The Last Day on Earth

(G; Science Fiction) Today's alien invasion and personal tragedy become tomorrow's history lesson.

Story Notes

This is a collaboration with Jesse Farrell. Using the Marvel Method (Wikipedia definition | Stan Lee explaination), he wrote the words to my loose pencils. I finished the art, working around Jesse's script.

I occasionally give free, all-ages demonstrations of professional ink-on-paper techniques for making comic books. This collaboration with Jesse Farrell comes from a demo for Free Comic Book Day 2009 at Hub Comics.

Using the Marvel Method (Wikipedia definition | Stan Lee explaination), he wrote the words to my loose pencils. I lettered his script, tightened the pencil art a bit, then started inking. The entire process couldn't've been more than 30 minutes. (Though I spent another hour or two this month finishing the inks and coloring).

I somehow misinterpreted Jesse's script, creating an unintentional storytelling effect. This happened with Stan Lee's collaborations with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. Let's hear from Jesse:

Dave had penciled the first panel already, and asked me to play Stan to his Jack and dialog it. I wrote down some lines, but forgot to specify that panel one was a caption, not dialog. Fair enough; Dave played it where it lay. But as dialog, it create a weird disconnect of a person seemingly narrating what he's witnessing while he's witnessing it. So for the second panel I was more specific, and tried to create a narrative-within-a-narrative.

Still, how bad can a 1-page story read? Find out for yourself, true believer!, and Make Mine Inky!

Tools and Materials

  • 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 CS5 (production)

"Dynamic" Dave Marshall and "Jazzy" Jesse Farrell

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