Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Issue 3 Cover Inks

Inked this up today, pretty happy with it. Colours tomorrow I'd wager.

Incidentally, that's a Deinonychus that John is wrasslin', not the more ubiquitous Velociraptor. They're very similar beasts, being from the same family (dromaeosaurids), but the Deinonychus was a little bigger, with a broader skull and bigger eyes. So there.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Irish Comics Appreciation Week: Competition Prize

The good people over at the Irish Comics News website are running a week of competitions to promote their Irish Comics Awareness Week. This is my contribution to the cause, an upcoming variant cover for one of the issues of the book starring MI6 Agent Elizabeth Huntington-Moss.
If you'd like to win the piece, simply head over here to the site and answer the terribly difficult trivia question, to which I may or may not have just provided the answer in the previous line. The line about Elizabeth Huntington-Moss.

Irish Comics News is an invaluable asset to the burgeoning Irish comics industry, with bang up to date commentary, previews, news and opinion. I visit pretty much every day to keep abreast of the comings and the goings, the haves and the have nots. I'd seriously recommend that anybody reading this with even a passing interest in the Irish scene head over and take a gander.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Issue 3 Cover Pencils

Currently working on the cover for the third issue; pencils above. Trying not to get too nervous/excited about the fact that prospective publishers are running their critical eye over my book.
Struggling to maintain my calm exterior while sweating the proverbial bullets.

Updates as events warrant...

Thursday, June 7, 2012

And now we play the waiting game...

So the pitch is finished. All seven (negotiable!) issues are fully written, and the first issue itself is written, pencilled, inked, coloured and lettered (phew!). In all, it's been about seven months work so far. My target was six(I saved ten grand last year to take half a year to myself to have a proper stab at this), so I guess that's just about within acceptable parameters. While I managed to get all of the pages drawn in the projected timeframe (2 months for 26 complete inked pages), I did however get bogged down a little in the colouring process. I'm chalking that up to a steep learning curve though, and as it stands I'm pretty happy with the results. We'll see how long that lasts...
Certainly, the following issues should and will be completed at a much faster clip, since much of the behind the scenes design and preperation work is also put to bed.

Below is the back cover of issue 1, which also contains the blurb for the project, or the 'back of the dvd' which I persist in calling it for some reason. I think it gives a good overall flavour of the high adventure, pulpy feel that I'm shooting for. Massive thanks to fellow Eclectic Mick Nick Roche for that killer tagline, and the whole flavour of the blurb, really.

And so, off to prospective publishers. Well, not quite yet. First I'll send the PDF around to the other Eclectic Micks and a few others for feedback and the inevitable pointing out of glaring errors (step forward Mr. Shalvey.).
After any final edits then it'll be sent to various publishers, with the hope that a few will bite. I have a couple of preferences, but I'll keep my cards close to my chest for the moment, in fear of public and humiliating rejection.

Wish me luck!