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February 12th, 2011

Bottle of Red Page 01 of 07 Comments about this page

Bottle of Red

(PG; History, Romance, Crime) On a December night in 1945, a young artistic couple witnesses mob killing at Louis Italian-American Restaurant. Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

The first panel, like all the restaurant interior shots, were tough to draw since my only referrence was freeze-framing “The Godfather” DVD. Most of the Google Image results were too low in resolution to be of any use. I did the best I could, but there are some errors that still bother me.

This isn’t a true 12″ x 18″ page. The first panel was drawn on the standard 10″ x 15″. Challenges include the Noel Sickles-inspired logo and drawing the assassination scene from a different angle than the movie. After deciding to work on the larger size, I drew the second panel on another sheet of paper, then assembled both in Photoshop. The fashions, cars and Savation Army sign are authentic Winter 1945.

Talk Back! (One Comment So Far...)

Even in Alternative Reality, VW Beetles weren't in 1945 USA

Jesse Farrell | Posted on October 1st, 2011 at 4:44 pm   

Hey Dave,

As ever, your storytelling, draftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail amaze me. But as I mentioned, I think you’ve jumped the gun having a VW Beetle in the US in 1945. The Beetle was invented by the Nazis for use as affordable transportation for, well, folks (volks). I know they were a hit when they were finally imported to the US, but I’d bet it didn’t get to the USA for several more years.

I also suggested that in this world Bill Everett and June Tarpe Mills comic careers were sidelined by mob-controlled comics publishers who were forced to hire talentless, Johnny Fontaine-like artists, so I can suspend my disbelief!

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