Monday, November 30, 2009

74 Process.

I wish I could find the original thumbnail. It was something I scribbled on the back of an envelope while talking on the phone. Alas, I think it is lost and gone forever. Here is the pencil sketch that followed that original thumbnail along with the subsequent file saves as I worked on the image in Photoshop. The process has changed. This is the last frame of page 74.
A fun page to work on.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


The fourth frame on page 73. This is a comparison of the scanned pencil sketch and the colored frame. I ended up changing the color of both character's tops in the finished page. The design of the hooker is based upon a British pop-singer.

On the same page, if you blow up panel two, you might be able to identify the famous family Bill might be watching on the television.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Faux Cover.

A boy can dream.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Best Films of the Decade 2000-2009

Best Films of the Decade 2000-2009

I’ve been noticing lists are popping up to name the top movies of the decade. I thought I’d put out my 2 cents. At the very least, the list tells a little about my tastes and influences.
In no particular order:

Requiem For a Dream: "Now we come to step three. This... drives... most... people... crazy."

There Will Be Blood: “I drink your milkshake!”

Amores Perros: “Is this kidnapping or robbery?”

Amélie: "At least you'll never be a vegetable - even artichokes have hearts."

Donnie Darko: "Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?"

Memento: “I have this condition”

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: “ Meet me… in Montauk…”

City of God: "I can read only the pictures."

No Country for Old Men: "Anywhere not in your pocket. Where it'll get mixed in with the others and become just a coin. Which it is."

Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2: "I don't know... because I'm a bad person."

The Incredibles: "Virtually indestructible, yet it breathes like Egyptian cotton."

Pan’s Labyrinth: "My mother told me to be wary of Fauns."

Spirited Away: “No Face, where did you learn to spin thread?"

The Royal Tenenbaums: "Anybody interested in grabbing a couple of burgers and hittin' the cemetery?"

American Psycho: "I have to return some videotapes."

Tekkon Kinkreet: "This whole city's going to burn."

Inglorious Basterds: "What's that English saying about shoes and feet?"

The Dark Knight: "Wanna know how I got these scars?"

The Departed: "Hey, she fell funny."

What am I missing?

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

demon design

Monster design for creature making an appearance in a forthcoming page of Dual.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Screens 68-72- Commentary

In the original draft of Dual’s first season, Carina’s pregnancy was discovered by the amalgamated Bill and Yasu, the character I refer to as “X", directly following the dismantling of Carina’s car on screen 46. In the first draft, right after X blows a hole through Two-masks, X senses Carina is expecting.

The events and dialogue now being presented on screens 68-72 were originally scripted as screens 55-59 with Two-masks popping up with a giant hole in his chest as cliffhanger twist on screen 60.

I wasn’t satisfied with the idea of leaving a cliff-hanger ending to the season. The second draft of Dual’s season one script wrapped up the story arc with Two-masks.

I believe those edits made for a much more exciting and satisfying conclusion for Dual's first chapter.

Usually, a caption box will display the location of a new scene. The script doesn’t mention a specific location for the beach depicted on screens 68-72. I thought logistically, Santa Monica would be the most likely destination for Carina and Bill, traveling from Pasadena. The actual art appears more like Torrance Beach, a five minute walk from my childhood home. It really isn’t a specific beach, but rather the suggestion of a beach.

These screens are heavy with conversation and void of traditional comic book action. I made attempts to file down the dialogue and quicken the pace of the screens. Not giving these arguments the time they deserve felt like a disservice to the characters and the overall fabric of the story. Despite concerns about a slow pace for a project that only updates once per week, I couldn't bring myself to short change the story or the reader.

So, yes, Bill and Yasu will still be arguing at the beach through screen 72. But I promise, the story begins to ramp up toward much more exciting action and satisfying payoffs.

Nerdy excitement over font.

I just created this test font in about 10 minutes at

With a little work, I think I could create a font I would actually want to use for my comics.

Programs that allow you to create your own font are priced anywhere from $80 - $2000. I am too cheap for that.

I just found a terrific website that allows you to create your own handwritten font for free. This is a great way to put your personal lettering into your comics.

The site is 100% free and easy to use.

1) Download a template.
2) Fill out the template with your own characters.
...a. I find it works best to fill in the template by hand, then scan it and edit it with Photoshop. But you could easily import the template into Illustrator or Flash as well.
...b. For all-caps comics, create regular characters for the lowercase set of the font and bold or italicized characters for the uppercase set.
3) Upload your completed template. Give your font-baby a name.
4) Download and install your font.

I am not affiliated with this site in any way. I just felt it was pretty cool and wanted to share.

Currently, I am lettering Dual using Wild and Crazy Zap Pack font from Comicraft.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Selling out.

I’ve been attending the San Diego Comic-con on and off since 1990. It has changed a lot in that time. Mostly in the past five or six years as more A-List celebs have begun to make the promotional rounds down there. The event has outgrown the current convention site. I have to assume Comic-Con cannot sustain itself in its current incarnation. I suspect it is only a matter of time before SDCC, as we know it, will no longer exist.

That's one man's uninformed opinion.

If you are planning to attend, better get your tickets before they are gone.