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After a short hiatus to finish a major yet-to-be-announced project, work on Enigma Agents Issue 3 has commenced! The script and concept art are near complete, now over the next few months I'll be penciling, inking, and lettering to bring the this exciting installment to your door (or mailbox, PO Box, etc.).

Even more exciting news: I've been asked several times now if I would ever print an issue of Enigma Agents in color. Initially I was resistant, thinking the cost of printing would be far too prohibitive for the series' small print run. However after quotes from a few vendors, I've found a quality printer at an affordable price. That means issue 3, from the cover to interiors to board game insert, will be in glorious color! To get comfortable with that, I've been doing a few tests, including the quick illustrations of the team and Issue 3's big bad Protozous you can see below.

I think this issue will be above and beyond the best one yet, so its back to drawing board for me! If you have any questions in the meantime, always feel free to email me at van.notes.comics@gmail.com.


Vannotes at Four Words Workshop!


Death Rattle Writers Festival holds workshops throughout the year as part of their amazing ongoing programming. This year I'll be leading a workshop during their Four Words Workshop, hosted at the Nampa Public Library and the Flying M Garage. You can see the description of my session below. All ages & experience levels are welcome. To RSVP visit https://www.facebook.com/events/488660308667828/.


Writing Comics: Adapting Written Word to Sequential Art

Saturday, March 7, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm Flying M Coffee, Nampa, Idaho

How do you start a comic? For many, the beginning is the written word. In this workshop, you will learn how to adapt comics from prose, poetry, as well as traditional comic scripts. Not just for writers, this workshop will help visuals artists looking to tell their own stories. No pre-written scripts or prose needed beforehand.


Its official debut will be held at the Boise Comic Art Festival on August 24 at the JUMP! Center. This issue will also feature an exclusive sticker and a make-your-own-comic notepad. See below for an exclusive preview of new villains King Catarrhine, Silverback the Sorcerer, and Count Toxote and the uncomposited inks of the second page. 





Buster Ronin - Arc 1 - Page 3

It’s a special day when you get to draw a character being tombstoned. Enjoy the latest page of Buster Ronin as she wrangles these scoundrels.  



Look forward to next month's update with information about how to order your copy of Enigma Agents Issue 2!






This last month has been a busy one. Between working on the second issue of Enigma Agents, fulfilling Kickstarter orders, and taking on some to-be-announced freelance work, I've certainly been staying busy. 

With all of the Kickstarter orders for Issue 1 delivered (except for a few stragglers), Issue 1 is now available to purchase for everyone who hasn't received a copy yet. You can buy yours at www.vannotescomics.com/shop. The overall selection is a bit slim now, but I'll be continuously adding books and product. Don't worry about missing anything, you'll always be getting the latest updates here. 

Buster Ronin - Arc 1 - Page 2

Many were disappointed there was no Buster Ronin update last month, so it was the top of my to-do list this month. Enjoy this update from the planet Jupiter. 




Look forward to next month's update with exciting preview pages from Enigma Agents Issue 2!