RIP Rory Root 1957-2008


I just found out that Rory Root has passed. Rory has been a figure in my life since I was a teen; first at The Best of Two Worlds and then more significantly when he opened Comic Relief. I had always loved comics -having been first introduced to Spiderman, Iron Man and others at the age of eight. So Rory’s store practically became the center in my world. Berkeley wasn’t just Berkeley, it was the place where the best damn comic book store lived. That store opened my eyes to all things comics and most importantly the art of it all.

To this day the Eisner and Schuiten prints I purchased from him 20 years ago still hang my my walls.

Rory you will be missed.

Skeleton on Skeleton Action

I needed a skeleton today. Not having time to build one, I grabbed one from the Sketchup 3D Warehouse. Not sure if the actual model will make it into the finish product, I might make a new one. Regardless, I built a posing rig for it and set it up in the scene.

(the model was created by nico_sketcher)

skeleton3_mod.jpg skeleton3_com.jpg skeleton3_rig.jpg


The Big Red One

Last Sunday was a nerd fest.

Nerds: Me, Charlie and Mary Angela
Rig: Red One Camera (
Subject: Pacific Coast Dream Machines (

(I don’t know a camera person who doesn’t like a picture of himself with fancy tech)
picture by Mary Angela

Charlie, Mary Angela and I went out and “tested” the Red One camera out in the field. Tested is in quotes because Charlie just grabbed the rig (from his workplace) last minute, we put the erector set of a camera together and we headed out to the Pacific Coast Dream Machines show in Half Moon Bay. No testing, no charts, nothing. We shot at 2k and at 7500 color temp.

And was it fun? Read more

FINISHED (for now) Transport Truck!

I’m keeping this short. This transport if finished. Finished that is; until I find some gaps in the modeling when I put the comic together. Yeah, yeah, I keep talking about this comic thing, and yes, I don’t blame you if your mind conjures the word “vapor”  every time you hear the title, “Fuel & Fire”.


I also made a flatbed version. 


The renders do not quite show all the little details I have been slowly (anything slower than a snails crawl?) finishing up on this beast.

Perhaps, Hanford put it best, when he described my work as an exercise in doing and not exactly finishing. It’s a toy that I play with – and not one that I can actually play with, but one that I dream of touching and driving.

I need a 3D printer.

Transport Interior!

During my daily Fuel & Fire SketchUp work last Friday morning a vicious storm knocked out the power. My not so little APC did its job and gave me some time to save my work. That was just after I made my last post. Since the power was out for a few days I went down the hill with my MacBook and Wacom tablet and did some work at Barns and Noble.

Here are the results.


You can see that Hugh is encased in some sort of device. He is posed yet, and he’ll have tubes coming out of his suit and head. It’s just like the capsule that the Ymir pops out of in 20 Million Miles to Earth. That film rocked. Who doesn’t like a giant monster film? Who?

Still Working on that Transport

I haven’t added up all the hours I’ve put into this thing, but it’s gotta be massive. Yet it doesn’t look like I’ve gotten anywhere with it. Trust me I’ve done a lot. Tweaking, tweaking, tweaking.


3 diesel engines in place, front and rear suspension on the cab, differentials everywhere, treaded the tires, added a 2nd fifth wheel, made the trailers longer and taller. Man the details are killing me on this one. Top of the list is getting the cab done, and the interior of the trailer. Frankly, you might not see much else in the comic.