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The Ugly Truth (Page 1)

I’d been working conventions with Top Shelf for years before I decided to start a sketchbook.  Not having read comics until I was well into my twenties, I don’t have a favorite Marvel or DC character that I swear allegiance to.  So I went with a theme of a different sort: Renderings based on my baby picture.


The Ugly Truth will be the second of four recurring features on this site, wherein I post one of these renderings.  Lest you think the artists are being cruel, I should point out that you’ve never seen my baby picture.  Nor shall you, unless you find me at a convention and ask me for a peek.  After years of having people tell me that the photo couldn’t possibly be as bad as I make it sound (all babies are beautiful, right?), I now carry it in my wallet.


First up is Jeffrey Brown, who was kind enough to mail me a sketchbook from his own stash, complete with a blow-up of the photo for visual reference and a piece of cardstock to keep the ink from bleeding through to the subsequent pages.  An all-around good guy, that Jeffrey Brown:




Notice the positioning of my teeny forelimbs.  This is a key trait that has become a frequent theme throughout the sketchbook.  And for the record, what Jeffrey has depicted is a true story—Dad really did deny me when tested (somewhere, surely, a cock must’ve crowed).  Who could blame him?  When asked if I was a beautiful baby, even my maternal grandmother answered in the negative.  Ever the optimist, though, she also said that I would do great things.  Still waiting for her prediction to prove true . . .

4 Responses to “The Ugly Truth (Page 1)”

  1. Shannon Smith
    12:10 pm on August 24th, 2009

    That is great. I’m enjoying the blog. Good stuff.

  2. Ssasam spina
    1:15 pm on August 24th, 2009

    Haha, that’s rough man. I did talk to you for a sec at HeroesCon a month or so ago, I wish I knew about this so I could check out that picture

  3. aaron
    3:21 pm on August 24th, 2009

    kinda looks like james kochalka, actually…

  4. Jake
    3:44 pm on August 24th, 2009

    Ha! Well at least you were young. Could you imagine what it would do to your ego if these people were saying such things about you now? This reminds me of a Seinfeld episode…


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