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Comic 21 - The Mob Part II Page 9

14th May 2012, 9:15 PM
The Mob Part II Page 9
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
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Author Notes:

Kim Allman 14th May 2012, 9:15 PM edit delete
Kim Allman
Well better a day late than not at all. Last week was one of those cosmic collisions of obligations that all seemed to hit about the same time. My oldest son's high school rugby team went to the state finals and yes they won. On top of that I had a lucrative caricature gig out of town that I could not pass up. Oh and Mother's day this year just happened to also be my wife's birthday. Let's just say that I did not have much time to spend in the studio.

But because life would not be fun without tossing in a little conflict when I did find time to work in the studio I encountered that dread of all artist, artist block. Images I had sketched out for the page did not translate as well as I thought they should and this resulted in a crisis trying to figure out how to fix the problem and get past the block. While not my favorite page to date there are some things learned that I will carry over in future work.

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Teslaverian 14th May 2012, 9:28 PM edit delete reply
Teslaverian
What would he do without her :)
Unka John 14th May 2012, 9:54 PM edit delete reply
Unka John
Success despite obstacles. Huzzah!
cattservant 14th May 2012, 10:58 PM edit delete reply
cattservant
I bet the mice are disappointed too! (Malfelix is suspiciously out of sight somewhere...)
davemation 14th May 2012, 11:02 PM edit delete reply
davemation
Dang! I still love your penmanship. I hope someday to be as good with ink technique as you.
Meed 14th May 2012, 11:12 PM edit delete reply
Meed
That little detail was the final nail in the coffin, no? ;)
chris-tar 15th May 2012, 12:02 AM edit delete reply
chris-tar
Excellent use of blacks and negative space.
vwyler 15th May 2012, 1:36 AM edit delete reply
vwyler
That Lucy is a handy little gal to have around, isn't she? ;)
ChilPhil 15th May 2012, 6:34 AM edit delete reply
ChilPhil
I enjoy the art of this comic. I like your job with the last panel on this page.
Kim Allman 15th May 2012, 10:07 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Thanks everyone, I am still experimenting with the style of the comic. I appreciate all the positive vibes. Yes, Lucy is very handy to have around and she could not resist tossing in that final nail. Although there is another legal point that needs to be made specifically regarding public nuisance but that will be addressed later. I just could not fit it in and keep the rhythm of the story.

Part of the over all theme I am trying to convey in the story is the relationship between Nigel and Lucy. Both of them are fish out of water who need the other to provide the courage and validation to be the unique persons they are.

Here is a confession, Lucy is based upon my wife and my younger son. Both of these individuals who are dear to my heart have Asperger Syndrome. That means they are brilliant but socially awkward and have intense interests. Lucy, of course, would have a difficult time relating to her peers if able to relate at all. That can make for a lonely life and Nigel provides her not only a guardian but a friend who will ferociously protect her. That devotion; however, can be a cause of conflict which we will see a bit later.

Where is Malfelix? I could not fit him in on this page but fear not his moment on the stage is coming. I will be wrapping up what I will consider book one of Nigel within the next four to five pages. Book two will introduce a number of new characters, will deal with the fallout of this encounter between Nigel, Lucy and the town, and we will begin to learn a bit about Nigel's and Lucy's background. Oh, and the plot will thicken naturally. ;)
gary cramer 15th May 2012, 5:00 PM edit delete reply
gary cramer
Kim, the balance of blacks is spot on. Also the emotions of the characters shows thru their expressions very well. AND I'm enjoying the textures that you're using... it's all looking good.
Kim Allman 16th May 2012, 1:41 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Thanks Gary, I am holding back on some changes until I finish this story arc. I am happy with the direction the style is going but there are some refinements that still need to be worked out.
moizmad 15th May 2012, 9:50 PM edit delete reply
moizmad
Yeah but Lucy, the lease was up after 299 years! Out!
Kim Allman 16th May 2012, 1:39 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Ah but Mo, under Adverse Possession Nigel owns the property out right. :)
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 16th May 2012, 9:52 PM edit delete reply
KentuckyFriedPopcorn
I can relate - My latest strip fought to the last as well. As usual, I love the heavy ink work. Is it my imagination or have you slightly shifted the look of Lucy's face? And is her last name Westenra?
Kim Allman 17th May 2012, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
KFP,

Any shifts in Lucy's appearance are mainly due to my still working on drawing her consistently. It is tough trying to draw someone who is an attractive child, yet on the edge of adolescents. I have gotten some feedback that she is too sexy for a nascent teenager. Of course, is that due to the way I draw Lucy, or are some folks just reading too much into her look? Part of the problem may be that my original concept drawings of Lucy had her looking like a tween goth steam punk girl. While I ditched the black outfits and punk accouterments (there is enough black in the comic already), the thick eye lashes stayed. Part of the reason for this is that I want her eyes to be soulful. They are eyes that will look deep into your heart and know your every secret. And yes there is a reason her eyes look the way they do but I would be giving away some spoilers if I divulged that now.

I had to look up Westenra and...wow! OK I can see a resemblance and yes that could be Lucy in a few years. What a talented and beautiful young woman.
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 17th May 2012, 7:00 PM edit delete reply
KentuckyFriedPopcorn
Yeah, I can relate on the consistency issue. I'm STILL fiddling around with my characters' appearances and they tend to mutate slightly in proportions as I tweak them. I think it's actually hardest to convey someone between ages 10-14 or so... Children are easy to visually identify and teens are adult proportions with skinnier frames, but tweens are hard. I don't think she looks too sexy, FWIW, I think she's about perfect. Love the look.

And speaking of Lucy, here's a tune you might enjoy... "Deep in the heart of Germany, Lucy clutched her breast in fear"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1A8wj9XiEho
dougwarner59 18th May 2012, 3:23 PM edit delete reply
dougwarner59
Looks like Nigel has squatters rights.
cattservant 19th May 2012, 3:03 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
Being a disciple of Pen & Ink, are you familiar with this?
Kim Allman 20th May 2012, 5:59 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Cat, That is a very cool comic. Thanks for sharing.