A few of you folks have asked me how I make word balloons using Photoshop, so as I was doing final edits on THE FEW, I flipped on the camera and recorded the process hoping that a brilliant tutorial would magically happen! Unfortunately, all that happened was me recording myself babbling aimlessly as I try to string two words together that make some kind of sense. I even called something a “shape maker” which I don’t think is an official Adobe term… for anything. So don’t think of this video as a tutorial. Think of it as spending a couple of minutes looking over Dennis’s shoulder while he works.
The next three issues of THE FEW are officially underway. Here’s a snapshot of how I create a single panel of art for a page in the comic.
I take the written script, “massage” the text to make it work in a picture format, create a really simple rough of the entire story and send it to the editor for approval. When I receive the go ahead, I refine the art, put it on a light table, do a tight pencil drawing, scan that into the computer an add color with Photoshop.
All I need to do now is repeat this process about three hundred times and the next three comics will be ready to send to the printer.
While the general public is not able (at this time) to get the new comic books, rumor has it there are copies floating about… but you kinda have to drive to Falls Creek, Oklahoma to acquire one.
I just met with a talented group of creatives in their Arkansas studios and I’m excited to announce that we’ve come up with a brand new comic book project! It’s top secret, but I’ve been given permission to share some of the notes from our meeting. We have a superhero named Charlie, a sidekick robot named 10-Boy, a bad guy named the Globber and two squirrels named Squeak and Squawk. The squirrels are indecisive and don’t know which team to root for. They tell me the roads of Arkansas are paved with double-minded squirrels. For some reason the junior executive at the meeting nicknamed me Uncle Dentist. I’m thinking that was an effort on his part to make me feel at home and keep the brainstorming session loose and creative.
A look behind the curtain as Todd and I put a comic book together.
Dennis: Hey Todd, how ’bout something like this for the cover on the first comic. Todd: Looks good, let’s do it.
(a couple of days later)
Dennis: Ok Todd, the covers are done. Todd: Cool… I thought we decided to wrap the artwork around and onto the back of the comic? Dennis: AARRGGHHHHH!
(a couple of days later)
Dennis: You’re right. I’ll get that fixed…
Almost to the finish line with the first three…
Today Rob from somewhere out in internet land told me he had just purchased the Cryptozoic Batmobile Collectable and asked if there was any place he could buy the artwork I did for it, so I loaded it up on my ImageKind Shop for him. Click HERE to go to my ImageKind Shop.
That reminded me that Valerie from some other place out in internet land had asked me back in January where she could buy the collectable. I wasn’t sure at that time, but they are now available on Amazon and probably at various higher end comic book shops nationwide. Click HERE to see it on Amazon.
And now story time (some of the facts in my story might be wrong because I’m telling it from memory) Way back in the olden days (1950’s-60’s?) a toy company in the U.S. was buying a batch of tin Batmobile toy cars from a Japanese manufacturer. The folks in Japan had no idea what a Batman was or what any of the Batman stuff looked like and in the process of creating the car they accidentally switched the trim color (red) with the car color (black). Imagine the U.S. toy companies surprise when they opened their crates of Batmobiles and they were all red! It was a mistake, but hey, they looked pretty cool, that’s what they had, so they sold them as best they could. Today those old red tin-toy Batmobile mistakes are highly sought after collectables. In tribute to that history, Cryptozoic produced a limited edition of Red Batmobiles. They also made a BLUE variant which is my personal favorite.