Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Fused, Page 12

More scanned original discoveries. This is kind of fun.
I drew issue #3 of "Fused" for Image Comics back in '02, I believe. I was getting into Photoshop in a limited way, trying to ink and composite pages, do corrections, etc. (I eventually decided that digital inking didn't save me any time or lead to any improvement in quality.) This page was done in 3 stages. Stage one, I pencilled following the script, making the explosion panel dominate the page. Actually, now that I think of it, in the original script, (by Steve Niles, author of "30 Days of Night"), the explosion was a double page spread. This struck me as a boring waste of space. (I wanted to save the double page spread for the end of the book, when the cyborg main character sprints across the 5 Frwy from the LA river into Griffith Park (here in Los Angeles, California, USA). So I cut the explosion back to a large, page dominating panel. As I thought about it, the most interesting story point was the battalion (is that the right word?) of military vehicles converging on our hero, which had no good establishing panel called for anywhere in the script. So I changed the page again, making the gathering army forces the focus of the page.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Space Ace Test

Back in the early '00s, CrossGen Comics got the license to the Don Bluth early 80's video game, "Space Ace". This page was my test to try to get the gig drawing the comic. I think CrossGen went bankrupt before the project could get off the ground.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Detective Comics 753

While working on my current project (scanning my original comic artwork for posting to the portfolio section of my blog, I came across this: the roughs and finished pages for my contribution to Detective Comics 753, a framing sequence for the story "The Adventures of Copernicus Dent: The Janus Double Down". The bulk of the story was drawn by Steve Mannion ("The Bomb", and "Fearless Dawn"

Friday, January 21, 2011

More Avengers

Here are the rest of the Avenger pages I did as a re-draw of Avengers #92. As with the last posting, I've included the reverse of page 8, where I drew on the back to check my drawing,  correct mistakes, etc.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fogtown Nominated For GLAAD Award!

Great News! "Fogtown" has been nominated for a GLAAD award for "Outstanding Comic Book". Fogtown was published in August '10 by Vertigo Noir. I illustrated it (except for the gray tones, which were by Rivka), Anderson Gabrych wrote it. Here's a link to the award nom announcements.

Avengers 92

These were the pages I did back in early '01 when I was trying to break back into comics. I took it upon myself to re-draw Avengers 92, the last issue before Neal Adams took over for his historic run. I roughed out the entire issue on xerox paper, then enlarged the roughs to act as guides for the finished pages. I was only able to complete the first 8 pages. I'm including pages 1 through 6 in this blog.
I'm also including the reverse side of page 5; I frequently draw on the back of my comic pages as a way of checking for mistakes.

I sent the pages as samples to Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse. Nothing came of it, except Brian Michael Bendis sent me a complimentary letter.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Daredevil vs Krees and Skrulls

I did this comics page for Roy Thomas's "Alter Ego" magazine a few years back. I had sent him some spec Avengers pages I did when I was trying to break back into comics back in '01. I re-pencilled the first 8 pages of "The Mighty Avengers" issue 92, the issue Sal Buscema illoed just before Neal Adams started with issue 93. Roy was complimentary, asked me to do a page illustrating a page for a pitch he was putting together for Marvel Comics at the time: expanding the Kree/Skrull war to other characters in the Marvel Universe of 1971 (besides the Avengers). In this page, Daredevil saves Warren Craddock (I think that's his name), the evil McCarthy-esque senator from the clutches of Kree warriors, only to discover that Craddock is a Skrull.

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