For issue #3, I’ll be posting my rough layouts along with each page. Since the writer, Mike Barr, and I were working “Marvel Style” (in that he gave me a fairly fleshed out plot outline as opposed to a finished script, writing the dialogue and captions to my penciled pages) I suggested possible dialogue to go along with my staging, anticipating that Mike, or the editor, Bob Schreck, would ask for changes in my layouts before I went into the tight pencils.
Many cartoonists, I’m told, skip the rough stage and go directly into finished pencil on the artboard (or screen, these days). I find that difficult to imagine; I would freeze up and get too picky too soon about issues of finish. Howard Chaykin said that he works directly on the final paper to maintain the feel of spontaneity, and Jack Kirby was famous for this type of method. I feel the price one pays is of precision; the storytelling, the mis-en-scene, the camera angles, panel shapes and acting tend to get somewhat generic.
This is page 6 for "The Mark" issue 3, 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
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