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Grimm News…

Gary Boyarski, creator of ‘Jack Grimm: Harbinger of Death’ asked me if I would digitally colour a drawing that Dave Sim did for him:

When it came time to do the colouring, I decided that what I really wanted to do is give it the “Gerhard Treatment”.

So I digitally erased Dave’s backgrounds and printed that out full size:

Then I drew my own background in the manner to which I’ve become accustomed:

And then hand-coloured that:

Gary was quite surprised.


You can find out more about Jack and his Harbinger-ing here:

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Yet Another Mock-up…

…very rough sketch of the back cover photo and no hand colouring on the front cover photocopy:

…looks like I may have finally figured out that I was spending too much time on these mock-ups.

Here’s the printed cover:

(The expression on Dave’s face is what I believe is referred to as a “shit-eating grin”.)

The “Zee” in the back cover caption refers to “Zolastraya” (not her real name) who some of you may remember was featured in her own (short-lived) comic book:

Man… the late ’80s… what were we thinkin’?

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More Mock-ups!

The cover mock-up for Cerebus 118:

As usual, I did a quick sketch of the back cover photo to indicate size and position to the printer. The sketches were done by projecting the slide photo onto the paper and tracing it with a marker. It was very quick, efficient, and sort of fun.

What I don’t remember or understand is why I hand coloured the reduced photocopy¬† of the black and white cover art. It’s not like I had a whole lot of time to spare while maintaining a (more or less) monthly schedule AND being in charge of the day-to-day operations of the company. Maybe it was practice before I coloured the full size original? It couldn’t have been “just for the fun of it”.

Here’s the printed cover:

The photo was from “Doogies”, a little restaurant almost directly across the street form the studio.

For years, we went there practically EVERY DAY for lunch.