A couple of years ago I was asked to produce a comic strip
review of the film Cargo for the movie website, Electric Sheep Magazine. The
result is the following…
Just in case it isn't clear, I really enjoyed the film. You
should try and see it if you can.
What’s interesting to me about this strip is that it
features an early attempt of lettering on the computer by me. Since then I feel
that I’ve improved a lot (see Thunder Brother: Soap Division).
Anyway, a few months ago, I received an email from the director,
Ivan Engler. He had seen the review, liked it and, being a comic fan, asked if
he could buy the original artwork. At this point, I started to feel slightly
uncomfortable because, for years, I had been drawing my comic strips on various
bits of paper and assembling them on the PC. Ivan seemed happy with this but, thanks mainly
to this embarrassment, I have changed the way I work.
I now draw my strips old school style. I try and make the
original artwork look as good as I can and keep the Photoshop correcting down
to a minimum. Obviously, I still use the computer for colouring and, in the
case of Thunder Brother: Soap Division, the lettering and bordering (but only
so they maintain their consistency with earlier episodes. Other strips I have
drawn have been hand lettered and bordered.) Hopefully, you can see the
difference but it doesn’t matter if you can’t because, at the end of the day, I’m
the happiest I’ve been drawing comics for a long, long time.