Last issue of Alabaster:Wolves!

The fifth and final issue of Alabaster:Wolves comes out next week from Dark Horse Comics. Alabaster was created and written by Caitlin R Kiernan, and the comic has featured lineart by me, color by Rachelle Rosenberg, and covers by Greg Ruth.

I’ve had a terrific time drawing this series, and the wonderful reception we’ve had from fans has been truly gratifying. I should take a moment to say thanks to Hunter Wook-Jin Clark, Tina Kim, and especially Tadd Galusha for their valuable assistance on the project. Also Dylan Meconis who posed for a million reference photos, and probably knows Dancy better than I do.

Alabaster: Wolves #4

The fourth issue of Alabaster: Wolves arrives in stores this week. It’s written by Caitlin R Kiernan, drawn by me and colored by Rachelle Rosenberg. Cover by Greg Ruth. Published by Dark Horse Comics.

SHOOTERS is available now.

A veteran of the Persian Gulf war returns home to a broken life after a tragic friendly fire incident, only to return to Iraq for a last shot at redemption as a private military contractor.

SHOOTERS is available now in comic shops and bookstores. 130 pages, hardcover, published by DC Vertigo.

For more about Shooters, go to the unofficial website SteelRiverSecurity.com

You can also order an autographed copy direct from me via Periscope Studio’s Etsy store.

Girl Walk All Day party in Portland

Sara and I are huge fans of Girl Talk’s ALL DAY. When we found out about the GIRL WALK/ALL DAY video project, we fell in love and watched it over and over. The director Jacob Krupnick has been traveling across the country putting on live screenings with dance parties. Tonight they came to Portland, and I had to attend.

I’m pretty sure I was the oldest person in the room- certainly the oldest person dancing. (And if this picture is to be believed, I was also the tallest.) Of course I pulled out my sketchbook. It’s never easy nailing the gestures of dancers- they aren’t exactly holding still- but if you stare hard enough, you can spot some patterns (and creep a few people out while you’re at it.) The picture below assembles some of the night’s more intelligible doodles. I had a great time. Big, big thanks to everyone involved.

Gesture drawings by Steve Lieber

More naked people holding still while I stare at them.

It’s such a pleasure to work from life. Here are three charcoal (and a bit of conte) drawings from this week.
(Click and click again to make big)

Life drawing at Hipbone.

It’s always such a pleasure to put my comics and agency work aside and do a few hours of drawing a model from life. Here in Portland, we’re lucky enough to have Hipbone, a drop-in life-drawing studio. I went last night with Erika Moen and Tina Kim and had a great time. Here’s a few of the more finished drawings. (Fist click brings up a small image that you’ll have to click again to make bigger. I need to figure out the new wordpress gallery interface.)

Off to Algeria

Sunday morning I’m off to the city of Algiers in (where else?) Algeria, where I’ll be a featured guest at FIBDA: the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée d’Alger . I don’t know how regularly I’ll be able to get online, but I’ll do my best to post notes, observations, and anecdotes to my twitter and google plus pages. I’m also hoping to not make a stellar gathering of international comics talent think I’m a total dink. We’ll see how it goes!

Thunderbolts/ Luke Cage pinup for Periscope’s weekly challenge

Periscope Studio has started up a weekly(?) art challenge on our tumblr site. This week is sketches of Marvel Comics’ Thunderbolts in its current mode as written by Jeff Parker. I decided to go for a big shot of the group’s leader, Luke Cage, calmly explaining something to a robot. Click the image to embiggenize.

The original art is available at the Periscope Etsy store.

Thank you Portland Opera!

I was one of the many local cartoonists lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal of Portland Opera and Body Vox Dance Company‘s staging of Pagliacci and Carmina Burana. There are a ton of great sketches online already: Erika Moen, Ron Chan, Natalie Nourigat, and Mike Russell. Lots more coming, too. Watch twitter for the #pdxoperacomics tag.

The night was spectacular, starting with appetizers at Mortons and a fascinating tour backstage. I loved both shows, and the transition between the two was beautifully handled. I doodled all through the performances, but didn’t produce much worth showing. I’d brought tinted charcoal paper thinking I could do some nifty things picking out highlights with white conte, but the combination of a dark room and low contrast paper made it virtually impossible to see what I was doing. One sketch came out okay, the rest, ehhh.