Welcome to Question Time— I’m always surprised when we get questions sent in because the blog generates so little in the way of comments— but we get pretty good visitor numbers so there are people out there reading this nonsense— hey I guess there are people who actually listen to NPR too so there is a market of boring nonsense.
Here are some of the questions that have come in;
WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON?
Sabrina the Teenage Witch for Archie Comics. It’s written by Kelly Thompson and the art is being done by Veronica and me. We’re really having fun on it. It’s a lighter version of the very dark Netflix show so if you remember the old Sabrina Comics this is more in your wheelhouse.
WHEN YOU WORK WITH VERONICA, WELL, HOW DOES THAT WORK?
We like working together because it puts us on the same deadlines so that when we’re done we can go out and do husband and wife stuff like normal people. Each project will vary a bit but for example with SABRINA what generally happens is the script comes in, we read through it at the kitchen table and we do the layouts on scrap paper and then we transfer them into Adobe Photoshop CC using our tablets, we prepare a PDF rough of the whole book and send that in to the editors and the writer and letterer so that they can all give it a look through and see what works and what might need tweaking.
From there Veronica starts on the penciling and I go through and get all the perspective and technical stuff roughed in. Once I’m done with my part I’ll jump on pencils with her. To keep everything looking like the work of one artist she does 90% of the faces and then we’ll start inking. She will ink all of the main figures and most of the backgrounds and I’ll jump in here and there doing backgrounds and some extra characters.
After that when she’s about halfway through the inking I’ll start on the color blocking which just means you fill all the areas with a basic color— by the time I’ve finished blocking she’ll be done with inking and she’ll start on finished colors which then wraps up the whole book.
There are times when the best laid plans don’t work out. For one issue she got sick so I had to do more than my usual share, for another issue I was bogged down with our taxes and meetings with lawyers and accountants so she did more than her usual share but for the most part it all works out.
Occasionally we’ll disagree on the way something is done, and in those cases we argue our points and see if we can convince the other one to come to our way of thinking. The final page of Issue #3 is an example of this— I had drawn out a rough that I liked, I thought it conveyed a lot of mood and atmosphere for the scene. When Veronica was doing the layout tightening she altered it to a different angle— it was great as all of her work is but I really felt strongly that my shot worked better for the scene and after a few back and forths we settled on almost what I had done but now an even better shot. So it all benefits the book.
YOUR BLOG IS FUN, AND I ENJOY YOUR WRITING, BUT CAN WE GET MORE BEHIND THE SCENES OF ART PROJECTS?
That would be great— the trouble is two-fold— often what I’m working on is top secret, and I usually forget to “save” steps so all I have is finished work. But I will try to do more of this.
DO YOU REALLY CARRY A HANDGUN?
As a firm believer of the Second Amendment I sure do. I have two that I carry although not at the same time. The first one is a Beretta 92FS 9mm. It’s simply the greatest firearm in the world IMO, and it’s incredibly accurate. The trouble is that it’s pretty heavy especially if I’m carrying pre-ban magazines which each hold 15 rounds— bullets are heavy— something you never think of in the movies, so in warmer weather or when I just don’t want to be weighted down I carry a Walther PPK chambered in 380. It’s sometimes called the James Bond gun because that’s what he carried— although I think his is black, mine is stainless steel. It’s a great gun, very light and very accurate.
I LIKE YOUR MOVIE RECOMMENDATIONS, CAN YOU GIVE US A TOP 5 OR 10 OF ONES MADE SINCE 1990 OR SO?
Thanks— I love movies. My tastes tend to run towards vintage movies from the 40s to the 60s- off the top of my head some “modern” films from 1990 on that I really like would include;
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
O BROTHER WHERE ART THO?
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
IT MUST BE SO AMAZING TO WORK FROM HOME- WHAT’S A TYPICAL DAY LIKE?
It is amazing for the most part, although sometimes it can get a bit too routine. We have plenty of things to do besides work to keep us entertained.
That’s all for this time around, thanks for reading.