Superhero costumes: Spiderman

When you think about it there are a lot of Superheroes and only a very few truly iconic costumes.  Almost everything else takes off from those.  Here are a few jumbled thoughts about them.

Spiderman has probably one of, if not THE very best costume for concealing his identity.  The costume covers his entire body, showing not one bit of flesh, and lenses cover his eyes.  There is nothing about Spiderman’s costume that can give away his identity.  No skin, hair, or even eyes show through.  You don’t know if he’s a black guy, a white guy, asian, Martian, or anything else.  The only thing the costume gives away is his build, which is lean and athletic like an acrobat.  And meanwhile Peter Parker tends to wear clothes that don’t really show off his physique.  He plays the wimpy guy, not wearing tight clothes or sleeveless shirts.  So even someone who knew him particularly well wouldn’t even make the distinction that he has the same build as Spiderman. 

Strangely at the same time his blue and red costume doesn’t really evoke the image of a spider.  Blue and red are powerful heroic colors, so in spite of the spiderweb overlay and the big spider symbol dead center, he doesn’t evoke the image of a big creepy predatory arachnid, which lends more to his playful bantering character, who takes advantage of villains underestimating him.  This provides complete contrast to another hero based on a traditionally creepy animal.

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Cue Queen.  Ok, looking back, I left out a detail that Juju couldn’t use magic in doll form, and that’s why she couldn’t change herself back.  You need a living body as a channel for magic in this universe.  That is explained in a later chapter.  I was kind of forgetful early on.

Poorcraft

http://comicsalliance.com/poorcraft-spike-trotman-diana-nock/

A friend of mine got me this book a while back.  There’s words to live by in here on how to get by and live well on a lot less.  It also helps that it’s not just an information book, but presents its self in the form of a rather decent slice of life story.

And let’s face it.  Unless you’re a massive douche like David Willis who can literally just draw penis butts and get paid for it, poor and artist go hand in hand.

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Another random sketch as Agent Wesson chambers a round.  I haven’t drawn him in a while so I took this opportunity to update his design.  His ears go straight up now, and he’s lankier and pointier than before like a hare should be.

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This was the first time Penelope’s religious side was shown, and once again, plays for laughs a concept that will be taken seriously later.

By the way, panel 1 of #29 is just a little visual gag.  In this world there exists an energy drink called “Haul Ass.”  So you can literally open up a can of Haul Ass.

Wesson is a douche.

The Punishers Weirdest and Greatest Villains

http://comicsalliance.com/punisher-villains/

It’s hard for a guy like Frank Castle to even have a Nemesis, given his very thorough method of dealing with villains, but this article covers a few of the most awesome he’s dealt with.  It’s still amazing to remember that Archie meets The Punisher is a real thing that actually happened.

Materials Progression

Over the course of drawing AntiBunny I took time to try lots of different materials.  I was insistent on doing as much with traditional materials as possible.  Here’s the basics of the progression.

During chapters 1 and 2 I used all pencils.  Word balloons were digital though because my handwriting was almost entirely illegible at the time.  Frames were also drawn in by hand, but I later re-edited chapter 1 to have digital frames.

During chapter 3, I started incorporating ink.  Originally I used felt tip pens, and still shaded with pencil.  Later in the same chapter, I’d start using gray inks as well, and occasional splashes of color.

During chapter 4, I cemented character designs, and started using tonal grays to some degree.  I also experimented with more digital elements, including colorizing some elements to make them stand out.

Chapter 5 is when I really started getting serious and switched from a felt tip pen to a brush pen.  The brush was difficult to control however, so I waffled back and forth with it and the felt tip pen depending on the job.

During chapter 6 I started treating panels more like full on ink brush paintings.  During this time production took the longest, and the tonal grays and colored inks were getting expensive.  Though I did like how the chapter turned out, it was difficult to keep up that standard, and in a way I started to feel like it betrayed the grittiness of the comic’s feel.

Chapter 7 is when I put aside the brush pen in favor of a dip pen and later a fountain pen.  To this day I still use the fountain pen, as I find it gives me the best control over line with a single tool.  This is also when I switched to hand lettering.  Though I got some complaints about the switch, it did give me a big advantage of knowing how much space a word balloon would take up before getting to the final phase, and let me adjust panels accordingly.

During Nailbat: Final Journey, which is the current project, my art saw the most evolution.  While the previous two Nailbat stories simply reflected the materials and style of the Gritty City Stories comics I was working on at the time, Final Journey stands alone as the core project of AntiBunny during its publication.  I stopped shading, and started using full on hard black on white inking with the fountain pen, and did penciling with non-photo blue, as to produce cleaner line art.  As the story progressed I started incorporating more and more digital elements including splashes of color in the background to emphasize action or mood, or just help the action stand out more.

Nailbat: Final Journey has been my longest and most difficult to write story given the weight it carries and the finality of it.  It’s run longer than planned, and caused me more than one total breakdown as an artist, but I am determined to finish it, and the challenges its presented me have helped me grow as an artist.