OOSA Digest (SDCC Edition)
A few announcements came out of SDCC this past weekend. The first being that Paul Maybury will be starting a new series with Joe Casey at Image. Look for Valhalla Mad sometime in 2015.
Next, Liz Suburbia was finally able to say what she’s been working on for the past several months with Fantagraphics’ announcement that they will be publishing her Sacred Heart story. Go read all about it over at Robot 6.
And even though the word came out about Ming Doyle providing the art for The Kitchen from Vertigo before SDCC, they can now add that it’s being colored by Eisner winner Jordie Bellaire. Those two make a great team!
Nathan Fox will be providing both the cover AND interior art for Vertigo’s FBP #14 coming out in October.
Alexis Ziritt is doing a cover for BOOM! Studios’ Uncle Grandpa comic later this year.
Dead Letters #4 with art by Chris Visions is out this Wednesday. I’ve added a bunch of Chris’ original art to the OOSA store in the last week or so. Go check it out!
Greg Ruth has joined tumblr. Are you following him yet?
Andrew MacLean continues to show progress shots for the project he’s working on.
Logan Faerber is doing the same for his project.
Toby Cypress did this amazing Jason and the Argonauts piece which will hopefully be available in the print shop soon.
Speaking of the OOSA Print Shop, this is the last week to enter our giveaway contest. Enter for you chance to win a free print! Details are HERE.
I’ll admit that this was one of the most difficult issues to produce. I basically knew what the story was, what the dialogue lines and general staging would be, but… I didn’t really know until I started to actually work on it. It was very odd. The process probably didn’t help: I wanted to invoke a little bit of Jack Kirby in this chapter (being that Guthie is based on one of his creations). I’ve been running on a Kirby influence in a spontaneous, gut level, get-it-done kind of way, but this time I wanted to try it a little differently.
I’ve heard of Jack drawing a page by starting at the top left hand corner and continuing down to the lower right hand corner until the page was complete. The drawing sounded like it was more stream of consciousness and less obviously calculated. The planning was all in Jack’s head.
So in the spirit of that anecdote, I decided to forego any layouts whatsoever. I also didn’t break up the stages into workload batches the way I usually do. This meant that I woke up with two blank pages staring at me, equipped with only a vague notion of what I wanted to do. By the end of the day, my aim was to have two complete pages, fully colored and ready to scan.
Wake up, coffee, write, lay out, podcast, pencil, lunch, ink, coffee, walk dog, more ink, more podcasts, dinner, question life choices, stretch legs, more ink, color, pass out, repeat next day.
Sometimes I nailed it, sometimes I was too wiped out to even erase a page. This issue kicked my ass, but I’m really happy with the results. You’ll like it.
And of course, it’s about Guthie, whom last we saw crashing and falling through a window in some far off world. Looks like she survived and when you read the issue, you’ll know how.