Hey guys! Been awhile… hope everyone had a great Halloween! 🙂 Quick update: I’m currently revisiting/redrawing/reproducing my old LEO newspaper comic strip “Artistic License Revoked” with the goal of collecting a “Best Of” series in book form that will eventually be for sale in my etsy store. If you aren’t familiar with the comic, it’s basically me and my buddy Mark, as 2 struggling writers just trying to catch their big break. Stay tuned for more comics and updates coming soon! Thanks for reading!
Sunday comics = color! (I need the practice painting anyway, it’s been awhile since I’ve picked up a brush.) I mentioned in my last post about my back and leg hurting, and it keeping me from running… thing is, I never imagined it would depress me so bad. I try to hide it though, nobody likes a whiner. And, like always, ART is there to keep me together! (and humor, I’ve been watching a lot of stand-up comedy lately) Anyway, hope you enjoyed the comic, and stay tuned to Mind Circus Comics! Thanks for reading 🙂
Back in 2010 I created a comic strip called “Family Night” and recently I decided to re-draw a few them just for fun. But also I wanted to apply some of the things I’ve learned since then, and share with you some of my early mistakes as a cartoonist. Not necessarily as a tutorial on how to make comics (I’m certainly not qualified to do that, I’m still learning how myself!) but to maybe give others a few examples of how we grow as artists, and how it’s all part of the process. My jokes are still LAME, of course. But I think I’m a bit better at telling them now 😉
Back then I wasn’t inking my pencil work because I was stubborn and I believe my artwork suffered for it, as you can see from the difference between the comic above drawn in 2010 and the one below drawn in 2016. I think this is a good example of how inking your line work can make your art pop, and simply give it a more finished, polished look to it. I still use my pencils to give some grey tone, but I think inking makes the art look more bold.
This comic was muddy and dirty, but with a little ink and the addition of some simple backgrounds, I think it polished up nicely 🙂
My third comic is yet another example of my early failure as a cartoonist in that I often used WAY too much unnecessary dialogue. I took an already not that great joke, and ran it straight into the ground. Booooo! Not funny!
But thanks to the counsel of my friend and fellow artist Stephen Johnson, I was able to learn from my mistake. He pointed out to me that this comic should’ve been a 3-panel strip, period. The punchline was in the third panel, the entire fourth panel was completely unnecessary, and he was absolutely right.
I didn’t really add a whole lot to this one, but I think the addition of the inks, and the subtraction of even just a few unnecessary words made it just a little bit better overall.
Well, thanks for reading! Hopefully I didn’t bore you too bad, and maybe even helped you in some small way to improve your own comics through my mistakes. I definitely would like to re-do a few more of these old comics and archive them in a book someday… but for now I’m off to my next comic project! Stay tuned! 🙂
Check out this item in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/399921677/havoc-force
Yeah so here’s the deal: I started working on this comic book called Havoc Force 4 or 5 years ago. Originally I wanted it to be for kids, and much like a Nickelodeon cartoon series. Very silly and light-hearted. But 20 pages into it (only 4 pages left to draw) I just lost all my steam. My story was just one big joke, and I wanted it to be more than that. I really loved my characters, and I felt they deserved better. Nothing wrong with doing a kid’s cartoon, but I realized that I wanted to be able to tell more serious stories, as well as the light-hearted ones. And if I was ever going to pick the ball back up on HF, it was time I took my characters more serious too. So I decided to ditch silly caution-striped costumes, and give them a fresh, new look! So here it is, folks… the ALL NEW Havoc Force!!!
(Decided I liked all black underneath the jacket the best)
For the record, I don’t plan on scrapping my first HF comic. I plan on finishing it, and slowly building a more serious future for my heroes from that point. Havoc Force is never going to be as dark as Batman or as brutal as the Punisher. That’s not really my style. (There is still going to be plenty of humor and fun in my books!) But I do have a lot of ideas I’m really excited about exploring in future stories, with lots of cool new characters and villains to introduce! And the only way I can do all that is to stop treating Havoc Force as a joke, and start takin’ care of business! So stay tuned for some serious HAVOC coming your way soon! 😉 Thanks for reading!