Monday, June 21, 2010

Major Sun Pages

So, a little while ago on this blog I showed some characters for a superhero story I submitted to Zuda. Well, since then, Zuda has stopped the competitions, and I'm kinda committed to Max now - along with some other concepts I'm researching, so Major Sun was never meant to be, it seems.

The first 8 pages are done though, so may as well show 'em, huh?


So, as you can see, the concept was that a kid inherits his grandfather's superhero legacy but doesn't quite get the chance to use it. Instead, they have to chase the dog down and, um, clean up his mess, so to speak.

Eventually, Cisco, and Rebel would have taken it in turns to use the amulet, and go off half-assedly think they're doing good without thinking about their consequences, but alas the story is dead before it ever began.

Right now, I'm sticking with Max Overacts, 'cos I really think I've found my rhythm with the gag strips.

Monday, May 24, 2010

No art here. Just Lost thoughts.

I loved the finale, and here's why:

The whole 'you're dead' thing was not a bait and switch. The clues were there the whole time. The first thing Rose says to sideways Jack on the plane in the season 6 opener was 'You can let go now' which is why both she and Bernard seemed like they knew what was going on (because they had each other in both realities the whole time).

Some people had terrible deaths. Pulled from life before they were ready, and the sideways world was great for creating real closure to everyone's stories. Everyone in the sideways world, once they had awoken to their memories of both life, and death, were at peace. Were happy with how they'd lived their lives. How utterly optimistic and wonderful is that?!?

The reason Eloise threatened Desmond becomes clear. She felt guilty that she caused the death of her son, and wanted longer with him, and was afraid Desmond would take him away from her.

Ben stayed a little longer until he could move on with Alex, and really, he always felt like an outsider to the survivors. It would have been weird to see him go with them. He had his little moments with Locke and Hurley, the two he had a connection with the most, and that's enough.

Even if you were not satisfied with the afterlife stuff, there was still a good ending for the real world. Kate, Sawyer, Miles, Frank, Richard and Claire all escaped the island. (I loved the bit with Richard getting his first grey hair. Real surprising, affecting little moment there.) Hurley and Ben lived on as the new Jacob and Richard, it was implied they sent Desmond back to Penny and his son, and they would run the island differently. Living in harmony with Rose and Bernard, and Cindy and the kids, and the rest of Locke's camp who we never saw again, but also must have still been around somewhere. We might even think the two eventually leave it themselves once no people remain to corrupt the power source.

I will always believe the power source is tied to Atlantean mythology. If you've ever seen the Disney movie Atlantis, there are a lot of similarities between the two. In that movie, the Atlanteans powered everything with a light source hidden underneath the city, that was also tied to the souls of every Atlantean. When the profiteers took their crystals, the Atlanteans lost their long life, etc. I don't need any real answers on that because they gave us enough clues to make our own.

In the pilot Locke says backgammon is the oldest game in the world, 5,000 years - to me, this is the writers TELLING us that's when the story of Jacob and his brother takes place. All the ancient Egyptian stuff is what came between then and the Black Rock. There's more fun to be had in making up that stuff in my head than being told what happened.

All that mythology stuff is not that important anyway. It was always about the characters, and the episode had enough character resolution to fill two boats. It was full of teary moments. And yeah, maybe they didn't LIVE happily ever after, but I get the same sense of peace from this finale that the characters had. No matter what happens in our lives, in death, we get to reunite with those we hold most dear.

I don't much believe in afterlifes and all that stuff, but dammit, if I wouldn't want mine to be like the one we got on Lost.

I'm not going to head out and start a religion based on Lost's ideology, of course - I'm not a complete idiot, but that makes it, to me, a deeply moving resolution.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Major Sun

So, it's done. The 8 pages are sent, and here I am, with my final character design, the titular hero, Major Sun. A character of few words, evidently.

The waiting begins.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Surround yourself with friends

This is my entry for the Strand Tote Bag Contest (ends tomorrow!)

I used Erin as my model, so if, by the hugest outside chance it wins, she will be all over New York. ;o)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Fun with Superheroes

I don't buy a lot of superhero comics.

There's a cycle to superhero stories I just don't enjoy. When I realised I would never receive a proper resolution from the comics, I gave me my own, and just stopped buying them.

Plus, it's all dark and grim and gritty, and they're all largely just rambling from one conflict to the next, without ever being about anything. So I thought I'd give it a go myself. Create a superhero title with a beginning, a middle, and an end.

What's it about? Well, I don't want to say too much about it; I do like my surprises. ;o) But I thought I'd share my character designs inspired by the recent Guardians of the Globe teasers I've been enjoying, while I finish colouring up those first 8 pages.

But where's the super hero you say? All in good time.

Friday, February 26, 2010

#zudalove meme

Quick sketch of Adam Atherton's Lily of the Valley.
25 mins with the tablet.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Lost Hanna Barbera classic

Looks like Hurley wasn't just writing Empire Strikes Back in 1977. In 1975 he sent this pitch in to the premier TV animation house at the time. Resemble any of their other classics?

Mystery Island developed for television by Hugo Reyes.

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Finally! The winning script of my competition I held WAY back in June '09, is revealed here, drawn by me. Written by Walter Ostlie, creator of the comic delivered via web, Cubicles.

Wally gets all four pages of original art by me. It'll be out in the post this week, Wally! You've been so very very patient. :o)


Friday, January 15, 2010

Scriptwriting is new to me

Ever since Celadore, I've discovered the benefits of scripting. Before that, I did mostly strip gags that didn't need it, or 24 hour comics that were fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants stuff.

Now, for my new comic idea I've been developing, I'm working out six 22 page 'issues' before I even hit the art boards. Good thing too, 'cos halfway through issue 5, I had to scrap everything and start again. Is this normal? Argh! Oh well. Better than releasing stuff with giant gaps in logic, right? Sigh.

So it's back to the drawing board, and I haven't even made it to the drawing board yet.

Except for this one piece with the main characters, which at least hasn't changed.

Gus, Kim & Heather, technically still on Earth