Meet Dabney Flagg. Ain’t he a prize, folks? I know, ladies, try to restrain yourselves.
Previous version of this page, for your comparison purposes, below.
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 am a huge fan of Tom Orzechowski’s lettering on X-MEN back in the 1980s. So I found a pro font that has the right look:
- Monologous - it has that slick, polished Orzechowski feel. The drawback? The font is very expensive, more than any font I’ve ever bought. I’d rather not blow that cash if I don’t have to. And since I already own four other fonts which might do the trick, I may not have to. The other fonts, then, are my options.
- Silver Age - this looks very close to the classic comic book feel that Monologous has. My problem with both Silver Age and Monologous is that although they evoke a bygone era, they also sort of don’t have much character, and can look a little like Comic Sans. Sooo…. I’m not sold.
- Eurocomic - this is the font I’ve used on Moon Town to this point. It’s also the font I used on Croaker’s Gorge. I like it. It has character. It looks a lot like my own lettering. But I’m a little tired of it, and it feels like “my old stuff” if that makes sense. This feeling of “my old stuff” is one of the things I need to lose as I move forward, so I’m leaning away from this font.
- Hired Goons - this feels a little like the font they letter Hellboy with. I like it for that reason. Also, it feels about halfway between my own lettering and Orzechowski’s. It has some character to it. This font is really trying to make me like it.
- Piekos Professional - this is the font I’ve been using for Magnificatz. I felt it was perfect for a humorous comic, but didn’t think it would work for more serious stuff. Aaand yet, when I see it alongside my other options here, I think I like it best. Very readable, very polished, slick. Has some character, but still a classic feel. Close call between it and Hired Goons, but I think it’s going to win out.
Yeah, before and after, below. I think Piekos Professional is going to win out. How about you? Thoughts? Preferences?
It is also possible that, like my wife, you will see no difference at all. *sigh* Because these are seemingly tiny, unimportant decisions that I feel are so vital to the final look and feel.
And yet. And still.
It’s been another couple of months, so I suppose I owe you an update. I’m currently at 75 comics over at Magnificatz. If you like my art and writing and haven’t read it yet, you should. It’s not Moon Town, but it’s still me. I think you’d enjoy it, even if you don’t like cat strips. It even has some sci-fi and other stuff in it, because, hey, I don’t like cat strips either. I just fell into making one by accident.
I expect to hit my 100th strip by mid-or-late May of this year (barring work and life interference) and at that point, I will evaluate whether I want to continue working on Magz, or cancel it for lack of audience. After a year and about 150 strips by that point (I redid a good portion of the strip back in December of last year and started over) I think I will know whether the audience is there for it or not. Those of you wishing I’d stop wasting my time on that strip and get back to Moon Town may get your wish. Just between you and me and the fence post, it’s not looking good for Magnificatz. Looks like I may wind up being the only guy in history to fail at Cats on the Internet. Geez.
But enough about Magz. You want to hear about Moon Town! So, here’s where I am with that.
Back in December, I was all taken with Big Hero 6, particularly Scott Watanabe‘s manga-inspired development sketches for that film which were shown during the end credits. I really wanted to get some of that feel into my future work or reboot on Moon Town. I now realize that trying to draw like someone else is folly. Yes, I can do it. I’ve been a professional artist for over three decades after all. Something all us commercial artists are taught is to stay “on model”, staying true to the art director’s vision and style. So, yeah, I can do it. But when it comes to my own work? You wouldn’t think I’d need to learn this after all this time, but on my own projects, I need to draw like me. It’s faster, it’s truer to myself, and in the end, I think that is what matters.
Yeah, I know. Talk about learning the obvious way too late. If you’re an artist trying to ape someone else’s style, maybe my example will help you. To thine own self be true, dang it. There’s already one Mike Mignola out there. There’s already a J. Scott Campbell, a Jim Lee, a Scott Watanabe. The world doesn’t necessarily need another, even though they are all being copied shamelessly by every wannabe artist in the world. The world is looking for stuff they haven’t seen before. They want to see your work. To thine own self be true.
So… I am not going to be trying to ape Watanabe, either. Above, my intentions for my characters in Moon Town. I think these are right. They are half way between a traditional comic book style, and my strangely cartoony style in which I began Moon Town once upon a time. I don’t know if people will be able to take them seriously as characters, but I think I have to say at this point, this is how I draw, and at least these characters don’t look like everybody else’s. So I hope it will work out. An artist is his harshest critic after all, so that’s that.
In other news, I have discovered something, too, about the story reboot I was planning. I will tell you more about that, pro and con, in another post soon.
Meanwhile, thanks for reading, and keep the faith!