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March 16th, 2011

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(G; Fiction) Children based on classic science fiction film heroes try stopping an equally famous monster from trashing the city. Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

This was orignally created as a content-free demonstration tool for my Art of the Comic Book class. The tools were (1) using a compass to draw ink circles, (2) 1-point perspective and (3) Ames Lettering Guide lines. To make this demo residue into a story, I had to form the content around the form.

Working around the inked circles, the visual design is based on a Windsor McCay Little Nemo in Slumberland page. The story was then developed around the circle caption. The monster is Fin Fang Foom from Marvel’s pre-superhero science fiction comics. Nemo is based on my son and the Buster Crabbe era Flash Gordon. The other kid’s modeled after Spock from the 2009 Star Trek film.

Like “Lucky Seven“, this story is rendered with traditional media tools.

  • 10″ x 15″ live area on 14″ x 17″ bristol paper
  • Speedball Super Black India Ink
  • Short-handle round #4 sable brush
  • Ruling pen (borders)
  • Speedball nib #512 (buildings, details)
  • Speedball C6 and B6 (lettering)
  • Ames Lettering Guide (setting 3.5 even-spaced)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS3 (color, production)

This comic is colored with a Photoshop color swatch based on the palette Marvel used in the late 1960s. With no aging newsprint behind it, first draft colors looked too bright on screen. The popular move is to use a high-resolution scan of brown/sepia aged paper in the background. Not wanting this to look significantly older than it is, I hunted the Internet and eventually found a suitable newsprint texture.

Talk Back! Most recent of (3)

Apologies to Jack McCay and Windsor Kirby

shannon | Posted on August 23rd, 2011 at 4:34 pm   

I love it. You nailed it.

You should include a small “apologies to Jack Kirby and Winsor McCay” to show respect.

re: Apologies to Jack McCay and Windsor Kirby

David Marshall | Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 11:11 am   

For those not as hip or connected as I am, Mr. Wheeler is an Eisner-winning cartoonist, most famous for Too Much Coffee Man. When he isn’t drawing, he’s always on the road, doing panel discussions or being interviewed by small community television networks like MTV. Thanks for stopping by to check out the Inky Stories party.

I’ve posted an overview page with more behind-the-scenes details, including the specific Nemo page that inspired the visual design of “GrubHub Delivery”. Extras material includes descriptions and links to Buster Crabbe, Fin Fang Foom and the Union Square bar I blogged from. Since the respect I have for Kirby and McCay are covered in both the art and background material, I don’t think there’s anything to apologize for.

Tradition & Homage

shannon | Posted on August 25th, 2011 at 12:13 pm   

It’s an old tradition when doing an homage piece to have an ‘apologies to’ line. It’s not actually an apology – just a respect thing. I’ll see if I can dig up some references. You definitely did an amazing job – I love it.

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