Falling Star Issues…

October 26, 2013

This week has been a great and exciting week.

The arrival of a fairly nondescript box…

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…brings a heightened sense of apprehension…

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…but the first inspection…

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…brings…

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…with it…

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…only…

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…satisfaction.

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This is my first comic that has been published solely for retail. I am very lucky to be living in a town where there are a number of incredibly supportive stores that actively encourage and promote local comic creatives.

Falling Star #1 at all good comic stores.

Pick up a copy now at:

All Star Comics

Coming soon to:

Classic Comics
Sticky Institute
Minotaur

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Falling Star, “Fallout”

June 10, 2013

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It’s well past time to post new pages, don’t you think?

To tell the truth, I’ve had some of these pages for a little while. The first few were originally available for public scrutiny in a small black & white anthology of my own works, with a very tiny print run, for Supanova. I called it SAUCE!#0 which may at least elicit a smirk from anyone that fell prey to ‘collecting’ comics in the nineties, such as I did. It’s been a little while since the expo, so, I’m happy to say, there are more pages – brand spanking new pages – than were in that publication, but I’m going to bring everyone up to speed first.

So, the plan is that starting from today, I’m going to publish a page a week online and we’re going to have ourselves a Falling Star Marathon, which, if I have to admit, I quite like the sound of! Of course, in the mean time while that’s going on, I’ll be working away on even more Falling Star pages, so who knows, perhaps the stars will align and it will be one smooth production line of continuous story. Ha! That would be something, wouldn’t it?

If you need a refresher, or you’d like to start from the beginning, you can do so here with the prologue. But, if you’d prefer to leap straight back into the action, click here to start reading the first chapter. The images in this post also link to the story.

I’ll admit, the first new page is just a teaser. It was a little different in print but I didn’t think that what was in print would work so well online and of course, what’s online doesn’t quite work in print. Anyway, I hope you get a kick out of it. And, if you do, please pass the word around, like SAUCE! on facebook, or even on twitter.

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SAUCEBOOK! – (today in the studio) II

May 07, 2013

Well, yesterday, actually, but close enough… As you may have picked up on, new pages are in the works for Falling Star. I may have indicated as such previously, but just in case there was any doubt, Falling Star will remain the central focus for the foreseeable future, or rather until there is an issue’s worth of pages ready. How long’s an issue? Good question! There are already some additional pages which have so far only made it in to old fashioned print, in the form of (the now collectable – ha ha!) SAUCE! 0# but I think that 22 pages seems to be the bare minimum. I promise, I will get around to posting the completed pages online soon.

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Anyone we know?

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The writing’s on the wall.

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A daunting perspective.

 

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SAUCEBOOK! – The evolution of a page I

May 03, 2013

Potential spoilers here, so don’t look closely if you’re worried you might see too much, but I thought I’d illustrate my current creative process. Admittedly, it’s something that’s under constant refinement from pretty much every aspect as I discover and experiment with different ways of doing things.

I’ll start with a scene, generally one that’s been in my head for a while, usually as a haphazard collection of images and words. I’ll work on putting them down on paper, sketching and re-sketching until it feels right. I’m spending an increasing amount of time at this stage, really trying to push myself thinking about how to break down the page, what to emphasize, how to keep it flowing and make it dynamic. I think as I practise my scenes are getting longer and longer but I sometimes wonder whether this is a good thing.

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Eventually, when I settle on the final roughs, I’ll start working on the actual pages. I thought I’d try going back to the blue pencil for these pages as it scans cleaner. We’ll see how it goes this time ’round because it also makes it harder to visualise the finished product than graphite. I start with a fairly rough reinterpretation of the sketch, not so much worried about detail but composition and scale.

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And, then I’ll build up the drawing and work out all the finer details and hopefully how the final page will resolve itself. When it comes to the inking part I’m a lot more comfortable if I’ve already made most of the creative decisions using something that can easily be changed.

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Seeing this page now, I don’t think it’s quite right. I’m probably going to work on it a bit more and resolve some of those bits that are starting to bug me…

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Supa-SAUCY-nova!

April 19, 2013

 Well, what an incredibly exhausting but incredibly amazing weekend. As expected the event was extremely busy, however I was fortunately able to grab a couple of snaps before the venue was inundated by the surging hordes of the pop culture hungry.

 Happily, the public debut of SAUCE! was, despite the many (foolish but inevitable) restless nights leading up to Supanova, quite satisfying. I was able to speak to many new folk and had the pleasure to discover just how enthusiastically SAUCE! was generally received. It even sold better than I might have dared to hope, in that a number of absolute strangers were willing to part with their hard earned cash in order to possess a copy. One of the many people who took an interest was a roving reporter from ComicsOnline who was kind enough to ensure that SAUCE! rates a mention in his review of Supanova 2013.

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It’s day one and with mere minutes to go I’m a seething mass of nervous excitement unsure of what to expect next.

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Here’s a closer picture with a clearer view of what I had on display.

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And, this is a picture, taken on the morning of second day, of my attractive and illustrious assistants to whom I am eternally grateful for their help and support throughout this wild event.

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Oh, wow, and here is more documented proof of the product itself!

 So, after such a hugely successful event, where do I go now? Well, on my horizon lies, burgeoning into reality, new pages for Falling Star. Falling Star is probably going to remain my main focus for the moment, however this by no means any indication that I have forgotten about, or lost interest in Office Zombie or John Christie, Detective. I’ll endeavour to document the creative process and post regular updates for your enjoyment!

And, for those of you that work that way there’s now SAUCE! on facebook which I’ll keep fairly closely linked to this site.

Thanks for reading!

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