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Comic 13 - The Mob Part II Page 1

18th Mar 2012, 5:26 PM
The Mob Part II Page 1
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)
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Kim Allman 18th Mar 2012, 5:26 PM edit delete
Kim Allman
I am a little late today. I took my family to see the Mummy exhibit that is in town.

OK, this starts a longer arc of which there are about 14 pages. If possible I am going to start posting twice a week. But please do not hold me to that just yet.

There are things I like about this page and things that could have gone better. However, I have to take my own advice and just get the pages done, uploaded, and work to improve. I had a much better time cleaning things up in GIMP this go around.



chris-tar 18th Mar 2012, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
Nigel is so cute, he reminds me of Bunnicula.
Kim Allman 19th Mar 2012, 7:02 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Having gone and learned more than I would have believed about Bunnicula, I am going to need to have a future installment with a reference to vampire bunnies. :)
chris-tar 19th Mar 2012, 9:38 PM edit delete reply
Awesome! I have influenced the course of this comic! BUNNICULA FOREVER!!!
Kim Allman 18th Mar 2012, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
I had to Google Bunnicula. Not sure Nigel would like the comparison. :)
gary cramer 18th Mar 2012, 11:09 PM edit delete reply
gary cramer
That 2nd panel would make Berni Wrightson proud!!!!
Kim Allman 19th Mar 2012, 7:00 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Yes Berni was strongly influencing the line work on Nigel's robes. Thanks!
vwyler 19th Mar 2012, 2:49 PM edit delete reply
I am reminded of Edward Gorey every time I look at this comic, even though the two styles are quite disparate.
Kim Allman 20th Mar 2012, 7:20 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
@ Chris-tar,

Perhaps I will have to do an episode where Lucy is trying to grow a vegetable garden and her carrots start having all the fluids drained out of them. Each afflicted carrot has two strange puncher marks on them. At first she suspects that Nigel has gone vegetarian. :)


Edward Gorey is one of my influences. Originally I was going to draw Nigel completely in a cross hatching style in homage to Gorey. What that man could do with just cross hatching was amazing.

dougwarner59 20th Mar 2012, 5:31 PM edit delete reply
A lot of times I read the newer artist say that cross-hatching is out. I believe they say this because they don't know how to use it, don’t like the way it looks, or their too lazy to learn how to use it. I personally like seeing it in ink drawings. It gives the picture a lot more detail, and can be used effectively to replace grey-scale shading.

You say you have a degree in art. what kind of paid job do you do, or have done, that involves you actually producing art. I ask because jobs like that are hard to find.
Kim Allman 20th Mar 2012, 10:02 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Oh where to begin Doug? I earned my BA in fine art and graphic design waaaay back in 1981. Computers were still mainframe monsters back then. I did everything from painting billboards (I was one of the guys that painted gigantic hamburgers and fries among other things), I worked as a designer in the furniture industry (I am from North Carolina) until that industry went bust, and for a long time I have worked for myself drawing caricatures first at amusement parks then doing gigs for all sorts of events. The work dried up many years ago and I did not have the computer skills so I went back to school and earned my paralegal certification and began working in law firms. Now I am the circulation manager for a law school library and working on my MLIS. However, I have been teaching myself how to use GIMP and I am even considering earning my MFA after I complete the MLIS. In other words I am preparing to spend my later years as a professor teaching art. :)

Currently I still get caricature gigs every now and then and I have done a good bit of illustration work for the miniature war gaming industry for a variety of independent companies. Mainly doing covers and some interior black and white illustrations.

As to cross hatching it was a skill I learned a long time ago along with knowing how to use an air brush, and how to ink with a brush. I also enjoy working in watercolor and pencil. I do some fine art now in color pencil and the occasional acrylic painting. But I have always wanted to do comics. Web comics allow me to do that now without a huge financial commitment.

Cross hatching is out? No I do not buy that. Yes it is easier to use a computer to just lay down tones but as you stated you need to understand the basic concepts of contrast, negative and positive space, and what makes for a good composition.
cattservant 23rd Mar 2012, 8:48 AM edit delete reply
Caught up...
Ready for more...

And... thank you for creating and sharing this charming petit monde!
dougwarner59 23rd Mar 2012, 3:17 PM edit delete reply
I really don't mean to be rude, and I appologize for what I am about to ask ahead of time. Your name is Kim (which is usually a girls name), but you refered to yourself as one of the guys in a previous post, and your logo has a symbol next to it depicting male... are you a male are female?
cattservant 24th Mar 2012, 5:40 AM edit delete reply
Once you are settled in to your satisfaction, will you revisit the circumstances that brought your trio of protagonists together?
Kim Allman 24th Mar 2012, 10:32 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
@ dougwarner59

Last I checked I was defiantly of the male persuasion. :)

And Doug you are not being rude. My first name has always been cause for confusion among people. So like the Johnny Cash song "A Boy Named Sue", I am a guy named Kim. Actually it is more common to see men with the name Kim in Britain and Scotland as it is derived from a Gaelic name. I am of Gaelic descent on my mother's side of the family and German on my father's side. Hence the name Allman. Also my parents loved the movie "Kim" based upon the Rudyard Kipling story of the same name. So there you have it.


(BTW I love the moniker as cats do have servants and dogs have owners.) To answer your question yes, as the story moves forward you will begin to learn how Nigel, Lucy, and Malfelix ended up together. I hope all of you will find the circumstances interesting.
moizmad 10th Apr 2012, 8:42 PM edit delete reply
What?! Nigel doesn't have a moat around his castle? Geesh, thought every decent castle had a moat.
Kim Allman 11th Apr 2012, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Oh there is a moat. It just happens to be at the bottom of the chasm. :)
Waxwinged 19th Jun 2013, 7:50 AM edit delete reply
Rather like the way you've treated the cloth of the robe/cloak on Nigel in the first frame.