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Comic 17 - The Mob Part II Page 5

15th Apr 2012, 9:28 PM
The Mob Part II Page 5
Average Rating: 5 (7 votes)
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Kim Allman 15th Apr 2012, 9:28 PM edit delete
Kim Allman
At last I am done with taxes, for this year at least. During breaks of working on 1099s, W-2s, Schedule C, G, E, WTF'n Z, I would work on this page for stress relief. No, this was not another draw it in two hour wonder but I am pretty happy with how it came out. And now center stage we have Lucy.



gary cramer 15th Apr 2012, 10:44 PM edit delete reply
gary cramer
There's a lot of great art going on here, I like where you are taking your inking style.
vwyler 15th Apr 2012, 10:47 PM edit delete reply
Nice! That kid is really on the ball. High-octane brain in that little skull. ;)
Unka John 16th Apr 2012, 2:20 AM edit delete reply
Unka John
Gotta agree with gary on the inking. I don't do B&W as well, so I take the easy way out and color.
Kim Allman 16th Apr 2012, 8:22 AM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Thanks gang, I am very happy with the direction things are going with the art style. I am still not completely happy with the lettering as I just do not know how to do word balloons and lettering on a computer yet. But my entire approach has been to do this thing in an Old School way. So I will press on. I think it is very cool that we have a number of us here on Comic Fury who are doing retro and/or alternative kinds of underground comics.

Oh and vwyler, just wait, you have not seen Lucy go for the full court press yet. :)
dougwarner59 16th Apr 2012, 11:55 AM edit delete reply
Man, I would really hate to have to do all the lettering by hand when there is a much easier way to do it. I know I save a lot of time using graphic programs to do some of the more tedious things, such as lettering.
Kim Allman 16th Apr 2012, 12:13 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Ah but in the old days lettering was all done by hand. However, I do realize there are faster ways it can be done. Of course, my approach on this is that the entire page is the art which includes the placement and use of the word balloons or any other text that may be used. And one day I might want to sell the originals and again I feel the lettering is as much a part of the art of the page. In that respect I am very much a follower of such creators as Will Eisner, Bob Burden, and Dave Sim.

Anyway Doug any suggestions for programs I could download and play with?
dougwarner59 16th Apr 2012, 3:15 PM edit delete reply
Yes, I too am aware that comics were once done by hand, the same as drafting once was. I’ve actually done comics entirely by hand. If you type in “free Photoshop alternatives” you can download programs similar to the expensive Photoshop program I have that has enough features that would be great for what you do. And, personally if I wanted to sell my art work I would do the first page in pencil with quickly done lettering. Then scan the page into the computer add the lettering with caption boxes and word bubbles along with the frame boarder. Print it out and then ink it in. This would give me both the pencil and ink version. That way I could have two items to sell, and save time in the process. I could finally scan the inked picture in and add color or grey scale if I wished. Anyways there is nothing wrong with how you are doing it, in fact it looks great, and I’m just too lazy and cautious to do it that way anymore.
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 18th Apr 2012, 2:07 PM edit delete reply
FWIW, I too have most of my experience in analog tools - Pen & ink and acrylics. I have lately been struggling to adapt myself to digital, and I do my own comic in the app Manga Studio EX (which is for all comics, not just manga, despite the name). It's an excellent tool so far, though I am only beginning to come to grips with it.
Kim Allman 19th Apr 2012, 11:15 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman

I am going to want to pick your brain about Manga Sudio EX at some point and time. But yes I am an analog kind of guy.
KentuckyFriedPopcorn 20th Apr 2012, 9:53 AM edit delete reply
It's a powerful app for pen & ink work. It would suit your art style perfectly, but the learning curve is steep... and I don't just mean learning the features of the app itself, I mean getting accustomed to drawing on a tablet. I still have trouble with that, which is why I do my drawings first in pencil and Livescribe before importing them for Manga Studio inking and shading. MS will also do threshold FX, which would fix your scan shadow problems.
moizmad 16th Apr 2012, 1:57 PM edit delete reply
Nigel Thorne, ha ha, got to be the first vampire with a surname? Imagine Dracula Smith? Plus, I think the lettering is just fine, so there!
Kim Allman 16th Apr 2012, 2:07 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
Well why shouldn't a vampire have a surname? I mean before they were a vampire they were human and must of had a given and surname, perhaps?

OK Mo, if you say the lettering is fine than who am I to argue with the most creative user of lettering on Comic Fury?

Dracula Smith...hmmm...nah! Of course, I am sure all of you have noticed the name of the village.
cattservant 16th Apr 2012, 7:52 PM edit delete reply
Yes, it may be that Nigel actually holds the deed for the town. I see that Malfelix isn't too impressed so far.
skorpen 16th Apr 2012, 4:00 PM edit delete reply
Your art kind of reminds me of Richard Sala, with the wonky angular thing going on. Check him out if you haven't before.
Kim Allman 16th Apr 2012, 8:55 PM edit delete reply
Kim Allman
I had never seen Richard Sala before but yes I like his stuff now that you pointed me towards him. Thanks skorpen.


Indeed Malfelix is not amused. Fear not he has many moments yet to come. As to the town I will be mum for now. :)