Thursday, February 09, 2006

Cool Layout Process! Gee, thanks.




Here I am with the pages for the Top Ten story in America's Best Comics, A-Z, published by Wildstorm. We just sent them off to Gene Ha, who will be doing finishes over them. We did rough brush-pen illustrations, converted them to non-photo blue, combined them with the computer lettering (uploaded by Todd Klein) and panel borders, and printed them out on Bristol board. It's kind of futuristic (y'know, it's all done on computers), but it's also kind of retro (it's printed on the same old Bristol board). So Gene gets some seriously retro-future pages retro-futuristically FedExed to his house! As for the rest of the process, I imagine it's the same old 12th century technology that most cartoonists use: sable mink-hair brushes, crushed carbon and shellac ink, pulped wood, ...and, uh ...Photoshop.

You can kind of tell from the photo I got a haircut, too. It was really long before, and people told me it was my "image". Huh. Now when people ask me why I cut it, I tell them this story: You know how when you're a kid, and you go and hide behind the drapes and just watch the world go by and don't do anything? Just watch and watch and watch? Y'know? You don't? Oh. Well, eventually, you get tired of doing that, and your legs start hurting, and people wonder why you're back there, and your parents start calling the social workers, and you decide you just need to get the heck out of there. Okay, well, then, imagine those drapes were ATTACHED TO YOUR HEAD. In any case, word's gotten around that I'm telling people that story, so no one really asks much anymore. Victory!

7 comments:

Zander's Mom said...

We had contacted the social workers long before you ducked behind the curtains...

Shad Petosky said...

When I was a child, I would hide behind eggs.

Anonymous said...

This must have been before Levelors. The world looks more interesting through mini-blinds. Our parakeet always headed for the drapes when it got loose, and enjoyed hanging out there too.

Shad's Mom said...

Hide behind eggs?? Sounds like I should have called the social workers...

Matt Schuster said...

Those are some fancy comics. Can't wait to see the finished stuff.

Julie said...

I LOVED Zander's long curls, and was a little sad to see them go... Until I saw it short and realized that he's just basically HOT either way

Shad's Mom said...

I was going to say that I liked Zander's hair cut, but Julie provided way to much information...