I’ve been getting a lot of emails and twitter compliments on the artwork over the last couple of days. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to pass on a kind word or compliment. It fuels me, honestly. But before you guys start complimenting me TOO much, I wanted to make sure everyone knows that I’m borrowing heavily for this story arc. I am surrounded by books of pulp adventure comics from the 40’s and 50’s. I’m propped up by a lot of artistic crutches here.
I’m fascinated by the artwork of the great adventure strips from the 40s. And I’m jealous of the modern masters who are able to truly understand this style and emulate it today. Chris Samnee, Steve Lieber and others really know their stuff. I don’t. I want to draw this way, but I’m still learning. And that’s what this week’s strips is really all about for me. Learning. We get so busy that we kind of learn publicly these days. I experiment live with each day’s strip. I don’t sit and sketch for hours every day. The strip is what I get to draw. So I learn as I go. And you guys get to watch. Probably not the best process, but that’s what’s working right now. So let’s not rock the boat too much.
I am really proud of the last panel of Tuesday’s strip though. That LOLbat was all me (and you can tell because my spot blacks are off on his body). But I was really proud of that when I finished it. And it felt good because maybe some of this is actually sinking in.