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Above, the opening panel of a new graphic novel I’ve started working on. Details to come.

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12 Responses to “sketchbook”
  1. teamwak says:

    There’s no end to your talents 🙂

    That has a very noir feel to it. A bit Mean Streets or Taxi Driver. Something bads going to happen to somebody on a street corner shortly!

  2. medox says:

    I really dig the spindly nature of the lines — they create a great unknown/on edge feeling.

  3. toliverchap says:

    Looks like good stuff.

    Is it about a hardboiled neo-noir tough guy? It kind of reminds me of a panel from Alan Moore’s Watchmen. You should probably read that if you haven’t. It’s a seminal comic and only 12 issues.

    • Todd says:

      Re: Looks like good stuff.

      I can tell you this: it’s not like Watchmen. BELIEVE me. I will say this: if I could get Dave Gibbons to draw my graphic novel, I — well, it’d be published by now, let’s just put it that way.

  4. ghostgecko says:

    Oh, yah tease.
    Does this mean are the birds done and coming soon to a quality comic book store near me?

    I don’t get where people are saying noir. Happy pink and yellow buildings don’t seem very noir to me. Did you take the reference picture yourself? Man, I hate drawing buildings, myself. If I didn’t scribble over photos my figures would always be in fields, or flaoting in a blank nothingness.

    • teamwak says:

      Its a testament that he has made pink and yellow buildings look noir. The rundown feel of the buildings, and the blackness of the shadow on the other building add to a feel of urban decay and social exclusion. Nothing happy is going to happen on that street.

      All very noir to me 🙂

    • craigjclark says:

      You want to check out noir in Technicolor? Then rent Leave Her to Heaven sometime.

    • Todd says:

      Does this mean are the birds done and coming soon to a quality comic book store near me?

      It means that I have a clear enough idea about the birds so that I can now start working on the next thing.

  5. ayrn says:

    I’m still mystified by the creative process of graphic novels. Seems kind-of like a weird fusion of book publishing and filmmaking. Fascinating, but esoteric.