Stand to and prepare to be boarded. And other pirate-y things...

My pals Greg Rucka, Rick Burchett & Eric Newsom make this really excellent swashbuckling, steampunk-y adventure webcomic, Lady Sabre & the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether. They've been doing it for several years, and it's great. 


It's so great that they had a resoundingly successful Kickstarter campaign for the print collection. 


It was so resoundingly successful that the print collection came with two other books, a poster/map, and a bunch of other things. 


I designed one of the other books, The Pocket Guide to the Sphere. It's an "in-universe" artifact, a travel guide from Edwin Windsheer, a figure of some...notoriety in the setting. It's immodest, but it came out really well. 


So I was pleased to say "yes" when Greg invited me to participate in the launch event for the book release in Portland, Oregon this weekend. Please visit us at Bridge City Comics. I'll be signing the Pocket Guides should you desire it, and I am happy to sign it "in character" to preserve the "it fell out of Lady Sabre's universe" feel to it. (I sign as Frond, the publisher's partner and primary typesetter.) 


The Lady Sabre Kickstarter info can be found here.


Bridge City Comics' website can be found here


The Lady Sabre webcomic can be found here. And you should check back and find it often. Because it's great. 


Emerald City Comicon

The past weekend, I attended the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle. It was insanely busy, but as always, well-run and overall a pleasant experience. 


It was lovely to see old friends (albeit for too brief a time), and meet some new ones (including veteran comics illustrator Rick Burchett, whom I have admired for longer than either of us would care to admit, I suspect).


I was also a last-minute addition to an Image Comics panel hosted by David Brothers (the fine and scholarly editor of Lazarus). The panel was on dystopias in science fiction, and the other panelists included Greg Rucka (again, Lazarus, and a hojillion other amazing novels and comics), Joe Harris (Great Pacific), Nick Pitarra (Manhattan Projects), Simon Roy (Prophet), Ed Brisson and Johnny Christmas (Sheltered). It's a fun talk about how we're all basically doomed. If you want to see it, it's available to view, for free, from the fine folks at The whole thing runs about an hour.


ECCC 2014






Emerald City Comicon

The Emerald City Comicon is this weekend—from Friday, March 28 to Sunday, March 30, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA.


I will be attending, sharing a table with my good friend and frequent collaborator, Brandon Jerwa. 


We'll be at Table E-05 most of the time, save for a couple of booth signings: 


  • Friday, 12pm–1pm: Dynamite Entertainment signing, booth 1803
  • Saturday, 2pm–3pm: Dynamite Entertainment signing, booth 1803
  • Saturday, 4pm–5pm: Monkeybrain Comics signing, booth JJ-22


See you there!






LADY RAWHIDE #4 out today...

Cover art by Joseph Michael Linsner.

The fourth issue of Lady Rawhide: Sisters of the White Rose hits stores today; four down, one to go. 


Here's the details (and a short preview)...



Written by: Eric Trautmann

Art by: Milton Estevam and Rey Villegas

Cover by: Joseph Michael Linsner



Lady Rawhide faces off against Adelina, leader of the Sisters of the White Rose. But all around them, forces loyal to the corrupt governor draw nearer, bent on killing everyone who stands against them. New alliances are formed, secrets revealed, and the final battle against oppression is about to begin...


Dynamite Entertainment  |  32pg  |  Color  |  Teen+  |  $3.99US

Cover art and preview gallery:






Another new vector set...

Introducing the second vector pack from Fedora Monkey Studio: FM002—Reticles Vol. One. 


I had originally intended for this to be a smaller set, perhaps 50 various reticles, and I had also intended to launch it in a couple weeks. Things didn't work out exactly as intended.


The set contains ninety-three individual vector elements, broken down by theme. There are "retro" reticles, ideally suited to international superspies; contemporary and historical military reticles useful in engaging the Wehrmacht or hunting enemies in Aghanistan; and finally, science-fiction/arcade-styled reticles (many of which would integrate well into the prior offering, FM001). 


As with the last set, FM002 is royalty free for personal and commercial use; if you use it in a project, I do hope you'll drop me a line so I can see the results.


For more information, visit the Downloads section (and if you do, make sure to download F002, the free sampler for the set which includes a unique vector not included in the main set) or simply buy it now

Preview Gallery






New Vector Set for sale

Normally, my comics work dominates the site, but this year I'm hoping to showcase my graphic design stuff (which I do through my Fedora Monkey Studios). 


So, today, I've reworked a good chunk of the "downloads" section. The older vector art sets that were there have been retired; I'll be reworking, expanding, and improving many of them over the coming days. 


I've also decided to start selling some vector art packs. These packs are royalty free, and licensed for commercial and personal use. The first set—"FM001"—is a very large pack of science-fiction themed images suited for the creation of high-tech computer displays: dials, sliders, computer displays, reticles and cursors, and much more. 


The set contains over 140 separate elements that can be adjusted, mixed, and matched to create a pretty ridiculous number of unique "screens." Need a high-tech array of displays for your comic book supervillain's volcano lair? Or the flight controls of your space-cop's starship? 


FM001—"SCI FI HUD ELEMENTS, VOL. 1"—is now available for sale, for a mere $5.00US. 


(Additionally, I've added F001—a free sampler containing some of the items from the full set, plus a unique vector not included in the larger set.) 


For more information, visit the Downloads page, or simply buy it now

Preview Gallery:

In other graphic design news...

My good friend, comedian Gabriel Rutledge, recently released a new comedy album, "Breeder." It's very funny stuff, and I recommend it (and his prior album, "Sometimes Laughter Hurts"). Both are available as digital downloads via iTunes, or can be purchased as physical CDs from Gabriel's online store.


Why do I bring this up? I did the covers and packaging design for both albums. It's always a lot of fun to do album covers, and it's even more of a blast when it's for someone who's talent I greatly admire. 


Check 'em out. Gabriel's got the goods. 

To purchase "Breeder" or "Sometimes Laughter Hurts"...