about his creative process and inspirations between each chapter, along with my chapter break art to accompany it.
Aaaaand we made a bunch of brand new comics just for the book!
Extra comics, including the origin story of the Jugalette!
Over the course of the year I spent working Bucko, I amassed probably hundreds of reference photos of myself and fellow studiomates for the poses of the characters. Here, I share them with you!
Parker and I even broke down how we’d make a page together. From script to finished comic!
And, of course, we used this book to share some of the gorgeous artwork our readers created for us. Pictured here: Ron Chan, Deanna Echanique, Tara Abbamondi, and Adam Grant.
We’ve even got some sweet blurb quotes from Scott McCloud, Danielle Corsetto, Gisèle Legacé and more!
My name is Erika Moen and I'm a fulltime artist at Periscope Studio. This blog is a collection of my artwork (both completed and in progress), announcements about my upcoming events, and repository for my ramblings / photos of my cat.
Beware, here be boobs and general NSFW-ery intended for those over 18 years old.