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Comic 23 - The Mob Part II Page 11

27th May 2012, 12:40 PM
The Mob Part II Page 11
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)
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Author Notes:

Kim Allman 27th May 2012, 12:40 PM edit delete
Kim Allman
I have to say I had fun with this page, and this is were a number of things I have been attempting finally clicked into place. There is one more page to go to finish this story arc then I start on book II. This page also finally decided for me that staying with the black and white cross hatch style is the best look for Nigel. So you will not hear any more wavering on my part in that regard.




gary cramer 27th May 2012, 1:01 PM edit delete reply
gary cramer
Great job Kim, I always say that the art style isn't the biggest factor for me but more of the consistent nature. From stick figures to real sketchy to smooth as silk inking, I like to see a uniform look to a comic. It's been a good natural progression up to this point. It takes a long while to put in all of those lines but it's worth it.
cattservant 27th May 2012, 1:11 PM edit delete reply
Boo! And whatever is in The Chief's pipe must be pretty mellow.
vwyler 27th May 2012, 1:47 PM edit delete reply
The only problem left now is to pick up all those dropped torches before the place catches fire. ;D
cattservant 27th May 2012, 2:24 PM edit delete reply
That's why timber fortifications went out of style.
Kim Allman 27th May 2012, 2:53 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Gary I agree completely and consistency is perhaps the most difficult thing to get under control.

Cat, the Chief is an old war dog and not easily rattled. That and as you will later see he has a low thresh hold for the villagers silliness.

Wyler, someone will be along to pick up at least one torch in a bit and as Cat pointed out it is a good thing the bridge is made of stone. Of course all those poor villagers will have to stumble home in the dark hoping that Nigel is not on their heels. :)
cattservant 27th May 2012, 3:45 PM edit delete reply
As I recall* there is a rather steep decline on the other side of the graveyard too.

*(Page 10, panel 5)
Kim Allman 27th May 2012, 6:50 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Cat, let's hope the villagers in their panic keep to the road. Otherwise they will be in for a bit of a tumble. :)
chris-tar 27th May 2012, 2:54 PM edit delete reply
Nigel has definitely outgrown his cutesy look in that second panel. Kinda frightening actually!
Kim Allman 27th May 2012, 3:04 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
You know Chris I think it may have been an earlier comment of yours on another page that made me realize I did not want Nigel to appear too friendly or silly. Looking back there has been a purposeful attempt on my part to make him a bit less cartoony. However, part of the approach I am exploring in drawing him is his dichotomy of personality - on one hand he is a fish our of water, on the other he a supernatural creature that should not be trifled with.
dougwarner59 27th May 2012, 5:25 PM edit delete reply
I like how the last frame turned out. The detail is amazing.
Kim Allman 27th May 2012, 6:52 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Thanks Doug, it is amazing what you can do with a very small nib and being very patient.
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 27th May 2012, 7:44 PM edit delete reply
Love it! Also, you are totally channeling childhood memories of Morbius the Living Vampire for the 'Boo' panel. :D
Kim Allman 30th May 2012, 8:54 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Funny you should mention Morbius because I felt the same thing after I finished inking that panel. I was a big fan of Gil Kane back then.
skorpen 28th May 2012, 3:30 PM edit delete reply
Great stuff! You get some excellent depth and modeling with the cross hatching and solid blacks.
Kim Allman 30th May 2012, 8:56 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Thanks Skorpen, I will admit I was concerned that the last panel was not going to work. But overall I am pleased with how it turned out.
skorpen 30th May 2012, 12:07 PM edit delete reply
Yes, very nice. I would even fill in the deep shadows inside the doorway solid black...even if it blends with Nigel's cloak, we can tell he's there by his distinctive head.
Kim Allman 31st May 2012, 10:20 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
The reason I designed Nigel's rather unique hood is to create a design contrast between his pale white skin and the black of his robes. Skorpen, are you familiar with Dave Sims the creator of Cerebus? I always liked the way he handled blacks in his comic and yes sometimes the character's attire would just disappear into the background.
dougwarner59 3rd Jun 2012, 8:47 AM edit delete reply
I remember Cerebus the aardvark. I personanlly liked his earlier issues better the later ones. I thought the first issues were a lot funnier, while later the art got better but the story got less funny with less action while becoming more interesting. After around issue 107 it was just too ...explanatory I guess would be the correct word to use.
moizmad 3rd Jun 2012, 8:25 PM edit delete reply
Everytime the villagers go on one of their rampages, the Chief stays behind and gathers all the torches and pitch-forks and sells them on e-Bay!
Kim Allman 4th Jun 2012, 9:13 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
@ Dough,

I know what you mean about Cerebus. I stuck it out for a long while because I had a deep appreciation for what Dave Sim was attempting to do in regards to comics but after a while the book became more about his ego than moving the story along. I hope I will learn from that and not make that mistake. Nigel is going to become more serious but I hope to maintain the humor as well. There will also be a bit more action along the way.

@ Moe,

Now there is an idea. :)