Hello internets... Big news for me this week, bur first, here is a new thing.
After being informed that the most amazing space trucker cooking odyssey by the name of Won Ton Soup exists, I knew i had to have them. Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting a hold of volumes 1 and 2, but luckily my comic shop is full of helpful folks that hunted it down for me. However they were unaware that the series even existed at first. They were also unaware that they had a copy of volume 2 in the shop when I asked for it, but I digress.
Point being, after seeing Mr. Stokoe's work, I was prompted to mess around with gradients more. Which is something I normally avoid altogether (that ken drawing being the first attempt.) I like how this one came out a bit better than old Ken, particularly the demon. Although... I am not sold on all the color choices. I wanted orange to relate a bit to the outfits that Shaolin monks wear but I normally just dislike the color. The book will be in Black and white anyway so this isn't too important really.
This is pretty much the final design for Ohmu and the demon that he encounters in what I am now calling the origin chapter of Seeker.
I plan on doing self contained stories whenever I manage to think of a good plotline until I have enough for a full collected volume. I rather like the idea of journeyman stories... a bit like Cowboy Bebop. A full volume of Seeker is not my priority, but I like world that I am building around this character a lot more than most ideas I have had lately, so I don't think I can leave it at just one short comic. However, this first episode is specifically for my joint project with my two Sleepyhead Collective brethren, Ryan Lowrider and Chris Ironlung.
The overall story is finished and I had scripted/thumbnailed a few pages but they felt a bit off, so I reworked the outline just a bit and plan on hacking the final script and thumbnails this weekend so that I can make good on my promise to actually start drawing comic pages before this month is over.
In other news. PONYO LOVES SOSUKE!
My pal Chris and I went and saw Ponyo last weekend. It is a good deal more Totoro than Mononoke. A great film for the wee children.
This scene was histerically animated and Dustin Nguyen did an awesome interperetation of it. You can find more of his work here http://duss005.deviantart.com/ What is wierd is how much I love his water color sketches and how much I dislike seeing his work inked and colored by other people. They just take all the freshness out of his lines.
The last bit of big news for me is...
Both me and Chris got part time jobs as Rick Kirkman's (Artist of Babyblues - http://babyblues.com/) assistants. It is mostly just sorting and filing and all that, but we are also going to be doing a bit of photoshoppery for him as well. It is also nice to just get to be around a guy who has been published daily for just about 20 years now. We both owe this to our friend Ryan who would be doing this job if it weren't for the fact that he moved to the ice planet Hoth in the galaxy of Minnesota.
Anyway, on to some Mospeada. I ran into this silly artbook, the likes of which I have never seen for any old mecha show.
Basically it reads like a scientists log of the designing of the mospeada bikes... presumably from the perspective of the fictional scientists on the Mars base in the show. I am just speculating this because it is all in Japanese and my knowledge is rather limited there. But I really enjoyed how the style looks nothing liek the show. As though they were trying to mimic black and white photos rather than use the anime's actual style. I have cropped all these, but the pages they are from were walls of text talking about one of these images per page.
You can almost readily see in a few of these images that they were referencing heavily from photos of superbike races and motocross events. Maybe even lightboxing from such photos.
There was a section that showed a lot of the riders training on Mars out in the wastes but I thought these were the funniest from that section.
I dont know why they would leave a place with a name as awesome as Hamama. I also think its funny to see them all ready for battle on the right, since 90% of them die in the opening scene of the show. Look at them, so proud.... Ignorant fools.
Then there were some cool images showcasing some of the internals of the bike/suit.
I think that is supposed to be the HBT fuel... thing....
Then it moved onto what I think are supposed to be some of the first production tests with real live fictional people.
It seems so funny to me that they spent so much time trying to make this bike/suit seem plausable.
And what is really strange is they even put in some photos of people who were actually messing with robotics to lend some bizarre air of credibiltiy to it all.
And then finished it all of with a shot of what I am guessing is the real live fictional developement team.
I have an unhealthy attachment to Mospeada. By all accounts it is actually not that good a show, but I saw it when my mind was soft and sponge like, so it is quite dear to my nostolgic heart.
For I am Mechanism Fan, and this was produced for the likes of me.
And that's about it this time. This post felt long enough that I will probably wait until I have a few pages done on Seeker to post again. Despite all the other big news, it was not the most important to me, so I'll leave off with what always drives my attention everytime it pops up. My musical overlords, Dragon Ash, once again have a new single. I quite enjoy it and I hope others do as well.