THE MARK IN AMERICA, ISSUE #2, PAGE 6
With this page we are introduced to “Little Lutzany”, a fictional enclave of immigrants from the fictional kingdom of Lutzany. My then recent job search/recon mission (late April, 1993) to Manhattan served me in good stead; I probably shot 20 rolls of film, not including the photos from my previous sojourn in 1987. This mythical intersection was a conflation of several elements; Dave Simons, a native New Yorker, hooted with laughter, pointing out the Gay bar in the Village he used drink at (I think he called it “The Monster Bar”). Don’t worry, Dave was straight, as far as I know.
This is page 6 for "The Mark" issue 2, volume 2, otherwise known as "The Mark In America", published by Dark Horse Comics in January 1994. Written by Mike Barr, drawn by Brad Rader.
For your added pleasure, I’m including scans of sketches I did during this period (1992/1993)
I drew this from the window of the apartment in Manhattan I was guesting at after the 1993 Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual March on Washington. These are sketches of Ingrid Bergman, from "Notorious" that I based the character of Lisle off. I got these poses freeze-framing the laser disc.
I liked working this way because laser discs, unlike DVDs, has the toggle switch, which allows really agile frame forward and back, so one can get the perfect pose. It's also great for studying an editor's cutting technique; one can park on the cut frame and toggle back and forth.
These are drawings of Ingrid after I got the inspiration to base Janos Burvonik, Lisle’s father, off of Ingrid as well.