I’ve been neck-deep in wrapping up EVERMORE FALLS (there’s barely a dozen pages left in this sucker), so I’ve finally gotten a chance to start checking out the stuff that’s coming out on Wednesdays. While I don’t want to be reckless in casually throwing around thoughts/opinions, I haven’t stumbled across much that REALLY sticks out to me. Lately I think a lot about what Stan Lee said (or paraphrased from someone way more insightful) about creating EACH comic book as if it could be someone’s FIRST comic. There seems to be a lot less attention to detail and craft in the comics that the Twitter tastemakers lose their minds over.
For example, what happened to drawing backgrounds? I read a book recently that took 11 pages to even SUGGEST a background. Backgrounds are IMPORTANT- they inform the reader WHERE your characters ARE. You can suggest a background easily with some shapes and clever composition. Peep how Capullo did that here in X-FORCE:
Circles and squares. Nothing extravagant, but it still gives a sense of location and place, enough so that the reader can extrapolate from there.
Kirby did that sort of thing all the time, but he WAS The King. SPEAKING OF THE KING! I went down a rabbit hole (or rather a black hole in this case) of Jack’s lesser-known freelance work and found the complete collection of strips that he did for Disney’s THE BLACK HOLE (which is a GREAT movie that you should watch if you like schlocky-space fun):
In unrelated news, I’ve been gathering up what I can of all the preliminary work I did on KIKI AND THE KILLBOT (my short-lived foray into webcomics, which deserves it’s own blog entry for various groan-inducing reasons). There’s BIG things in store for this project, so I figured I’d share some of the early stuff from that:
And here’s some more old sketchbook pages:
Most of this stuff made it into my 2016 artbook, NOISEPAINTLOVE, but it’s well out of print now. So here’s a short story called “FLOATER” that was only available in that. Maybe I’ll get around to posting more unpublished short stories I’ve got sitting around. I’ve just gotta scan ‘em.
That’s all the news that’s fit to print this week. I’ve got a 220-page monster graphic novel to finish.
Get back to work and be good to each other.