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The Activist: “Oily Shit!”

The Activist is back in an issue where the old is new again thanks to Nick Nall.

We “re-did” Oily Shit. I really wanted Nick to draw the story so that it is not just my version.

There you go!

Letter me this!

 

Following last week’s post about Nick bringing the script to life, I decided to show you the next step in the process. I am currently lettering the next issue. I use Nick’s rough artwork while he inks and adds the Blacks (and Whites?) to the finished artwork.

So, recapitulation:

We start with the Script:

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3.2. The AC grabs onto a board member (Cynthia CARROLL) by the collar as BOOGIE blinds her from behind. A tentacle appears behind the AC.

AC:Got ya!

 3.3. The tentacle has grabbed the AC by his feet and is pulling him from behind while he is still holding onto CARROLL’s collar. The AC is being stretched a bit between the two and starts freaking out.

 AC:What the heeeeeeell???

 3.4. Close on a very surprised AC. He is holding the now torn suit as the tentacle wraps itself around him.

 AC:Wha-

Then, Nick turns it into Artwork:

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I start to letter on the Rough Artwork. Since I work in layers, I can always adjust it later when I put it on top of the finished artwork in Photoshop. Sometimes, if I see that the original dialogue does not fit the artwork anymore (as in this case here) I change it. I quite enjoy doing that so it all comes together. I truly believe the Artwork is what makes the comic so there is no reason to fight it with shitty dialogue. When the artwork is particularly expressive, I might even cut the dialogue altogether just as I did here in the final panel. Scroll back up to the script and check it out.

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If you have any advice on lettering, please share!

See you next week,

N-

Behind the Tease.

This week, you get a little tease.

Nick is working hard on the next issue and trying some new things and I am oh so excited.

Before I am knee deep into word balloons, I thought I’d share a little teaser and show you how Nick brings the script to life.

Enjoy!

Excert from the OILY SHIT Script- Page 3

3.2. The AC grabs onto a board member (Cynthia CARROLL) by the collar as BOOGIE blinds her from behind. A tentacle appears behind the AC.

AC:Got ya!

 3.3. The tentacle has grabbed the AC by his feet and is pulling him from behind while he is still holding onto CARROLL’s collar. The AC is being stretched a bit between the two and starts freaking out.

 AC:What the heeeeeeell???

 3.4. Close on a very surprised AC. He is holding the now torn suit as the tentacle wraps itself around him.

 AC:Wha-

 

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It’s getting Stranger: The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe

After reading last week’s post, my friend Matt Roberts recommended “The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe” to me since it contains the files I was looking for. I went to Excalibur on SE Hawthorn and got my self a copy along with Greg Rucka’s “Lazarus” after Dan recommended it. I might talk about it alter though I am no Comic Book reviewer.

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Now there is a major difference between The American Handbook and it’s french version:

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First, the french version is in COLOR!

Say what?

 

 

 

 

The American Volume I have is volume 1. I doubt the subsequent volumes are in color though. I had the choice between this one and the “update 89” version which is also in Black and White so, bottom line, there were no color versions available at the store (or that I know of for that matter).

Second, Iron Man’s armor is different. Look at it! The french version pictured is actually a more recent version of the armor from the 80’s. Now that version of the armor can be from the American 89 updated version and I will check on that next time I go to the comic book shop.

It still does not explain the lack of color. Was the original American version in color and used in France but not reprinted later in the US? Did french people color them in? I need to KNOW!

Still, I am having a lot of fun with the handbook and will be sharing some of my favorite characters for posts to come.

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 I would love to see him go head to head with Captain America… just to see what happens.

The Strange way I got into Comics

I am always deeply fascinated by the work of visual artist. I guess it is because I always had “pencil envy”.

I used to draw superheroes a lot as a child. I had this phase around 12 to 14 years of age where I would create superheroes as a hobby. I read a lot of comics at the time and some were published in a french magazine called “Strange”. This is actually the one french mag that got me into comics. It was a monthly publication that compiled 4 issues of marvel characters such as Spiderman, Thor, the F4 and The Avengers into one book. I kind of wish it still existed. I guess it is kind of like “Dark Horse Presents” in a way.

Another version of the magazine was called “Strange Special Origines”. It was dedicated to the origin stories of famous Marvel characters and it also contained the alphabetized character sheets and descriptions of the Marvel Universe characters. That latest part was my favorite. They were gorgeously drawn by, I believe, Jack Kirby. I still have to find the American version of these. There are some “Marvel Universe A-Z” out there but they are newer and different.

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Anywoo, I used those sheets as template for the characters I created, writing everything down from their secret identity to their base of operation, height, eye color and more. And of course, I drew them. Badly.

It is probably because of my love for drawing; despite my lack of talent for it; that I am not only grateful for Nick’s work on The Activist but also oh so excited when he brings his sketches to me and I find myself behind the scene, where it’s cooking.

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If anyone knows where to find the Original American version of the Marvel A to Z please comment below!

 

The Activist: Where’s my buddy?

The second self-made photoshop issue of the Activist. It is called:”Where’s my buddy?”. The Activist’s sidekick, Boogie, enlists the help of the coach in order to find his friend.

I really pushed for GIFs on this one and loved it. Perhaps, one day, I will produce the rest of the story. Right now, this not a priority.

The ACTIVIST #1 “Oily Shit” (PS Version)

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When I first started writing Comic Books, I had  a hard time finding an artist. I was deluted enough that I thought I could find someone who would draw my stories for free. I know better now. At the time, I decided to make my own comic in Photoshop and the Activist #1 “Oily Shit” was born.

It was a great learning experience and my web project for The Graphic Novel Writing Class I took at Portland State University with Brian Michael Bendis. “Oily Shit” got an A.