As part of this year’s Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (M.I.C.E.) I’m premiering the first-ever printed edition of Inky Stories. This issue has the complete short story “Bottle of Red“, three “Accidental Classics”, a letters page, and advertising from local arts-related companies. As an added historical bonus, the editorial “voice” is inspried from the first issue of Crime Does Not Pay.
Building my first print document in over a decade was pretty challenging. Once upon a time, I was a pretty good at print designer and production artist. What should’ve been a 16-hour job ballooned to almost double that time. Shaking off rust and staring blankly at my InDesign window ate up at least 5 hours.
Setting up my playground included Styles for everything, and making a “Pro Black” as a substitute for CMYK %100 black (which InDesign renders as 91% black when exporting to PDF).
Once the technical environment was stable, I was able to be an artist. The main process was expressing modern content through the visual and editorial design of the 1940s, then pulling back when the first-round results looked absurd.
The end result is a referential mess of fonts, editorial voices and design styles. The ads were originally designed in a post-Apple modern style, then redesigned as they would have been in the 1970s. The inside front cover and letters page design is lifted straight from Crime Does Not Play. Footnotes of the comics pages art straight from Silver Age Marvel Comics.
(I don’t have an original thought in my head.)
Please enjoy this first issue of Inky Stories. Any feedback’s deeply appreciated. Thanks for stopping by.
— David Marshall, racing to finish this before my battery runs out.