My name is Tavis Maiden and currently I work on 2 different comics. The Konamis, which is an action/adventure spy-fi rock opera, and Stranger Danger, a slice of life autobiographical comic. I’ve been doing comics online for the past six years. People may know me more currently from Penny Arcade’s Strip Search, where I competed for a chance at $15,000 and an opportunity to work within the PA office for a year.
Since being on the show I’m still working on my comics, and hitting conventions. The Konamis is actually coming to an end fairly soon, and with that coming to an end I’m launching a Kickstarter (August 5th) to help get the ball rolling on a new project. I’m stoked to share this project with everyone, I’ve got to keep some details secret for now, but it’s an all ages fantasy/adventure epic. It’s easily the most ambitious project I’ve undertaken, I’m very excited about it.What’s your hardware setup?
I’ve got a 13” macbook pro with a 2.26 GHz Intel core 2 duo and 6 GB of RAM. By it’s side I’ve got a 6 year old Wacom tablet (still going strong), and an Epson perfection v33 color scanner.What’s your workspace look like?
HAHA, a MESS! It’s usually pretty cramped and cluttered. Just enough space for my computer, my scanner, my tablet, and a cup of coffee. I do most of my final work at my desk, but if I’m just sketching I do that anywhere. I always like to have a small sketchbook tucked in my back pocket.What tools do you use to make your cartoons?
I’m old school in some regard. I love to have a finished piece of original art. Something that you can see the blue pencil and brush strokes. I get excited about original pieces. I do mix it up though, so when I work digital I use Photoshop and Illustrator. Before I had my Wacom tablet, I used to use the little nub in the center of my old laptop, and draw the images in vector lines. It was a long, drawn out process. It took FOREVER to finish a page. Thankfully I’ve upgraded a little since then. I don’t think there’s any RIGHT way to make cartoons and comics, so I’m always trying new mediums.
You can find out more about me and my comics at Thunderskullpress.com
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