Here’s a little gif showing the various stages each page went through as I did the comic.
I’ve just spent the last few months penciling, inking and coloring a 28 page graphic novella for VOM and Clash Entertainment. It’s a story about Russell Stendal who was captured by Colombian guerrillas and held hostage. Ben Avery adapted the story for comics – I’m honored to be able to work with him. Here are a few random panels that I liked, a few panels in black and white and some of the pre-production character sketches. I penciled and inked the story entirely in Manga Studio 5 and colored in Photoshop (though, Manga Studio 5 is such an outstanding program, I think the next time I’ll do everything in that). It was fun working all digitally – but it leaves me with no hard copies of anything…which is sort of strangely sad to me for some reason. Anyway here are the images:
Over at Comics Alliance there was an article done by Laura Hudson and David Wolkin about the insanity that is Neal Adam’s “Batman: Odyssey” . In the process of said article, the two of them proposed a different comic…Batman: Hobo…where Batman is a homeless guy, the batcave is a cardboard box, catwoman is…well…a cat, you get the idea.
I laughed out loud when I read it…and determined this kind of brilliance had to come to light. Problem is…it made me too sad. Poor Batman. So here are some of the concepts I did for a project I will never really do.
It occurs to me that I never did post any of the artwork images from the graphic novella Hope Amid Horror which I worked on through Clash Creative last year. I didn’t post any before publication because, frankly, I was working 12-14 hour days just to make my deadline…but I forgot to post them afterward. What I really want to do is post a video soon on the process used to complete a page…I always find those things interesting. Anyway…here are some of my favorite pages from that project, sans lettering. Pencils, inking and colors are mine.
After an 11 year run (pretty good, by any estimation), the comic strip I drew for Group Magazine has been discontinued. The last one will appear in the upcoming issue. They are in the process of a redesign…and I’m sure as any print magazine is doing, they are looking for ways to cut corners. The idea is, they will check on reader feedback, and if there is a call for it, they’ll recommision the strip. I have serious doubts that anyone will miss it.
Anyway…I thought I’d throw a few of the strips that DIDN’T make the cut…stuff no one ever got to see.
First is one that almost got me in trouble with the editor, who felt I was being too close to disrespectful toward pastors with it. Go figure. (click it for full size)
The next one is an earlier attempt at re-vamping the strip, maybe even dropping the main character (Brian, named after the youth pastor at Eastgate from the late 90’s to about ’06, who was my very first introduction to what a YP goes through. The character looked nothing LIKE Brian though…he looked more like a guy named Vance who was the only YP I knew at the time I started the strip). Anyway…this one was without Brian.
Finally, for this morning…here’s a rough of another (albeit, ridiculous) attempt at re-vamping the strip:
I’ll try to get around and post some of my favorite strips that have appeared through the years. If you’re a YP, please feel free to use any of these.
Whilst I sit here anxiously awaiting word on a batch of roughs I sent to the art director of REV! magazine…I thought I’d share a few of the cartoons I’ve done for past issues. They may be too “insider” to be funny to most people…so pity laughs are acceptable.