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!
I talked a bit to Death of Comics about OCB and Prophet and stuff. Thanks to Kyle for inviting me and for the cool questions. Be sure to check out their other great interviews, too! They had a nice one with Andrew MacLean recently.
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, 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??)
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.)
Thanks again for reading!
100% my choice — I wanted the series to read closer to its manga pulpy roots. I think once you hold it in your hands it makes a bit more sense!
You’re way too kind — thanks for the kind words! I appreciate it a lot.
About 90% of my stuff is on paper. Lately I’ve been using a G-pen nib with W&N calligraphy ink for comics, and most of my sketching I do with a Tachikawa School-G pen or Microns. That’s mostly it.
On comics, OCB Volume 2 is coming out tomorrow in comic stores and most of my recent work has been on Image’s Prophet — on www.milonogiannis.com I’ve got all the books I’ve worked on so far if you want to check those out.
Many thanks again.