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July 29th, 2014

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Enter…General Zaq!

(PG; Superhero) Agent K tries to stop an army of alien killer robots from conquering Earth. Can our high-heeled heroine save the day with color dots and a good right cross? In the Silver Age Zone, anything’s possible. Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

Silver Age Inspiration: Marvel Covers

In the complete opposite of how Marvel actually ran, I did the cover AFTER the story was done. Marvel didn’t have any solo female heroes back then (their first was the Black Widow, who shared Amazing Adventures with The Inhumans in 1970). Once “Enter…General Zaq!” was finished, I decided to co-feature it with “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” just to use the Tales of Suspense cover design.

Art Works: Logos

Drew everything traditionally with tech pens, French curves & templates. Adobe Illustrator might’ve been faster, but I enjoyed the challenge of old school technique.

Art Works: Process

Working old school, the original is 12 x 18 inches. Didn’t realize I drew poor Agent K’s head too big until the inking phase.

Fashion Works: Agent K’s Spike Heel Boots

Agent K paid $200 bucks for her Arollo boots.

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

Fighting Crime in Stilettos Requires Excellent Balance

Rene Schwiesow | Posted on September 21st, 2014 at 8:55 am   

If this story does not WoW the general audience, nothing will. I first heard you talk about the concept for this story back in February/March of 2013. It was intriguing to this reader not-so-very-well-versed in the world of comics. What grew from that initial concept is nothing short of amazing. I learned a lot through watching your process unfold in illustration, color, and text. I’d also like to add that not only does fighting crime in stilettos require excellent balance, when one is working with a metal spike stiletto there is additional possibility for heel breakage. The metal spike heels that I own are screwed into the heel bed (which you did an awesome job of showcasing in the cover illustration). With normal use of the shoe the hold on the spike becomes precarious and can strip. Extra kudos to Agent K for making it through the entire story without a heel breaking. She will definitely require a new pair of boots next time out!

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