Sometimes things go slower than I want them to. I have a long history of being a bit high strung and OCD. As of late, I’m exploring some new techniques to help me be a little less controlling and restrained in my work. I’m not sure I totally get it yet, but it’s all a process, right?
More sneak peeks:
And some stuff by John Wright from our collaboration. Those of you with a keen eye may have caught the title in the last post. 17 points to anyone who guesses it right:
Charlie Brenner Brenner, young & old. Ready to fight.
Some stuff I’ve been looking at:
Raoh from Fist of the North Star. I mean… look at that arm! Working on the collaboration with John, I’m attempting to emulate villains that have that ‘larger than life’ quality. Roah is just a total badass.
Hideo Yamamoto has a really nice take on speed lines in the way he depicts action in Ichi the Killer. The calmness of Ichi mixed with the speed of the attacker in that first panel. MMMmmm! I can’t get enough!
Note: These two pages are not in sequence. There’s a few between them
The first time I saw this page by Rand Holmes, it kinda blew my mind. Honestly, it still does. There is something about this illustration that overwhelms you with a awe. I prefer science fiction that can bring this magic feeling, whether the technical aspects are based in specific scientific fact or not.
Guess who that is, bub. Yup, your favorite Canadian. There was this really cool story in Marvel Comics Presents #93 that had Logan living in the wilderness as a trapper. This was pre-Origin, so instead of Logan having claws (or a specific age, or the wrong name, or any of that other trash from Origin), he had these awesome knives and some good ol’ black powder guns. When I first saw this image I couldn’t get over how cool this rendition of Logan was. It was one of the first comics I ever had and still reminds me of how cool this character could be.
And of course… Moebius’s Arzak. Not much more can be said about this guy. Remember to always feed your Pterosaur folks!
I’ve been wanting to do a ‘wrap-up’ post regarding Gary ever since finishing Book Three a month or two ago. It was quite a journey finishing a book about a serial killer. I never anticipated how draining this process would be mentally and emotionally. I am a person with a pretty strong stomach and a long history with all types of horror films. In creating this book, I was no longer allowed to have that disconnect that makes some gruesome things easier to process. This was always my intent for the reader, but I never anticipated how much this would carry over to me (and how much I needed it!)
Below is the conclusion from the final pages of Book Three. I’ll put that here for any of you folks that haven’t got the book yet. Don’t worry, it doesn’t show you how the book ends, it’s only a compilation of my thoughts.
Book Three is the final chapter of Gary. This graphic novel started as a way to explore something I didn’t understand. We share the world with individuals such as Gary Ridgway, and this can be an extremely difficult fact to come to terms with. He seems to feel little or no empathy, a trait that certainly contributed to the large number of victims he left behind. Conversely, he was someone who led a fairly unremarkable life that many of us can find relatable. We often take comfort in the myth that all serial killers are “insane” or “mentally unstable”. However, the facts of Gary’s case make it difficult for me to dismiss him as such. I intended to directly confront this contradiction of identity in Gary. We gain an understanding of each other’s identities in bits and pieces. Each moment spent with another person builds on the previous, slowly forming our picture of their identity. However, many times we are met with incongruences that re-contextualize our perceptions. This constant battle between knowing and questioning is something we all struggle with as we engage with others. Gary is also a presentation of this struggle, as it happens internally, and as we perceive it externally. I do not mean any disservice to the victims, their families, or the authorities. I do not condone any action of Gary Ridgway, nor do I wish to make him the protagonist of this story. He has been apprehended and judged thanks to the work of brave and diligent members of our legal system. I hope you are confronted with some tough questions when you read Gary. But I also hope you see the connection to our everyday struggle to truly understand one another. I believe that forming deep bonds with other people is the most worthwhile and rewarding aspect of our lives, but it is also the most difficult.
So I have two projects in the works. I am very excited about both, so I wanted to introduce you to some of the characters. First up is the book I’m writing/drawing/etc:
Also, I’m working on a book with my long time friend and sometimes collaborator, the infamous John Wright II. John will be handling the art, and I wanted to showcase his sketches below:
The Brenner Brothers
Look for more about these two projects in the coming weeks/months/years (?).
I realized most of the blogs I really enjoy take the time to just post up some stuff they are looking at lately. I love this peek into the inspirations that trickle into their work. So…
Paul Pope‘s Battling Boy is FINALLY coming out… sometime…
Why not another pope?
Durer Monogram. You’ll be seeing a lot of him here in the next couple years.
Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s Running Man. Intense.