Friday, 23 January 2015

Intercorstal 2 Page 26

Page 26, which is based on the first page of Judge Dredd: America, written by John Wagner, with art by Colin MacNeil.
(image nicked from

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Sister-page to Offlife Submission

In September, I created an Intercorstal page for submission to Offlife magazine, which was kind of understandably passed on, considering it's nothing at all like the type of comic they print.

Not long after I finished that page (which because of submission guidelines had different dimensions to the Intercorstal 2 pages I'd been working on) I started this page, working from the layouts to Page 5 of Amazing Spider-man #32. I let it rest for a while, but picked it up again a few days ago and finished it off.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Friday, 31 October 2014

Monday, 8 September 2014

OFF LIFE 10 submission

This is the raw, uncropped image. A finished version, with words on, can be found here.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Intercorstal 2, Page 23

I worked on this in bits and pieces since the first week of May, and finished it today -- it's the first week of July now, so it took 2months. Probably not the longest page to do so far, but by no means the quickest.

I'm getting there. A few more pages to go...

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Intercorstal 2 Page 22 - scan, final, source details

Final artwork
Bottom panel from Allred's original page (X-Force #116) (courtesy of

Scanned inks
Here's Intercorstal 2 Page 22. This page was based on/inspired by layouts and content in a page for X-Force #116 by Mike Allred, which was written by Peter Milligan. I've also included an image from the original page -- would have posted a photo of the whole page but a certain horror movie director has my copy right now.

I chose this page to work on for a few reasons. The first of which is to pay homage to a comic that was really important to me. I'd read X-Force in my teens, but wasn't aware of it at all during my break from comics in the 2000's. I was visiting a friend and he had the hardback trade of Milligan/Allred's X-Force run, collecting their work up to the point the title changed to 'X-Statix'. I asked about it, and he said "oh, it's the X-Men book where everyone gets killed, you can borrow it if you want". And reading it brought me back around to comics really, the gateway drug to where I am now. What had turned me away from comics at the tail-end of the 90s was how po-faced and serious they'd gotten, feigning emotional depth and making sure that everything was 'gritty' and 'grown up'. Milligan and Allred threw all that out, and the resulting pop-culture satire was gleefully delivered while still delivering a real emotional punch with the death of a leading character at the end of the book, despite having otherwise trivialised superhero death up until that point (it's a few years on now, but you won't be getting spoilerised by me).

The other reason was more aesthetic. I loved the way the page worked, breaking down into slow motion, using only four panels, a particularly grisly death-by-attack-helicopter. It had the same sensation on me as a reader as getting on and off a non-moving escalator has, if that makes any sense -- that sudden drawing out of time followed by a jarring snap-back to normality.

In technical terms, I had to fudge it a little bit -- the Intercorstal 2 pages are being done at a different page ratio to the original, and the compositional elements I mentioned -- the helicopter in the top frame, the repeating character poses in 2&3 and the explosion of gore in Panel 4 were very roughly sketched in, and then not referred to again. It was important to me that I kept a high-contrast, unfussy page, so there aren't a great number of details and the patterning I often deploy is nowhere to be seen, which was intended to recall Allred's style -- there are a few lines in there where I've tried to recreate his inking style, but I'm not sure I'd be able to point them out, if I'm honest.

But in other matters: page 22 is done. Another 2 pages (maybe another 3, am considering dropping one of the previous pages) and I'll be looking to get an actual, printed copy done (at a printer, rather than on the office photocopier).