Did you enjoy our first foray into comics? Are you ready to visit that world again?
(The correct answer is “yes” on both counts.)
Well, do we have a deal for you! 😉
Curse of the Demon’s Tooth is a mini comic that acts as a prequel to our first title. Let’s call it Twisted Tales of Two-Fisted Justice #1/2. It’s an 8 page photo comic followed by an 8 page short story.
True story: I created this comic before Brent and I ever met. Some folks might recognize it as my Thesis project I completed in college around 2007/2008. I had enough story for a full length comic, but I only had enough time to produce 8 pages with a cliffhanger ending. I had intended to complete the comic after I graduated, but then…well, I didn’t. And years passed. I fell out of love with comics for awhile and fell back in love with them a few years back. After completing the first issue of Twisted Tales of Two-Fisted Justice, I decided to dust off this old project and bring it into the world Brent and I had created. I decided to finish the 8-page photo comic with a short story for the sake of expediency, for while it wouldn’t be impossible to assemble everyone involved again, even after a seven year hiatus, it would be difficult to figure out a shooting schedule that works with everyone’s responsibilities gained in that time, let alone trying to track down costumes, props, etc.
All of the images were created from photographs that were in turn run through a series of filters and actions I had cobbled together in Photoshop. For instance, page 1 of the comic started with this image:
…which was then turned into this:
I’ll post a couple more pages in the next few weeks, and I promise I’ll post them with far fewer words attached 😉 I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brian Fisher and Amanda Mitchell for playing the roles of Dirk Hammer, P.I. and Margo Trust, respectively, and to thank my brother, Ted Flaig, for working as my photo assistant throughout. And thanks to Brent Daniels for helping me rediscover comics and for being a true partner in crime. If making comics is bad, I don’t want to be good!
Thanks for reading!
Here’s a fun little bit I think we’ll continue in future issues…a teaser page! Here’s a slice of life from The Queen City Sentinel on Friday, July 24, 1931:
Some of these headlines will be covered in future issues. Some of the won’t. Guess which ones…we dare you!
Personally, I can’t wait for the “High Interest Rate” storyline that may or may not be featured in Issue 3 😉 It’s a nailbiter!
With this post, we’ve officially covered all of the content published in our first issue. Huzzah! Thanks to everyone for following along!
Hey hey, it’s Thursday!
…and that means a fresh, brand-spankin’-new page of comics!
Titan Technology is awesome! Well, at least it is for Vic. It kind of sucks for The Two Mean Green, but let’s face it: they deserve it.
Please tune in next week for the conclusion of our story!
…and thanks for reading!
Happy Thursday! It’s still Thursday, right? Like really, really, REALLY, late Thursday, right? Let’s pretend it’s not Friday, shall we? 😉
Without further ado, please enjoy page 13:
Titan engineering: learn it, live it, love it. Check back next week to see what it’s really capable of…
In other news, the first convention of the year is rapidly approaching! The Independent Creators Expo (otherwise known as I.C.E.) will be held at the Wright State University Student Union Hall in Dayton, Ohio this coming Saturday, January 24, 2015. Last year’s show was their very first, and while it was small, it showed a lot of potential. I hope to check it out again this year and maybe inquire about being an exhibitor for 2016…
As always, thanks for reading, and I hope to see you back in a week! (Give or take a day).
Hello again! Sorry for the delay, but Thursday just kind of got away from me :-O But hey, a day late is better than not at all, right?
Looks like Vic has this situation well in hand 😉
Short and sweet post this week, as I’m hoping to spend this morning (and whatever other time I can rustle up) working on another story. After today, we’re down to the last 4 pages of our first comic! We’re entering the home stretch…please join us for page 13, debuting next week!
(Hopefully on Thursday)
Thanks for reading!
Happy New Year, folks! Let’s get 2015 started off with a BANG! (or maybe, in this case, a KLONK!) with a new page of Twisted Tales of Two-Fisted Justice:
I’m sure no one is surprised by what Vic found in the case, right? It’s well known that aliens like to travel with a bunch of designer jewelry. No? Or maybe there’s more than meets the eye here…
(Not a Transformers reference.)
I hope everyone is starting their New Year’s Day in a safe and happy place 🙂
Thanks for reading, and catch you next week!
I don’t know how you top last week’s 2-page spread, but I do know that page 10 generally follows page 9, so…
I just realized there’s a typo in that first panel :-O Oops. I thought about changing it before posting this, but I’d really like for these posts to be about our progress as comic writers/artists, and that means showing our early work, warts and all. Plus, we already have physical copies printed and I’m all out of WhiteOut. I’ll revise it for the movie adaptation reprint 😉
That third panel absolutely slays me. This is the brilliance of Brent Daniels. I just may have a t-shirt made.
Happy Holidays to all of our readers! There will be no post next week due to Christmas, but I do believe we’ll put up page 11 on the first day of the new year.
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for!
Well, um…actually, it’s probably more like the moment we’ve been waiting to show you 😉
Justice vs. The Two Mean Green, presented in a glorious 2-page spread!
Believe it or not, these pages took a lot of time to create. Like…way too much time. More time than I care to admit. Basically, more time than it took to create any other two pages in the book, multiplied by three. Brent is fully within his rights to smack me in the head with the script next time he sees me.
But I do think the payoff was worth it. Plus, I began to work faster (and smarter!) after these pages. So, yay learnin’! And yay comics!
In other news, I backed a Kickstarter created by Josh Blaylock (via Devil’s Due Entertainment) that was successfully funded. Josh was a year or two ahead of me in high school and was also the first person I ever met that published indie comics. I’m looking forward to reading my e-book on “How to Self-Publish Comics: Not Just Create Them”. Hopefully there’s a chapter in there on How Not to Drag Butt When Illustrating Your Comic 😉
Catch you next week with another update. Thanks for reading!
Welcome back! Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! I enjoyed some family time, ate a little too much, watched a lot of football and read some comics. So…not too different from most days 😉
This week is the premiere of page 7! We learn Bob’s secret and find out why Justice has his hands full with “Two Much Green”.
Brent gave me lots of leeway when it came to designing the aliens, just so long as they could pass for human with a mask on. I thought it would be funny if the aliens had gigantic heads that they needed to somehow compress to put the masks on. I added the football-shaped markings on their heads as false eyes, so that from a distance their true eyes would appear as nostrils and you’d have the classic alien head shape.
That’s all for now! Tune in next week, when Justice takes on The Two Mean Green! It’s a fight we couldn’t contain in just one page, so it fills an entire two-page spread! Woohoo!
Thanks for reading!