I apologize if you have answered this a million times already...but I was wondering how you got your zip a tone. Do you make it in photoshop or did you scan in a bunch of zip a tone ? Anyway I'm digging the sketches and pixel art. Cheers !
Hey, thanks for the kind words. All the tones are done in ps using the color halftone filter. (I guess I could do a step by step some day.)
Hey giannis my name is nick i just bought a copy of old city blues and really enjoyed it man great job. Look forward to future work and really dig your blog you, James Harren and Paul pope are a real big inspiration.
You’re way too kind, Nick! Thanks so much for getting and reading the book. (And those guys are so good, they’re a big deal to me.) Many thanks again!
Have you got any videos of yourself inking with the copic or the tachikawa? I just bought a quill pen and I find it extremely difficult to control(also it's messy)
I don’t have any real inking videos sadly, and I quit using the copic drawing pen a while now. I’ve recently been using dip pen nibs (mostly G-pen and maru) for actual inking. What kind of pen did you get?
Hey How are you 've been a follower for a while my name is Gavin Weir and i'm the guy who also loves Luna Sea on your face book. I started a Kickstarter page for my comic Breakball and i wanted to ask you if you'd check it out. i'm not asking for a donation just if you like it could you spread the word please check it out and let me know if you would be ok with me sharing it on your facebook time line my comic is on kickstarker the title is Breakball.
Hey, Gavin! Congrats and good luck with Breakball, man, looking good. I don’t have much going on FB but feel free to share it on there!
And yeah, I’m excited for new Luna Sea. Secretly hoping they’ll do some shows in Europe.
Is it just me, or is the videogame/anime & manga influence in Greek cartoonists REALLY huge? I remember AKIRA's impact in Athens in the 90's, and I ran into even more guys from Athens at NYCC with that influence visible..just a thought.
I feel like it’s hard not to find someone influenced by that stuff, even if it’s just through osmosis — especially somewhere as small as here!
Do you have any plans to reprint the first one in the same format? I'm a sucker for book shelf consistency.
Consistency was a big thing for me, too, but the future of the series became more important for me and I ended up pushing for the new format.
A reprint would be great — ideally with something new extra in it — but it’s probably years away as the previous edition is still in print. It would be cool to do an omnibus thing down the line — one of those 700page bricks. Though that means I need to draw like another 300+ pages of OCB (so it’s not going to happen anytime sooon).
(The final decision is up to the publishers, in all these matters. Maybe if someone at Archaia is a consistency freak we can get them to reprint the first book sooner!)
Hey Giannis, not to be a jerk but, do you think you'll ever release another sketchbook, maybe with the sketches from this blog, or will you ever make Scribbles available for purchase again? I can't be the only one who wants this. Thanks.
Hey, thanks. I’m trying to get back into the idea of doing a sketchbook, so it might happen sooner or later. It’d be nice to be able to do it right. I probably won’t ever put Scribbles back up for sale, but it’s always available to download for free. Hope that answers your question. Thanks, man!
(PS. Where is this mythical land where saying something like this makes you a jerk??)
Just finished my copy of OCB v.2. Love your work. I feel you convey motion spectacularly well, both in OCB and Prophet. I was just wondering, after reading what Brandon Graham said about your focus on design, how do you go about designing all the aspects of the worlds we see in your comics? I really love Solano's uniform with the black arms and shoulders, it's a distinctive look. A lot of the OCB clothing is unique and interesting to look at at. Thanks for all the awesome work you do!
Hey, thanks for getting and reading OCB! I really appreciate it, and I’m glad you like this stuff.
I wish I had something special to answer this with, but I honestly just look at a lot of stuff all the time — old videogames are great for costume/set designs, fashion, TV/movies, musicians. I just sketch a lot and rough ideas out — if I find something while sketching that’s fun to look at and draw, I’ll use it in a story. The main idea for that outfit was to look like a high-tech bolero, although it ended up looking too much like something Ueyama might draw.
I like how focused on design you can be in comics — how it becomes part of your peripheral worldbuilding and how it informs your paneling and writing choices — how the art is the writing. (Also I just like drawing cool stuff, really.)