I’m going to order a few of these since I got a 50% off coupon from Vistaprint. The black on white is a little over $10. There is an option for white on black and long sleeve. If anyone wants one, let me know soon and I can keep the cost down with group shipping.
Funny side note, the dirt that Artexx is kicking up ended up looking so much like Walt Simonsons signature that I just ended up using it and obscuring some of it.
The eastern assassin from across the pond will be appearing in issue 10. Issue 8 is going to start getting inks in a month which should mean it could be printed around Aug if things go smooth. Which means issue 9 could be ready maybe before the end of the year. And with issue 10 already being on page 9, well, this could be a productive year indeed.
While Danny is working on the pencils for 8. I got started on a later issue. It’s a straight ghost story, recognize the place?
and things that go “bump” in the night
Issue 7 is just came back from Ka-Blam last week. It will take around three weeks to make all of the adjustments to the color, layout and copy before we send off another test print but there is no doubt that the final will be ready weeks before the convention season starts. That said, I had fun breaking down how the last cover was done so I thought I would revisit the idea again. So here goes.
1: I couldn’t find the thumbnails of the various compositions for this cover but most looked really close to this final drawing. I had it pretty clear in my mind that I wanted this gigantic ape blotting out the light from NPRS.
2:Spider-Man 229 was always in mind when designing this cover. While not one of my favorite covers, the composition lends itself really well to this foreboding juggernaut (pun intended).
Fusion has this cool outline of Kirby crackle separating him from the background
Another good use of color and crackle to separate foreground from background.
This was the cover I had in mind for issue 7. Notice the silhouette and scale difference to add the feeling of imposing doom.
3:The flats went in pretty easy but there was no visual punch to the image.
4: Adding a horizon line helped ground the figures but the gradient looked terrible in the print. Also the type needed a better treatment which got me thinking about some of the great covers that broke the headlines.
5: Add this is pretty close to the finished piece. The colors are much closer to what I envisioned so hopefully that translates to the printed page. The half tone works well and the type for the most part is what I was aiming for. What does everyone think?
We made it again (to be fair, Tom Kyzivat made it again and we are riding on his coat tails) so we hope you can make it to the big one on APR
21 – 23, 2017. We should have issue 7 printed, issue 8 & 9 being inked, toys, trade-paper backs and t-shirts. Just look for the new signs–
We have been burning the midnight oil lately. Tim is coloring the rest of issue 7 with help from Will while Dan had been penciling issue 8. Jason is finishing the script of issue 9 and Will has been working on pencils and inks of issue 10. 2017 should see our highest issue count to date, 3 full colored issues. Here’s a sneak peak.
We had a blast at the DuPage show, thanks for stopping out. The big talk was over WestWorld, who would have thought that sci-fi westerns would be as big as they are right now? Special thanks to Steven W for stopping out and picking up some original pages. Keep in mind that Jason Parada, the author of issues 7-9 really wanted that page with Jameson Hunter tearing NPRS in half so if you see him at one of the cons Steven, punch him hard and straight in the nose then run like hell.