Sunday, February 20, 2011

...and so it begins.

Believe me I have said it all to myself....about damn time, time to get to work, get off my butt and do some work, just do it, and most anything else you can think of to get me going.
Sure I have to tighten up the script, iron a few more things out along the way, but the good news has begun.
What you see here is the first pencilled page of a very short intro to the world of Captain Spectre. I decided to add this to the first of the book for people who aren't used to the story, or even comics in general.
I recently listed to a couple of podcasts about comics from part time or non-comics readers. One of the more interesting things about it all are a couple of questions us regular comic readers take for standard practice. Like the big question, who are all these people I am seeing and where did all the stuff come from?
As comics, I feel, need to spread out since we don't seem to be getting new readers just mainly comic readers trying something different. I thought I would add a intro bit for people who haven't see the on line strip, I can always point them there with something in the book, or in person if they buy a copy. Also this sets the stage for the era and feeling of the book, rather than people thinking it is a modern day book and helps get them in the mood for what they are about to see and read. At least I hope it is a good idea. I will post all of this intro online as I get the pages done and we can talk about the idea and if it works or not.
It does add some pages, but this first one is gonna be a whooper anyway. I really don't have a official page count yet as I am still working out some layout problems and storytelling things. I want this book to be as clear as possible to readers and non-comic readers alike.
So stick with me Loyal Legionnaires, it is going to be a long slow road getting this book finished, but I am hoping it will be worth it in the long run.
I will post as much as I feel I can to not give away too much, but since this is mostly what I am working on from here on out, after the day job of course, then I feel I have to post somethings.
thanks.......and away we go!!!!!!

Friday, February 18, 2011

I am not a doctor, but I play one in a comic book....

Just had to post this concept idea. Not going to tell where it is from or when he will appear. Just mainly wanted to get it posted before someone else hits on such a simple idea for a character. He does plan on being a part of the Captain Spectre galaxy of characters.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

From the past....into the Future....

Well here is an odd update. As I progress with this medical problem, and kept trying to find some comfort as I worked....I have discovered that those ratings for pencil lead, you know like HB - 2H - etc. also has something to do with age. ha. I kept trying to sketch and draw thru all this even though I wasn't getting much done. With the new meds I am taking I am also getting hand tremors or shakes. So this is all kind of like learning to draw again. I also found the lead in the pencils I have used for decades was driving me crazy as I would place a line down on even the smoothest bond paper I use for roughs and sketching out ideas. The HB which is a middle ground was driving me nuts. So in the last few days I have tried out all the different leads I have around here, which is quite a backlog of lead types. Oh I know some people will think I am crazy and can't tell the difference in the feel, but I can. Hell I even have paper on my computer tablet because I can't stand the feel of the plastic on the stylus against the plastic on the Wacom tablet. I know it is a small thing, or it should be. But it happens. So bare with me as I work thru some of this and come out on the other side. It's like learning to draw all over again in some aspects.
Also the paintings above are ancient history. Back when I thought I was going to chase a fine art career I painted. These paintings represent a period I was going thru as I dealt with some issues from being a veteran. Well I have dug these paintings out to take some photos of them to actually enter into a show....veterans doing art about the war, specifically VietNam. But more on all that as it progresses.
Just be kind when you look at them, they are probably close to thirty years old now, and are huge.....three by six feet is the average. Hell I even used to build my own canvases. Also the lighting on these are kind of weird as I was experimenting with some really shiny paint to bring in metal since they are about the war.

Friday, February 4, 2011

slow going....

Well this week is almost a total loss. Inking the buildings and finishing this up is ALL I have been able to get done this week. Great production speed, huh.
Pardon my french, but it just amazes me that I have to wait so long to get to this new doctor, and even at that the steroid shots they gave me didn't do shit, and she refuses to give me any pain medication. Amazing, I thought doctors were supposed to make life easier.
Well I go in tuesday to get all the test results and grizzly news. Then I am sure her and I will go round and round. I have taken a full week of sick time because of my hand and arm. I am sure that isn't playing well with the people I work for. Hell if you only knew how typing this is going. It may look fine in it's published form, but I think on average I miss hit a key in every word I even type anymore.
So anyway, I may try to throw some color on this piece this weekend. But then again maybe I won't.
So until this is kind of cleared up or I find yet another doctor, I am at least going to find out what some of these test results are, hell I am paying for them so I might as well, don't expect too much production from me.
sorry, Loyal Legionnaires.........