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CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER

This logo is what I’m using for my Christmas sales season:

Why am I discussing this now? Heck, I still have my Jack O’Lantern in my front yard! My early Christmas sales logo should be more like this:This is more truthful of how I actually feel about companies pushing Christmas, or “holiday”,  shopping in November (…now in October).

You can get online and buy anything you want from the “big companies” 24/7. Shipped to your door…..but…..

…there are other guys online. Little guys. Trying to make something better or different than the “big companies”.

Here are ten things you check out for yourself:

  1. COMIC BOOKS: Yes, that’s right comics, in my humble opinion, better and more fun than the “big name publishers”. I enjoy SEA GHOST  and THE UNDERSEA ADVENTURES OF CAPT’N ELI from Jay Piscopo. Great all ages fun!  Makes great stocking stuffers! You can check it out at http://www.captneli.com/index.php

2. MUSIC: I dig The Four Barrel Funeral, The Spook House Saints, Rox, The Creeping Cruds, Sadistic Statistix, Buck Sixx, Hexenhammer, Caligari Dali.…guess what…these are indy muscians! Rock n Roll to Country to Heavy metal to ambient space noise….your home town music is the best! Make their Christmas great and buy them some local music…..

3. LOCAL/HOMETOWN RADIO STATIONS: I-heart and Accuradio are kind of neat, but your own local radio station is there…in your hometown! Playing requests from other people in your own hometown. “Can you play Hark the Herald?” The stations are supported by local businesses too. Here are stations we can get in our hometown >>>>RADIO<<<<<

4. LOCAL BUSINESSES: I get my prints for shows, CD test covers, test images, concert art, etc, etc from CopyCats Print Services in Columbia TN because they treat me like family, they go above and beyond, and quite frankly, they are the best in the business. Make your DIY Christmas cards with their help. Add some cool stuff to a friends PC or just fix it up with Anubis Tech Designs.

5. SHARE A LOCAL ARTISTS WEBSITE WITH FRIENDS: This is a gift for a local artist you know. I dig Eddie Price, Ricky Blalocksmallbrushes.com and Quan McFall off the top of my head.

6. LOCAL RESTAURANTS: After shopping grab a bite at your favorite local eatery. I dig Red 7 Pizza Company here in Columbia, TN. Heck, take a friend out to eat for Christmas there….mmmmm pizza.

7. RECORD SHOP:  Our local record shop, Variety Records, has concerts, local music, CDs, t-shirts,  record players, and, of course, records. Music lovers love music. Get your vinyl on!

8. LOCAL COMIC SHOPS/ BOOK STORES: Buy comics new and old! Buys gaming goodies as well. Shop from your local comic shop! We have Game Knight in Columbia TN…and Lawrenceburg, TN. Good people. Great fun….great place to get some gifts for the gaming or comic book fans. We have two book shops Melody’s One Stop Book Shoppe and Duck River Books and they are great!

9. LOCAL PARADES: These are fun, free, and local. See your friends and neighbors. Spread that holiday cheer! We have two in Columbia, TN…Christmas and Mule Day!

10. VANCECAPLEYART.COM: You didn’t think I’d go without mentioning my website as a local Christmas shopping destination did you? Make sure you visit my shop. I thank you.

Help support local businesses this year.

Merry way too early to think about Christmas.

Vance Capley

MAKE YOUR OWN COMICS! PART 2

 MAKE YOUR OWN COMICS PART 2

When I was in the 9th grade, Mrs. Patterson  was going to give a huge English test. Diagramming sentences. I was horrible at it. My grades were terrible. There was no way I was going to pass unless I stayed up all night an practiced diagramming sentences. I got home. Starting going through my stuff. The old blue English book was not there. I’d left it at school. I panicked.

I ran looking for Dad. He was on the porch. I really hated to bother him, but a scolding now was better than getting a whipping for failing.

    
Dad and me got in the old red van and raced over to the good ol’ SFHS (Go Wildcats!). I’d just made it. I ran to my locker…which I think was 16 or 32…too many years ago.


      I made it back to the van, and then Dad asked me if I wanted a co’drank (that’s cold drink, which could be any cold drink, usually referring to “soda”). Of course I said yes. We went down to Potts Grocery. We got our drinks. As we we’re leaving, we saw the coolest thing….

This is the beginning of the story. The beginning of the story should catch the readers’ attention. The beginning should tell a little bit about the topic of the story. A story, comic or otherwise, must have a beginning, middle, and an ending.

As I told you in the last blog, go to Dollar Tree, spend $3, and buy pencils/pens, a writing tablet, and a drawing tablet. I told you to start jotting down your ideas. Make sketches or doodles of your ideas. Now, it’s time to form your ideas into a story. A story with a beginning, a middle, and an ending.

The middle of a story should contain details that tell about the topic. The middle should explain the topic and hold the readers’ attention….

It was a military chopper. A military chopper landing in the field across from Potts Grocery! Cars were stopping in the middle of good ol’ highway 7. Dad and me were just amazed at this chopper across the field. Then I saw some of my friends from school. “Dad I’m going across the road and check it out.”
My friends said hey and I said the same. We were asking the pilot so many questions. The only question I could come up with was, “Do the guns work?”. He said said that they didn’t because they were locked and had no bullets. He was talking to us, but also to someone on his radio. After a few minutes more, he told us to clear back.

The ending of a story should bring it to a close. The ending should keep your reader thinking about the topic…

I made it back across the road. Climbed in the van with my Dad. Dad sipped his Pepsi. I sipped on my Mt. Dew. I held my English book all the way home. Dad and me didn’t say much. He turned on 103.3 KDF.  I stared harder at the English book. When I got home I told my brothers and sister all about what we had seen. They were just as excited as if they had been there.

After supper, I picked up my English book. I stared at it. I never opened it. There were no “selfees” or cell phones. No digital cameras to take a quick pic of what we saw. What my Dad and me experienced that day now only is remembered by one. I think about my Dad whenever I see things that are “out of the normal”. Memories of that day, when I thought I needed my English book, but what I got was time with my Dad.

The ending can also reveal something personal about the author too.

You can write fiction or non-fiction, I chose non-fiction here. When you do write your story for your comic, have a beginning, middle, and an ending….and make sure, even if it’s fiction, that part of you is in it.

NOW…GO MAKE COMICS!!

Go to the Dollar Tree, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, and buy 1 pack of mechanical pens or pencils, 1 composition notebook,  and 1 drawing tablet. You have spent a little over three bucks. Find a quiet room, open your pens or pencils, grab either the notebook or drawing tablet and start jotting or doodling. Usually, if you have the desire to do comics, you already have some ideas in your old noggin. Now, start fleshing out rough versions of your ideas. I have boxes of these notebooks and sketchbooks where I would spend weeks, months, even years fleshing out ideas.

Once you get a basic idea of what this comic will be about, start working on character sketches. If you cannot draw, get a friend who CAN draw. If you are completely broke, see if they will trade goods for their services. Old video games, comics, or clothes in exchange for the artwork (or, if you can draw, and are broke, then trade for writing skills.)

I’ll be back next week with part three.

HERE’S WHAT I DO

Check out one of my comics here.

Check out my drawing videos at youtube.com/user/astrofist

Please support my my work by visiting and sharing vancecapleyart.com on social media.

The Grizzly Bear Man was the first comic book character I created when I was around 10 years old! I still enjoy writing and drawing adventures of my first superhero. You can read some of his exciting, and yes, sometimes funny, adventures by clicking this comic cover!

MAKE YOUR OWN COMICS!

On free comic book day (May 7th 2016), I was interviewed for the that fantastic VHi Gaming & Anime podcast. I had a really good time. As you can hear here 🙂 and part 2 here. I was asked some fun and thought provoking questions.

A thought came to my mind on my way home that night, “How can someone with lots of creativity, but no money, make comics AND make them accessible for people all over the world?”

HOW IT BEGAN!

When I first started trying to do this, there was no art classes in my dear old SFHS (Santa Fe High School…out of towners…remember, it may be Santa Fe, NM, but in the good old 38482 area, it’s pronounced Santa FEE….). Our librarian, Mrs. Gardner would help me look for books on art. If something new or interesting came in, she’d stop me in the hall. In study hall, I read the Columbia Daily Herald’s comic section. Popeye, Dick Tracy, and Alley Oop were my favorites. I traded comics with buddy Chris Bucy and read them over and over again. Our school had an animator come by, I think his name was Steve Hunt, and work with us for a few weeks. My principal, Kenneth Jackson, had me and pal, John Mercer, do a design for our school and it’s partners. I drew comics for our school paper. I even did illustrations for our 12th grade year annual. This was my education in art in HS. I had to work for it. I had to learn things on my own.

When I first tried to “break into” comics, I had no idea about paper size, equipment to use, or even how to submit to publishers. I received so many reject letters because of this.

To prevent further embarrassment, I got a library card for the Maury County Library and researched, researched, and researched.

FOOT IN THE DOOR?

Around this time I found out about Wizard magazine and Comic Buyers Guide. These both had wonderful articles about the business. CBG had job postings. That’s where I got my first professional comic job. I was drawing Destiny Vampire Mermaid for Scary Monster Magazine. Working with the late great Ronn Foss, the gaps were filled in. I learned so much.

After he passed, I started talking to Monster & Heroes publisher, Larry Ivie, who said a study of anatomy will make my art all the more professional. He compared my work to a famous artist, who, at this time, I’d rather not say, but I’d love to reach his level of skills.

Sadly, CBG is gone. Wizard is gone. What about the internet? The internet is like trying to find your car at in Wal-Mart parking lot on a Friday night. It’s nearly impossible to find fact among opinions.

So, starting here, I’m going to show each one of you reading this, how YOU can make YOUR own comics,….physical and or digital.

SO, HERE’S WHAT YOU DO…

Go to the Dollar Tree, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, and buy 1 pack of mechanical pens or pencils, 1 composition notebook,  and 1 drawing tablet. You have spent a little over three bucks. Find a quiet room, open your pens or pencils, grab either the notebook or drawing tablet and start jotting or doodling. Usually, if you have the desire to do comics, you already have some ideas in your old noggin. Now, start fleshing out rough versions of your ideas. I have boxes of these notebooks and sketchbooks where I would spend weeks, months, even years fleshing out ideas.

Once you get a basic idea of what this comic will be about, start working on character sketches. If you cannot draw, get a friend who CAN draw. If you are completely broke, see if they will trade goods for their services. Old video games, comics, or clothes in exchange for the artwork (or, if you can draw, and are broke, then trade for writing skills.)

I’ll be back next week with part two.

Check out one of my comics here.

Check out my drawing videos at youtube.com/user/astrofist

Please support my my work by visiting and sharing vancecapleyart.com on social media.

The Grizzly Bear Man was the first comic book character I created when I was around 10 years old! I still enjoy writing and drawing adventures of my first superhero. You can read some of his exciting, and yes, sometimes funny, adventures by clicking this comic cover!

DIY GRAPHIC DESIGN Vance Capley Videos

VANCE CAPLEY PRESENTS DIY GRAPHIC DESIGN

“Welcome to the start of a brand new series. I had to learn everything I know about graphic design with little help. At times I wanted to pull my hair out. So, many moons later, I’m doing this for YOU. This is designed to help almost ANYONE learn how to do graphic design. Today, a simple red rubber ball.”- Vance Capley DIY GRAPHIC DESIGN E01S01

I, just like anyone else, have to learn things by doing. That’s how I’ve learned what I’ve learned about graphic design. I apply these experiences to my work. People like what I do. The same people have asked me to explain how I do what I do. They asked if I could make videos to teach what I do. I decided to go for it and make a web series for YouTube and Vid.me.

THE PLAN

  • I didn’t want to go all the way back to the basics of graphic design. I wanted to present a brief program that taught exactly what was in the video description. Episode one shows how to make a ball. The next episode is about lettering. I felt that direct and to the point would be best. People are wanting the information or they wouldn’t be looking it up.
  • I decided to let the material speak for itself and not narrate the videos. Graphic design is what the videos are about so let’s let graphic design do it’s job.
  • Keep the videos brief. I had to sit through a 18 minute long video just to learn how to add shadows to png images. The job was low pay to begin with, but on a job, time (or the loss thereof) costs more than the actual work.
  • Use my own music. This one is personal choice. I’ve tons of songs I’ve written and recorded on my hard drive. So there are no copyright problems.
  • Try to post at least one episode a week and build a catalog of graphic design knowledge.

THE NEXT STEPS

I’m still learning new things about graphic design on a daily basis. Hopefully, what knowledge I’ve gained, and am sharing with the viewers, will be beneficial. I’m going to continue to study new and different techniques. Then I’ll make videos on how I do it. The final goal is a helpful weekly web series designed to help creative people.

VANCE CAPLEY’S OTHER VIDEOS

I make many different types of videos (DRAW TV, SUNDOWN CINEMA, TODAY IS TUESDAY….FACT!, JUDO COMICS TV, SPOOK SHOW, animation, and advertising). If anyone is interested in seeing them, I suggest checking YouTube and vid.me. I’m available for projects as well.

THE LATEST EPISODE OF DIY GRAPHIC DESIGN

As always, you can support this, and other projects by buying items from my STORE, hiring me for a project, or just sharing the information. Thank you!

Here is more information about graphic design: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphic_designer

I use the GIMP program. It’s free to use and you can read more at https://www.gimp.org/

Vance Capley JAZZACID mystery comic

Vance Capley presents JAZZACID online mystery comic

Welcome to the Jazzacid Club

Charles Gammage is going to be killed in the next two days. His estranged wife, Laura Lake, stands to gain millions of dollars if he dies. She hires Ringo Gunner, private investigator, to take photos. Proof of her innocence. He does this. Fancy restaurants. Fancy shops. And finally the all night laundromat. The man is killed. Ringo studies the local papers. Various newspaper things. Sports. Weather. Births. Accidents. A Jane Doe. …and of course the murder of Charles Gammage. Lake comes to get the pics. Ringo wants to hold on to them in case they are needed for a trial. She storms off. Ringo knows something isn’t right and the mystery begins…

The History Behind Jazzacid

I started writing this around 2001. I later wrote and drew a graphic novel. My art and story telling skills were not yet mature enough to properly present the material they way I saw it in my mind’s eye.

Time has gone by, and after years of practice, I’m happy with my art and writing skills. I hope that it shows.

From a laundromat way back in 2001 to your eyes, here in they year 2017.

Vance Capley

See the first 10 pages here:

 

How can you help to support this project? You can help support this project by spreading the word about it. Share the links on social media. How can you help support this project financially? Buy some of the products in my STORE. You can get comics, books, posters, and post cards.

 

 

SHAZAM! Vance Capley Art 2017!

Hello! Welcome to Vance Capley Art!

Glad to see you! Welcome to Vance Capley Art! There is a lot to discuss, so, let’s get started!

 

What’s Coming Up This Year with Vance Capley Art and How YOU Can Help

Last year was a good year but now it’s a new year. And since it’s a new year,  I wanted to let all of you know that Vance Capley Art is growing by leaps and bounds! We have some MAJOR goals and big surprises for this year and YOU can help in several ways:

  1. Visit our shop, buy some goods, or share the links to friends who may like something you see. So, go check it out. My material is fun for all ages:  http://www.vancecapleyart.com/shop/
  2. Visit my YouTube channel. I have videos about drawing, movies, animation, graphic design, and more to come, please “like”, share, and subscribe: https://www.youtube.com/user/astrofist
  3. Visit my Vid.me page. Vid.me is the next innovation in online videos. So go visit,share it, and upvote it: https://vid.me/vancecapleyart
  4. Hire Vance Capley (that’s me) for some original art or design projects (contact him for more information): CONTACT
  5. Pray!
  6. Lastly, thank you! You have ALL been awesome! Word of mouth is key and you guys are doing a fantastic job! My work is popping up everywhere.

Thank you for reading this and visiting vancecapleyart.com

You can follow Vance Capley (again, that’s me) and his daily exploits on instagram, facebook, twitter, and tumblr.

Did you watch Shazam! on Saturday mornings on CBS TV way back in the 1970s? I sure did! Enjoy this fun video I recently made. The video tells my own personal history with the show while I’m drawing this really boss picture of Captain Marvel! So go check it out.

GRIZZLY BEAR MAN COMICS

The adventures of Bear Man and his pals. Loaded with action and comedy, this all ages book was designed to be fun! 142 pages
The adventures of Bear Man and his pals. Loaded with action and comedy, this all ages book was designed to be fun! 142 pagesSupport independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

 

THE GRIZZLY BEAR MAN IS HERE!

The Grizzly Bear Man collects Vance Capley’s Bear Man comics in an action packed, imaginative, comical, superhero adventure stories. See Bear Man and his pals battle evil world wide…and have fun. As Bear Man says, “What are you waitin’ for kid! Buy the book and have some fun!”

After so many delays the collected Grizzly Bear Man comic is here! Including the conclusion to the Claw story.

REVIEWS:

By Toni Takahsi Nov 23, 2016, “I absolutely LOVE “Anna Bear”! Next time you do a book, please do a story of her in action! I’m 12 and she is now my favorite superhero! Thank you!”
By Bill Keppley Nov 23, 2016, “Fun, funny, and fantastic!”
By Jude Oats Nov 20, 2016, “STORY: Fun for all ages. As promised no nudity or “bad words”. The stories here are imaginative and fun. Lots of action. Very old school. ART: In some stories, the art appears to be cartoony, while in others, the art is more of the traditional “super-heroic” style. This works well except in The Shapeless Thing From planet 13 story when inker Horace Synder begins inking. It’s a bit of a jar. Overall, The Grizzly Bear Man is fun and at the end of the day, it delivered what it promised…fun. I’d LOVE to give it five stars, but that jump in art style was a bit too much for me. 3 STARS….worth it!”

This awesome full color all ages 142 page collection of fun, action, and comedy is yours for only for a measly $15.99….

YOUTUBE VIEWS HIT 10,000!

In other news, my goal of reaching 10,000 vies on my YouTube channel was achieved. I want to thank each one of you guys who watched, liked, and shared my videos. My new goal is 20,000 BEFORE I hit my 100th video…can it be done? Let’s find out….In the meanwhile, check out my channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/astrofist