Here are the steps I go through for each page of the ‘Smile of the Absent Cat’ story:
- Break the page down into the panels described in the script and place the word balloons.
- Do a rough pencil layout of characters, action and location.
- Tight pencil
- Re-position word balloons.
Then lather, rinse, repeat as necessary:
…I’m not quite ready for the 21st century just yet.
We still just use our phone as a —you know— a phone.
The only internet access we have is a Rogers ‘Rocket Stick’ (if you use more than 12 gig a month, the costs ‘rocket’ and they ‘stick’ you with the bill).
So no YouTube or Netflix, we don’t have cable or satellite.
Our primary source of heat is still the wood stove and we still live out in the country where we regularly have power outages and frequently have no running water…
…I have a new Wacom Cintiq 13HD drawing tablet:
I had decided —for reasons too numerous and boring to go into here— that I would colour the ‘Absent Cat’ pages on the computer and that things would go much faster if I used the right equipment.
So far, so good, I think.
…it’s like trying to herd cats.
I am—ever so slowly—getting there.
I’ve got the next eight pages penciled and almost the first six inked:
The bright dots on the pages are from our little mirror ball hanging in the window:
Around here it’s known as ‘Sparkle Time’.
… it FEELS like November…
…still trying to get chapter 3 of ‘Absent Cat’ done…
…all of my pencils are this long.
I’m saving up for a new one.
Thanks to Kevin and everyone at the event for a great ‘last show of the year’.
We’ll be setting up 2018 appearances soon.
We are off to Fan Expo Vancouver!
We’ll be at table P14:
Come on down!
What else have you got to do? It’s gonna rain all weekend anyway.
(Big surprise for Vancouver.)
Much fun was had by all at the grand opening of the Studiocomix Press retail outlet:
Although Alfonso spent a good part of the day
in the back of the store
popping Advils and washing them down with Gaviscon.
I hope he got some much deserved rest on Sunday.
Coming up fast is our last show of the year:
Looking forward to a great show!
I’ve been trying to get the next chapter of ‘Smile of the Absent Cat’ done
but ‘things’ keep getting in the way…
…like gettin’ ready for Halloween!
Well, it’s that time of year again. Boat’s out of the water, got stuffed full of turkey,
and it was time to head over to Comic 1 in Stoney Creek:
Thanks to Casey and the whole gang at Comic 1 for a fun day.
Have a great autumn, everyone!
Maybe we’ll see some of you in Vancouver:
Saturday October 21st:
67B King St. E.
Stoney Creek, ON
Saturday November 4th:
Studiocomix Grand Opening
385 Frederick St. Kitchener Ontario
November 10th – 12th: