Thursday, November 17, 2011
Monday, November 07, 2011
Thursday, November 03, 2011
It's been months that I talked with writer James Robert Smith about adapting his novel The Living End into a graphic novel. Our first foray was adapting his novel, The Flock, into a GN but once the rights were signed over to Warner Bros for the movie deal, all publishing rights went away. After having an early Winter storm that knocked out our power, and still has, I found myself with time to sit and take one of the more picturesque scenes in Bob's novel and lay it out as thumbnails. I changed the zombie money shot a little bit, but I still think it works very well. My goal was to also give our dog star BC, a little more personality, especially with ear, eye and tail positioning. I think he's a huge star!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Editor-in-Chief Steve Bissette really liked the Fury piece, but he did want to see a few edits. One was dropping the half-face device popularized by Steve Ditko during his run on Spider-Man in the 1960's. SRB felt it was too much of an homage so I drew in the entire characters face. One idea to hit home that this main character was The Fury-in-training was to have the floating head motiff popularized in the 1970's by such stalwarts as John Buscema and Gil Kane. Able Bill Anderson sent me over some reference and I got to draw the entire Fury mask. But now what to do with the credits circle? Easy! Tack it up on the telephone pole! It was an empty spot so I curved the Fury logo and sketched in the creator credits. Now it's time for Able Bill Anderson to work his ink magic.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Hello and welcome to "Mark finally draws something!" I've been very busy over the past few months designing and promoting the Panel To Panel book you see on earlier posts. Recently I was asked to provide a pin-up for Mike Dobbs' The Fury script. I've known Marvelous Mike for a long time and I was excited to work with him, so here is the splash page for The Fury's Day Off. The Fury ©Stephen R. Bissette. Speaking of Steve, last year saw me pencilling a couple covers and a 5 page N-Man story. Steve graciously offered to ink these pages and now we see the first Masztal/Bissette team-up! I used the pen name Wild Mark Hare after a signature style I used way back in high-school. Steve brought a different light to my tight pencils...and I like it!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Saturday, May 07, 2011
So what have I been doing for the past 4+ months? Well, I've been designing Panel To Panel. A huge book filled with interviews and art work from some of comics heavy hitters as well as indie superstars. We're talking Dave Sim, Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, Mark Bode, James Kockalka, Stan Sakai, Dave Mack, Mark Martin and many, many more. 274 pages of goodness. How can you buy this great book you say? Well first we have to get it funded. John Rovnak, the publisher of P2P, has posted the book on Kickstarter to raise the funds to print and get this book published. What can you do? You can follow this link, check out our video and page examples and read through the description of the book to see if it's something you would like to be a part of. We have a lot of incentives attached to many different investment packages. Signed bookplates, t-shirts, hand-drawn avatars, original artwork and grey wash portraits as well as your name in the book as a contributor and a copy of the book. I believe in this project and I need your help. Won't you support a fantastic project and help us get the first volume underway?