It's the 25th anniversary and all so I have to ask, have you played/what do you think of the Mother series (Mother/Earthbound Zero, Mother 2/Earthbound, Mother 3)? If you're a fan can we get an awesome drawing from you?
I unfortunately/shamefully haven’t played any of the games, other than messing around a bit in the first one. I loved the little I played of it though. Emulating it on a PC made it uncomfortable and I gave up. Are those out on, say, the 3DS now?
Hey man, love your work. I have some questions for you. Do you have any tips on cleaning up scanned line art so you can color/shade it in photoshop? What is the difference between Zebra G-nibs and Tachikawa maru nibs? Is there a reason one should get both? Thanks in advance, rock on dude.
Hey, thanks kind anon! About 99% of the time all I do is brightness/contrast my inks until they look OK. I don’t go around erasing little dust marks that much or anything special like that unless it’s something extremely noticeable. After that I color/tone on either a layer on top (tones) or a layer underneath the drawing (colors).
And G-pen and Maru are two different things entirely, in the way that they write. They feel totally different. I do most of my inks now with a really broken-in maru nib and usually keep the G for speed lines or if I need to get bolder lines. The G pen is big and flowy and the maru is a bit more scratchy and makes very nice thin lines.
Supposedly most manga people tend to ink characters with a G-pen and use the maru for backgrounds and detail work, but getting both means you can decide what works best for you eventually. Good luck!
Can't wait to see everything you have to offer! You are on my top favorite artist list so I gotta check and see what you are cookin up. Spera I will definitely pick up, i've been meaning to check it out for awhile now.. but some how got sidetracked. Also on a sidenote I know you are a MGS fan if you get Phantom Pain on ps4 let me know so I can invade your Mother Base online! :-) Cheers!
Hey, thank you. I hope you’ll dig this stuff — I’m glad I got to work on all these cool things. Hopefully there’ll be more of my own stuff soon, too.
And yeah, I’m trying to set things up so I’ll be in possession of a PS4 by the time MSGV is out. Looking forward to collecting goats for motherbase
Hey. Thanks for liking my Prophet fanart thing. You've been one of my favorite comic book artists ever since I found a copy of Old City Blues at a local library while visiting Australia a couple of years ago. Keep up the awesome work.
Oh nice, it’s so cool to hear about these books being out in the wild. Thanks for the kind words and for reading!
Kinda fell behind but is there any new comics coming up from you?
I’m pretty sure PROPHET #45 comes out next week? I drew some pages in that. I’m really happy with how this came together. It’s the final issue of this arc and then we’re doing EARTH WAR which is still a ways off.
Here’s some stuff that’s coming out later that I talked about a while ago:
All New Ultimates #7 with MICHEL FIFFE and JORDIE BELLAIRE seems to be In Shops: 8/27/2014
Ultimates #8 says: In Shops: 9/10/2014
SPERA: Ascension of the Starless is coming out in October and I drew the first chapter in that which was hugely fun. Written by Josh Tierney, with a huge cast of great artists. [I just saw the proof for the book a while ago and was blown away (not by my part)]
I hate to sound like a dumb videogame company or something, but I’m in this place where I’m developing a few different ideas for different places after coming out of a slump. There’s a pitch of mine in pitch-land and I think I’ve found where OCB is going.
Just curious...I'm getting started on my own comic, and I was just wondering if, when working on OCB, do you write descriptions of the layouts in the scrip first? Or do you do draw the layouts first, then write accordingly?
Generally I write and work from mockup-issue layouts (sort of like the japanese “Name” thing). It makes more sense for me to “write” in comics form since I’ll be drawing it myself.
Also it can be helpful to write beats, too — like breaking down your issue in pages and going from there, instead of writing out each specific panel.
Hi, I'm working with some artists on a comic pitch. I wanted to know which specific pages of work you showed to Archaia for your initial pitch? Seeing your treatment & cover letter may help too. Thank you.
I might have to dig around to find the actual pitch, but I think I just showed them the first 20 or so pages of OCB. (I’ll share it if I can find it.) My cover letter is just my contact details.
It needs to be said, I’m the worst at pitching or even just talking about my ideas. I always feel like I’m telling hopeful lies: “here’s what I’d like you to let me do, even though I know it’s going to be totally different in the end!”
Just make sure you don’t go into too much detail with your synopses and outlines, etc. Let the art do the speaking, and just give enough info for people to go on after that.