Dagon “How To”Posted: July 29, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
I’ve gotten a couple of questions about the how and why of the Dagon comic strip I am working on so I decided to write a blog post showing how I am doing it. I am hoping to eventually place Dagon with a publisher who prints in color, but it might also see final print in BW… so one of the challenges was trying to make it work in both. Here is page 5 as it looks now (I’m not certain this is complete… this is just how it looks now):
Dagon is a very early (1917) story by H.P. Lovecraft that concerns a man who finds himself aboard a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean. While he sleeps, the lifeboat becomes mired in a muddy continent that rises up underneath the boat. He sets out to explore the land and discovers evidence of an earlier, non-human undersea civilization that drives him mad. He later wakes up in the hospital and is told that he was picked up in his lifeboat — no one believes him. The story ends with his mental and emotional collapse since he is convinced the creatures dwelling beneath the ocean are coming for him and/or humanity. I’m calling my version an ‘adaptation’ since I changed a few things.
I started by reading ‘Dagon’ a couple of times (link here) and writing out a ‘script’ describing what I wanted to have happen. I then used paper and pencil to rough out the comic book… it came out to 20 pages. Here is page 5 in the rough:
As you can see, I used the computer to add the quotes from Lovecraft I would use (replacing my chicken scratch handwriting) and used the computer to move the text around(that took a surprisingly long time). When I had it all laid out, I started on final art. Unusual for me, I did this one 100% digitally (aside from the layout rough). My program of choice was Manga Studio. I like Manga Studio’s G-Pen tool, but actually that’s about the only tool in it I use (other than eraser). It has all sorts of other features that I don’t really like or are too hard for an impatient person like me to figure out. That said, I like it’s drawing tool so much that I would pay a lot more that the ~$50.00 they charged me for it. After drawing the BW, page 5 looked like this:
Although I like drawing with Manga studio, I’m pretty sure it will not replace ink on paper for me. While I like the line quality of the G-pen tool, I also really like the marks I can get with my old fashioned quill pen and some of the digital stuff sometimes starts to look a little generic when I compare it to my pen and ink stuff. One of the things it is great for are drawings where one has to make a lot of changes and alterations.
In any case, I’m hoping that I will be able to finish this and place it with a publisher soon – AFAIK, no one else has done the ‘Dagon’ story and I am happy with my take on it.
Dagon p.20Posted: July 26, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
…more “Dagon.”Posted: July 25, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
Still at work on ‘Dagon’ and other projects. The people drawn in the foreground of this picture are a
direct swipe from tribute to an Al Feldstein comic (The Spawn of Venus).
Loathsome Fish GodPosted: July 22, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
A page from one of my works in progress, “Dagon” by Lovecraft.
Evil Underground ProofsPosted: July 21, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized Leave a comment
Just got a handful of ‘proof’ versions of the Shaver comic in the mail from the printer… they look pretty good but there are a few pages I might have to redo. These will be shipped out to publishers who will hopefully respond with enthusiasm and big offer$ because comic books about dead artists who were conspiracy theorists are bigger than pokemon go.
Sub AttackPosted: July 20, 2016 Filed under: art, comics, Uncategorized 1 Comment
Those lousy Krauts are gonna sink that ship!
Prisoners (more shaver stuff)Posted: July 11, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized 10 Comments
This is page 16 with naked people being led off to a sorrowful existence underground. Hoping to be able to send this off to potential publishers in a week or three as a rough draft… then on to another project which has waited too long.
Shaver Chapter 5Posted: July 3, 2016 Filed under: Uncategorized 2 Comments
Another two page spread for the Shaver book.