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March 7th, 2012

Six-Year-Old Horse Thief Page 08 of 08 Comments about this page

Six-Year-Old Horse Thief

(G; Childhood Memoir) A personal story, from a time when there were no cellphones, no iPads and only one Starbucks. At six years old, I tried stealing a horse from the Catskill Game Farm. Read the story overview for more behind-the-scenes details.

The subjective, asbstract wrap-up page! Color’s been pumped up here, particularly in the first two panels. Hopefully this effort enhances the story. Every panel’s a struggle, but at least I now have a larger vocabulary of different coloring techniques & history.

The second panel’s swearing symbols are inspired by art from Herge’s The Adventures of Tin Tin comics. The “Turn Left Here” sign in panel 4 actually existed; due to a 1-point perspective error, my version is missing a flamingo.

Talk Back! Most recent of (17)

Lost 20 Minutes of Work Time

Jasper Bark | Posted on March 7th, 2012 at 6:48 pm   

Well written, beautifully drawn poignant story. Thank you for this I really enjoyed it. I lost 20 mins of work time and I couldn’t be happier.

re: Lost 20 Minutes of Work Time

David Marshall | Posted on March 7th, 2012 at 7:41 pm   

After driving around Jasper’s web site, I’m especially honored he took the time to read my work. He’s been writing comics for a while now, worked with some top-notch artists and is published by 2000AD! Extra props for dividing his comics landing page into clearly-labeled kids and adults categories. Content and clarity are next to godliness.

Color to Die For

Heide Solbrig | Posted on March 8th, 2012 at 12:41 am   

Great character development– from nerd to hero 8 pages. Really, really nice. Also love the Tin-Tin exclamations! Has the excellent simplicity/depth combo that makes the best comics. The color is also to die for.

re: Color to Die For

David Marshall | Posted on March 8th, 2012 at 12:48 pm   

Thanks for your comments, Heide. Hopefully there’s an implied “nerd to hero to back-to-nerd” progression. Stumbling on the Tin Tin exclamations was pure luck; planning this page had so many changing elements that I didn’t know how panel 2 would look ’til all the other panels were done. Drawing panel 3 as a symbolic montage allowed me to use a pure comics solution. And thankfully, the color didn’t kill me.

Excellent Eight Pages

Ben Prager | Posted on March 8th, 2012 at 4:43 pm   

This came out far better than I expected, and that is considering how amazing it already looked on paper.

It conveys the story excellently in 8 pages, and was more intense than I had expected. It particularly surprised me how well the large number of word bubbles complemented the imagery, and gave some added depth to the characters. It never felt like the text was a crutch, but symbiotic.

really, really great work, Dave.

TinTin Cussing Panel

KC Cali | Posted on March 9th, 2012 at 7:50 am   

Great conclusion, Dave. I do like the color in the first panel and love the TinTin cussing on the second panel. Thanks for a good story.

Will your next story's color be hand-separated?

Jesse Farrell | Posted on March 9th, 2012 at 11:13 pm   

Congratulations! A fantastic job all around, Dave.

(I look forward to the next story where you hand-separate with a 64-color palette!)

Nice Slice of Boyhood

Marc Brossmer | Posted on March 13th, 2012 at 3:58 pm   

As Jasper Bark said – poignant. A nice slice of boyhood, warmly told.

Paid My Dues

Bob McLeod | Posted on March 22nd, 2012 at 6:34 am   

Good job, David. You’ve obviously paid a lot of dues to get to this level of competency.

Personal Mythologies

George Courage | Posted on March 22nd, 2012 at 9:34 am   

Dave, I really liked this a lot. I really enjoy personal stories, I think it is an excellent use of the storytelling possibilities of sequential art. These are the “personal mythologies” that people always tell at family gatherings and events, but are rarely set down in either written or visual form, and too often, over time, they are lost and that person’s unique experience is gone. However, I also like the universality of these kinds of watershed moments from our past, where ideas and attitudes crystallize, and we learn something about ourselves (individually) as well as about ourselves (as members of the human race). Thanks for posting!

re: Personal Mythologies

David Marshall | Posted on March 22nd, 2012 at 11:26 am   

Thanks, George. My family tortured me with this for years; looks like I’m finally good enough to tell it well. There are similar stories, but the details are fuzzy from too large a time distance. This one certainly took long enough to draw. To give you an idea of my inner Hell, here’s a side-by-side comparison of this and my first all-digital version from 2001. Perhaps this will inspire you to share one of your personal mythologies, while you’re still young enough to remember them clearly.

George and I were MassArt illustration students. He’s taken illustration, design and historical reenactments a lot further than I ever did. In addition, he’s also a terrific painter. Check out his online portfolio to see for yourself.

Good Work

Mark Evanier | Posted on March 22nd, 2012 at 11:27 pm   

I think the writing’s great. I think the art’s great. I think you made a number of the kind of spelling mistakes that most letterers make when they’re concentrating more on form than spelling. But I really like tales like this where someone has a story to tell that they’re passionate about telling. Good work.

re: Good Work

David Marshall | Posted on March 22nd, 2012 at 11:30 pm   

Wow. Thanks for taking the time to look at my work. Your insights and work (particularly Groo and Crossfire) helped make me think I could be in this business.


Gail Simone | Posted on March 23rd, 2012 at 9:37 pm   

That was marvelous.

re: Marvlous

David Marshall | Posted on March 23rd, 2012 at 9:52 pm   

Wow, wow wow! Gail Simone wrote for Simpsons comics and Sunday strips, Killer Princesses for Oni Press. Now she’s writing Night Nurse and Deadpool for Marvel!

Gail Simone | Posted on March 23rd, 2012 at 10:36 pm   

Oh, sweetie, you may want to update your sourcing…:)

Exceptional Work!!

Tom Skulan | Posted on March 27th, 2012 at 6:22 am   

Really enjoyable David, I loved your use of colors, the lettering and the pacing too. Exceptional work!!

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