How to make mini-comics, my guide to cutting and folding an 8 page zine.

I love making comics and teaching others how to make their own. Lately, this experience has been so gratifying that I’ve decided to step it up a notch with workshops and tutorials.

The easiest way to get started is with my guide “How To Make a Mini-Comic” freely downloadable which you can print it at home and fold it yourself. 

click here to print your own mini-comic template

It’s copyright-free so you can print it out and distribute it however you wish. It started off as part of my Make 100 Sets of Mini-Comics challenge.

If you try it out and decide to make some on your own, I’d love to see them! I’m @docpop on Twitter and Instagram. If you are willing to help translate them, I’d love that too!

Want some encouragement? Here’s my friend Audrey talking about her first mini-comic:

And here’s some more from a recent workshop in Chicago:

If you’d like to run a workshop yourself, hit me up. I’m in SF, but might be able to send you prints (if the shipping isn’t too expensive).


My new comic, Far Away, is live now on Kickstarter!

I’m really stoked to say that my newest comic book, Far Away, is now live on Kickstarter. You can support it here.

The book tells the story of a courageous young girl stuck on a distant planet with a military robot. It was hugely influenced by the opening scene of The Empire Strikes Back. Basically I wanted to know what happened to some of the the imperial probe droids that didn’t land on Hoth. This book is the result. I’m really proud of it and now I’m trying to raise funds to pay the colorist for his work. Any help would appreciated!



Playtesting a new game with label paper and a cheap deck of cards

Play testing ROM

I started working on a new card game on Thursday afternoon and had a playable prototype by the end of the day. The game is called ROM and it’s a fun twist on the classic Memory game, but with power ups and other strategies. I created the art in Hexels Pro, doing my normal trixel art thing, then printed arranged the art on a 3 by 3 grid and printed it onto a couple of sheets of label paper using a cheap color printer. Later, I dropped into a Fed Ex/Kinkos and hogged their paper trimmer to cut up my cards. Using a $2 deck of cards from Mission St, I began sticking my art on to the cards. It’s perfect for playtesting.




A couple months ago I shared the story about a package of mine that got lost in shipping somewhere between Germany and here. The package contained all about 100 copies of a special edition Nanoloop cart that had been manufactured specifically for my Kickstarter backers and seemed to disappear somewhere in US Customs. Losing this box of carts was absolutely devastating, and threw my whole year off (fiscally and emotionally). The stress of hunting these carts down was so intense that it was even the subject of my music video for “Rumspringa“:

Thanks to Oliver’s help, we were able to order a replacement batch of carts manufactured and I’m pleased to say they will start shipping to my backers this week! I really felt honored that so many people believed in this crazy project, and I can’t wait for them to get their hands on the final result. I mean, it’s an album of my music that you can play directly on a Game Boy Advance. That’s just so freaking cool!

The carts will be a little different than we originally planned. Rather than going with the special red circuit boards, we needed to go back to using Nanoloop’s old school gray cases, which I actually prefer. You can see them in the Vine video up top. I’m going to start recording a “quick start” guide for first time Nanoloop users, as well as a longer how-to video for more detailed song creation. Sometime in the next few weeks I’ll even do a Nanoloop 2.7 workshop for my backers. It’s been a year since the project launched on Kickstarter, and I’m so happy to finally move out of the “stuck in customs” phase of my life.

For what it’s worth, I’m extremely proud of Destroy All Presets. I think it’s one of the best albums I’ve ever released and I really love the idea of shipping it (in an instrumental form) in a way that allows people to listen to it directly on the Game Boy Advance… just like I did in the months before the album’s release. Once people get the cart in their hands I’m hoping they’ll start exploring/remixing the tracks and spend some time creating tracks on their own.