This project was pretty cool. I “wrote” and illustrated this short comic for Shafer’s Collision. The character design was already established allowing me to focus on the cover and interior work. The client intends to use these as a promotional pamphlet (the last page having an ad or coupon printed on it) and the comic is intended to be colored in by kids.
The cover was my favorite part, though. I thought it would be pretty cool to go with a retro style layout and have the art foreshadow the action within, like the classic comics of yesteryear. I did two versions, a weathered and dog-eared version meant to play up the vintage feel of the art and a “clean” version. The client preferred the clean version free of Photoshopped creases and tears which is understandable. However, I was so happy with the way it turned out I thought it would be a shame to share it here.
Dan Cooney and I have launched our Kickstarter bid to fund the Atomic Yeti hardcover we’ve been working so hard on. I hope we can count on everyone’s support – every dollar counts and we’re offering some pretty cool incentives for donors!
I thought I should let everyone know that I have, in fact, been working on the second chapter of Reformation. Tim and I have been very busy for the past several weeks with work and family obligations. Apparently, there is no such thing as the “bill fairy” to magically show up and support you financially.
Oh well. We keep at it when we can. Below are some new page concepts for the second chapter. The second “book” (if you want to call it that) is nearly laid out and I think this time around I’m going to finish the layouts a couple chapters ahead so that we can build up some kind of update buffer. We’ll see as work and life permit. In the meantime, feast your eyes on all this sketchy goodness.
So, I’m still toying around with this character design in my (all too little) free time. You may recall I posted some stuff a couple months back. I’ve been kicking this idea around for years and can’t seem to shake it. I think the previous versions were a bit too macabre for what I want to achieve — something more in the classic superhero vain. Not too gritty, not tortured or angst-ridden. I’d love to do something with this character a kin to a classic, full-color, full-page Sunday comic strip. You know, the kind of thing where the heroes are good, the villains are colorful and the kids can read it without fear of the material being overtly sexual or graphically violent. Those of you who have seen some of my previous work are thinking, “whu-HUH?” Anyway, who is this guy? What can he do? Why does he do it? I guess we’ll all have to wait and see… maybe when Reformation and Atomic Yeti are done…
I am pleased to announce that “The Atomic Yeti,” a book I have been working on for the past several months with creator/writer Dan Cooney, is about to make its official debut at Comic Con International in San Diego and on ComiXology this week. I have put up a link in the sidebar to the ComiXology page where you can purchase the first issue for a buck. That’s a pretty good deal! The 32-page comic will be available at Dan Cooney’s booth (#5530) at Comic-Con, as well as on Comixology.com, starting Wednesday, July 12 (that’s today!). You can check out the official press release here.
While you’re at it, don’t forget that the first chapter of my other project (with writer/colaborator Tim Andrick), “Reformation,” is still available to read for free at reformationcomic.com. I put a new link up for it in the sidebar as well. Chapter 2 is well into development but, as with any labor of love (and with work and kids), these things take time.
In the meantime, here are a couple of my favorite pages of artwork from “The Atomic Yeti.” I greatly enjoyed working on this and can’t wait to start the next installment. There was a lot of stylistic growth for me on this book and a lot of lessons learned in terms of working methods and lettering. Enjoy!