Sorry it’s been so long between posts - comics been derailed by a lotta other projects the last few weeks, but hoping to make some progress today. In the meantime, here’s a couple of block prints I pulled from a ‘woodcut’ that was actually cut in a big rubber mat :)
Here’s a poor photo of the flashback scene that opens part 3 of TH&TH - it’s ridiculous how long I spent finding hair, clothes, and a popular 50s card game - be smart and set your stories in the future where you can just make shit up…
This one was really hard to light - originally, they were both topless, but my artistic limitations made a white t-shirt necessary… I’m still not happy with it - some of these half tones look like wrinkles - the finished version will likely be different. Oh, and there go the dogs from my last book, on their way to disaster :)
These are the right-side panels from a four-page section of TH&TH. it’s a dual-narrative thing, with most of each page devoted to one group of folks planning a bank-heist while these two plot a little lunch-hour nookie…
So, I’m gonna open each chapter of the new book with a big, single-panel flashback page. These will document the ups and downs of our couple’s marriage and fill in some of the back story. Here are the first two - with about 20 pages of present day action in between (and by ‘present day’, I mean 1962, lol).
I wasn’t sure how to approach a flashback, and it took me awhile to settle on this ink-wash approach - these scenes will be the only images to feature grays at all, at all…
Also - I finally have a title for this thing: To Have and to Hold - so, there ya go…
Just got back from APE with these books. Had to sift through acres of slick, colorful, twee, steampunk, sexy-nerd, fantasy crap to find these things, so pay attention:
Ghosts & Ruins, by Ben Catmull - Fantagraphics books.
Couch Tag, by Jesse Reklaw - also Fantagraphics.
Irene, by various artists - www.irenecomics.tumblr.com
Milk & Carrots, by various artists - www.brianherrick.com
Annals of Aesthetics, by Loren Bondurant - www.lorenbondurant.us
Henry & Glenn, by various artists - www.iwilldestroyyou.com
Go check these out and buy them!
Hey folks, I’ll be signing copies of my book at the Fantagraphics booth at this years Alternative Press Expo, in San Francisco this weekend. I’ll also have some minis of chapter 1 of my new book for anyone that wants one. Any of you that live in the Bay Area should come on down and say howdy! Here’s a link: http://www.comic-con.org/ape