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Production on The Redeemers #5 has wrapped! Master storysmith Eric Rampson is finishing up his lettering, and should be sending the files off to our printer early this week, which will give us copies just in time for Indy Pop Con! 
  • Listening to: Mary Go Round - The Struts
  • Reading: Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  • Watching: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Playing: Skies of Arcadia Legends
The apocalypse is coming, I'm updating my DA Journal. A lot has happened since... holy cats, May of 2014!? Okay, rapid-firing this thing.

  • Redeemers #4: Flame War came out, and people really like it! Including Silver Age comic writer, Tony Isabella! More on that in a later bullet point.
  • We're currently working on Redeemers #5: The Great Guitarblade Caper. I'm coming up on halfway through the line art, and this is gonna be a fun one, kids. We're introducing a lot of new characters, and like Flame War before it, Guitarblade Caper has multiple plot threads going on simultaneously, and some great twists and turns along the way. We're hoping to have the issue printed in time for 2016's Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo, but if we miss C2E2, we should definitely have it for Indy Pop Con in June!
  • Speaking of Indy Pop Con, this year was the 2nd time out for that convention, and Lonely Robot Comics (and my) debut at the show. And it was terrific. The Indianapolis convention center was full to bursting, and I had the pleasure of meeting Black Lightning's daddy, Tony Isabella. Tony was gracious enough to take home a copy of Flame War, and had some great things to say about it! You can read Tony's thoughts on Pop Con on his blog, of which me and The Redeemers are mentioned in the second and fourth installments of his convention recap. The other big story out of Pop Con for me was my participation in the Drink N' Draw event hosted by Tony Moore on Saturday night ended in my co-winning the event with Dwayne Bruce! Dwayne is a spectacular artist, a super nice guy, and happened to be my Artist Alley neighbor during the con. For winning the Drink N' Draw, we both earned free booths for 2016's Pop Con!
  • You've probably noticed my content stream being incredibly slow over the past year or so. Well, the simple explanation for that is that I got married in September! My wife :iconthegr8calz: is an artist and nerd culture aficionado, too, so we wound up doing a lot of custom art for our wedding, both for the ceremony and the invitations. My main project right now is working on Redeemers #5, which I won't post any of here until it's done, so there probably won't be much to see here until the new year. That said, I do frequently post sketches and WIP photos on my Instagram account, which is also under "wheretheresawil"
  • I was lucky enough early on in this year to do some color flats for both :icone-mann: and Jason Lewis. Nothing much more to elaborate on there, but exciting! And then I ran out of days off of work.
  • And then I got a full time gig doing marketing graphic design. So that's neat.
I think that's all the significant art stuff I have to talk about. I've got a fun multi-page convention print in the pipeline once Redeemers #5 is in the can. And I'm saving up for a new art rig. Might try to do a commission drive to earn the funds for that quicker. Yup. That's about it! See you in another 18 months, DA Journal!
  • Listening to: Heart And Soul - Twin Atlantic
  • Reading: Career Of Evil - Robert Galbraith
  • Watching: Jessica Jones
  • Playing: Splatoon
Well, my submission pace has slowed again, but that's because my writer Eric Rampson and I have kicked production of The Redeemers #4: Flame War into high gear! We're trying to get everything done in time to debut the book at C2E2 in late April. Should be plenty of time, too, as the penciling and inking stage is wrapping up. We've brought in our favorite pinch hitter, Lore :iconsakural: to help with the interior colors, and the beautiful and talented Kaypee :iconthegr8calz: to lend some watercolor love to the cover.

We took a hiatus from the continuity in late 2012/2013 to work on a related side project that'll see the light of day soon (we hope!), but trust me when I tell you that Flame War is easily the strongest Redeemers story so far and will be worth the wait. Without giving too much away, the issue will have A, B, and C plots, one concerning each of the three heroes, but the main story is centered around fan (and artist, let’s be honest) favorite, Dex the drummer. Front man Gabe and bassist Neil’s stories both have some exciting developments inside, too, though, and it just wouldn’t be a Redeemers story without the patented super-adorable moxie and quick-cutting comments from band manager Maddie.

We'll have first-run copies of the book at C2E2. Shortly after, I plan on revamping the Lonely Robot Comics website's store, at which point all four issues will be available for online ordering! For more Redeemers information and updates, check out our Facebook page!
  • Listening to: Givin' Back To You - Dethklok
I just submitted to IDW for artist or colorist positions. Wish me luck!
I need help, please, guys! My day job doesn't pay worth crap, and I'm struggling to keep my head above water over here. I'm offering 6 single-character, full color, full body commissions for $25, half off my usual rate! Mailed cash, check, and PayPal are all accepted. Here are some examples of previously done pieces in this vein:
J Detail shot by wheretheresawil PunkyVal commish by wheretheresawil Angry Joe Red Lantern by wheretheresawil Kev June-A-Palooza Commish by wheretheresawil Shades June-A-Palooza commish by wheretheresawil Aether Commission - Aetheros by wheretheresawil

Comment, private message, or email me (wheretheresawil at to claim a slot! First come, first served!

1) :iconpsyguy: <da:thumb id="428609800"/>
2) Rich P. Solo by wheretheresawil
3) :iconunitedfang: Fang by wheretheresawil
4) Wendy M. Mutated Macs by wheretheresawil (Made a special deal on this one for something more complicated)
5) GeorgieBoysAxe (Completed, unreleased)
6) Namichwan Namixchwan by wheretheresawil
7) :iconfoolyguy: Lock by wheretheresawil
I've been posting work in progress shots of my artwork a lot on Instagram lately, not so much on DA. It's just easy with the iPhone camera and all. So if you want to see my WIPs or random sketches, follow me on Instragram under "wheretheresawil".

This has been a transparent ploy to gain more Instagram followers.
  • Listening to: Grandma's House - Kirby Krackle
I've had a couple of people inquire about getting #BrendelBoards. While I still intend to sell at conventions, I'm now offering a mail order service through for custom orders! Unlike my usual commission standard, I'll send the one-of-a-kind board off to you, rather than simply a high-resolution JPG! You're getting customized artwork to back your comics, and I get to pay my bills! It's just $5 plus shipping costs!…
Around 4:00 CST, I'll be livestreaming. Taking $15 color headshot commissions. PayPal on the spot, high-res files emailed upon conclusion of the stream. I'll update this journal when it's time for the stream!

EDIT: Live! Ready for work!
The Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo is this weekend! I'll be hanging out all weekend with Redeemers writer extraordinaire Eric Rampson at Artists Alley booth Q4. If you're in the area, stop by! Also, the celeb list is pretty legendary this year, so check it out!
  • Listening to: Period 4 English - The Redeemers
As of today, there are 13 days left in the Redeemers #2 KickStarter fundraiser. We get NOTHING if we don't make our goal of $1500. This money covers all the costs of creating, distributing, and promoting the second issue of the book. We still need about $1200.

I have about 150 watchers on DeviantArt. Let's assume that about 125 of those people are active on this site.

If every one of those 125 people pledges just TEN DOLLARS AMERICAN, we WILL make our goal! On top of that, every one of you will receive the $5 pledge bonus, the exclusive funders-only song by The Redeemers!  And for a pledge of $15, you get a copy of Redeemers #2 sent out to you when the book drops signed by myself and author Eric Rampson!

C'mon, folks! Support independent comics!…
  • Listening to: Grow Up, Not Give In - The Redeemers
Hey!  The Redeemers are coming back for seconds at KickStarter!  If you pledged last time, we fell short of our goal, and never saw any of that money (and you didn't lose any, either).  This time around we're aiming for a lower monetary goal, just enough to create and take the second issue, "Night of the Attack of the Robo Ninja Death Assassin Groupies", to conventions to promote it.

Once again, we're offering donation incentives, starting as low as just $1!  Highlights include special funder-only songs by the band, signed copies of issue #2 when it releases, the brand new 5-Song EP by the band scheduled for July, and original inked pages from the book!  And that's not even all there is!!

If you've got a few bucks that you're willing to toss our way, head over to our KickStarter Project page.  ANY MONEY PUT FORWARD IS A PLEDGE. IF WE DO NOT MAKE OUR GOAL, YOU DO NOT PAY ANYTHING.

Thank you!  And goodnight!
  • Listening to: Grow Up, Not Give In - The Redeemers
"The Redeemers #0 was a Wizard World Chicago Exclusive and sold out. The first printing of The Redeemers #1 was officially released at Chicago's C2E2 convention in mid-April and it, too, sold out. Now we'd like the chance to make The Redeemers #2 an even bigger success.

'We' are Eric Rampson (writer) and Wil Brendel (artist). We're looking to raise funds to pay Wil a page rate (so that he doesn't have to try to squeeze drawing in between shifts at Denny's - it's hard to work with art that has Moons Over My Hammy smeared all over it), pay for printing costs, and hopefully offset some of our marketing (i.e. website and convention) costs.

The Redeemers is the story of a band that fights evil when they aren't rocking the faces off their fans (and sometimes, they do both at the same time). The guys all have something to atone for and they've decided to help themselves by helping others. Think Almost Famous + Buffy The Vampire Slayer and you're starting to get the idea."

And we need capital to do it!  If you can afford to help, kick a few bucks our way over at our KickStarter page.  We've got some awesome donation rewards up for grabs, too!
  • Listening to: Grow Up, Not Give In - The Redeemers
The map for Artist Alley has finally been unveiled!  And as a treat to us, they even marked us specifically on the map!  Really!  Not really.  But I did!  Check it out!!

You know the drill.
Wanna watch?
Coloring in Prismind's commission of the Northern Anime Festival mascot at
Er... livestreaming.  That's the one.

Coloring in Randomosity #51 at
If you've been kicking around the idea of getting one of my discounted March Madness commissions, hustle up! There's only one week left of the special! Discounts will be honored through 11:59 on March 31!

Done so far:
PKMN TRAINER HAWKFOOT would... by wheretheresawil Ekoi Commission - Da Unorky by wheretheresawil Hawfoot Reference Sheet by wheretheresawil
The first full issue of The Redeemers is available now on IndyPlanet!!…

EDIT: Addressing what will be your first question, IndyPlanet seems to have a lag on the thumbnail pages and cover images, not sure why.


Journal Entry: Thu Mar 11, 2010, 9:40 AM

Ekoi Commission - Da Unorky by wheretheresawil PKMN TRAINER HAWKFOOT would... by wheretheresawil

That's pretty much the long and short of it. And this isn't just on a whim that I'm doing this. I'm going to be doing the starving artist thing for a little while here. So, since January of last year, I've been working at my local... well they say to never badmouth previous employers, so we'll just say it's a restaurant that encourages you to eat good in the neighborhood. And it's pretty much been like going to my own personal Hell almost every day for the past 13 months. Finally, I got fed up with all the BS, and put in my two-week's notice.
So, why not look for a new day job? Believe me, I have been for some time with no luck (Michigan statistically has the worst unemployment rate in the country at the moment, so there's a lot of competition). At this point, it wouldn't make any sense for me to find a new job until May, because I've already got two trips bought and paid for for the second half of April. What employer would hire somebody who's going to work for about five weeks, then need three off?
So basically, for all of March and the first half of April, I have NO income whatsoever. I'm running this special to essentially BEG for money. You get some high quality personalized artwork, and I get to EAT this month. If you're in the market for some artwork, I'd appreciate being considered.


TL;DR, I quit my horrible day job and don't have any employment prospects until at least May, which means I'm broke for two months :/