SHUTTER #1 is
This Wednesday, April 9th is the big day. Been amped about this for a while.
And here’s a preview of all four covers (by Leila del Duca, Emma Ríos, Dustin Weaver & Brandon Graham) and the preview that’s going around websites right now. I’ve added the last spread of the title sequence as it seemed weird to cut off there, so consider this a TUMBLR EXCLUSIVE.
It’s $3.50. Features 21 pages of a lead feature. Two pages of what will eventually be a letters column, but is just Leila and me talking for right now. Four pages of comics by Ryan Alexander-Tanner & Catherine Peach. One page of our regular Tiger Lawyer comic by writer Ryan Ferrier & a rotating series of artists. One ad because I really love Michel Fiffe’s Copra. Then a back cover with ANOTHER Leila del Duca & Owen Gieni image, credits, etc.
If you live in Portland, Oregon you can hang out with me on Wednesday at Cosmic Monkey. If you live in Missoula, Montana, you can hang out with Leila on Wednesday at Muse Comics. If you live in Southern California you can hang out with BOTH of us on Friday at Beach Ball Comics.
And finally, here are some thoughts on Shutter from other people who make comic books:"SHUTTER is bold, smart fun — a stunning book on every front. Keatinge and del Duca have crafted something special — at once intimate and epic."- Scott Snyder (Batman, The Wake, Wytches)"Joyous and Heartfelt science-fiction pop with all the capital-R Romance of the last roll of polaroid film on Earth."- Kieron Gillen (Young Avengers, The Wicked + The Divine)
Please do spread the word! And have a good week!
All New Ghost Rider #1
"Yay! Mac N’ Cheese!"
Robbie loves his little brother Gabe.
If you guys somehow haven’t gotten the new Ghost Rider, lemme do you a favor and say GET IT GET IT GET IT GET IT!!!! Written by Felipe Smith, whom I was already a big fan of, and drawn by Tradd Moore of Luther Strode fame, who is so good at characters/acting, style, action…it’s almost unsettling.
Plus, with all the relaunches from both Marvel and DC, this is the first one that actually felt like a “first issue” to me. Like you can read this and know nothing about continuity or Ghost Rider and you are just locked in. Just an amazing job…I am SUPER excited for this series. Mac N’ Cheese!!
Layouts/inks/colors for “that one spread.”
Rocket Girl #4, the massive action issue, out as of last week. Hope you guys liked it!
This here Akira scene was a big inspiration for that chase scene in Rocket Girl. We talk about this and much more in our play-by-play of Rocket Girl #4 in the brand spankin’ NEW PODCORN EPISODE! Give it a listen!
ART SAMPLES FROM MY STORY, BOLD RILEY AND THE LION JAWED!
Hey guys, lest ye forget, the Bold Riley: Unspun Kickstarter has 6 days left! There’s still plenty of pledge tiers where you can get original art from the book, and for every extra 1k we raise, all the artists get another bonus! We’re helping awesome artists to do their thing!
So if you’re thinking of giving Bold Riley a try, now is the best time to pledge, and reserve your copy! And if you’re already familiar with The World of The Coin, then please signal boost! I want this Kickstarter to go out with a bang!
Joanna Estep is so amazing. I can’t believe I almost missed this!
Been meaning to share this with you guys…it’s a page from Sandman: Endless Nights, the issue Frank Quitely drew on Destiny.
It’s definitely a book to check out; huge stars doing what they do best on the best fitting Endless character for their style…Bill Sienkiewicz on Delirium, Milo Manara on Desire, for instance.
Frank Quitely had this gorgeous watercolored look that made great use of negative space. This is by no means his “best” or most beautiful page in the story, but it’s probably the single page that’s had the biggest effect on me as an artist.
What I’m specifically referring to are the ribs of this unidentified carcass. When I first saw this I stared at that carcass forever…this is an object that’s currently stationary—it’s dead! But you look at it, and by the sheer placement of each rib, you can hear the sound effect it must’ve made when an animal (the leopard?) tore into it. Some disgusting “splgqulrrrrc” sound you make when you squeeze air out of your cheeks. You know which direction it was torn to pieces. You can see into the past…you can see ACTION and movement in an object that is currently still. All by where each rib was placed.
And of course, the words on the page are oh-so-appropriate even in this context. Frank Quitely must’ve felt a great deal of responsibility based on what Gaiman’s words had to say.
From this I learned two things that I’ve kept with me since. One is more specific—that’s that repeated objects or shapes, when placed right, create movement…a sort of animation. You will find I use a lot of repeated objects in what I do; it’s because of this page.
And more general (and more important!), I learned that a single image can and should be everything it has potential to be. I do hate doing layouts, but they’re hugely important…and in each panel I just keep tinkering away until it produces the right, exact feeling I’m trying to get across. And I do that because I KNOW I can arrive at that point of knowing that yes, that is exactly it. I know there is always “an image for that.” It’s just up to me to figure out what “that” is.
I’d been reminded of this because Brandon asked me at one point if there was a way to draw shoes being kicked off. And yes, there really is an image for that, one that shows the past, present and future all at once.
Speaking of all this, FQ was actually on a BBC special very recently, called “What Do Artists Do All Day?” I’d share the youtube video but BBC promptly took it down. If you find it, though, it’s very worth seeing. He really puts a lot of thought into how to lay out the page.
Colors versus inks, from a page in Rocket Girl #4, out today.
This would be why I currently color myself…there are moments like these I leave a lot of the art to the colors, because I feel like it can look better that way. Here’s what it looks like without all that Photoshoppy fun. I’m always unsure whether I’ll be able to pull it off in the final product!