Page 4 will feature some adventure fantasy motifs and one panel is inspired by these wonderful Sea Devils covers, some of the best by Russ Heath (the bottom two). For much of the book's run the covers included gray tones! The shading really must have made the book pop on the spinning racks of the day.
Stuck in the Middle of What the Ehf Comes Next
Sometimes a page arises visually through little sketches that come together seamlessly. Some pages, like page 3, turn out to be a back and forth between what I can sketch, the rhythms, subject and flow of the dialog, what fits on the page and finally, what is the little kicker in the last panel that makes you want to read the next page. Mr. Jon Macy pointed out this comic book necessity of page composition a long time ago. I've never forgotten it.
The Right Amount of Rad
I've been sketching out a few poses for Eliot as he really gets into his air guitar. What is the right amount of rad anyway? Fist pumping the air, hips grinding into the body of the guitar, hanging hunks of hair swaying with the pulsating distortion . . . .
Music to draw by: Keith Jarrett, The Who (new bootleg from 1970), various artists from an African Funk compilation.
I decided to go with color as a way of acknowledging the gurgling last breaths of the B&W indie comic book and my commitment to using the internet to make my story available. Color makes for more work, but I'm getting into it. Maybe too into it from a time management point of view.
Music to draw by: Sufjan Stevens
I spend lots of time going through flickr albums looking for 70's clothes, home decor, hair styles. There are a couple of movies from that a great for pilfering. These stills are taken from "Over the Edge" from 1979. Matt Dillon's first movie. He steels the show and his clothes are too much. I'll save his half shirts and unzipped vest over bare skin for later in the book. The last still has some nice atmosphere.
The Sebaceous Funkmeister, Jon Macy, and I spent the afternoon drawing. We even drew yesterday and I've made great progress on page 2. Vevay spent the entire time sleeping next to Jon, lulled into dreamland by the sound of his pencil marking the page.
Music to draw by: Koko Taylor, Little Walter, The Besnard Lakes and Love.