Thursday, September 30, 2010

Go to 24Hour Comics Day at Annex Comics

24Hour Comics Day is the brainchild of comic-book guru Scott McCloud. Originally a challenge to Steve Bissette to write & illustrate a complete comic in twenty-four hours, the concept grew in popularity until it became an annual event across the country.

Annex Comics will be hosting 24 Hour Comics Day on Saturday October 2nd, 2010, beginning at 10:00 am. All local artists are invited to participate; please bring your own art supplies. Sonic Nova will be onsite to answer questions about the craft of creating comics as his illustrates his new comic, Victory Mullet.

If you really want to learn how to make comics, come down to Annex Comics this Saturday.

Click here to go to the invite on Facebook.

Annex Comics
314 Broadway
Newport, RI
(401) 847-4607

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Operation Total Chaos!

Over on his Writing Samples page, Tom Gastall has posted the first act of Operation Total Chaos! A master villain schemes to destroy a small town, and there’s only one person who can stand up to him… his babysitter. Check it out!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Paul Pope's Inking Demo at Comic-Con

One of the highlights at SDCC for me was the inking demo that Paul Pope gave for the CBLDF. Pope inked the skull of Yorick from Hamlet for the demo. The process really came together for me when Pope added the shadow of the skull on the fingers of the hand holding it, establishing the relation of the hand and the skull in a 3d space.

Some of my notes from the demo:
-Pope uses Koh-i-norr & Sumi ink, and a ceramic dish to hold the ink when working.
-For Paper, Pope uses Strathmore Hot press 2-ply, or cold press for an "old masters" effect.
-Pope uses a variety of brushes for inking, including Windsor Newton Series 7 & the University Series.
-Fill in large black areas with a small sponge to save time.
-Don't store your brushes in the jar point-down.
-When inking with a caligraphy brush, plant your pinky on the paper to steady your hand.
-He uses Masters Brush Cleaner for cleaning brushes.
-Pope likes to "activate" his brush before use by allowing the ink to soak into the bristles for a few minutes.
-He likes to watch episodes of the Outer Limits for lighting ideas.

Check out some video clips of the demo from around the web:

Paul Pope talks about inking (part 1) from Christine Rhee on Vimeo.

Paul Pope talks about inking (part 2) from Christine Rhee on Vimeo.

Check out some of my other comics-related posts here.