In this Issue:
Cover: “Stormin’ OKC” – artist Matthew Brendle
“Couch High Kids in ‘The Late Night Pick-up’” – artist Shelby Soto
“Rose rocks, an Oklahoma phenomenon” – artist Robert Henry
“Ballad of Puddin’ McGee” – artist Katrina Younts
“OK2089” – artist Nate Schroeder
“Zooklahoma: Test of the Best” – artist Scott McClung
“Introducing the Oklahuman” – artist Mike Kennedy
“It Happened at the Devon Ice Rink” – artist Scott Sackett
“Turn in the Weather” – artist Brad Gregg
“Thunderbird” – artist Jerry Bennett
A word from the editor…
In the summer of 2015, I was fortunate to work with the Pioneer Library System to create a teen summer program called, “Unmasked! The Making of Superheroes.” This was a chance for young artists to learn the process of creating comic books through writing, penciling, and inking. It was a topic I’d been teaching for years in History of Comics at the college level, and now these teens showed off what their raw talent could do. It was not just in one or two locations, but in every library I visited! I knew I had to do something to show the world the gifts that so many Oklahomans have to offer.
Fast-forward to December, 2017. Pulling together numerous Oklahoma artists from our comic shops, pop culture conventions, schools and universities, we have created Okie Comics Magazine. Each issue will serve as an anthology by local comics creators with stories about Oklahoma. Some are funny, some are touching, some are adventurous… all of them display art created by Oklahomans.
Let us know your thoughts! What do you like? What do you want to see more of? What Oklahoma stories should we tell? This, our first issue, really is only the beginning.
You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma! – Jeff Provine
Meet our cover artist – Matthew Brendle
I was about 5 years old when I started doodling. I come from a very
artistic family. My grandfather was a painter, my mom is a seamstress and my older brother is also an artist, so the competition was and is pretty fierce.
What are your favorite things to draw?
I tend to gravitate to drawing portraits. The human face is very intricate and challenging to capture correctly. I also like drawing different kinds of creatures, from real to made up.
Who are some of your artistic inspirations?
My main inspiration for getting into drawing would probably be Bill Watterson. I discovered the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip at a young age, and his use of humor and lovely watercolor-styled illustrations really grabbed me and still hasn’t let go.
Any projects you’re working on or looking forward to working on?
I’m really excited to start working on the next season of comic strips for the Red Six to Golden Corral crew.
What’s a good way for fans to check out your work?