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About Steve Ogden
Steve Ogden has been a writer and illustrator since he could hold a pencil. He's worked in the video game industry and as an artist and animator in the mid-Atlantic United States for over three decades. He grew up in a house that most people agree was haunted.
He is the creator of Doc and the Deathbot and the syndicated comic strip Magnificatz, as well as a collection of short stories called Headstones and Monuments. He lives in northern Maryland’s horse country with his wife and three sons. And the occasional ghost.
And when he's not writing, drawing, or working, he likes to run.
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This is the first Doc and the Deathbot collection featuring the first year of cartoons Steve Ogden's Doc and the Deathbot cartoon, which appeared online from OCT 2020 through AUG 2021.
This is the third and final collection of Magnificatz cartoons, which ran in syndication from 2019 until the strip's end in early 2021.
It has been two decades since this little three antennaed creature first showed up in my sketch book. He had a name - for no particular reason, I called him Taraniki - but I never knew what his story was. Nevertheless, I kept drawing him. I always seemed to be drawing him entering mysterious temples, wandering in the desert, or exploring snowy climes. He was always questing.
When I decided to participate in a drawing challenge in late 2019, I brought Taraniki along. I figured illustrating his adventures would be a good way to figure out his story.
A story of sorts showed up: unsurprisingly, he’s entering temples, wandering the desert and exploring snowy climes.on collection.
More than that, I haven’t discovered much about him. He’s still questing, still exploring. Still looking for home, I think.
I did discover that I still enjoy drawing him. But I guess that much was obvious.
Anyway, here’s a book full of little Taraniki drawings, and musings - notes I expanded on from the official drawing challenge prompts.
I hope you enjoy these little ink spot sketches of this little character who is so embedded in my mind... and maybe now yours?
This is the second collection of Magnificatz cartoons that ran in syndication in 2018.
Subtitled "A slightly bone-chilling collection of short stories", Headstones and Monuments is a wonderful read full of suspense, scares, and amazing characters. Those who have followed Ogden’s work in comics can rest assured that he is as talented a prose writer as he is an illustrator and sequential storyteller. This is horror at its best - rather than cheap scares or grisly tales of man's inhumanity to man, this collection is comprised of sympathetic characters confronted by spooky and unsettling situations. These stories scare without any "cheap shots".
In Headstones and Monuments, Steve Ogden shows that he is capable of remembering the truly terrifying parts of the best years of our lives.
The collection is over 50,000 words (around 200 pages). With illustrations by the author.
About the Author:
Steve Ogden has been drawing since he was three years old, and writing since he was six. Ogden found a voice for his writing as well as his art in the game industry, working for such luminaries at Cyan (Myst, Riven) and Firaxis Games (Civilization, X-COM). He is also the creative force behind the long running comic strip Croaker’s Gorge and the graphic novel Moon Town. Headstones and Monuments is his first volume of published prose. He lives just north of Baltimore in Maryland’s wine country with his wife and three sons. Visit him at www.steveogden.com.
Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. 2016 was Steve Ogden's time participating. This collection is the result.