Issue Three, Page Seventeen

December 14, 2020 in Issue Three
Issue Three, Page Seventeen
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Author Notes:

MattSchofield 14th Dec 2020, 9:00 AM
This page went relatively quickly and easily - apart from that gun in the first panel!

I drew it with the aid of reference, but even then, guns are still a pain to draw! This is the first time a gun has appeared in this comic, and I have realized I do not enjoy drawing them! I think comic artists like Jack Kirby and Rob Liefeld had the right idea, by giving characters "fantasy" guns, not based on anything in reality. The reader still gets the idea that it's a gun, but the artist doesn't have to obsess over getting every detail right.

Lesson learned! You probably won't be seeing too many more instances of muggers in this comic. Superheroes and supervillains don't need 'em anyway!

One last note about the overlapping word balloons in panels two and three - this is intentional, and is supposed to represent one character interrupting another - I've used it once before in the comic. I've seen it done in comics many times and I've always thought it was a uniquely "comics" way of depicting one person literally talking over another. I wouldn't have felt the need to explain this, ordinarily, but someone on Facebook thought it was an error. It's not!

I hope everyone has a happy holiday season! Stay safe!

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TheHiddenElephant 14th Dec 2020, 7:38 PM
Insomnia Man?
ebarie 15th Dec 2020, 8:24 AM
Awesome! Love the foreshortening in the first panel. Gun in nicely rendered. Lot of cool textures. Love the dialogue.
MattSchofield 15th Dec 2020, 11:34 AM
Thanks Eric!
ebarie 15th Dec 2020, 11:50 AM
You are welcome.
dougwarner59 16th Dec 2020, 6:00 AM
It looks kind of like a shadow of a teddy bear.
MattSchofield 17th Dec 2020, 10:58 AM
Hmm... not quite as cuddly! You'll see on the next page!
Francis 17th Dec 2020, 5:21 PM
I'm on the edge of my seat here, man!
MattSchofield 21st Dec 2020, 12:54 PM
You won't have to wait too long!!
skowog 18th Dec 2020, 8:20 PM
Great job on the gun, I like the texture! Panel two, love the wall in the background...
Panel 3, just, wow! The perspective, the crosshatching, the highlights....just wow!
MattSchofield 21st Dec 2020, 12:55 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Miaubol 5th Jan 2021, 3:59 AM
Oh dear, he's got competition .. xD

(Yes, I make use of such overlapping balloons myself too, for interrupting, or generally when more characters are talking at the same time, indeed I thought it was a pretty common thing in comics that "everyone" would get)
Leonard Gillams 16th Jan 2021, 6:03 PM
Did you use a Wacom tablet to design these pages? I was wondering did you do the pencils first in Wacom then ink them, or did you work on bristol board then transfer to Wacom?
MattSchofield 17th Jan 2021, 6:01 PM
Hi Leonard, thanks for the question! My process is almost completely digital. The only thing I do on paper is my initial thumbnail for the page layout. I draw that at about 1"x 2", scan that in to Clip Studio Paint EX and blow it up to the size of a comic book page. I do everything else in CSP - pencils, inks, tones and lettering. I do work on a Wacom Cintiq mostly but I also sometimes work on a Microsoft Surface Pro if I feel like sitting on the couch with the family while I work.