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Two Weeks Later

22 Nov

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Moving the Studio and Reflecting on the Journey

1 Nov

Since I started 1134 Comix some years ago, I have had a few studio setups. The studio changes every time I move house (makes sense, since this has always been a home-based situation). Where I sit today is the third workspace from which 1134 content has been produced. From this iteration of the 1134 Studio we created 1134 Press, which has become the flagship of this endeavor. We’ve since published five books as 1134 Press, including two 1134 Comix titles. We’ve created countless handmade books, and most excitingly, began sharing our craft in video form. After years finding its voice, and moving locations, the project I called 1134 is at last becoming itself. And again, a new studio is on the horizon. 

All that might be a long way to go just to say we’re moving; but I like to tell a story. In the beginning, this all took place in a dingey basement where I would listen to heavy metal while drawing my often-random cartoons. Then, the studio was crammed into a small room on the third floor of a Baltimore Brownstone; I actually made some of my best work there, though the work did not have very far reach. As I write from this current version of the studio, which consumes a significant portion of our Mount Vernon apartment, I can’t help but reflect on the path to this point. Though each stop along the way on this journey has had value, this stop has been the most valuable so far. With much planned for the future of 1134 Press, we look forward to setting up in the new location and beginning the next chapter. 

We’ve started boxing things up in preparation for the big day. Then, once we finally get over to the new place, we will have to go through the process of putting everything back together. With that said, we are going to take two weeks off from publishing the main content. Web-comics and YouTube videos are scheduled to return in the week of November 16th. In the case that this timeline shifts, we will post updates to our various platforms. In the meantime, there will still be some activity from 1134 on the socials and our blog page. 

Be back soon!

G.J. Sieck

How About Some Blakbone?

25 Oct

Halloween, oh Halloween, my favorite time of year. It’s that “spooky season” where I can’t help to make stuff featuring 1134 Comix’ original character, Blakbone. Those of you who have followed this blog for a long time are likely familiar with Blakbone. If not, that’s cool, you can catch up on his story by selecting “Blakbone” from the categories menu.

This time around I don’t have a new chapter to his ongoing story (though one will come about at some point, I’m sure). That said, you’ll probably see him pop back up with Grim Reaper again by the end of the month. This week, however, I thought I would do something similar to last week’s post and make another drawing video.

I present to you, Drawing Blakbone!

Click Here to Watch the Video on YouTube!

Drawing Movie Monsters

18 Oct

We’re doing something a little different this week, in the spirit of Halloween.

As part of a project for 1134 Press, I drew the classic movie monsters. We’ve had an 1134 Comix Youtube channel for a while and never really did much at all with it. We thought, “hey, why not make and post some drawing videos?” I might make some other stuff similar to the only other video we have up there currently (its a weird one, we’ll see). So, if you want more drawing videos, and random other stuff that might be kind of funny, go ahead and hit the subscribe button. Expect the schedule for posts on this channel to be irregular. Thanks for watching!

Click the image below it see it drawn.

Movie Monsters

A Grim Labor Day Weekend

6 Sep

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Thanks!

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News from the Crypt: Interview with G.J. Sieck

30 Aug

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Our new 1134 Press video is the second part of a series about making a junk journal. In this video tutorial, Bryonna shows you how to make a mini booklet to fit into your junk journal.

Check the video out at the link below. Also, like, comment, and subscribe–thanks!

How to Make a Mini Booklet for Your Junk Journal

How to Make a Junk Journal

19 Aug

No comic today, but there is a new video up from 1134 Press. Today’s video is about how to make a junk journal. So, if you’re interested in bookmaking, journaling, or scrapbooking, this video is for you.

In today’s video, Bryonna will show you how to create pockets in your junk journal’s pages as well as hw to create a very cool looking cover out of cardboard. Check it all out at the link below! Then, after you’ve begun your new journaling project, come back here and kill some time reading through our catalogue of comics–they are the kookiest comics online, after all!

Click the link below!

Binding Your Junk Journal

We’re Still Here

9 Feb

We’re still here!

It’s been awhile since the last post on 1134 Comix, but we’re still doing a lot at 1134. I just wanted to take a minute to touch base and run down some of the things we have coming up.

1134 Press:

This is were we have been focusing much of our attention. Some of you know, but for everyone else, here’s a brief history:

This whole thing started as an experiment in creativity. A handful of creatives came together and started Project 1134; which was a mishmash of crafting, arts, and comics. That was fun, but after maybe a year or so the collective aspects of the project fell away. It wasn’t like some big breakup; reality is that life happens, people need to take full-time jobs, and artists are like cats–hard to wrangle (I know I am anyway). So, Project 1134 became 1134 Comix. In a very off-and-on fashion, I continued making web-comics, and sometimes print, featuring various characters that I came up with over the years. In 2017 I wrote a book of fiction and wanted to self publish, so I started 1134 Press. For the next two-plus years, 1134 Comix continued to be where I posted comics and 1134 Press became the platform for publishing print material. Due to a bit of brilliance outside of my control, 1134 Press began to evolve into something more interesting; and in a way is bringing this whole thing closer to the original idea.

So far through 1134 Press we’ve published: my book, Gestalt, a collection of web-comics, one regular-size comic book, and For Us: A Self-Care Journal for Mamas, by Bri “Bam” Mobley. Where we’ve really been focusing, though, has been in journal crafting, bullet and junk journalling, and writing. The move toward handmade books and the craft of journaling was led by Bryonna Sieck, who was here at the very beginning of 1134 Press. It was her passion for bookmaking that moved us into a new direction with 1134 Press. What I like most about all of this is that, as an entity, we are really emphasizing craft. We’re not just trying to sell books. We want to show people how to make books, and we want to promote journaling as an exercise good for the spirit. I believe the videos posted on our 1134 Press and Bree Be Journaling Instagram feeds capture our desire to share the craft of it all. With every next step I feel like we’re getting closer and closer to what 1134 was meant to be all along.

So, what’s coming up for 1134 Press?

  1. A new book of fiction out in early/mid May 2020. This time, by Bryonna.
  2. Continued content on the 1134 Press and Bree Be Journaling Instagram accounts.
  3. Updates to the website and redesign of other platforms
  4. Later this year and into the next:
    1. Calls for submissions
    2. More robust, tutorial-style videos on bookmaking
    3. Additions to the online store that include: crafting materials, merch, and more books.

1134 Comix

1134 Comix has taken somewhat of a backseat. Some of you might have caught my post from a few months ago about the web-comics. In short, I’m not posting web-comics on any kind of regular schedule. Though I liked making weekly updates of News from the Crypt, I wanted to spend more time writing fiction. I plan to have a new book finished soon, as well as some new short stories. That said, new web-comics will pop up here now and then. Random comic-style art will pop up here once in a while, and every so often a new comic-book-size sequential art story will come through 1134 Comix. All of this will be secondary to our work with 1134 Press, though. Consider 1134 Comix as a side project, or something extra from 1134 Press.

So, what’s coming up for 1134 Comix?

There are no solid plans for projects under 1134 Comix at this time. That said, there is a nearly complete story (art pages, colors, etc.; just needs lettering). This story is currently on the shelf as we consider the best way to put it out. At some point, I’d like to continue the Blakbone story, but there is no timeline for this.

Things that are definitely on the agenda (but with no schedule):

  1. More News from the Crypt episodes (probably in connection to big news stories, holidays, and/or other times of cultural note.
  2. Random one-off comics

To wrap it up,

Look out for all the things mentioned above by following 1134 Press on Instagram, Facebook, and at 1134Press.com. Also, look out for news–probably later this year–about our YouTube channel (it’s not really a thing yet, but it will be). And follow Bree.Be.Journaling on Instagram–that’s where some of our coolest crafting videos will be found.

Before you go, check below for some character design/concept art for a sci-fi fantasy idea I’m working out. Do these look like characters you would want to know more about? Feel free to let us know.

G.J. Sieck

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1134 Has Merch!

19 Jul

If you like 1134 Comix, now you can show it with our cool new shirts!

Both shirts are available in multiple color variations – Check it out!

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Also, check back soon for a new episode of News from the Crypt–and the finale of Pussies of Tomorrow is still in the works!

And find all of our print comics and other books at our store: http://www.1134press.com/store

Blakbone in Print!

23 Jul

Last summer, so many of our supporters pitched in to help give 1134 Press/1134 Comix a jump start. It worked out great, and we were able to meet almost all of our goals since then. We began production on a printed collection of 1134 Comix web comics, and a few months ago were able to publish the book! It can be found here, and soon will be available at our own shop. Speaking of our own shop, there are still limited copies of Gestalt available there–check it out if you don’t have a copy!

Now, we are very close to finishing the next printed Blakbone story. See some of the penciled pages below:

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This book features a bunch of our supporters as characters–and they all have important roles in the story! Unfortunately, you can’t see many of them in the above photo (sorry about that). The book is 22 pages long – a regular size comic book – and page 20 is currently being drawn. We hope to have this published by the end of summer/early fall. That said, these this things always take longer than we hope …

Keep a lookout for The Outer Space Adventures of Blakbone, where you will see our favorite anti-hero travel the cosmos and, with the help of a new cast of characters, face one of his old enemies!