The debut issue of the hit superhero comic – LOSERMAN!
This is actually a Christmas present for my dad, as Loserman is actually his creation - well him and a couple of young relatives of ours. They thought the name “Loserman” was funny, and dad agreed, coming up with a lot about the character. My sister and I decided to do a full comic of the character for him for Christmas this year. I did the drawing and she did the text. Alternate cover was by (I gave the full color version of that to my dad, it had to be converted to black and white to print, since color’s more expensive.) Letters were submitted by some of the awesome folks at Absolute Write.
We actually did this using the “Marvel Method” from the 70’s. That is, there’s a rough outline of the story – the artist draws it, then the writer comes in after it’s done and fills in all the text. The ONLY reason we did it this way was because we knew the art was going to take a lot longer and I wanted to get started on that right away without having to wait on a finished script. Having done it, I ABSOLUTELY DO NOT RECOMMEND IT. It was pretty frustrating for me, not knowing what expressions and gestures the characters would have to be making, not knowing when they should be shown talking, or how much action to have involved. I imagine it was pretty frustrating for my sister as well, having to invent dialogue every time I did show them talking. It was an interesting experiment, but I’ll be happier to never do it again. Jack Kirby truly is the King of Comics for tolerating this for so long.Speaking of the art, it does look a little sloppy, doesn’t it?
Every once in a while I have people ask me why I don’t update my comics more than once a week. My answer is always “because a week is how long it takes me to do a page”. I’m not really the fastest creator on the planet. It may seem that I can do more based on the fact that I do two comics now and they update regularly each week without any interruptions, but the only reason I can do that is because of the fact that they’re done in two different mediums: FFC is digital color and TM is hand-drawn. I have a very strict schedule for both of them, with work on FFC done in the evenings before bed and the mornings before work and TM done after work and on the weekends. (If you were ever wondering why TM is in black and white and not color, this is why. I wouldn’t have the time to color them both and FFC is more dependant on color and also came first.) So adding this project into the mix and having only three months to get through 22 pages…it was a grind. I had to cut corners everywhere to get it done in time, black and white only, light shading, tipped pen for inking the outlines so I could do it in one pass. I do regret the sloppiness, but it did make it so the project was done in time. I just wanted to say I recognize that it could look a LOT better (even by my standards) and wanted to explain why it looked the way it did.
All that said, this was a fun project. The adventures of Loserman, finally available for all the world to see!
A special shout-out to the fine folks at Ka-Blam digital printing service. They do restrict in sizes and page numbers, but we were able to print this out in good quality in about a week. I was really pleased and impressed with this service and if it fits into your needs, I would highly recommend it!
|I've always had an interest in cartoons and comics. I work for a living, but spend almost all of my free time drawing, either for one of my two webcomics, or for work you see here in the gallery. Though I don't have any illusions of being "professional" I do enjoy it and I keep working to improve.|