Staple! and Joanne Foxtrot

Staple! is one of my favorite comic-cons to attend. It’s local (a quick hop to Austin) and it’s always packed with awesome indie creators and fan willing to try new things. Plus it actually focuses on comics, and not the mass entertainment/movie/video game tie-ins that so many are in the business for these days. The entire Space-Gun crew will be in ustin this March for the

Fellow Space-Gunner Paul Milligan an I decided to do a  short for inclusion in this years Staple! program book. It’s based on a rough concept by Jake Ekiss (another studio member) that proposed a series of shorts about the future’s hottest, toughest, space-fighting women. Think 50’s pinups and bomber art meet pulp adventure and futuristic sci-fi.  So everything I love about comics and sci-fi basically.

Words and inks by me, with sweet-ass pencils by Paul.

These pages are unlettered, so be sure and come down to Staple! and pick up the program book if you want to get your introduction to our new heroine Joanne Foxtrot. They’ll be plenty more of her to come as 2011 rolls along.

Staple! is March 5th and 6th at the Marchesa Hall and Theater in Austin, TX. Go here for more info.

Behind The Scenes

I’m up late tonight working on colors for my Shaman’s Stone short and thought I would share a little behind the scenes look into the coloring.

The Space-Gun crew was offered a chance to pick up a dropped ball on an anthology and as long as I can get these 10 pages colored by next weekend I’m good to go for issues one.

More details on the book once I’m closer to being completed and get the scoop for myself. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Senryu Cover Preview

So thanks to the generous folks who’ve contributed to the Save Senryu Fundraiser it looks I should be able to get the book printed, granted a few more donations come in before the 15th.

Since it’s looking good I’m keeping to the same schedule and should be going to print the end of next week.

This weekend has been dedicated to creating the cover and I wanted to share with you guys. This will give you a little peak into the process as well as an idea of what to look for on shelves come December 30th.

Once I settle on a layout I do a rough pencil sketch at about 8×10.
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Next up I scan that, print it out at 11×17 on bristol as blue lines and ink it with various brushes, pens, brush-pens, toothbrushes, etc.
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Next I scan it in, prep the lineart for colors and do the basic typeesetting. Then I prep to do flats.
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Flatting is monotonous but essential.
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Once flats are finished I go in and do the final coloring and rendering. This is the really fun part.
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Once colors are done It’s back to typesetting and design for color choices and final placement, etc. I went with a studio standard 1/3 wrap cover, since all our Space-Gun books share the feature.
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And there’s the finished piece, now you know what to look for come December 30th.
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Thanks for reading, if you’d like to donate please do, the fundraiser will be ongoing until the 15th when I go to print or overshoot my deadline!