Piarelle – how I worked on Story of Lee

The artist on volume 3 of The Story of Lee, Piarelle, tells us a little about how she works (p1 of 3):

“Before working on the Story of Lee volume 3, I needed to get a sense of the story and the characters, so I decided to read the first two volumes. The first two volumes were worked on by two different artists, so the visual styles were quite distinctive from one other. To me, the story itself made me think of ‘josei’ manga as it had a mature, realistic feel to it so I thought to take that approach on the third volume.

There is a process I went through in creating each page for the Story of Lee, volume 3.

First I’d start with thumbnailing the page layouts. Sean pretty much wrote on the script what he’d like in each panel, so I worked with that. I’d read the script, get a sense of the atmosphere in the scene and compose little page layouts on scrap paper. I like to plan pages in a way that enhances the story’s flow, so I usually plan where the speech bubbles should go at the same time I plan from what viewpoint to draw the images. I try to make both the words and pictures work in harmony together.”

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Check the book on more on the publishers page HERE

Or Sean’s  WEBSITE

 

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Story of Lee – bits from my past

 

In volume 3 of our series with NBM, The Story of Lee,  I’ve written a commentary on two pages at the back of the book, about various aspects that can be seen in the book, real life places, events, Scots language words, etc. I also did this with the other two volumes.

Here are some snippets from that with the relevant pages for you:

On Pages 2 to 4: The character Xavier is based on an international student who was in my Masters degree in Edinburgh University. The kind of person who is smart but can’t resist showing off about it. We had all agreed not to show the results of our first essay, as it was immature to compare marks and not the point of learning. But as soon as he saw that his result was good he showed it off to any one he could. ha!

He is probably now the head of a department of sociology somewhere.

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Check the book out more on the publishers page HERE

Or my own WEBSITE WEBSITE

 

3rd and final volume of THE STORY OF LEE

The 3rd and final volume of our book THE STORY OF LEE is done and dusted (well, a little bit dust remains), and will soon be off to the printers.

I’m very happy with it – the cover is lovely, a sad image but with a beauty to the framing and the texture that artist, Piarelle, has brought to it. She, a young artist working on her very first full length book, has done an excellent job.

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It’s listed now in the Diamond distributors December Previews catalogue for ordering, and a February release.

Please check it out HERE, folks!

Cheers, Sean (and Piarelle).

 

DUST AND BLOOD ~ The Realbird re-enactment

This year, I was invited to The Realbird re-enactment of The Battle Of The Little Big Horn in Crow Agency, Montana. The camp is situated adjacent to the battlefield and you can see Reno Hill in the background of several pictures. An awesome celebration of history and friendship veiled in the re-telling of a horrific battle.

I was set up to sell copies of DUST AND BLOOD (the original Kickstarter edition) but I also had a chance to sneak away from my table and shoot some pictures.

Thanks again to Jim Realbird and all the Realbirds who welcomed me with open arms.

One year Comics Laureate

For starters: congratulations to Hannah Berry, who was appointed UK Comics Laureate yesterday! To be honest, I was not aware of the title in the UK, or that it’s written as “comics laureate” rather than “comic artist laureate” (although I’ll stick to the latter, because I like more words).

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The task of “comics ambassador” in the UK revolves around many of the same issues as mine: more visibility, and promoting comics in education. And I love that Hannah is also a short-haired, bespectacled female comics creator. In a few years, we will be the new cliché for our profession, I hope!

Also yesterday, I celebrated my first year at this “job”:

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Another exciting thing on the agenda for the coming year: my book on Love will be published here at NBM! It is scheduled to come out in June, and here’s the cover:

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‘Silent Invasion’ Creators Head to SPX and Brooklyn Book Festival

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NBM Graphic Novels is extremely excited to announce that Michael Cherkas and Larry Hancock will be appearing at SPX: Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland on Saturday, September 15th and Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 16th to promote the return of their cult classic series, The Silent Invasion in a series of graphic novels that will reprint all of the previously released material as well as the series’ never before released final volume.

Truly ahead of it’s time, The Silent Invasion is a must-read for any comics fan.

 

The paranoid cult-classic science fiction mystery of the early days of indie comics returns! The series will begin with two books reprinting the original volumes, followed by the never before collected third album and concluding with an all-new fourth book of this epic series of conspiracy and paranoia. Set against the background of a nightmarish 1950s crawling with communist spies, corrupt FBI agents, McCarthyites, Stalinists, cold warriors, flying saucers, mysterious government organizations, The Silent Invasion weaves a byzantine tale of mystery and deceit as a bewildered investigative reporter Matt Sinkage pursues the truth behind an apparent alien invasion of earth that points to involvement at the highest levels of American government officials.

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In addition to The Silent Invasion, we’ll also have all of our newest titles available for sale including The Provocative Colette, Hasib & the Queen of Serpents, and Niki de Saint Phalle: The Garden of Secrets, as well as previews of forthcoming books such as Of Dust & Blood: The Battle at Little Big Horn.

SPX Signing Schedule (Table G1-2)

  • 11 – 12:30PM: Mike & Larry
  • 2 – 3:30PM: Mike and Larry
  • 4 – 5PM: Mike & Larry

Brooklyn Book Festival (Booth 321)

  • 10:30 – 12PM
  • 1 – 2:30PM
  • 3 :30 – 5 :30PM

Val Mayerik ~ On Kickstarting a graphic novel.

One major issue when working with a Kick Starter project is deciding upon, announcing and meeting a deadline. The creators choose the deadline and it would seem that they could choose as extended and as distant a deadline as they please but it is not that arbitrary. The contributors want to see results within a reasonable length of time and deserve just that. I’ve heard stories of creators taking years to deliver the completed project and sometimes just absconding with funds and never completing the promised work.

We certainly didn’t want to do anything like that.

Jim already had a complete script so there were no worries there but I had seventy some pages to draw, ink and color and I had to estimate the time it would take me to do that.  I am a freelancer and as a typical freelancer I have to take on as much work as I can. so I had to decide on scheduling priorities based on which client needed what work and how soon. A lot of that work was in advertising which usually operates on very short deadlines,( like the next day) so initially the Blood and Dust work was getting pushed further and further to the side. Just when I thought I had a chunk of time to devote to the book I got a call from an ad client. This was creating anxiety in both Jim and me.

Val Mayerik (to be continued)

 

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The original Kickstarter book.