Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Kurdles

Over the past couple of years I've been hard at work on an all ages graphic novel called the Kurdles.  The story is roughed out and I've just begun the process of doing the final inking and coloring.  Here's a small preview of the roughs that will hopefully be confusing and won't reveal too much about the story.  Above is a one pager that is the first thing to get colored.  There has been a lot of gnashing of teeth on how to color it and I've settled on watercoloring it directly over the inks.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Mystery

The mystery begins with this cover by Charles Burns. The girl on the top half just weirded me out with her long pliable arm and shoulder that appears broken and brought in towards her chest. I'm amazed at how Burns can continue to disturb me by just making a few things seem a bit off.

Then I came across this page. It was an original drawing from a coloring book that I saw on Ebay. Aha! I thought. He must have had this coloring book as a kid and that image stuck in his brain. Perhaps the shoulder in this drawing always bothered him and he accentuated it in his version. I sort of marveled at the odds of finding this source for his cover and didn't think much else about it.

Until I came across this:

This panel is from an issue of Supergirl that I came across on the web a few weeks ago. I think it's the first comic with Comet her super horse, but I don't know the issue. Was this the image that Burns was taking from instead of the coloring book? Are there more of these out there that I'm not familiar with? It's such a weird, unnatural pose. Strange.