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appreciate the important revelation that it was Colonel Thorpe who targeted the teen whore on pages 6/7 for murder by Father Fischer, who then mutilated her and removed her sexual parts while he was at it. I insisted on a re-write where we would actually show the removed sex parts and her unborn child instead of implying it. Bob and Andersen accommodated me in this.
that the group editor thought that panel 3 was much too disturbing and controversial and that we had to pull back. We ended up with the image shown, returning to the original script.
to the original script. The page was composited in Photoshop.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
This is a nice, Toth-influenced page.
of fog. Portraying atmospheric effects is one of my general weak areas that I didn’t have the luxury of time to overcome.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Thursday, October 7, 2010
I draw on the reverse, flip the page over, and draw again on the front, working back and forth. This allows me to see my art more objectively, a difficult thing to do in my line of work.
Here is page 131, and a computer scan of the reverse side of Page 131.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
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The artwork is approximately 20"x 16", pen and ink on 2 ply bristol paper. I have valued it at $300.00 for tax deduction purposes.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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them by placing the word balloons in the center of the pages. In this sequence, I separate them by running panel gutters through what would otherwise be the same panel.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
in my own work.
On one hand, the book is a keeper for the afore mentioned extreme graphic
simplicity of the art. Definitely some swipeable stuff here. I've never followed
Immomen's superhero work; it seems pretty good, but there's nothing interesting about it to me. But "Moving Pictures" has a really cool look.
On the other hand, I had difficulty following the story on first reading. There
was nothing graphically to help one keep track of the two narrative streams and time dislocations. I was ambivalent about the pacing which was slow, stately and reflective. It
was a tonic compared to the over-amped over-hyped crap that passes for
storytelling these days. But everything was SO serious. If any of the characters ever cracked a smile, it was a wan, ironic, thin lipped smile. Also, I would have preferred opening up the
story some to show some of the events referred to in the dialogue (Nazi's taking over in France, disappearing whole groups of people, etc), but that
would have conflicted with the interior/closed-room nature of the story I
I liked the production values. The water color paper used for the cover and
similar (but smooth) paper of the interior pages gave the whole thing a very
classy look and feel.
Monday, August 30, 2010
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Saturday, August 14, 2010
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Friday, August 13, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Other examples are the meeting of Frank and Eliza Gray on pages 25-28 by using horizontal panels with each character on opposite sides of the composition, separated by their word balloons. Then followed immediately pages 29-31 where Frank threatened by Greg in Jack Kerouac Alley shown by narrow vertical panels giving a staccato, knife-like feel.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Page 57 is also the first appearance of Madam Tse, part of the criminal conspiracy afflicting the city by the bay. She went through several design permutations before we (Bob, Andersen and I) arrived at the current version. Andersen insisted that she sport the hairstyle worn by Jean Simmons in Angel Face.
Monday, August 9, 2010
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Friday, July 30, 2010
Caniff was the auteur of "Terry and the Pirates" and "Steve Canyon," and one of the most influential American cartoonists from the mid 30's to the late 70's. His inking style was almost macho in its sloppy expressiveness, creating high contrast, dramatic, muscular drawing.
Toth was a key Caniff acolyte as a young man in the late 40's, but branched off into his own style in the early 50's. He took the "Caniff" approach to an even more extreme level of simplicity and graphic innovation. His calculated simplicity served him well when he transitioned to TV animation in the 60's, working primarily as a designer and storyboard artist on "The Herculoids," "Space Ghost," "Sea Lab," "Superfriends" and a host of other Hanna-Barbera series.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
After reading the script, I felt the character called for a beefcake shot. Frank Grissel, the main character, is a closeted, gay-leaning bi-sexual, but his straight side dominates the book. Based on this character, I asked the editor if I could show Frank’s genitalia. Bob gave the okay, but later recanted. I had to conceal the offending flesh without appearing contrived and prudish.
The gay aspect is much more oblique and left up to the reader’s imagination. This is somewhat frustrating, but appropriate to the time period in the novel.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
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