Saturday, 19 February 2011

Part #2, #3 and #4 (of #52)

I've been tired - incredibly tired - for about a month now. In fact, scratch that, I've been tired since December, and so many aspects of my creative life have been hit by this. I'm finally beginning to feel a little more inspired, a little more human.

Hero Code is coming along nicely - a cover for issue one has been penciled by Drew Johnson, and the interior art is coming together.

Hero Code, issue one cover - art by Drew Johnson - copyright Jamie Gambell 2010
Jonathan Rector is on interior art, with Splash on colours, and the pages are looking fantastic. Script wise, I have the first four issues completed, and have plotted issue five, completed about a quarter of the script itself. This fifth script will complete the first arc.

Now onto the second installment of "(of #52)" - a series which sees me give up comics put out by the big two for a year, and offer up alternatives to you from independent creators.

This installment features two creators, and three books - a book by each creator and a collaboration by both.

I first started listening to the Art and Story podcast about a year and a half ago. I was introduced to it by fellow Samurai creator, Koffee and Komics alumni and all round good guy, Gerimi Burleigh.

It is an excellent show for creative comic book folk in general, and I have often been inspired by the shows content. Soon after I wanted to check out the presenter's work. I have managed to get pretty much everything that the three hosts have put out to date (more on the other two in later installments).

Co- (tri-?) host  Jerzy Drozd (Jeff Smith and Scott McCloud rolled into one) makes comic books that distill the essence of every great cartoon series from ones childhood, and pours it out over fun and incredibly well crafted stories. His collected series, The Front, is a must read for any one with a lighthearted but deep rooted love of the form.
The Front: Rebirth cover art - copyright Jerzy Drozd
The Art and Story extended family includes Sara Turner (of Cricket Press). Sara manages to use a fantastic designers skill and a healthy love and understanding of youthful cinema from the 80's in her work. Her current series, The Ghosts of Pineville showcases both of these loves in a wonderfully put together slice of nostalgia.

Banner image from The Ghosts of Pineville website, copyright Sara Turner
The two are firm friends, and both their passions and skills come together perfectly in their collaborative book, The Replacements.
The Replacements, interior art - copyright  Sara Turner and Jerzy Drozd
Put out under their Make Like a Tree Comics banner (a reference to the Back to the Future films - a fine indication of the tone of their work), it really showcases their skills as story tellers, their ability to craft well formed characters and situations which play along the dangerous but lighthearted line. Reading their books leaves one feeling happy, happy to have discovered the book, happy to be a comic book reader, and happy that creators like these two are working.


Jahhdog said...

Yes. Some great reads there!


Anonymous said...

Glad you're feeling a bit more inspired lately.