Wednesday, February 10, 2016

THE MARK IN AMERICA, PAGE 12

THE MARK IN AMERICA, ISSUE 1, PAGE 12
FEBRUARY 10, 2016

When I drew this page (late winter/early spring of 1993) I had just come off almost 2 years as a staff storyboard artist on the Batman Animated TV series for Warner Animation.  I was hired to draw this series (the Mark) partly because the editor, Bob Schreck, wanted something akin to that style. There’s only one remnant of the show’s style I can see on this page: in panel 1, both of The Mark’s hands have a single line across where the knuckles should be. This is a stylistic innovation of Bruce Timm, the main character designer on the Batman TV series.

A clearer influence on this page (and my work on the series as a whole) is Will Elder, though I didn’t realize it until I was inking issue 3. At that point, I pulled my Elder reference off the shelf and started doing consciously what I had done unconsciously until then. I’m not saying I aced it, but the sight gags and such in this panel remind me of Elder’s intentions though his execution is quite superior to mine. In my opinion he is one of the all-time great comic book ink technicians, fully the equal of Wally Wood, Alex Raymond, Joe Sinnott, etc etc. Most of the gags in panel #1 were scripted by Mike Barr, but I was totally into it (them).

This is page #12 from "The Mark" issue 1, volume 2, otherwise known as "The Mark In America", published by Dark Horse Comics in December 1993. Written by Mike Barr, Drawn by Brad Rader




This is the surviving "Timm-ism" on page 12 of THE MARK IN AMERICA, ISSUE 1 that I referred to earlier today. Note the single lines going across where the knuckle on the hands should be.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

THE MARK IN AMERICA, PAGE 11

THE MARK IN AMERICA, ISSUE 1, PAGE 11
FEBRUARY 9, 2016

I had attended the second Gay, Lesbian and Bi-sexual March on Washington in October of 1987 with my spouse, John Callahan (and had made a side trip to NYC then as well). This time I was attending stag and had a completely different experience than the first, mostly a slight feeling of alienation from the proceedings. It occurred to me, standing on the Mall with a million + Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, Trans-genders, and supportive camp followers of every race, age, creed, ethnicity, political persuasion that we had nothing in common except that the same people hate us, and that’s good for about 2 minutes of conversation before one has to fish for mutual interests.
Actually, I’m jumping ahead here; I should be covering this in issue 2’s posts, so I’ll shelve this discussion for now.


This is page #11 from "The Mark" issue 1, volume 2, otherwise known as "The Mark In America", published by Dark Horse Comics in December 1993. Written by Mike Barr, Drawn by Brad Rader

Monday, February 8, 2016

THE MARK IN AMERICA, PAGE 10


The rest of this mini-series occurs mostly in and around Manhattan, New York City, the Holy Land Mecca for aspiring comic book artists such as myself (though no longer, now that Marvel and DC have moved their editorial offices to my home turf of the Los Angeles region). I had always fantasized about moving there, but had never gotten it together to act on my dream, trying to break in from long distance. But, as I was working on this issue, I had plans of attending the third Gay and Lesbian March on Washington, on April 25th, 1993. I had scheduled a post-march business trip to NYC to meet with prospective editors and scout locations for the mini-series. (To be continued)

This is page #10 from "The Mark" volume 2, otherwise known as "The Mark In America", published by Dark Horse Comics in December 1993. Written by Mike Barr, Drawn by Brad Rader

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Mark in America, Page 9

In this page The Mark begins his epic journey from fictional Lutzany to The United States of America, specifically Manhattan. The writer, Mike Barr devoted almost a third of issue one to this journey; I balked, wanting to devote more space to the re-introduction of The Archon, his wife(?) Helda and the ensuing fight sequence. So I took it upon myself to condense the travel sequence to four pages. starting with this one. Mike was pisssed, said if I was going to take those kinds of liberties with his script, that he would prefer to do things "Marvel Style", i.e., giving me the broad "get from point A to point B without providing me with specific action beats or dialogue. That was fine by me.


This is page #9 from "The Mark" volume 2 otherwise known as "The Mark In America", published by Dark Horse Comics in December 1993. Written by Mike Barr, Drawn by Brad Rader

Saturday, February 6, 2016

THE MARK IN AMERICA, PAGE 8

This is page 8 from "The Mark", volume 2, published by Dark Horse Comics in December, 1993. It is drawn by Brad Rader, written by Mike Barr

THE MARK IN AMERICA, PAGE 7

This is page 7 from "The Mark" issue 1, volume 2 published by Dark Horse Comics in December 1993. It is written by Mike Barr, drawn by Brad Rader

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