Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Well, no Eisner Award for "The Last Mechanical Monster" this year, but I had a terrific two days at Comic-Con International in San Diego waiting for the results. Here's the view from my seat:

In addition to seeing friends and having fun, I had a couple of Comic-Con conversations that hinted that "The Last Mechanical Monster" may have life beyond a humble webcomic after all. Many thanks to all who voted for me, and everyone who reads the story.

Friday, July 25, 2014

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Tonight I'll be at Comic-Con International in San Diego, learning whether "The Last Mechanical Monster" has won an Eisner Award. I was going to joke that the (probable) alternative would be like being crushed beneath the steel foot of a giant robot, but it wouldn't. I'm grateful for the nomination, glad to be seeing friends, and just happy to be making comics and participating in the whole thing. Still, today's installment seems somehow apt; if you're inclined, wish me luck!

Friday, July 18, 2014

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Friday, July 11, 2014

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Back to color for this page because I think it's needed to help tell the story, especially the last three panels as Lillian stares in wonder, clicks off her flashlight, and goes to bed. I've gotta say, she handles it better than I probably would.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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THIS is the image I had in mind when I conceived this version of the Last Mechanical Monster. All has been building to this turning point: the old Inventor's moment of crisis when he knows he's been found out. In a classical three-act structure, this would be the end of Act One (though don't infer that we're just one-third through the story). I've been waiting a long time to get to this page!

Friday, July 4, 2014

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Sorry, back to black and white today. By now I think you've got it.....

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

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As on the previous page, I roughed in some fat slabs of color to help clarify the action. The final coloring job won't be so bold and garish, but this is basically how I approach color: the Inventor's realm will be sickly yellow and green, Lillian's home and shop will be warm earth tones, the Robot in general--and nighttime in particular--will be cool purple and gray. Color helps tell the story: purple on the Inventor's monitor tells us he's watching the Robot's point of view; orange in the exterior windows tells us we're looking into Lillian's apartment. Absence of color is important too: the ZZAP of the Robot's antennas, the sparkle of light on discarded glass.