You guys thought I wasn’t gonna say “Happy Easter” (you were almost right, PHEW)
This is what Mr.Easter evolves into on this special day.
So Terry decided to publish Kinky & Cosy. Party in the house! Besides an exhibition in Manhattan in 2008, that’ll be their first step on the North-American soil. In the following posts I’ll try to give you, reader of the NBM blog, something of a background of this series. But in the meantime: here is what Kinky & Cosy started as : a 3 pannel newspaper comic.
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It all begins here in the lab, getting cozy and scribbling equal parts jibberish and possible story plots… this is the most fragile part of the process for it often gets eclipsed by dance night, facebook lurking, and 18 hour naps but every once in a blue moon the stars align, self control conquers all and I start scripting …which looks like this:
This is the closest thing to a script that A Home for Mr.Easter got ( which may explain a lot ). It’s composed on posted notes and whatever little pieces of scrap paper were close at hand taped and nested in a 4×6 sketch book. If you’re having trouble writing I find that this way always helps because its not as scary jotting down plot points on pieces of paper that might have ended up in the trash any way and they’re easy to move around, build onto, or just get rid of.
During this stage I tend to do what a lot of people do and script in thumbnail form, already start figuring out what the page layout is, how the frames will work together to create the pacing you want (which in this case was pretty fast ), and where dialogue and sound effects might go. In addition to these things I find it helpful to go ahead and sketch a few character designs or environments on the side whenever I get stuck… because as soon as you get stuck suddenly you remember your computer is right next to you and you could probably go update your facebook status from WORK NIGHT to I HATE WORK NIGHT but then suddenly you get a message from your best friend ever that says GET DOWN TOWN NOW and instantly you obey…. and … um …where was I?
So after I get a pretty good idea of the rough outline I go to my OTHER sketch book filled with helpful little pages of graph paper and do my tight roughs (as seen below). These are bigger more specific scribbles that are accompanied by dialogue… this is pretty much what my finished pencils look like later on 9×12 bristol… which would drive my teachers to murder. But in all honesty tighter pencils will only help you out on inks in the long run. Lesson learned.
HELLO BLESSED AND DEAR BLOG READERS!
Hope every one’s having an eventful month of March! To be honest it’s passed by so quickly the only thing I remember is St. Paddy’s… or well, maybe I don’t… Any who, this brings A HOME for Mr. EASTER a little closer to book shelves and hopefully a little closer to you too. In the mean time I guess I’ll get you all a little more acquainted with the book, its characters, and what on earth I was thinking when I made it… So where to begin…
Where indeed. The setting in which A Home for Mr. Easter takes place is purposefully pretty vague. I wanted to tell the story economically with just the right amount of information needed to understand the characters. I didn’t feel that placing Tesana in a specific city was pertinent to her or anyone else’s character, not to say that I think it would have been a bad thing to do so, it just would have made Mr. Easter a different story…
(also does any one else see the smiley face in the rock in the picture above? Now that I see it I can’t stop looking at it).
Well that bit of insight was short lived, next time perhaps I’ll devote a post to the villains of Mr. Easter or maybe one to process… or maybe both!
Thanks again for all the glorious support! If only I could award you with a freshly baked brownie every time you stopped by the blog … but I can’t… I’m still working on that technology.
Hearts and Good Feelings to all!
I’ll be honest, I can’t think of anything more fun to draw then some one tromping through the woods… and as a result you’ll find many a panel of Tesana + crew doing just that. Besides it being the perfect excuse to scribble trees and live vicariously through my characters (because lets face it, running around outside is so much more fun then sitting at a big dumb desk) it’s also a great device to visually express complete aimlessness and further establish that the characters are lost and out of their element.
. … but mostly I just like drawing trees.
SHE’S COMING SOON, Y’ALL GET READY!
p.s. thanks for all those lovely comments and support for the book and NBM!