Monday, December 29, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
Greetings gore-lovers! Here is yet another "sketchy" post from your hard working hatchling. What pre-pubesent, angst filled teen wouldn't appreciate this page of our terror bound teen hero ZB going a round or two with his very own old man. That's right... here we see our thought controlled Ronnie kicking the snot out of his own flesh and blood Daddy. The senior Butler eventually get's the better of Junior by slipping the mind control watch from his wrist, and then the stage is set for retaliation against Dr. Tse and his dungeon of doom. I really didn't expect to have the space to do this page today, but all the stars aligned to make it happen. I really feel good about it too. I am generally not much for fight scenes but, I really think I nailed this one. Only four frightful pages until the initial art is complete. Then comes the finishing, the lettering, the publishing.... hooo.... baby steps, baby steps.
At least I am one step closer, ......and for today that will have to be cool enough.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Here we are.... back to the operating , er... I mean drawing table. I have nothing too noteworthy to show you, ( 'cept this nifty widdle unfinished page I'll be hammerin on this weekend ) the real news is what I am not going to show you, the story is finally done. Yes... that's right, for those of you who have not been paying attention in class, ...... I have been pumping out pages of this comic for months now with no script, no thumbnails, no "real" idea where this comic was going, or what it would be when it was done... if it was done! What I am trying clumsily to say is simply this... I "know" now. I know what the remainder of the pages will be, what the dialogue is... everything. It just finally stitched itself together.... as I knew it would.
I don't really recommend this method of comics making. It certainly is not for the faint of heart, but for some reason it just works for me. It isn't always easy. You have to trust that the pages being fed to you from inside your subconscious will coalesce into some kind of story that will be readable, and entertaining. That is a tall order some days. It is almost like drawing in a darkened room.
The reason I do it this way is because the finished product I find to be more compelling, more balanced, and more seamless than trying to make the art fit the script. It gives a wide berth to creative impulse because you are not tied down to word, or form. The hope is that some of the anxiety, and sheer suspense I feel waiting to see where the art takes the story to will transfer to the reader also.
Any-hooo, Didn't mean to get to deep on you peace puppies out there in retro land. I'll be saying so long now... watts, and watts of work to do! Later~
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Now, just sos you know.... This is not how I letter a page, and it WILL be re-done correctly, and with tweeked dialouge, but I just thought after 8 previous pages to ogle you may want to actually read a page for a change. Consider it a belated Halloween treat.
Now do me a favor and leave me some feedback. This page really pumps me as I said because it is the second pivot pin to the story, and I would really like to know if it is solid. Alright... I know its really just some scribbles, and hen scratching, but can you at least imagine it as being solid? Huh... can yeah?
I know you could. You guys rock~
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
That is all the time I had available to me on Thursday. Finding myself with such a small window it seemed a little silly to try to tackle an entire comicbook page. "I'll wait until I have a larger space to work." I could have said, ( and have before ) " The work looks better if it comes out as a steady stream." ......er, can we say BS?
So there I sat. Blank page in hand, and fingers flying madly. Creativity flowed, thunder clapped, ( litteraly... it rained buckets yesterday ) and I didn't think, I didn't mull... I just worked the page. Two hours later I was forced to stop. I stood up, and looked finally at the piece as a whole, surprised, and impressed with how much was there. I know I will need to go in with at least another two hours, or more of touch up, but all the basic elements are there.
There is a valuable lesson in all of this. Mainly to not be so dismissive about short time spans, as opportunities. Space is another issue. It is easy to say to yourself, "Hey.. why bother I am not in my studio now, so it probably won't be any good." I did this with a sheet of copy paper, a two sided sharpie, a pencil, a 6" wooden ruler, and a pen. The conditions were less than ideal. I had an uncomfortable chair, poor lighting conditions, it was humid, and my drawing surface was an old clipboard propped up on my knee.
Nevertheless, just 120 minutes later my story had moved forward another leap. Call it shlock-art if it makes you feel superior. I call it progress.
Peace, my doggies~
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I don't know, ( nor does anyone else at this point ) just how the dialouge will all shake out to tie the two pages together, but that is, ( for me anyway ) exactly what lends excitement, and motivation to it. Ya see.... I am as anxious as you oh, residents of geek-land, to find out just what is going to happen next.
Keep your optics open~
Friday, July 18, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
oH-OH... it looks like zat sh-neeky Adolf is up to his tricks again! Zis is not looking too goot fer das koo-coo Amerikkaners~
Just a silly WWII summertime practice page I thought you geekophiles might take a gander at if your not too busy at the beaches.
Have a groovy summer~
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Hey there Creepy cousins.... It is I, your humble horror comix hombre with a special serving of late winter lunacy. I have been buying bucket loads of old horror comics lately at conventions in Boston, and it has influnced me enough to produce this fun little frolic into vampirisim~
The page is a meld of all things wonderful about the genre, The darkened room with creepy figure, the voice of reason crying out to deaf ears, being cast out into the night midst a creepy fog, and the grappling with ones own sanity.... ahhhhh, just gotta love that stuff!
Not to mention of course, that I topped it all off with color! As many of you know I generaly stick to black and white, ( for the most part because it is cheeper to reproduce, and thus, easier to market ) however... this was such a fun and nostalgic page, I just felt it had to have that old school color groove working for it.
Hope you are all looking forward to the soon arival of spring, when all things dead become new again.... even VAMPIRES! ( just foolin )