WIP Update: Larry’s Occult Emporium & Gifts

I realized today that I never posted the finished storefront for Larry’s Occult Emporium & Gifts. Let’s take it from the top, from the reference photo to the finished drawing.

So, without further ado…

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…and that’s how the sausage is made!

Thanks for reading!

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The Cosmic Werewolf in the Sky

Our pal Larry is a big fan of Baruka, a being created in the image of his favorite deity, The Cosmic Werewolf in the Sky. You remember Larry, right? Here he is showing off his highly-collectible Cosmic Werewolf flag, only available for purchase at Larry’s Occult Emporium & Gifts:

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While there are many images depicting the Cosmic Werewolf in the Sky, this one is my favorite. That’s probably because it’s the only one I’ve drawn so far, but still…there was a lot of thought and effort that went into this little guy. So, here’s a bit about the process behind the creation…

Here’s the sketch I started with.

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It’s pretty rough, but I captured what I needed to. It’s circular (for reasons I’ll explain later) and it’s vaguely  Norse-like (Norsish? Norsey?) in style.

I applied some crude Photoshop-ery to take some girth out of his fat head…

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…then added a few guides to help define that core shapes a little better.

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Next came the inking…

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…and then I deleted all of that baloney underneath. Looks better, eh?

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And finally, some color.

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Here, I made a fancy GIF of the all the steps:

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And that’s about it. I wanted to make the image circular so I could have another button to add to the collection. We’re up to four now.

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So yeah, it was a lot of work for something that gets about one-and-a-half panels in the comic, but I needed to make it something I could be proud of. Mission accomplished.

Until next time…keep your eyes on the heavens for the grand appearance of the Cosmic Werewolf in the Sky! And thanks for reading!

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Meet Crazy Larry

This is Crazy Larry. Is he about to deliver an atomic bear hug? Maybe he’s about to tell you a big fish story. Or could he be showing you what a pretty, pretty bird he is? You decide.

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Justice has a history with Crazy Larry, kind of a love/hate thing. Like, he loves to hate Larry. BUT…Larry runs a pretty sweet Occult Emporium (& GIFTS!), and he is occasionally useful, so Justice tolerates him when he has to.

Seriously though, who couldn’t love a face like that?

I think I need to turn this into a bumper sticker. It calls to me 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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Justice Is Angry At Me

It’s like I stole his lunch money or something. Or maybe it’s because I haven’t visited the ol’ drawing board in a week or two :-O  Either way, this is the first thing that I came up with this morning —

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I think my brain is trying to tell me something. Something something work more something.

Justice’s stare even scared me into doing a color version —

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Yeesh. I get it, man. Stop staring already! I’m getting back to work!

Thanks for reading!

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WIP: Larry’s Occult Emporium & Gifts

Work in progress time! This is from Twisted Tales of Two-Fisted Justice, Issue 2, Page 8.

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I based Larry’s shop on the now-defunct House of Adam men’s fashion store in downtown Cincinnati. I need to fill the windows with all of Larry’s unique knick-knacks, not to mention adding Justice’s ugly mug somewhere in the shot. I think this location will pop up quite a bit in future TToTFJ, so I’m trying to make it memorable. Brent created a pretty great character in Larry and I’m just trying to do him justice…pun intended! hey-O!

I’ll post the finished shot when I have all of the floating eyeballs, Cosmic Werewolves and cuddly teddy bears added to the scene. For now…back to work! I pencilled two pages today, which is an amazing achievement that needs to be commemorated with some sort of engraved plaque 😉 Progress, ho!

Thanks for reading!

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Put a Fork In It

I don’t know if this piece is finally finished, or if it even will be the cover to Issue 2, but I do know that I’M DONE WITH IT. That’s not to say I’m unhappy with it, but what started as a sketch at SPACE has now taken up weeks of my life :-O  Time to set it free and move on to something else.

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Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day! If you have the time, swing by and join the celebration at your local comic shop, but also consider supporting them with a purchase for yourself or that special someone. Because giving away free comics doesn’t keep the lights on 😉

Thanks for reading!

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Twisted Tales of Two-Fisted Justice, Issue 2, Page 5

Open disclosure: This is totally a cheat page. The bottom half is reused from the first page (with minor tweaks) for comedic effect. So, this page was half completed before I even started yesterday.

…but if you look at it another way…I finished the top half of this page in 2 days, which has to be some kind of personal record! Here’s a big THANK YOU to Brent throwing me a softball this week. I owe you a beer.

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I think we should play some sort of game where readers pick out all of the changes I make to a page after it’s posted. For instance, Justice’s cape in page 5 now has 100% more texture from when I posted the same image in page 1 some weeks ago. I hope to post all of the updated pages 1-5 as a preview in the next week or so, then everyone can write in and point out my tinkering. Maybe win a prize. hmmmm…

We’re about three weeks away from S.P.A.C.E.! Our names have been added to the Exhibitor list! Every sentence has an exclamation point! More info soon!

Thanks for reading!

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Twisted Tales of Two-Fisted Justice, Issue 2, Page 4

Welcome back! This week, we’re featuring Page 4 of our flagship title Twisted Tales of Two-Fisted Justice! This one’s a real plot-mover…every now and then we need to give ol’ Vic a break from all of the face-punching and alien-shooting so he can indulge in a bit of pleasant conversation. No worries though! Talking just makes Vic thirsty for Justice! And alcohol. Vic is always thirsty for alcohol.

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Just look at all the clues we’re dropping for Vic Waters’ origin story! Not to mention some good explainin’ vis-à-vis Mr. Century’s unique skills and his role in Vic’s life.

In other news, we’ve taken the plunge and purchased an exhibitor table at this year’s S.P.A.C.E. (Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo) in Columbus, OH on April 9 & 10, 2016. Our first convention! Well, at least the first behind the table 🙂 Lots more to come…stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!

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Twisted Tales of Two-Fisted Justice, Issue 2, Page 3

Here’s a pro tip, free of charge:

If you’re inking your comic digitally, it helps to have a computer with a fully functioning hard drive.

The good news is that I didn’t lose any data. The bad news is that my Apple Paperweight Pro™ cost me quite a bit of time. The better news is that I’m working hard to catch up…

Page 3 introduces a new, important character to Vic Waters’ world: Mr. Century. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing quite a bit more of him beyond this story…

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That’s all for now. Back to plugging away!

And remember kids: back up your data. Like, all of the time. Trust me.

Thanks for reading!

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