18 February 2010

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Concepting and writing out a short story for the next DIGESTED.03 issue.

This is me doing some variations of one of the central characters, just to get the right hair/look of him. This is essentially the brainstorming/forming phase where the idea of the story 'gels' together. It's where the vague concept that's in one's head gets visualised.

I write out the dialogue in [beats] as would be read in the actual comic, along with any descriptions & narration.

Ok... it's nearly my lunchbreak here at work, and I'm off to the local library to continue working on it.
[Update after lunch]...
It's now written... and so I'll let the story sit for while as I thumbnail the current plot with sequences and possible shots. Then come back after that (with fresher eyes) and re-write/refine the script, which will probably require further adjustments to the illustrations... and then, bada-bing... layout it out, pencil it, and ink it.


08 February 2010

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Gestalt Publishing is having a launch party (Facebook details here).

Anyway, I just finished illustrating a poster last Sunday for the DIGESTED series that Gestalt will use for their promotions. Whala...

There'll be a whole lot of other authors, illustrators and writers being showcased at the event. Check out the Gestalt Publishing website for their latest releases.

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I made my way into the city just after 12.30pm with my woman Zora on a perfect Saturday afternoon. I left her to shop & walk around the city as I quickly ducked into Minotaur to see if there was anything new (Picked up Zack Sally's RECIDIVIST), and then dashed to the meet-up

It was already buzzing by the time I got there. People must have been eager to catch up in this new year.

Jason was trying contain the tears of joy and excitement as Bruce Mutard showed him the pencil layouts to Jason's upcoming short auto-bio story 'At own risk'. Judging by the pencils I saw, it will be awesome when published.

The writers.

Jen had just had written a piece in today's Melbourne AGE newspaper (Saturday, 6-Feb-2010) about the TANGO Collection... and she has another piece on 'The best of comics' in the next BIG ISSUE magazine. Well done Breachy!

Paul calling his broker to buy some stock after studying the financial section of the paper. Don't buy the whole 'angst-riden' rebellious/brooding thing he portrays in his writing. (Even his Hunter. S. Thompson outfit above doesn't fool me)... but no, seriously, he is a nice guy. After the meet-up he gave me a lift home in his BMW convertible.

I know I often say that the Melbourne meet-ups are good, but damn, this month's was the best this year! (Ok, so it's only Feb)... but just click on the panorama below to see...

And yes, ALL of the people in the photo above were there for this month's comics meet-up! I was straddling the window sill when I took this panorama shot, just so I could show the 'chunkiness' of the turnout.

  • Seeing Bruce's fully pencilled pages to Jason's story.
  • Reading Jen's AGE review.
  • Talking comics with the gang.
  • Paul's headlock.
Being summer here in Melbourne now, the sun sets late. Jen commented on how she was surprised that it was already nearly 7pm... time flies when your having fun.