Monday, July 15, 2013
Gregg has been one of my editors in the past whom I've also had the pleasure to ink over as well. We're good friends and even tough we haven't worked together in years, we keep in touch. One day, Gregg asked me if I would be interested in doing a podcast with him. I said sure. Then he flew all the way from New York to San Francisco to do this Podcast in my studio. I thought we were going to do this over the phone. But the man flew from coast to coast to do this with me... live in person. No script, no prep, everything was done live on the spot. Just two guys in the comic industry shooting the breeze. There's some very good stuff here.
Some of the people we mention in the Podcast are Brian "Smitty" Smith, Matt Idelson, Paul Tutrone, Pete Woods, Bobbie Chase, Sean Chen, Tom Brevoort, Arthur Adams, Marlo Alquiza, Paul Smith, Joyce Chin, Carlo Barberi, Mark Pajarillo, Klaus Janson, Tom Palmer, Kevin Nolan, Bill Sienkiewicz, Adam Hughes, Mark Brooks, Barry Windsor Smith, Justiniano, Mike Marts, Jacob Chabot, and more.
Listen and enjoy!
Gregg's got a lot of Podcasts with other professionals at his Stuff Said Show here...
Gregg Schigil's website...
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Ultimate Comics X-Men #12 with my inks over Carlo Barberi's pencils.
|Cover by Kaare Andrews, who was standing behind me in a portfolio review line with me years ago over at San Diego Comic Con. When we were in line, we got to talking and exchanged contact info. Took one of his sample packets and give to my editor over at Marvel, which lead to his first Marvel mini series work, Before the Fantastic Four: Ben Grimm and Logan. Which was my first and only time I've inked over Kaare's pencils.|
|Again with the nice fine details. You see the car rear on panel 1? All if that, I've inked with templates. I can always freehand those line work, but with mechanical stuff, I like to make them look... well... mechanical. Like it's machine made.|
Here's DC Universe Presents #6, Challengers of the Unknown. Is it, "DC Universe Presents #6 Challengers of the Unknown" or if it's "DC Universe Presents: Challengers of the Unknown #6"? I dunno...
This was a fun project while it lasted. Why? Because I got to work with Jerry Ordway, inking over his pencils. Before I even started working in comics, I was a huge fan of his work. Taking it a little further, I was a fan of his artwork before I even knew the name behind it. And now, I've gotten to work with him. Even if it's just for a few pages, it still awesome!
|All template work with the Plane. Shoot, everything mechanical is all done with templates. Everything organic, by hand. Brushes, nibs and pens.|
|Look at these faces! Man... I got to ink over Jerry Ordway. Hot Damn!|
This is Voltron Force, Vol. 2: Tournament of Lions where I've inked a few pages over Dario Brizuela's pencils.
|An interior page.|
|Here's are the five characters for each of the lions.|
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Since youth, I've been a Hayao Miyazaki fan. Of course at the time, I didn't know who he was. Just the movies he brought to us. As I watch more of his films, I started to recognize his name and the quality of his animated films. Some of my favorites are My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, Porco Rosso, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo, and of course, there's Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
Then I discovered the comic book, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, that VIZ published between 1988-1995. They were those smaller 48 page black and white comics published in America, translated from Japanese and lettered by Tom Orzechowski and Wayne Truman. I bought them all up as I found them.
In 1995, VIZ decided to publish all the same stories in a 'perfect collection'. Four thicker volumes that were around 260 pages each. Graphic Novels, as they're call today. However, they were smaller in size. Sort of a pocket book. You get more story and pages to read, but the art was shrunken down a bit.
Then in 2005, VIZ decided to publish Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind again . Only this time, to have it in a much larger size format. Larger area size than the original comics. Large than the typical regular sized comics of today. Mainly so people can see more of the artwork. Seven volumes ranging from 130 to 230 pages each. And they decided to have the whole story re-lettered and the art touched up. This is where I come in. VIZ contacted me and offered me the project. Re-lettering the whole story and touching up the artwork over original Japanese stats from Studio Ghibli. I jumped at the opportunity. It was months of hard work especially since the lettering and art touch-up had to go back to Studio Ghibi in Japan for approval. But every minute was worth it. I got to re-read the story again, I got to look at all the artwork very closely, panel to panel with a fine tooth comb, I got to touch-up and re-draw some of Hayao Miyazak's work, getting to his style as close as I can. In the end, VIZ told me Studio Ghibi was impressed with my work. Here's a link to all seven volumes I've worked on.
Fast forward six years later to 2012. VIZ decides to publish Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind as a two volume hardcover slip case Box Set. They contacted me again to offer me the art touch up and spot lettering. I accepted in a heartbeat. Didn't even need to think about it. Once I heard the name "Nausicaa", the words "Yes" couldn't come out faster from my mouth.
Here are pictures of the published book. It's huge and heavy! Larger than the thickest telephone book out there. Two volumes in one slip case with a poster of Nausicaa. You can get more info about Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind Box Set here.
Sensational Spider-Man #33.1. Yeap, that's number33 point 1. It's to squeeze in right after #33 and before #34, if there is a #34. I did the inks over Carlo Barberi's pencils.
|Web-Head and the Vulture.|
|Every time I get to work on Spider-Man and he's spinning that webbing, I always verbally mumble to myself *THWIP* *THWIP!* *THWIP-THWIP-THWIP!!!*|
|Spidey on the wall.|
Here's Wolverine and the X-men #7 with my inks over Nick Bradshaw.
|Wolverine doing the what he does best.|
|This Kid Omega character reminds me of Green Lantern. Creating objects with a thought.|
|Night Crawlers everywhere. *BAMF* *BAMF!*|
|Again, I was reminded of Green Lantern when I was inking inset panel 1. I did panel 3 with Kitty barfing.|
Here's Ultimate Comics X-Men #8 with my inks over Carlo Barberi's pencils.
|Double page spread! This one took a couple of days to complete and I made sure I put in all the details. Fun times.|
|All this smaller characters, I used a magnifying lamp to get a closer look. Had to get in there to get all the finer details and faces. Faces are important.|