Minicomics out of nowhere! I wrote maybe 70-75% of a super short today, with no help, prompts, random words out the the dictionary or anything. This is a rarity. Not that I haven’t been writing minicomics scripts unassisted all along, but for the last few years all of my stories of this kind have gone long and ended up in the 16-20-32 page range. This one will be either an 8 pager or possibly a 12 pager with a data page or two. While it’s not finished, it is definitely a story– I have all the vital components including a cover image and an ending with a double kicker. Today was the bomb, except for going to the dentist and problems with my tablet. But hey, a walk and a new story. Hash for supper. Interesting packages in UPS. That’s the bomb.
Anyway, the new comic is 99% likely to be called Nineteenth Century Errands, and it stars Jack and Edison. While I have several Edison stories in various stages of completion, this will almost certainly be the first appearance of Kekionga’s Radio (Something)* in an actual comic. So of course I am gathering all my sketchbook references in preparation for drawing him in continuity for the first time. This drawing is the definitive Edison, from my notebook:
The first is the full color scanned image– ballpoint on cream colored Moleskine paper, with serious bleed through from a black marker drawing on the other side of the page (oops). The second is the same image treated as I usually treat the sketchbook drawings you see here– saved as a 1 bit file and then greyscaled to antialias. Well, that doesn’t work. The dark grey ballpoint pen lines on the cream paper aren’t contrasty enough. The third is a cleaned up version of the full color image– reduced to 16 bit color and then doctored a bit with the color replacer using colors pulled out of the image.
*Edison is Kekionga’s Radio Something. Our Radio Hero doesn’t work– Jack is Our Hero. I need a word with a nice pulpy feel– a man of mystery/boy inventor kind of word. Ideas are welcome.