Coming in February… Terrarium Terror!

Stinky2 cover

Stinky Cecil is back in a hilarious new adventure: Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror! 

Join the whole pond gang for this second installment in the Stinky Cecil graphic novel series hitting bookshelves on February 2, 2016.
Cecil and his amphibian pals are taking a well-deserved break after saving their pond from freeway construction when a third-grade science class shows up for a field trip. The kids nab Cecil for their classroom terrarium!At first Cecil is terrified, but he quickly gets used to being a class pet. That is, until Nesbit the chameleon shows up. Nesbit wants to be just like Cecil, so he matches his colors and follows him all around the terrarium. He’s driving Cecil crazy!

Meanwhile, Cecil’s pals back at the pond are planning a rescue mission using Jeff the hamster’s radio controlled helicopter. But what will they do about Nesbit?

PLUS: Author Paige Braddock will be signing copies of the new graphic novel at this year’s LumaCON on Saturday, January 30. Hope to see you there!

Making Stinky Cecil: The Comics Process

Everyone has different ways of making a comic book. But all of us follow the same general steps to bring a comic book page to life. There are four main steps: Pencils, Inks, Flat colors and Final colors. I thought it’d be fun to show one page from the second book in the Stinky Cecil series, Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror, as it goes through this transformation.

Step 1: Pencils
Like most cartoonists, I loosely pencil each page of the book. This the “story” phase of the book where I’m figuring out how much text and art will appear on each page. Every page needs to have the right balance of text and art so that you move the story forward at a good pace. The goal is to have each page be visually interesting on its own, but to fit well into the larger story. The penciling phase is probably the most important phase of all.

Step 2: Inks
Inking is probably the most fun for me. This is the stage where I solidify the look of the characters and sharpen their facial expressions.

Step 3: Flat colors

I work with my friend Jose Flores on coloring. I send Jose the inked pages and he sends back flat colors. Basically this means that he assigns a color to each shape that I’ve inked. At this stage, the coloring isn’t final he’s just creating shapes to make the final color easier.
Flat colors

Step 4: Final colors

At this point I create the final look of the page in full color. I change the colors to match the rest of the book and I also add shadowing and texture. It’s really fun to see a finished page come to life.

Final colors

Happy comic book drawing and reading! 

Stinky Cecil Celebrates Earth Month

Operation Pond Rescue cover Author and Creative Director at Schulz M. Creative Associates, Paige Braddock, will be reading from her new graphic novel to celebrate Earth Month.

Released in February 2015, Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue is the hilarious tale of a group of amphibians (and one free-range hamster) who set out to save their tiny pond home from one very large steamroller.

Mark your calendars for the following
Stinky Cecil Earth Month readings on Tuesday, April 14, 2015:

9:00 AM PST
La Tercera STEM School
Petaluma, California

10:30 AM PST
Miwok Valley School
Petaluma, California

1:00 PM PST
Dunham Elementary School
Petaluma, California

4:00 PM PST
Petaluma, California

Stay tuned for more Stinky Cecil events on, Facebook, and Twitter. We hope to see you there!