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Hi everybody and thanks for the great reponses to my comics "Smell A Rat" and "Innovation".

In recent news:
"Smell A Rat" is now available as part of a kickstarter anthology called "Horror of Loon Lake". It was written, edited and masterminded by Carl Smith, and it is 100+ pages of pure classic horror comic book nostalgia (of which 23 pages is the Smell A Rat story). This is a chance to own my art and the art of a host of other artists in print. The story:

A kid goes on a vacation to Loon Lake. Bored out of his mind, he goes fishing at Loon Lake and fishes up 3 comic books from the river. Did he get a good catch...or is HE the catch?!

Head on over now, pledge to get a great comic book if you like, and be sure to come back and finish reading this journal entry! XD -->…


Been Bit Promo by ryuzo
Welcome back! So the next update is that I'm going to send you over somewhere else again, this time to read an 8pg werewolf comic that I drew. It was written by Jeff Rider.  COME BACK! -->…


Lastly, New York Comicon starts on Thursday. I hope everyone has a great time!
Deadpool Poster based on The Dead Pool Dirty Harry by ryuzo
Deadpool Poster based on The Dead Pool Dirty Harry
I did a random search for Deadpool one day and I came across this poster of the 1988 movie The Dead Pool. I thought it'd be great to play on this as a Deadpool gag, and I finally had time to try it out today. I like how it came out.

-The gun is based on the original gun that Rob Liefeld drew on the New Mutants #98 cover, which is the first appearance of Deadpool.
-The "18" reflects my hope that it's a rated R movie, but we all know it'll be PG13.
-I didn't write Ryan Reynolds because, even though he's good as Deadpool, I don't really care to advertise his name.
I am proud to announce the release of my first full length comic of 2014 -- "Smell A Rat"! (I know, it takes a little while to get used to that title!) It's a horror comic inspired by the 1979 movie The Warriors (think NYC gangs) and classic horror comics like Tomb of Dracula.

Smell A Rat was written by Carl Smith, whom I met on twitter. (I'm on there a lot these days! artiststan) Carl is making a horror comics anthology called "The Horror of Loon Lake". Smell A Rat will also be included in that anthology, but it is being released first. Check out the going-ons of Horror of Loon Lake here -->…

Smell A Rat preview:
Horror Comic - Smell A Rat - 3pg Preview by ryuzo

Each comic that I do is a monumental crime of passion. It starts with me reading the script. I have to love the script on the first read, there's just no way around that. Don't let that discourage you from sending me scripts. I consider myself a curator of stories, so it simply must get by my "gatekeepers", my "mind", in order to get to my "drawing hand". Then I ask questions about the script. We discuss and we go very organically to a finalized script.

Then the comic layouts / sketches / bluelines happen. It is a very intensive process where I do very rough pencils, but with shading and solid panel work. Lately I'll even do word bubbles, tails, bubble connectors, caption boxes, etc. in this stage! It really helps the writer and I really preview the comic, and if I can get the writer on board to hire me for the letters too, double-win. Then we discuss and finalize the page layouts.

You think we've gotten anywhere yet? Nope. The marathon begins at this stage. Days and weeks pass before the comic is complete.

When the dust settles and the art is finalized, there is still much to do. Covers, graphic design, marketing, promotion, digital release, print release, comicons, etc.

Thanks for reading through that process. So, back to what this journal entry is all about -- "Smell A Rat" is ready for your eyes! Get it on Amazon here -->

And if you have a comic script that is ready, and you are ready to hire me to draw/letter/color it, what are you waiting for? Let's make it happen sooner than later.


Stan Chou
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
I am a boutique one-man studio that will bring your vision to life through my expertise -- storytelling. Let's talk.

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FFMaleq Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Hello Ryuzo :3
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JKenLive Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Thanks for watching! Hoping to get better and keep it interesting. Really dig the comic panels.
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GreenAsDay Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch and the interest in collaborating. :)
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Moebocop Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Hey dude! Nice to meet you too. I am sorry that it took me so long to get back to you. I have been just doing a lot of practice work and check dev. art every so often! I am def. looking forward to working with you and teaming up soon!
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Ha-HeePrime Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the Watch and all the faves! I'm honored. 
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