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Lifelike

Dara Naraghi's graphic novel Lifelike is now available in both digital and print editions. Click here for more info.

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I’ve just finished an amazing dream sequence for the upcoming graphic novel Persia Blues, written by Dara and drawn by yours truly. This is how I did it. (Not really a tutorial exactly but more of a show and tell)

First i looked at the script and i did my breakdowns and thumbnails.

Now I’ll show you all the pencils compared to the inks. These pages are done in the “here” part of the story, which is the fantasy world. So I’m using inks, inkwash, markers, and pencils.

I used a real photo of a persian rug for the rug in panel 2, tweaking it in Photoshop and dropping it in as a texture. Same thing with the stars in Minoo’s hair.

This is a double page spread. Added my standard cloud background and some spots for the White Demon. And some stars. but actually very little photoshop on this one. You may notice a few changes from the pencil stage to the finished art. Particularly with the warrior figure on the far right. i just wasn’t happy with the figure. So i fixed it. I’m happy with the results.

I drew the crowd scene on a different piece of paper and just added it in when I was done. Also used my standard cloud background. (Years ago I drew a full sheet of clouds in pencil and I was so happy with it and unable to replicate it that i just keep using it over and over again as  a background.

Anyway that’s it.  I’m lovong this project. All feedback is appreciated.

And y’all check out our kickstarter project Dara’s working on it as we speak.

Oh and as a side note here is my cloud background. made it back in 2004 or 2005 for some unfinished project or another. I call it “stormy weather”. Now that you know about you will see it in my work ALL the time.

 

 

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    SPACE starts this Saturday!

    PANEL 19: Green will be available all weekend, both from members of PANEL at the show, and from Andy Bennett at the Pittsburgh Comicon.

    Bonus – we’ll have stacks of free PANEL bookmarks, with art by Matt Kish, and a checklist of our entire catalog.

    Here’s the last peek at what’s in store for you in the latest issue – by KT Swartz and Brent Bowman, from a story called “Apologies for the Missing.”

    Brent Bowman

     

    And for good measure, here’s a picture of the cover dress – so you’ll know what you’re looking for!

    GREN cover

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      You want a splash page? Here’s a splash page for ya:

      Green Hills of Earth, from Panel 19

       

      Theseus Moore and the Green Hills of Earth stand alone against the Ravari Horde, with the Earth in the balance! Theseus’ shields are elmo, and the Ravari have their atom-cannons primed! They mean to burn the Earth to a cinder!

      “For the Green:” A deadly game of 20-gee cat & mouse, set among the 64 moons of Jupiter! It’s a five-page epic that will rock your face off and forever vanquish the evil forces of decompression! Blasting off from Panel 19: Green, it’s a ray gun to the face from 1948, by way of 1976!

      If you crave satisfaction, here’s the place to find that action! Don’t ask … just buy it!

      (Pictures by Battlin’ Craig Bogart, words by Annotatin’ Anthony Goins. This is definitely the most Easter Eggs I have ever put in a comic.)

       

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        Hold on a second… teenagers—in a Model T—running over a tall leprechaun?

        Yeah, that can only be Ross Hardy’s handiwork. From “Luck of the Irish”…

        Ross Hardy's Leprechaun

         

        Four more days, folks! You can get your copy starting Saturday morning at SPACE!

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          …of the imminent release of PANEL 19: GREEN!

          This time, it’s the madcap ravings of Captain Responsible in Andrew Lee’s slacker-rrific cautionary tale, “The Devil’s Coleslaw,” lovingly lettered and toned by multi-talented guest artist Ben Smith!

          Captain Responsible!

          32 pages of 60% post-consumer awesomeness are coming your way SATURDAY at SPACE! Hope to see you there.

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            …get ready! The 19th issue of our beloved anthology will launch in just 8 days at SPACE on April 21-22! And for those of you who won’t be at the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo, our own Andy Bennett will have copies available at the Pittsburgh Comicon that same weekend.

            Here’s a tiny glimpse of what’s in store for you, from Dara Naraghi & Matt Kish’s Rube Goldberg-ian masterpiece, “From Green to Green.” And this is just the beginning!

            D'oh!

            PANEL 19: Green will continue our legacy of lovingly-crafted, hand-built comics, just as you’ve come to expect. Keep an eye on this spot for more leaks and peeks over the next 8 days.

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              The digital version of my Lifelike graphic novel is available at several places, including DriveThruComics.com, which is currently offering a special bundle of digital comics, with all proceeds to benefit the Hero Initiative. HI is a non-profit organization that “creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work”.

              The bundle will cost you $20, for which you’ll get $95 (retail) worth of comics and graphic novels, donated by over 30 different publishers. We’re talking books like Mouse Guard #1 (Archaia), Nexus Greatest Hits, First Born #1 (Top Cow), and many more.

              So drop on by the DriveThruComics site and check out this great way to support the Hero Initiative.

              Official press release follows:

              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

              DriveThruComics Launches Hero Initiative Fundraiser with over 30 Comic Publishers!

              March, 12th, 2012 — DriveThruComics.com has partnered with over 30 comic book publishers to offer a $20 bundle of digital comics for charity. Proceeds of the charity bundle, which has a retail value of $95, will be donated to the Hero Initiative. Participating publishers include: Top Cow Productions, Archaia Entertainment, Moonstone Books, Dork Storm Press, and a number of creator-owned and small press publishers.

              Filip Sablik, Top Cow’s publisher says, “Top Cow has been a proud supported of the Hero Initiative from the beginning, with Jim McLauchlin, the current director of the charity being a former editor-in-chief at the Cow. We’re always thrilled to support Hero in any way we can and it’s very cool to see DriveThruComics stepping up to participate in this way!”

              Since June 2011, DriveThruComics.com has offered customers the chance to make a $5 direct donation to the Hero Initiative. This new $20 DriveThruComics Charity Bundle offers participating publishers an opportunity to provide customers with an excellent selection of digital comics and raise money for this well-respected charity. Titles in this digital comic bundle include: Mouse Guard Fall 1152 #1 from Archaia Entertainment, First Born #1 from Top Cow Productions, Flare #20 from Heroic Publishing, the Harbor Moon graphic novel from Spoke Lane Entertainment, the Dr. Blink: Superhero Shrink graphic novel from Dork Storm Press and many more!

              DriveThruComics.com and its sister-site, DriveThruRPG.com, have previously offered charity bundles of digital product to benefit Doctors Without Borders in response to the earthquake in Haiti and flooding in Pakistan.

              Visit DriveThruComics.com today and donate to the Hero Initiative!

              About DriveThruComics:

              DriveThruComics.com is part of a family of sites operated by OneBookShelf. From games, to comics, to fiction, starting an account on any of the sites gives you access to thousands of titles to satisfy the inner geek, grognard and fanboy we all have. DriveThruComics.com works with publishers and creators to offer digital and print editions of current and out-of-print comics to fans around the world.

              On the web: http://www.drivethrucomics.com

              About The Hero Initiative:

              The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit over 40 creators and their families with over $400,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

              On the web: http://www.heroinitiative.org/

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                Bob Corby, founder and show runner of Columbus’ own Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo (S.P.A.C.E.) has just announced the finalists for the 2011 SPACE Prize. And your humble blog hosts in the PANEL Collective are well represented:

                General Category:

                PANEL: Pulp – volume 17 of our twice yearly anthology series, edited by yours truly, Sean McGurr, and Tony Goins, and featuring the talents of the writers and artists of the PANEL Collective. Available for purchase here.

                The Ineffables: All of Creation, by PANELista Craig Bogart (who is unfortunately having website issues right now, but hopes to be back online soon).

                Also featured in this category, fellow Columbusites Max Ink (Blink:So Far) and Joel Jackson/James Moore (Radio Free Gahanna #2)

                Mini-comic / Short Story Category:

                PANELista Brent Bowman for his story from PANEL: Pulp, “Noor Jama, Somali Pirate”

                You can check out the full list of finalists here.

                Congrats to all, and we’ll see you at S.P.A.C.E. 2012, April 21-22.

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                  Panel 18 debuts at the Mid Ohio Con of Wizards… which starts right… now. It can be yours for $3. We’ve got page numbers! Go get your hot lil’ hands on this anthology at Andy B’s and or Tony G’s table. Missed the Groupon $10 deal on tickets? No worries. If you didn’t hit the blood bank for admission money,  the anthology will soon find it’s way into local shops so keep your eyes peeled. As always thanks for supporting small press and remember Panel loves you. Hard.

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                    Wow, I’d forgotten about this interview until I came across the video posted online. This was done for the Science Fiction Book Club at the 2010 New York Comic Con. The first half of the video features me talking about Witch & Wizard, plus a bit about my other projects:

                    Yeah, I’m really not comfortable talking to a camera.

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                      Just a quick reminder that Dark Horse Presents #4, out today, features a short story by yours truly and artist Victor Santos:

                      Buy a copy and let me know what you thought of the story.

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                        Due to some last minute shuffling, my autobiographical story “The Protest” is being moved up in the roster to Dark Horse Presents #4, shipping to comic shops everywhere September 21.

                        Here’s a look at the official solicitation, and the two different covers for the book, by the talented Ms. Fiona Staples:

                        …and Mr. Geof Darrow:

                        Dark Horse Presents #4 – 80 color pages – no ads – $7.99

                        The hallmark anthology continues with another spectacular eighty-page issue! In this installment, stories by creators Howard Chaykin (The Chronicles of Solomon Kane), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), and Sanford Greene continue. Joined by exciting new shorts from Ricardo Delgado and Jim Campbell, Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, and Filipé Melo, this issue is certain to have something for everyone! Plus, the first chapters of brand-new Beasts of Burden and Criminal Macabre stories! If that wasn’t enough, we’ve included another demented strip by Patrick Alexander and an exclusive interview with Geof Darrow!

                        And here’s a look at a page from my story, illustrated by my frequent artistic partner in crime, Victor Santos:

                        Set in Iran, post-Islamic revolution, “The Protest” is a story of growing up during turbulent times, where timeless constants and unpredictable variables come into direct conflict.

                        Please ask your retailer to save you a copy.

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                          The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Liberty Annual is a comics anthology feature big name comic book creators, as well as some up-and-coming young’uns such as yours truly, whose sale benefits the CBLDF. This year’s book is 48 full color pages, retailing for $5, and will be available mid-October from Image Comics.

                          This year’s book comes with two covers, from personal favorite Matt Wagner (featuring his Grendel character) and fan favorite John Cassaday (featuring Uncle Sam). Here’s the solicitation for the book:

                          CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011

                          story MATT WAGNER, J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI, KAZIM ALI, DARA NARAGHI, J.H. WILLIAMS III, MARK WAID, CARLA SPEED MCNEIL, AJ LIEBERMAN, MICHAEL BRAMLEY, STEVE NILES, BRANDON MONTCLARE, JUDD WINICK, RICHARD STARKINGS

                          art MATT WAGNER, KEVIN SACCO, CRAIG THOMPSON, CHRIS MITTEN, J.H. WILLIAMS III, JEFF LEMIRE, CARLA SPEED MCNEIL, RILEY ROSSMO, FRANK QUITELY, SHANE DAVIS, FRED HEMBECK, MICHAEL MONTENAT & JACK PURCELL, JOËLLE JONES, GREG LAND, GREG HORN, THIAGO MICALOPULOS & RODNEY RAMOS, DUSTIN NGUYEN, DAVE COOPER, IVAN REIS, SHAKY KANE

                          cover A JOHN CASSADAY
                          cover B MATT WAGNER

                          OCTOBER 12
                          48 PAGES / FC / M
                          $4.99

                          A COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND BENEFIT BOOK!

                          Stand Up For Your Rights! Censorship is the ultimate form of bullying. Censors want to take away the power people have to think, speak, or create freely. In CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011, Legendary Editor BOB SCHRECK gathers an all-star line-up of comics creators to stand up to those censoring bullies with 48 powerful pages of ALL NEW story and art about standing up for your rights! All proceeds from this book benefit the important First Amendment work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, who’ve been fighting censorship in comics for 25 years!

                          This year’s Liberty Annual includes incredible contributions, including all-new original stories by superstars J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI, FRANK QUITELY, J.H. WILLIAMS III, STEVE NILES, JUDD WINICK, MARK WAID, and CARLA SPEED MCNEIL. Plus, new tales featuring GRENDEL by MATT WAGNER, COWBOY NINJA VIKING by AJ LIEBERMAN & RILEY ROSSMO, and ELEPHANTMEN by RICHARD STARKINGS & SHAKY KANE. Plus a massive, and first ever color story from indy comics master CRAIG THOMPSON! Even Marvel and DC have stepped up to show their support all-new pin-ups including BATMAN by DUSTIN NGUYEN, X-MEN by GREG LAND, GREEN LANTERN by IVAN REIS, and THE AVENGERS by GREG HORN!

                          All proceeds from CBLDF Liberty Annual 2011 will benefit the important First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians and readers.

                          My contribution is a 3-page autobiographical short on the topic of freedom of religion. Titled “The Conversion,” it deals with an incident that happened to me in Iran when I was a kid. Here’s a sneak peek at page 1, featuring the artwork of Christopher Mitten:

                          Please ask your retailer to save you a copy, and remember that it benefits the work of the fund in fighting censorship and protecting comic creators’ first amendment rights.

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                            Coinciding with Free Comic Book Day this Saturday, May 7, digital comics platform Graphic.ly will also be offering dozens of free downloadable comics. Included in the lineup is my 96-page graphic novel, Lifelike. Normally available for $3.99, you can download the whole book for FREE on Saturday!

                            But it’s only on Saturday, so set yourself a reminder!

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                              Today I’m continuing the series describing my process for creating my cover image for PANEL 17: PULP.

                              Last Friday I described the sketch stage, where I cut the design from whole cloth and prepare for a final drawing. Once I have a sketch I’m happy with, I transfer it directly to the final art board. Since my sketches are frequently so small, this usually involves a scan/scale/print/graphite transfer affair. I print the sketch at final art size, coat the back of the print with graphite, and trace it over onto the board. This leaves a ghost-image on the board, with all the correct proportions/perspective of the smaller sketch.

                              In other instances, such as times when the final art is much larger than my printer’s capability and I don’t care to assemble pieces, I’ll do a grid transfer. In this method, I draw a grid over the sketch, usually about 10 squares high by 6-7 squares wide, for images in this ratio. I then draw the same grid on the blank art board and re-draw each square one at a time. It’s a quick way to accurately re-draw a smaller image without all the intermediate steps of a graphite transfer.

                              In this case, I decided I could probably improve the composition a little by re-drawing it entirely. So I started instead on a blank board, and re-drew the sketch freehand, and put everything exactly where I wanted it. After filling out the drawing enough to where I could ink confidently, I began the ink stage. This is where I spend the most time on an image, and where I think my style really emerges. Here’s a side-by-side of the original sketch with the inked cover art (click to enlarge):

                              The sketch was rather spontaneous, so it was not drawn in the correct ratio, which is why it isn’t as tall as the final. As you can see, I pushed the “Femme Fatale” character further into the foreground, and enlarged the “hero” in the background, to improve the drama and overall design of the page. In addition to the composition changes, I changed the figures in many ways. I fixed her legs, tilted her head, showed a bit more of his face, and I gave her a cigarette so I could use the smoke as a design element. I also eliminated a lot of the extraneous props on the desk, as they seemed like too much clutter to me, and angled the shadows on the wall quite a bit more, for added drama.

                              In the next step, I’ll be adding the digital colors and effects, as we get closer and closer to the final art. Tune in Wednesday to see the results…

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