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What a Weird Long Trip It’s Been

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March and April flew by like a train on fire! I managed to juggle my full-time work with weekends jetsetting around to comic conventions with Eddie Wright to promote our new book, hitting up Austin (lovely!), Sacramento (spread out!) and Denver (snowy!) and only lost a little bit of sanity in the process. I haven’t gone to any conventions in awhile, and it was a splash of fresh enthusiasm to be around amazing creators and meet a bunch of new faces and return home with the thrill that something is happening and we’re making things! I really loved Denver, and the comics culture there, the community seemed awesome.

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(I was caught in the act of freezing outside the venue and hearing my name called by the taco truck guy)

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Returned to the bay to do some signings at my two comic home-away-from-homes, Isotope Comics and Atlantis Fantasyworld. James has been a wonderful, supportive awesome friend over the years, and signing at his shop is always a blast. We signed on Record Store Day and James recorded a haunting doomsy track inspired by the first issue of Lake Imago and we designed a mini disk together. You can listen to the new song online. Such a fun day!

 

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And Atlantis, what can I say? This is the first shop I started buying Batman comics at when I was little, I started working at Atlantis when I was 16, and I learned all about the industry while working signings, reorders and talking to passionate readers. Atlantis is my family. To great to see Joe, Trisha and Nate and roam my favorite comic book racks. As you can see, I’m pretty thrilled (Eddie, on the other hand…) :

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Somewhere in the middle of all that I got to see my absolute love of a fantastic daydream comedian, Noel Fielding! Of course I had to draw a comic about that.

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Eddie and I just did a podcast with Canned Air, and you can listen to it here!

Now I’ve got some breathing room until SPX later this year, so I’m going to be hard at work drawing Lake Imago #2.

Dream big,

-J

See you at Denver DINK!

Eddie Wright and I will be in Colorado at the Denver DINK! convention this Friday and Saturday! We’ll have copies of Lake Imago and What I Ate When. What is “What I Ate When”, you ask? It’s a sketch diary of all my meals that I’ve eaten this year so far, catch up (to mid-February) at whatiatewhen.tumblr.com.

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And here’s something exciting! Digital Copies of Lake Imago #1 are currently on sale on Comixology for $1.99! Check it out!

 

That’s it for now, see you at DINK!

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What I Ate When

I started a new project this year to draw little sketches of everything I eat. I’ve always gotten a huge joy from drawing food, remembering what I ate and drawing from memory. I’ve also been spending a lot of time cooking and getting better at making exciting dishes. I’m going to keep doing these drawings throughout the year, and collect them all in a little book. You can also follow the progress at whatiatewhen.tumblr.com. Here we go!

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Lake Imago #1

The first issue of my new series “Lake Imago” with writer Eddie Wright is now available!

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Following a family tragedy, sisters Belle and Poppy along with childhood friend Pris head out on a camping trip for some stress-free fun. When Belle nearly drowns she undergoes a drastic, supernatural shift in personality that may cost the other two their lives.

Combining the coming-of-age terror of It Follows with the mystery of Paper Girls, Lake Imago from artist Jamaica Dyer (Weird Fishes, Fox Head Stew) and writer Eddie Wright (Tyranny of the Muse, Regular Show) is equal parts horrific, human, and hilarious.
“Haunting and yet deeply thoughtful, Lake Imago is an immensely promising study of depression and grief…”

– Nick Hanover, Loser City

“The strength of Lake Imago is that whatever monstrosities may come in subsequent issues may, perhaps, emulate the missteps and damage of childhood and child-rearing. ”
– Daniel Elkin, Your Chicken Enemy

“I love everything about it.”
– Christopher Sebela, writer of We(l)come Back and High Crimes

“We can tell from just this issue that this is going to be one hell of a horror series.”
– ComicWow

More info at lakeimago.com

Buy issue #1 on Comixology

The Immaterial Girl Returns

I’ve had my head down for the past few months working on art direction, UI and design on a new mobile game that I should be able to share with you in a couple months. Games, man, they take a lot of work!

Recently I had the absolute pleasure to work on a short comic with the wonderful Kieron Gillen  for his return of the comic series Phonogram! I remember reading the first issues of Phonogram when I was a kid working at the comic book store, and I’m thrilled to be in the upcoming issue (Immaterial Girl #2)! This new series is fantastic, weird and trippy. My good friend James Sime is hosting a release party for the issue at Isotope, where I will sign and draw and we’ll drink cocktails in celebration! Here’s the info:

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So good, right? You must visit. More coming sooooooooon!

What I’m watching online

A video game that lets you grow succulent plants : my favorite sorts of games are pointless. I’m in love.
Kieron interviewed by Paste : Learn everything about Kieron.
Travel Man in Istanbul : I love Richard Ayoade, and especially love when he shows me some things to do on my upcoming trip to Turkey!

Week in Review

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Two weeks ago I went to my friend’s baby shower, and I painted a little card to go with her gifts. The card became a crowd favorite, and it’s left me with a desire to send this cute girl on adventures riding her flying kitty. Sometimes the best pieces are the simplest!

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I made some business cards for my good friend and acupuncturist Amy P at BiaoHealth. She commissioned the illustration from me several years ago for her lecture on facial acupuncture that she did at the Asian Art Museum, and I was pleased to give it a whole new life on the backs of her new cards.

I’ve also been practicing inking with a brush. For the past few years I’ve been drawing with pens, but switching back to a brush I’m blown away by the LUSHNESS that you can get with your lines! Now I’m inking my comic pages with a brush, and they’re not only going faster, but they’re turning out unlike anything else I’ve drawn. Very excited to share more of these as they progress, I’ve been pushing myself to find the right tone for my next comic, and I think I finally hit it.

Also, Sakura just came out with a new #PIGMA brush, and they gave out samples at the last Quick Draw SF, and they’re quickly becoming my favorite new tool! I can’t find them anywhere yet, though…

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Instagram is my favorite social platform, and lately I’ve been taking screenshots of my favorite instagram images, and found myself curating a little gallery. So, here’s my favorite instagram drawings from April, there’s some amazing artists to follow here, both old friends and new:

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  1. @alanforbes – SF psych rock poster god
  2. @annakoak – Koak is creating the comic you’ll be crying over in ten years.
  3. @anomysup led me to @conradroset – beautiful watercolors
  4. @kentwms – just study his posts and hope to absorb some of the painting magic
  5. @helllllenjjjjjo – coolest cartoon girls on the block
  6. @lauracallaghanillustration – a new discovery, bright lovely lady illustrations
  7. @aprolee – I’m in love with his tattoo style
  8. @mollietuggle – new discovery, her poster style invokes a classic
  9. @elfandiary – beautiful, fine portrait paintings
  10. @comicsdestroyer – it’s never a bad time to be reminded how much I adore Paul Pope
  11. @jacquelindeleon – I want to read this comic

And don’t forget to follow me at @jamdye.

That’s all for today, happy Monday!

What I’m Reading: From Java to Lady Bosses

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I’ve been staring at this beautiful painting by Jonas Wood and I’ve fallen for it so hard that it’s now permanently sitting on my second monitor. It’s got everything I love, from the bold colors, details and textures, to wonky perspective, symbolism and naturalism all working at once. Real succulents to the left of me, paintings of potted plants on the right, it’s feeling pretty good. I don’t think I’ve /ever/ posted someone else’s art on my blog, and that gave me pause and I wondered why. So for a new challenge, I want to reflect on all the stuff I’m currently enjoying, reading and listening to.

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My (digital) bookshelf is a pretty good representation of the mix of things I’m currently obsessing over. It’s gotten very girly and very business-oriented.

-JavaScript:The Good Parts to get my feet wet. I love doing front-end development and I want to keep on growing, so now it’s time to roll up my sleeves and get better at JavaScript.

– Design is a Job has been a fantastic read, revealing why I enjoy designing because it’s problem solving, it’s being the one showing the work to the client, and taking control of your career knowing that the work you take on defines you. Make the world better with the work you take on!

– I’m making my way through the Anais Nin diaries, she’s jetsetting between NYC, San Francisco and Mexico in the late fourties/ early fifties. In volume four she goes to the ballet with my grandfather, Carter Harman, and they compose some music together. I’m thrilled to see his name on the page, a little window into his bohemian post-war pre-family days, and I want to turn it into a book or comic one day.

– I didn’t think I was going to read Not That Kind of Girl, but after getting absolutely floored by this last season of GIRLS and the crazy evolution of the writing, it became a necessary read. I’m now convinced that Lena’s one of the best storytellers of our generation.

– #Girlboss — another “girl” book! I just finished it this morning, and Sophia tells a story that’s empowering and bad ass. While we’re not going to start our own empires through eBay, there’s a strong correlation between following your gut, working hard at your passion, paying attention to details and doing it better than the rest.

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One of the side-effects of reading #girlboss was visiting Nasty Gal every chapter to analyze all the points she makes on styling, branding and design and how that reflects on the current site. I’ve never shopped at Nasty Gal, and I’m currently practicing Sophia’s mindset of putting your money in your savings account and not on your feet, but I had a lot of fun going through the site and finding things to put in my digital wardrobe.

Sophia has amazing taste. Her models are well-styled, every thumbnail reads quickly, and she knows how to make people want things. That’s a killer brand.

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I’ve also been getting obsessed with the podcast “Being Boss” and it’s become my motivating companion for all my days I’m working alone in the studio. I met Kathleen at Designer Vaca last year, and I was blown away by her upbeat inspired talks about building your perfect day. She’s a professional motivator for a reason. This amazing podcast lets you have your own personal Kathleen pep-talk all the time! Two of my favorites have been “How To Do Like a Boss” and “Your Website Is Your Most Valuable Employee”. So far this podcast has caused me to schedule out yoga classes like they’re important meetings on my calendar (causing me to find an amazing new yoga studio) and launch my first digital product!

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Yes! I just released Fox Head Stew #1, the first 40 pages of the comic I first put out in 2012. It’s had a windy road, but basically, the book has been unavailable for the past few years, and I haven’t known how to re-release it. Luckily, I’ve been building out some e-commerce sites over at We Are Branch, and realized how incredibly easy it is to make digital products available these days. After spending many hours re-building the book from scratch and optimizing the art, I released the first issue on Gumroad last Friday.


Buy Fox Head Stew #1!

Just one last thing, here’s T&Lo’s countdown to Mad Men. I cannot wait.

Quick Draw Comic and Upcoming Show

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I had a great time at Quick Draw in SOMA last week! Lots of great artists and visitors, and I even got to draw Adventure Time fanart! It’s a great place to kick off my comics diary for the year, they’re surprisingly slippery comics to put online, since feeling of-the-moment is so vital to both maintain my attention and for them to maintain their relevance! I’ve come up with a method that is fairly quick and spontaneous, but it STILL ends up taking a week from drawing, painting and scanning. I’ve been spoiled by the immediacy of Instagram, but there are several more comics lined up for the very-near future.

I’ve been busy chatting with clients and preparing for my new show this Friday! The workflow right before a show is intense, both creating new pieces that have lingered in dreams for months, and touching up projects that have sat unfinished. I’m excited by the array of pieces, from small sexy lady paintings to large tropical beaches, and I think they’re going to look great on the walls of Field Day!

I’ve been playing with my stop motion app as I work, here’s what I was painting this morning:

I’m still working on my final pieces for the show, I’ll see you this First Friday if you’re in Oakland!

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329 19th St, Oakland
6-10pm
More information and RSVP.

What I’m watching + Reading:

Russell Brand’s Revolution – Russell preaching to the future and change.
It’s Only Color – using color from nature for better design.
The Designer Who Gives Half His Work Away for Free – I’m still debating whether it’s a good model or not, but the intention is great!

<3 J


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