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Posts tagged comics
Hey Gang! You can now check-out the 24 page sneak peek of my comic…
'Tis the Season! The Spooky Season.
I will be set-up with my comics and other little items at this weekend’s:
Come check out artists, writers and other comic creators from all over the Bluegrass as we celebrate geek culture in Kentucky! Also, this event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
Saturday, September 28th
Smiley Pete Publishing
434 Old Vine St.
Lexington, Kentucky 40507
We definitely walked the floor and introduced ourselves to fellow artists more this year than ever before…and it was so worth it…so many nice folks…so much work that makes our jaws drop. And it being the largest SPX thus far…there was A LOT of talent. We have to say…this year has been our favorite. Sad it’s over but came home with a haul of inspiration!
Follow Chopper, Hank and Glory as they continue their investigations into local ghost stories. This time it’s personal. As proof of ghosts have proven to be scarce, something is threatening their hometown of Pineville and the trio must find out what it is before all is lost. Enjoy the sneak peek intro to the third Ghosts of Pineville book - Lost in Shadow - as these three twelve year olds kids go up against graveyards, bullies, and worst of all…their siblings.
24 page Intro/Sneak Peek
black & white
$2 or free with purchase of any other book!
Story & Art by Sara L. Turner
I love making mini ghost comics!
They’ll be available this weekend at SPX!
Words cannot express how excited we are about what’s coming up this weekend! It’s one of our favorite, all-time events:
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road.
North Bethesda, MD 20852
Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, 2013.
Saturday, September 14: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 15: noon – 6:00 pm
I’m super psyched about this year because of the amount of new comic work I’ll have available! I have 2 new ghostly mini comics: Ham Radio and A Boy Born with Antlers! AND most excitingly a 24 page introduction to my upcoming book The Ghosts of Pineville - Lost in Shadow. I’ll be posting more about this as we build up to this weekend.
Can’t wait to hang-out with comic buds and talk shop! Love it.
Thanks to everyone who visited this past weekend’s Cincy Comiconat the Northern Kentucky Convention Center! It was the first year for this event and I have to say it was a very nice success. We had a great time!
Not only was it extremely well organized and well attended but we met amazing artists, had great conversations, watched cool panels, bought new art….AND got to watch a firework display from our hotel room. BOOM!
Wow…we have events every weekend for the next 6 WEEKS! Crazy.
This weekend Fri.- Sun. September 6-8 we will be set-up at the:
At the Northern Kentucky Convention Center
This is the first year for this event…and we’ll be set-up in full Cricket Press mode with our hand-printed posters, mini art prints, jewelry, comics and more!
Hope to see you there!
Wow! Received a very well-written & thoughtful review for my comic The Ghosts of Pineville over on io9 today!
Intro pages to The Ghosts of Pineville book 3 are penciled & inked!
I’m working on the third book of my Ghost of Pineville series! I’ll have the first chapter (25 pages) done very soon actually. And I’ll have hard copies available at this year’s SPX as sneak peek giveaways!
If you’re unfamiliar with the series…it’s about three kids who investigate the origins of their small hometown’s ghost stories. You can read the first two books for free on my Ghosts of Pineville site. Enjoy!
Reminder Lexington locals…this event is tomorrow! I’ll be set-up with all my comics, books, and mini art-prints! And it will be full of other awesome artists with their ephemera. I’m excited that there’s an event that is centered around comics & zines sprouting up here!
-COMICS-Here at Cricket Press we’re working on several different projects we can’t show just yet…so…in between client-work or waiting to hear back from clients I’m fitting in work on my comic The Ghosts of Pineville - BOOK 3!
Yes, I’ve written it and now I’ve started penciling it. This will be my longest book in the series with a page count of 125 (at the moment). So, it will take me a bit longer to complete than my past books. And realistically, Cricket Press is a lot busier than we were when I started (& completed) the first 2 books. But I’m super excited to be working on my beloved series again and super excited about where this third story takes my cast of characters and the town of Pineville!
I write all my books in three parts with a significant intro before Part One. It’s my goal to have the 25 page Intro completed (penciled, inked, lettered and halftoned) for debut at this year’s SPX as a teaser booklet…to get people jazzed about the final story!
And I’ll most likely post about my work along the way. Yay for comics!
Poster Week - Day 5
And it concludes with…
This was not only a super fun poster to design but it’s an event that I’m super excited to take part in with my comics and books: The Lexington Ephemera Festival! So, if you’re interested in participating too…just go to their facebook event page and there’s a link to register. Since it’s the first year there is limited space, but it should be a great time! Can’t wait!
2 color screenprint
edition of 50
2013 has started off with a bang in terms of creating comics! I thought I’d post a bit of the process I use in creating my mini comics. Two of my favorite motivators for creating are 1. Knowing a comic event is coming up and 2. Encouragement from other artists. In the case of creating these 2 new mini comics…I received both. I knew the Lexington Comic Con was approaching and a gentle challenge, from pal Justin Stewart, to have something new at the event got me moving!
The first mini I wrote was Ham Radio: about 2 kids who start talking with strange voices over an antique radio. I wrote it fast and simple, assigning one key plot point per page and providing no dialogue. In the case of this story I felt the actions of the characters were more important, dialogue being secondary. As you can see I don’t thumbnail my stories first pass. I just write out descriptions for action and/or dialogue. In this case all dialogue was created, at last minute, while thumbnailing the pages right before penciling.
The item to the right is my mini mock-up. I create one of these for every mini a make to help me properly collate the pages for printing. Most folks probably don’t need a crutch such as this, but I’m a very visual person…and a tangible mock-up helps me organize.
I pencil my pages 6”x7.5” allowing me to fit 2 pages per 11”x14” sheets of strathmore bristol. After the pages are all penciled and inked…I scan them into Photoshop where I add shading and lettering. This is also where I layout the pages into a template for printing. I print my minis out on standard 8.5”x11” paper from my laser printer. I can fit 2 sets per page. After, I cut the sheets in half and start assembling using a basic long-arm stapler!
For Ham Radio I wanted a screen-printed cover. Here I’m printing silver ink onto dark-blue paper…4 up. My ink is water soluble and dries quickly. Once the covers are printed and cut they too are ready for comic assembly.
All done! One important step…after I assemble my mini comics I trim all the sides leaving me with a exact 4”x5” mini. I have a large paper trimmer that allows me to trim 5 minis at a time. Most commercial print shops also have industrial trimmers that will charge a minimal fee per cut. Trimming after assembly makes the minis super clean and sharp!
It took me approximately 2 weeks to create Ham Radio. Once it was complete I was still feeling the comic magic! Another story had popped into my head and a weekend with no other plans made itself available to me. So my second mini for 2013, A Boy Born with Antlers, was created.
This story was written in a similar way…assigning a major action per page. But unlike my previous story I wrote all the dialogue up-front. I felt the narration of this ghost story was it’s heart. And there’s another mini mock-up!
With a constant stream of horror movies fueling my productivity…I was able to pencil and ink this entire mini in a weekend.
And again, after I was done with the art it was scanned into photoshop, shaded, lettered and printed out from my laser printer. And again…assembled by hand using a long-arm stapler.
I wanted the cover to be very simple for this story. I created a silhouette of my main character in Illustrator and laser engraved a bunch out of black paper creating a classic aesthetic. And that’s all I added to the cover…gluing them down with rubber cement. I felt this tiny ghost story was all about the physical “affliction” of the main character and there was no better way to portray that than with a silhouette…no title required.
All done! Both of these will debuting this weekend!