Friday, June 10, 2016

Pirates and Productivity

I'm very excited to announce that Pirates of Padre Tiempo now has it's own site (and blog):

As such, expect to see less PoPT on this blog and more artistic process. This blog will be returning to its original function: an online portfolio of my artwork. Sure, there my be some pirates occasionally-- but if you're looking for updates on Pirates of Padre Tiempo-- those can be found at the new site & blog. OR you can check out

Keep your pencils sharp! Sorry. I need some kind of sign-off for this thing.

Uh... bye? Yeah okay lets go with that.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A Pirate By Any Other Name...

"Oxen and wain-ropes would not bring me back again to that accursed island; and the worst dreams that ever I have are when I hear the surf booming about its coasts or start upright in bed with the sharp voice of Captain Flint still ringing in my ears: 'Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!'"
-Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

These final words from Treasure Island inspired the title of the comic book I dreamed up over six years ago.  The name seemed perfect: it had a connection to pirate lore and it was relevant to the story which centered around a magic time-traveling coin.

Now, after consulting a number of people-- I think it's in the best interest of the book to have a name that's a little more distinct, a little more unique, in short-- something a little more original.

Effective immediately, Pieces of Eight will now be known as Pirates of Padre Tiempo. It was a difficult decision to make, but ultimately, I think it's the right call.

What does this mean for people who bought issue #1? NOTHING! I'm still working on the same story with the same characters and I can't wait to continue the adventures of Blackjack and Flynn! The only difference is the title!

So what's coming next? I'm working to release issue #1 digitally, there'll be a Pirates of Padre Tiempo website soon, and then this summer I'll be working hard on issue #2 trying to get it out ASAP! 

For now, keep an eye on the Facebook page HERE!

Change is good. 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

FCBD 2016! Thank you!

©2016 Tim Murphy
Free Comic Book Day 2016 was awesome!

Thank you to everyone who came out to see me today! It's so awesome to be so supported. Thank you to everyone who bought a copy of Pieces of Eight #1! Your patronage keeps me going! And as it says on the last page of issue #1-- We're just getting started! Thank you to Cosmic Comix & Toys! I look forward to FCBD every year!

I drew so many sketches I lost count! What a great day!

If you didn't get a chance to pick up Pieces of Eight #1 today-- don't fret! Keep an eye on this blog for forthcoming updates on how to purchase it!

For now-- THANK YOU!

Friday, May 6, 2016

FCBD Countdown: 1 Day!

©2016 Tim Murphy
My pencils are sharpened and I'm ready to go! 

Come see me at Cosmic Comix & Toys in Catonsville for Free Comic Book Day TOMORROW, May 7! I'll be there doing FREE sketches and selling the first issue of my pirate adventure comic, Pieces of Eight! 

Cosmic Comix will have all sorts of fun and awesome stuff going on too! CHECK OUT THE DETAILS HERE! It's always a fun event and as always, I'm happy to be a part of it! 

It's going to be a blast, so I hope you'll come out and join the fun! SEE YOU TOMORROW!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

FCBD Countdown: 2 Days! Sketchity Sketch Sketch.

Only two more days until Free Comic Book Day 2016!

I'll be sketching for FREE on Saturday at Cosmic Comix & Toys in Catonsville, MD! Come say hi and let me draw something for you!

More updates coming, but for now-- I'm heading out to see Captain America: Civil War!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

FCBD Countdown: 3 Days! Special Delivery!

©2016 Tim Murphy
Today I took delivery of the first printing of Pieces of Eight #1! I spent the evening bagging and boarding!

I'm psyched to have it available this Saturday at Free Comic Book Day at Cosmic Comix & Toys in Catonsville, MD. I'll be there doing free sketches and selling stuff! Come on by!

Oh-- and May the Fourth be with you!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

FCBD Countdown: 4 Days! ENTER: THE ART-MAN!

©2016 Tim Murphy
Free Comic Book Day is only 4 days away!

When you come get a free sketch from me at Cosmic Comix in Catonsville, MD on Saturday, you can pick up a copy of my self-published pirate adventure comic, Pieces of Eight, for $5! When you buy Pieces of Eight, you can pick up one of my previous prints OR a copy of my superhero parody, "ART-MAN" absolutely FREE!

Art-Man was invented when I was an art teacher. I would use comic books in my instruction wherever possible. When I was asked to appear on the morning announcements as a superhero, I grabbed my Superman costume (from Halloween 2009), put on my Captain America gloves (from Halloween 2012), and threw on a Ninja Turtle mask (from... okay there's no way around it. I just... happened to have a Ninja Turtle mask.) And so was born... ART-MAN: A two-dimensional "you'll-never-get-away-with-this" parody of all the familiar superhero tropes through the eyes of an Art teacher. (One of Art-Man's villains is Rip Crumpler, who wants to destroy everything and start over--a perfectionist-type habit of many students!)

The comics are short, simple, and hopefully as fun to read as they were to draw-- and you can get one FREE with your purchase of Pieces of Eight #1!