June 26, 2009 by shane white
Oftentimes I have trouble drawing consistently from panel to panel and page to page. It’s more apparent when I draw realistically. I wish I had the skills of Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, but I don’t. What I found for me is creating model sheets helps, especially when the characters are really shape-based and have strong silhouettes. Things Undone was a way for me to experiment with shapes and to get better at consistency.
Though the next time I do a realistic project I think I’ll probably find actors and actresses to create the characters from. At least there’ll be more reference and lighting conditions to choose from. I’m sure everyone already does this…even to the point of just tracing off photos. Still, I’d rather do the character sheets based off of the reference I’ve gathered and my initial designs.
June 23, 2009 by NBM
Booklist’s Ray Olson reviews a pair of our books:
“Batting a thousand, so to speak, Geary gives us another ideal first look on a legendary homicide.”
And on Mijeong:
“all beautifully executed, true-feeling stuff.”
June 22, 2009 by Jesse Lonergan
It seems that a lot of people think that my comics are one hundred percent true. I remember being shocked when one of my friends said she assumed that all the stories in my comics actually happened to me. A number of people after reading my first book Flower and Fade asked me if I was still in touch with Erika, the main female character in the book.
When I first heard these comments I got annoyed. I wanted to say all of it was fiction and that I made all of it up, but that really isn’t true. There are an awful lot of things that have actually happened to me in my comics. For example, In my new book Joe and Azat, the events shown above actually happened. I was riding in a taxi through the desert when the taxi driver stepped out of the car, popped the hood and opened the radiator cap to have boiling coolant explode in his face. That happened. The driver’s name was Dowlet. The car was a brand new BMW.
But I can’t say that the book is one hundred percent true either. There are many real incidents in the book, but the plot is entirely fictional. I take pieces of my life, little memories, anecdotes, people, and events and then I throw them into a blender and they get all mixed up and twisted around. Real events get bent around, warped and reshaped. Fictional endings and beginnings get added. Facts that are irrelevant to the story get cut. Three real people get mashed together into one character. Events get reordered for the sake of the story. New events are made up because narratively they should have happened.
It’s all a jumbled mess by the end, and sometimes when I’m looking at a comic I’ve done I’m not sure if what I wrote is factual or not. It all feels true by the end.
Hopefully, people don’t get too hung up on the reality of the book and they just enjoy the story.
Anyway, Joe and Azat should be coming out in September before SPX. Check it out. And check out my blog for more comics that I’m not sure actually happened or not.
June 22, 2009 by Ted Rall
June 22, 2009 by NBM
Teacher Librarian magazine reviewed a couple historically based graphic novels of ours saying for Bluesman:
“A moody masterpiece of fiction that is all the more compelling because every word of it could be true. [Uses] a broad visual palette that matches its dramatic variety of emotions.”
And on Rick Geary’s “The Lindbergh Child“:
“The master of historical nonfiction in graphic novels contributes one of his best efforts. Simultaneously factual and poignant.”
June 22, 2009 by NBM
The French woman writer who composed the delicious stories found in First Time is interviewed by the site Sequential Tart. A fun and funny inside look at the process that reunites a number of artists including Dave McKean.
June 21, 2009 by Ted Rall
My next animated editorial cartoon tackles the autoerotic asphyxiation crisis. Michael Hutchence. David Carradine. Who will be next?
June 19, 2009 by NBM
Three reviews of note have appeared recently:
“This is an outstanding Dungeons and Dragons parody that serves as a stand-alone story. Readers will be entertained, even those unaccustomed to comic fantasy fiction. These anthropomorphic characters are well drawn, and the snappy dialogue is craftily paired with Boulet’s stunning imagery.“
School Library Journal on Dungeon Zenith vol.3
“Geary fathoms what makes comics such an ideal form for true crime lovers. I know there are true crime readers out there who like to be disciplined by their authors, who like to be told who done it and why, and I suppose such readers won’t appreciate Geary’s adamant refusal to direct our conclusions. But Geary understands that the real pleasure of reading history, criminal cases, and comics is that we aren’t rendered passive. And he recognizes that the discomfit we feel from not knowing all the answers can be assuaged only by knowing more, always more. Geary’s mastery—as both artist and storyteller—is allowing us to feel comfortable in our uncertainty by describing it with precise detail. In this way, his slender books written in formulaic style brilliantly capture not only the historical moments he records within their own pages, but our own. “
Publishers Weekly on Mijeong
June 19, 2009 by shane white
This was something I considered as well something a little more broad to evoke atmosphere. Color shifts and temperature changes would have been fun and kept things simple, but in the end I decided to go with this:
Next week I’ll get back to talking about character development for THINGS UNDONE.
June 19, 2009 by Ted Rall