Sunday, January 17, 2010

BART Smart

So, 2010... same number of zeroes as last year but in a different order. I expect I'll get used to it eventually but right now, writing 2010 on anything just feels wrong. I keep looking at it like, "that can't be right."

I came out of the holidays to wade right into a mess of book layouts, hence the lack of new arts. The good news is I'm just about ready to send out the book proposals this month. In the meantime, here are a few pages mostly done on BART.

A few months ago, I was going through some boxes of my old stuff at my parents' house and I found a load of drawings from high school. Among many other such gems was the first comic I ever drew, plus the accompanying "concept art" (if you can even call it that, at that level). I was 14, at the time. Meet Super Grocer!

You guys are going to need a panel-by-panel translation. The comic makes little narrative sense:
Panel 1: Old woman is thinking of a "50% OFF" coupon, not noticing the spill she's about to encounter.
Panel 2 & 3: A voice announces a spill on aisle three. Super Grocer says, "Oh no, spill on aisle 3!" and transforms.
Panel 4: He mops it up while holding the woman's shopping cart up with one arm. Woman is confused.
Panel 5: Super Grocer says, "The world is safe again. All in a day's work for Super Grocer!" and the old woman says, "My hero! Thank you! The world could use more grocers like you!"

I've been trying to get back to my graphic novel for a year now. I got sidetracked last year by a new job, moving, and deciding to put together an art book from all my sketchbooks. As soon as I get the book proposals out of the way, however, I'm jumping right back in to "Rogues & Robbers". Since I'll mostly be working on the story and script, updates here will probably continue to be a bit slower than usual but by March I'll probably start posting art for the comic. Happy New Year, everyone!