Have I finally found the correct style for this comic? Have I? Have I?! I'm excited... the comic itself is outlined up to chapter ten, and I picked up a drawing pad yesterday night with actual nice paper to use. I'm going to draw all the individual panels seperately and construct the pages on the computer to ensure that all the panels look great. Also, I'm using traditional media... the nice paper, and pens. I've used Micron pens for ever and ever, and the same company puts out a Graphic pen. So I picked up a three-pack of the Graphic pens and they're really nice. The smallest one has a bullet nib and the other two have chisel tips. The ink is really thick and black and the nibs allow for really nice, flowing lines and I can fill in large areas easily. New favorite pens, yay!
So here's that eight-page short arc I churned out awhile ago. It's not the highest-quality thing on the planet, but it gets the point across. This is more or less me messing around with things while pretending to tell a story. It'll probably get redone and stuck somewhere in the story. Also... this is traditional, except for the speech bubbles and all that crap. If I stick with the black and white, it'll definitely be digital to get rid of the (rather obvious) craft issues. :)
Oh, and you'll notice that Beth no longer has a first name. She has an initial. That's the way it's going to be from now on--of course, it's going to be assumed that people Beth is close to in the world of Case Files--O'Neely, Lori, et al--will know her "real" first name, but I doubt we're ever going to know what it is. I don't even know what it is, honestly. It's not "Tori". You'll find that "T" is used when Lori, David, Lauren, and other characters close to her refer to her casually, but characters like Shane and Kristopf refer to her by last name only. Also, she is a "ms", not a "miss".
...oh, and EL OH EL. I scanned these on my dad's computer and his monitor is messed up... so yeah, it's SUPPOSED to be black and white, but it's NOT. Great. I'll be fixing that. [EDIT: Fixed!]
So... I have two comic books that I really, really like. One is a "drawn novel" entitled Capote in Kansas, written by Ande Parks and illustrated by Chris Samnee. I bought it because I'm a sucker for Truman Capote, and because the artwork is amazing. It's gorgeous, it's beautiful, it's really stark black-and-white and I love, love, love it.
The other is Ted Naifeh's Courtney Crumrin series... OMG new book being published later this year SQUEE YES. The series just charms the pants off me. It's also gorgeous B&W, but not as stark as Capote in Kansas.
Anyway... I posted pages 2 & 3 of Case Files and was immediately dissatisfied. Too much grey, too flat, too blah, not liking it.
Yeah... finally got around to making actual PAGES, haha. The format is a little different from the page one posted earlier, I'm going to have to go back and fix it up--for one thing, no more halftones. :P
I didn't upload this because it's a work of art--as you can tell, it most certainly isn't. It's a sketch that took me perhaps half an hour, total. I colored it because I'd rather do just about anything (including shoot myself in the face) other than study for my art history final tonight. :)
I uploaded this because it shows a little bit of the dynamic between Beth and Marie. They're very, very prone to snapping at one another, although not in any way that is really malicious or hurtful. The last line originally ending in Lori's saying 'Christ", which I then had to scribble out since she doesn't curse. (Beth does enough of that for the both of them, after all.)
I want to revisit this at some point to do an actual, finalized page. There are so many sucky things about secret agent, after all.
Oh, and I need some really good Bond jokes, if anyone has them. Because a comic about secret agents making fun of Bond would be priceless.