Monday, January 30, 2017

2016 and 2017...

As everyone with internet probably knows by now… 2016 really blew chunks for most people… so it’s not a surprise that I’m in that same boat… 

I’d say since I’ve moved to Los Angeles (2007) I’ve had many challenges… very welcomed. I’ve failed, I’ve struggled with believing in myself and really gotten to explore who I am and what I’m about, fearing if anyone would ever truly get my work and what I was trying to express or just see me as some joke that draws cartoons. It’s still something I struggle with… and being in a Trumpression (I’ve been trying diff combos… guess I’ll go with that one for now) with the rest of the world doesn’t help. It’s like a thin layer of evil fog that just makes you feel like shit. 

It makes me think… what can I do RIGHT NOW? What can I say RIGHT NOW?… TO CHANGE THE WORLD!!! and I’ve been drawing blanks. (It’s a tall order alone I suppose, luckily there are a ton of other people that are finally fed up with the status quo) I don’t usually get so literal with my comics and tend to really try and let ideas marinate for their time but I am definitely looking forward to all the really important dialogue that I will soon finally get to have in my work. The years of trying to find the time and energy to really cultivate and expand each story each character, each imaginary universe. For those of you that haven’t read my comics, I am currently working on 6 different comic series, 5 of which are online for FREE…(one at merely 24 pages while another is close to 500) not including my zine series and future zines and comics as well as video and music…

I guess I just really hope that we are finally getting that we have to work TOGETHER and see past these hateful labels and stereotypes that are keeping us apart…truly appreciate our differences and see how they all fit together to create a beautiful world... that we can someday heal the wounds with reparations and a new respect for each other and ourselves...we are all still working on our own personal dialogues and who can blame us when America has been pushing it’s white washed agenda down everyones throats for so long… it’s all some people know sadly…but now there is no excuse anymore…we should know better. 

Media is so much more powerful than most people realize, and anyone who tries to control the masses subconsciously with ideas of what they should look like, act like, to the point of making nobody feel like they are enough etc is truly evil. I hope that one day we can be on the same page when it comes to basic human rights and equality… why do we accept that some people are so rich that they are bored while others so poor they get to starve and die a quick death…why one sex gets to dominate every field while the other is always questioned for their ability….others who don't fit into the modern "norms" are treated like perverts or mentally ill... I understand there is good and evil, light and dark, a balance etc but it doesn’t seem ok to me… it doesn’t seem necessary… why have people been ok with these things for so long?

So, with all of the obvious reasons like Trumpression and then my own personal reasons I haven’t felt very productive with my work… maybe it’s because I could have millions of pages but they are slowly dripping out of my skull at a painful pace… maybe it’s because I don’t currently have a compatible photoshop/tablet combo… maybe it’s because I have a full time job…. but, with all my might, I’m going to keep pushing, and loving and creating my stories… to help heal… to teach, to entertain…hopefully you.


WE CAN DO THIS!! We can work together and make a better life for all of us… where no one gets left in the dust… well, that is, if Earth isn’t over us already and decides to soon get rid of us… *GULP

Thursday, August 11, 2016

GREEN ZINE #2: "Wanita the Wheelchair Witch: Hell On Wheels"

I only started making/printing zines in 2014 but now officially have 8 different ones... I would have a ton more by now but life has forced me to wait... I tend to always feel like I could be making comics, stories etc so much faster than I do... but alas...

           

Without further ado the official cover for Zine #8......



While these have been so much fucking fun creating they are essentially to bring new readers to my free digital comic series... now almost all of my online series have a zine.... all but one... (Green Zine #3) Below are Green Zine #1 FAT fridaze and #2 Wanita the Wheelchair Witch


Saturday, July 23, 2016

DMBstudios GREEN zine # 2 (aka DMBstudios Zine # 8) "Hell On Wheels"




Without further ado… I give you…MY 8th ZINE aka GREEN ZINE # 2 “Hell On Wheels” 


I had originally planned on finishing this Zine before I moved back to LA in April but I had issues with my Wacom tablet… Special thanks to Zak for lending me his!! This Zine stars Wanita from my FREE online comic series Wanita the Wheelchair Witch, a series I started posted in 2014… I am currently working on the next 4 pages of that series and hope to post them before the years end



“Hell On Wheels” is my 2nd (of 3) Green Zines… and will be printed ASAP. As I planned my other zines out I realized I had 3 online series that were all green in their own ways… (can you guess who # 3 will star??) Pictured above is the first Green Zine FAT fridaze: “Weed Is Your Friend”… 


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Monday, July 11, 2016

"Unquiet" Playlist




I've been experimenting with music seriously-ish since 2012, and wanted to put a playlist together of some of my best vocal stuff so far... excluding the first track all of these songs have lyrics...

Please enjoy!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

DMBtv Video # 3

It has now been 11 months since I've posted a video... so I'm really excited to show you "Lost", my second music video


"Lost" - MRamorphous from DMBtv on Vimeo.

This song is the first song I made on my phone using GarageBand... I had a vision for the video before I made the song... this song came to life in a way I didn't expect... as did the video.

Shot in Monahans, Pinwell, and Odessa Texas by: Amanda Iley
Opening shot by: Lok Hwa in Los Angeles CA
Editing: Daniel Iley

Sunday, February 14, 2016

3 New Tracks and An Exclusive Zine

Happy Valentine's Day...

Here is some stuff I have been working on...


I had some songs that I made but never posted and was really happy with them... so I finally decided to add them together... and since they have to do with love and me and love I figured what better day to post them...

If you find you have 7 minutes and 36 seconds to listen to these sounds then find a quiet spot and some headphones, close your eyes and listen at full volume

GO HERE to listen on my SOUNDCLOUD



 This RED Zine is my 7th Zine but the 3rd in the DMBstudios Daniel Zine Collection. It is EXCLUSIVE because I will not be handing these out in random cities... I will only be including them in an upcoming DMBstudios Triple Zine Pack which should be available for sale sometime later in the year along with the rest of the collection. All proceeds will go to printing FAT fridaze Year one


I am almost finished with GREEN ZINE # 2... soon I will reveal the subject... MWAHAHAHAHAHAH



Thanks for reading 


Thursday, October 29, 2015

DMBstudios 2015 Recap: WTF have I been up to?



We are nearing the end of the year and I always like to look back at all of the projects I started and completed. In order to ever advance and evolve I feel like you need to look at what you have created... where you've come from and all the journey that lead to now.

I have had many years where I wasn't able to focus on my creative projects. Before my comic series were developed enough to be fully on paper I would just sketch out ideas and dialogue and leave it somewhere until it piled up.

It's an interesting time in my life... I finally have several series more fleshed out... some at ending points or good stopping points and the others are just still slowly pouring out of my mind.

So... let's begin... I know... more reading. I'm sorry.


2015

- THE VIDEOS -

I originally moved to LA to work with film in some way. I definitely wanted to try to be in front of the camera and play a character like I had growing up in theater and the videos I used to make with my sister. I also just wanted to work with film as a storyteller. Being in front of the camera has definitely become less important to me but I was so happy to finally work on film projects. Ironically they all happened my last month in LA. I guess a part of me knew if I didn't make them happen they wouldn't. So here they are.... the commercial, the music video, the illustration video, the short....

The Commercial

Initially moving to LA I hoped of getting a big commercial. If I could only bite into a taco or giggle with a group in our holiday sweaters I could bank and audition more.... unfortunately without a car... it was a lot harder... and I chose drawing instead. 

At the end of 2014 I was asked by an old friend of a friend if I was interested in being in a commercial. I immediately said yes but was happy to hear it would be clothing retail related (I have a good decade or so of clothing retail experience)

It was shot over 2 days on the west side and was fun and easy and I think it turned out great!

WATCH THE COMMERCIAL HERE (scroll down the page)



The Music Video

I have played around with keyboards more than any instrument most of my life, but wouldn't consider myself a pro by any means. I had been posting music since 2012 under MRamorphous and finally made a song that I felt needed to be fully fleshed out. The end result is pretty similar to my ideas with a few minor visual effects that didn't get to happen. What is important is the mood I feel was created. My friend Michael Vintege who plays the "Evil Ex" did a great job with his subtle lurking. My other friend Eunice Ador really captured the angles and close ups I was going for. I'm still really proud of what the 3 of us created!!


"Shelf" - MRamorphous from DMBtv on Vimeo.


The Illustration Video

I think the question I have gotten the most in my life about illustration is "How long does it take?" (to finish a comic/page etc) and the thing is... it's really hard to say. If you are lucky enough to have a writer you can focus more on the design, execution, coloring etc but if you are also the writer there is a random and sometimes tediously long period where you haven't fully decided what to do with an issue/page/ etc so there is the time it takes to decide on what you want to execute, the time it takes to pencil it.... ink... erase.... color. It takes a long long time... In this video you see one panel being completed or a character... consider that there are maybe 5-10 panels per page, 5-20 character illustrations per page... and maybe 20 pages in a comic....the coloring takes a while... especially by hand. Digital is faster but you are still having to decide every little detail and try and make it interesting... make it pop... make it make the scene come to life...


DMBstudios Illustration Video from DMBtv on Vimeo.


The Short

You tell me the genre after watching... the point for me was capturing myself in the city from the outside... I am constantly working from the inside.. picturing a scenario myself. Rarely do I get to have that scene in 3-D in front of me until I design and finish it myself. I was so glad that my old friend Lok Hwa was interested in shooting me... I showed him the locations I had in mind (the first day trying to show him the locations it was raining so hard we had to reschedule after getting trapped in some pretty bad rain under a huge umbrella... it was quite the cartoon moment) I was really thrilled when he had ideas for the story... and even an ending... then he actually made the music himself and added several subtle special effects. This was filmed over... I want to say 2 days but it might have been more.



Missing Cell from Lok Hwa on Vimeo.





 -THE ZINES -


Orange Zine

For my 30th Birthday Party I wanted to finish and hand out my latest (2nd) DMBstudios Daniel Zine.... I printed the original on white paper for my guests and several months later printed it on Orange paper to be spread around the world!!! .... 


Green Zine #1

I had been planning to release 3 green zines and finally fleshed out and printed the FAT fridaze Green Zine "Weed is your friend"... it had been a while since I drew the guys so it was difficult at first to capture them but I feel like it was another "extra" "mini" story like Picnic... so that was pretty exiting :D With the orange and green zines complete I am now at a total of 6... and have several more in the works




- THE COMIC SERIES -

TALES from Fashion City



Although I only posted the ending to one issue I have been working on several more. The problem I realized was that there was so much story with the characters and I started somewhere in the middle... so now I am writing the beginnings and endings of several things. It finally kinda clicked this year that TFFC is a life project... I have so many things I want to say and do with this series that it will take me a long while. Please check out all the older issues... I think there is close to 200 pages online now for free


Wanita the wheelchair witch



So far I am still at 20 pages but I have the next several stories already in mind. Wanita could be a long project also... 


Mismatched Miscreants



This is actually the series I have been working on the most this year. I just started on issue #17 a few days ago... working on about 5 issues now... trying to get it finished so I can print and distribute it finally. For those who haven't seen these guys... This is a series I started when I was 17-18 with a friend and have been working on ever since. (I'm now 30) I have waited sooooo long just to have these stories out in the world... I can't wait for people to finally read.




- THE MUSIC -



I would post my newest songs in here but I posted them in my next most recent post... An untitled 7 track EP (to jump there click HERE and listen to the first 7) Listening with headphones is best since I'm not a pro... the synth sounds will sound more like they are supposed to

but I will elaborate on them a wee bit for the soldiers who are still reading this ;)

1. 222 - one of the few songs on here made with an actual keyboard... I made this sometime in 2014 I believe and didn't have a home for it yet so it just sat in a flash drive... but I like that it is the first track... the album is pretty dark. I no longer have this keyboard so the song means even more to me

2. Deteriorate - this song was made on GarageBand on my computer and was also an older song I never had a place for

3. Fed Up - was made on my computer on GarageBand as well but 2015

4. Lost - the first song I ever made on GarageBand for iPhone (the rest are also made this way)

5. Fading into mediocrity - I like to make songs that aren't always easy to listen to... it's about the feelings... the mood

6. Simple - like the title it's a very simple piano song

7. Moving On- I hadn't played with synth sounds like this yet so I was down to put this on my Soundcloud


and that is about it... I hope you enjoyed something in this post or learned something about me...

Good luck to the creative people out there... keep working on your projects!!

-D