So, here’s the cover for Episode Two. Sort of like the promo you see for a new episode of a show you’re waiting to see.
Art exercise while waiting to move our oldest back to college. Sketching after Ian McQue, who, it turns out, is much, much better at this stuff than I am (that’s his original, top left).
Still, I would so love to do a graphic novel in this style, just pencils. No inks even though inking is what I do best, no color, even though it’s a colorful world and people expect color in their comics. Just pencils and solid writing.
*shrug* I’d read a graphic novel like that. I wish I had time to make one! Anyway, always great to learn from a master artist. Man, McQue makes it look easy.
So, that’s me drawing like someone else again, because I so love the style. But I have to tell you, folks, it takes forever to draw this stuff the way I think it needs to be drawn. It takes me 16 hours + to do a page, and with family and work, that leaves not much time to, say, exercise, or have a life outside of the computer. And yet, I want to tell this story, and so many others. What to do?
I’m thinking very seriously about stopping this Graphic Novel stuff that I don’t have the time to do properly and just go with non-Graphic novel, or as it is commonly called, “a novel”. I could just write the story and do some spot illustrations like the one above. I think I may do that. Who knows, I may even post a batch of chapters online so you guys can try before you buy. The benefit is, I could get the story out, and much more, much quicker.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve been thinking.
Meanwhile, a contrast-adjusted version, and detail, below. Mmm, you can almost smell the sci-fi pulp!
Little bit of a title change. The Moon Town series is now Aces and Spaders. The first book will be “Moon Town” but in the future, the crew may or may not be hanging around Luna Seven, so the next book won’t be called Moon Town. Uh, spoilers? OK, they probably won’t be hanging around Luna Seven. OK, they won’t be. How’s that? They won’t. Spoilers be damned.
Aaaanyway… it’s coming along.
That’s the title that goes on the cover of the comic that goes on this website.
Oh, and this is a bit of fun. Maybe I’ll do one for all the characters.
I was thinking about my interview over at Don’t Pick the Flowers, and I realized I left out a pretty major influence. When I first came across Chris Charest’s Spacegirl, I was intrigued by the possibility of posting one wide-screen panel per update. Busy with work and home life, this seemed like a really great approach. Those of you who were reading Moon Town back in early 2009 probably recognized the approach – I was only posting a panel or strip of panels every update, and in that way building up actual pages:
Anyway, Charest is where I got the idea. A couple more of his panels, below.
Thanks to Tom Dell’Aringa for the reminder…
There’s a nice interview with me over at Dave Hurley’s “Don’t Pick the Flowers” blog. Finally, all your deepest, darkest questions about my deep, dark secrets will be answered! Yes, I am your International Man of Illustration Mystery (IMIM). Go forth and enjoy!
As we roll quickly on through the Christmas season and your thoughts turn to gifts for your loved ones, I would be remiss to not mention my book Headstones and Monuments for someone on your list. Almost 200 pages of my writing and illustrations.
“What,” you say? “A book of scary stories? For Christmas!?” Well, sure! After all, doesn’t the song say “There’ll be scary ghost stories and tales of the glory of Christmases long long ago…”? Sure it does. If you have a Stephen King or Neil Gaiman fan on your list, or just someone who enjoys a good story, this book won’t steer you wrong. These are slightly bone-chilling stories, mind you, not terrifying. Not gory. But scary enough.
It’s available at Amazon, both paperback and ebook versions. You can read a free sample at the Headstones and Monuments Amazon page, even download the sample directly to your Kindle or other Kindle-friendly device. (Note that the Kindle version of this book works on more than just Kindles! It also works on Kindle for PC, Kindle for iPad and iPod, etc… there are free apps for that.)