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Wow, its certainly been a year. There's almost too much to even begin discussing. Personally my work/personal life has been wholly turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, I started my master's degree at Eastern Oregon University, and a whole slew of projects have happened. Here's a few recent highlights of what's happened so far:


Bendy Crack-Up Comics Collection


Earlier in the year, I was brought on to write the first ever Bendy comics collection published by Scholastic. It was a great gig and I am so thankful to Maddi Gonzalez and my agent Susan Graham who brought me on the project. Also thanks to the great team at Scholastic, the artists Mady G. and Ciro Caglione, and the folks at Joey Drew Studios.



Here's a bit more information about the book itself:


For those dying to know more about the simple, darkly funny cartoons produced at Joey Drew Studios, look no further than this illustrated collection of comics based on the exploits of Bendy, Boris the Wolf, Alice Angel, and all their friends! This collection of vintage comic strip adaptations brings to life the best of the many cartoon features produced by Joey Drew Studios. Fans of all ages won't want to miss this never-before-published romp that brings to life the world of Bendy!


Here's the link to purchase the book from my favorite local bookstore: https://www.rdbooks.org/book/9781338652062


I’ve Started a Patreon!


After starting my MFA program, I realized that I wanted to build courses in advance based on my knowledge and experiences in prose, comics, and illustration. To help support the creation of this curriculum, I've started a Patreon that you can directly access and use for your own personal development. You can find and support my Patreon at: https://www.patreon.com/vannotescomics


Below is the syllabus for the first course I'm developing:




Enigma Agents Full Color Collection


I'm thankful to all the folks who have been patiently waiting for the completion of Enigma Agents. I've been working on it steadily and it's turned into a beast of a passion project. I want to make it the best possible comic it can be, which has drawn it out far beyond my original projected deadline. What's involved in that development has been, the coloring of the first two issues, continuing my work on the third, and carefully crafting the finale. Rather than issuing the completed story in two floppy installments, I will be mailing the collected final product to my initial Kickstarter backers. I've learned so much about my process on this project and can't wait to share further insights. I may even end up releasing a director's commentary on my Patreon.


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!

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