Sunday, September 18, 2016

Batman Adventures #5, page 4 and 5

This is Sunday, September 18, Day 2 of the 2016 Long Beach Comic Book Convention. I’ll be there today at the Prism Comics booth between 10 AM and Noon. Prism is at booth 603 in Hall C. ’ll be doing commission sketches, $25 for the first character and $10 for each additional character. I’ll also be selling books and magazines I’ve produced or been published in. Come say “Hi” and buy.

I’m continuing to post, in serialize fashion, the rough pages, along with the final printed pages (and the original pages if I still have them) to my run on Batman Adventures. Today we’ll look at pages 4 and 5 of Batman Adventures #5, published by DC Comics in February 1993. This is part two of “Riot Act”, part one having appeared in Batman Adventures #4. 

I’ve read artists like Howard Chaykin and Walt Simonson insist that they prefer to work directly on the final art paper without doing preliminary thumbnails as a way of keeping spontaneity in their work. I doubt I’ll ever reach that point. I want to get the perfect composition in the perfect panel, working perfectly in the entire page, that is a series of pages that work together perfectly. Of course, perfection is impossible, especially if you have to crank out a daily page. Still, one must draw and redraw, try different things. Pages 4 and 5 are examples of this type of search. I’m including initial and second versions of panels in both pages.

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