The Bleeding Mirror
A young loner rages at the mass-media culture and institutional racism. The deeper target is his own emotional confusion and urban loneliness.
Coming off my success with "Encore", I thought I was a post-modern horror writer. I tried making this story — intended for a future issue of Taboo — a bit more sophisticated. The art and story were more focused, based on my real-world living and work enviroments.
Long-time fans (both of you) will notice this old story is lettered with a font. At this point in my career (late 1980s), I didn't know how to letter a comic book. Rather than learn properly, I chose the short-cut of using markers. Looking at the 25-year-old original art now, the black india ink drawings are defaced by brown, splotchy, unreproducable lettering. For this presentation, I remastered scans of the original art in Photoshop, then applied new lettering in Adobe Illustrator. Working digitally, my word balloons are modeled after Artie Simek's. So the lettering doesn't reflect my current artistic sensiblities, at least it's legible.
Taking the example from Howard Chaykin, I started modeling the protagonists on myself. I worked at a design agency while producing this story. The depictions of the pre-digital workstations and my early '80s rooming house are 100% accurate.
Tools and Materials
- 10" x 15" live area on 14" x 17" bristol paper
- Short-handle round #4 sable brush
- Ruling pen (borders)
- Adobe Illustrator and Letter-O-Matic font
- Adobe Photoshop (production)