Inking Complete!

June 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Inking is finally complete on my latest graphic novel, a gripping tale of international intrigue and mystery that I have yet to name. For now I’ve been calling by the codename “Project Orbiter”, but that’s only because it sounds cooler than “Untitled.”

This is the same 90-page project « Read the rest of this entry »

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40 Day Graphic Novel: Day 41

October 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

As happens with so many project goals, Life has other plans.

I started this 40 Day Graphic Novel because a few film projects got stalled, and I wanted to make good use of the time. But when some unscheduled writing assignments came up, well, my solo project didn’t really take precedence.

Final score: on Day 41 I have 45 pages of line art, not a bad start to a 90-page work. If my schedule goes as expected (which, again, they never do) I ought to have a complete work in Spring of next year.

Thanks for checking out my mini comic marathon. Sorry I didn’t update more, but that other work was taking up the time.

Please check out my first graphic novel MetaMorphosis, now in a tangle print format!

AVAILABLE NOW! MetaMorphosis!

September 24, 2014 § Leave a comment

The graphic novel version of MetaMorphosis is now available in print and ebook!

When a young war veteran who wakes up one morning transformed into a zombie, his mousy teenage sister discovers a very appealing way of keeping him fed.

With deadpan humor and an expressive, minimalist style, MetaMorphosis is a horror adaptation of Kafka’s story of the same name, updating the classic tale for savvy, contemporary audiences.

Buy the book from these online sellers!

Amazon.com

Kindle

comiXology.com

Powells.com

Indiebound.org

 

A BIG THANKS to everyone who’s been supporting the book since it first started as a webcomic and then later on comiXology!

40 Day Graphic Novel: Day 20

September 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

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HALFWAY! WOO-HOO.

The going’s been rough with the graphic novel, but I’m close to being on schedule. 20 days in and I’m 42 pages into the projected 90 pages.

With me getting sick and then the babysitter getting sick, life keeps getting in the way of work. Then there’s pre-production on next month’s shoot, so all-in-all, I can’t complain about my progress.

40 Day Graphic Novel: How to Draw

September 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

At the start of Day 14 of this project, I’m 29 pages in.  Not great, but by the end of the day, I ought to be on par-ish.  Labor Day weekend was a great sucking vacuum that devoured all productivity, and I spent last Wednesday, it being new-comic-book-day, doing “research,” a pleasurable chore that I will have to pass on this week.

I thought I’d drop a couple notes on the drawing process I’m using for this project.  Again, I’m not taking every page to completion.  The goal here is to get the line art, what I consider the heavy-lifting, done. Heavy blacks and my usual ink wash will come at a later date, when I’m back from a shoot in Brazil.  (Let’s hope this trip doesn’t leave me with another rash covering my body).

On to the process!

As I wrote in a previous post, my script is my thumbnails:

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After I do a really rough blue pencil layout, I draw some of the picture in pencil.  This is usually pretty rough as well, and mostly just on areas of the page I’m afraid of screwing up.

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Much can change from the thumbnails to here.  I like using an F pencil.  It’s pretty light, and, since I do most of the work in the real world (not Photoshop) I need to be able to erase it.

Next, using a hawk quill pen, I start with the ink.  I’m going for a more impressionistic style with this work, and my lines here are really, really rough.  (And yes, the hawk quill is much more dangerous than the mundane crow quill.)

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I’ll add more details and embellishments later with an art nib.  The foliage in the top panels, the cityscape in the bottom panel, and all the grays will be done with brushes later.

I’m not John Cassaday, but I can draw well enough to spin a yarn.  I wouldn’t use this style of illustration for every work I do, but this content leans towards the surreal (as demonstrated by the nonlinear panels above) and impressionistic images fit the tone.

For more ruminations on how create a quick graphic novel, I suggest Double Barrel from Top Shelf.  Digital copies of the books include various “how-tos” in the back.  If memory serves me, the back of Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 also includes a basic how-to on creating comics the Stan Lee and Steve Ditko way.

 

40 Day Graphic Novel: Writing

August 27, 2014 § 1 Comment

If you’d like to make a graphic novel, but are afraid to begin, remember that the best thing about being an amateur is that you don’t have to do things the way you’re “supposed to do it.” This freedom is most evident when it comes to writing.

My experience with film industry professionals is « Read the rest of this entry »

What I’m Reading: Revival, vol. 2: Live Like You Mean It

September 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

A tale of the dead rising, Revival, vol. 2 by Tim Seely and Mike Norton sees a lot of the stories from the first trade paperback developing nicely, while some of the most central mysteries sort of string you along.

Set in a small rural area, the different storylines would all have touched protagonist Officer Dana Cypress even if she wasn’t the in charge of cases involving “revivers,” people who’ve come back from the dead.  What’s inventive about the series is its scale: with an “outbreak” more limited in size than most zombie scenarios, characters need to deal with things like the undead re-filing with the IRS and, a big plotline of this volume, the smuggling of reviver organs.

The storyline that develops the least in this volume, that has the most impact on the characters, is the murder of “Em” Cypress.  Dana’s sister, Em is now revived, but she remembers nothing about her killer.  There are some promising hints that Em’s murder is tied to the central question of “how did the dead rise?” but it’s frustrating that the story doesn’t develop more.  There are no new clues and no new suspects for Em’s murder.

Strong characters and attractive art make up for the big tease, and though I wouldn’t have the patience to follow such a slow reveal in a monthly series, Revival is definitely worth enjoying in trade paperback.

MetaMorphosis #2

September 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

MetaMorphosis #2 came out this week!

I didn’t know that it was coming out this week, or I probably would’ve made more of an effort to promote it.  I guess ComiXology no longer tells Submit creators that their books are coming out, but, hey, they’ve got a lot of titles to keep track of.

I just handed in the latest draft of the screenplay adaptation, and my hands are sore from typing.  No more words!  Look at my pictures!  Tell you friends!

MetaMorphosis #1 Now For Sale!

July 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

MetaMorphosis #1 is now for sale on ComiXology!  Get your digital copy now for only 99 cents!  (If we are related in any way, you had better buy this.)

When a young war veteran wakes up one morning transformed into a zombie, his teenage sister begins luring men into their house for him to eat!  With dark humor, a dash of politics, and an expressive, minimalist style, MetaMorphosis is an indie horror comic with something to say.

I’ve optioned this comic for a film adaptation, and I’m currently working on rewrites of the script.  Read my original story here!  

Build Your Own Time Machine!

July 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

TARDIS Builders is a forum where people pool their knowledge to help one another build the ultimate replica TARDIS!  And if you don’t need a giant, blue box, TARDIS Builders can also help you build the perfect TARDIS console!  Dr. Who cosplay must be a different site.

A mostly-done TARDIS.

TARDIS chicken coop.

Plans for a Season 14 wooden console

Technically, if you climbed into one of these you’d just travel forward in time at the same rate as everybody else, but you’d look cooler (geekier?) doing it.

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