A petty thief is hunted by his former Mafia employers, wealthy ex-girlfriends and various law enforcement agencies.
Bernardo Sanchez Bach is inspired by The Fugitive, the classic television series about a drifter who gets nervous when someone in a suit gets nosey. I wrote and drew this for Mindgame Gallery, a science fiction anthology in 1990. I didn’t have a pure science fiction story, so set one of my crime strories in a “technology of tomorrow today” universe (flying cars, mobile technology, Metropolis-scale city). Even better cyberpunk examples include Howard Chaykin’s American Flagg! and Blade Runner.
The storytelling still holds up, but the art is hampered with sloppy drafting and indecisive inking. I tried merging the “morse code” look Barry Smith used on “Red Nails” with the “quick-motion thin line/thick brush” technique favored by Frank Miller (by way of Carmine Infantino and Hugo Pratt).
I didn’t learn proper lettering technique in 1990, so butchered my own work with markers. The orginals have aged so horribly, it was better to reletter the whole damn story with a font! Even then, my new word balloons are modeled after Artie Simek‘s.
- Materials used for this story
- 10″ x 15″ live area on 14″ x 17″ bristol paper
- Higgins Black Magic india ink
- Short-handle round #4 sable brush
- Ruling pen (borders)
- Speedball nib #512 (straight lines, details)
- Adobe Illustrator and Letter-O-Matic font
- Adobe Photoshop (production)
Luckily you won’t need any of this background my tribute to “A-Runnin’ from a Gunnin’“.
David Marshall, retro posting from Meltdown House, 02139