Mostly sketches. Occasionally a painting. Nothing political other than caricatures reinforcing the truism "Politics is Show Business for Ugly People".
Awesome Tom. Just what was needed. It will look great, reduced into that 6 by 9 format. Splash page righteousness.
Whoo hoo!As I said in my email to you Tom, I'm becoming really jazzed about the variety and quality of the work I'm getting. This is going to be a sharp looking book!
I just wet myself.Way to go Tommy!!Clicked on the venerable TAG bookmark, and VIOLA. So excited to see this level of artistic sharing.I feel validated.Thank you!
These pages look soooo dang good. TOTALLY intriguing!! Just these two work as an incredible hook to want to know (and buy) more.When I wrote, "I feel validated" in my previous comment, of course you know I was referring to my enthusiasm for your work, Tom. I knew you would come through--and it would look great!Way to go! I am sooo stoked!Now I want a 200 page Raymond Omnibus!!
I'm already up to 42 pages on this story, most of them half-finished, and it will probably end up being 50 plus, so it's taking me a long time. My previous record was 24 pages, before that, 8, and before that, single pages, so the trend is clear.
It looks brilliant in color, but it looks fantastic in B&W, too. The color almost looks like tinted film stock from an old silent movie. When your publisher prints the aforementioned 200 page Raymond graphic novel--and prints it in color--are you thinking of printing with just a single color (blue) plus B&W? Like some of the old low budget comics? I love that look--I think of funny animal comics and some Donald Duck that was printed using only black and red ink that looked amazing...But a single color might be an unnecessary limitation on your Moonian Imagination. We want you unfettered, able to bring us your world as you see it!
A-ha! Just read your page-trend comment, and I am gladdened! The world will be seeing more MOONIAN GOODNESS!!And soon, we hope--'cuz after seeing this, I'm much too tantalized to hold out long.
Well, if it ever does get printed, I'll do it full-color. But of course, that's very expensive. I'm actually thinking it could be distributed mainly as an "e-book". This stuff actually looks best as a glowing page on a computer or IPad, don't you think? Paper printing is turning into kind of a luxury item. Electronic printing is the newsprint of the 21st century.
I was blown away by a couple of e-book publisher writers at Comic Fest. Boasting at how much money they were making. They both have some sort of Star Trek connections.E-book. Definitely. The way to go.
Most of the pages are unfinished being un-colored or partially-colored at this point. Eventually I will be playing with it and utilizing several different color schemes depending on the story scene. Everything from full bright palettes to monochromatic or near-monochromatic.
I love the effect of the blue "tinted" version here. Full color would be great, too--but with great power (like a full palette of millions of colors) comes great responsibility...and need for color-correction.So glad this is gonna be in the book!
TAG book update:I've put together all of the pages in Photoshop that are just loose illustrations. My estimate is that the book is currently 62 pages, which includes the loose drawings, the 3 comic stories, Ron's series of drawings, intro and dedication. I gave up on the bios and contact info... not enough people did it and I don't care to take the time to beat it out of people. I've identified the artist of each page... if someone is curious they can always use Google to get more info. Perhaps I'll just list everybody on the back and use Marty's idea of coming up with a "featuring" list for the front.
Yes, cut way down on that plug of people on the front cover. Maybe "See back for contributors." No one loves seeing their name as much as me-(well Buncake wins there of course) but it needs to be cut as a chunk of "who cares?" graphics.62 is good. Seems light. But if on average every contributor is just a page or so, that's about right. Can't wait to see it on Lulu.Great job
I miss counted... there's at least 10 more pages that I missed in the last count.
Do the books have to fulfill certain page count requirements, like be powers of 2 or anything like that? Or maybe multiples of 4 or 8?
It just gets padded with blanks. No big deal but it might get tricky for dbl page spreads. They'll send preview copies I believe.
Blanks. Classy term- end papers
So there are 72+ pages that will be padded out with blanks to what? 80? If we know what it will be padded out to, Rick could add that many extra drawings so the blanks are held to a minimum, or to zero.
Maybe the blank pages could be filled with...Dr. Cosmic!We can always use the blank pages for in-person sketches for those lucky Comic Con attendees who snag themselves a copy....Seriously, Tom--how many Moon pages will there be????
Marty, your comment on blank pages being used for sketches at Comic-Con reminds me that the LAST thing I would ever want to do as a comic book creator, (should I ever be a bonafide one), is sit at a table at the Con, sign books and draw in front of people. Drawing while someone looks over your shoulder would be a nightmare. But I can picture you, Ellis and Rick doing it, and doing it quite well.
But you're right about needing at least a few blank pages for that purpose. Just for visual breathing room if nothing else.
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