Do you ever wonder what the Mysterious Animal (or is it a Horrible Creature?) is thinking about in one of these sketchbook drawings? Hint: it is probably not going to advance the implied plot too much. Also, it is not much of a surprise.
This drawing was originally intended to be about the interplay between the characters inked with the scritchy-scratchy pen and the powerful figure inked with a brush. It was supposed to be an adventure illustration kind of thing. But now it’s mostly about a younger version of Bud in a very groovy costume and one of Those Animals With Black Ears.
And one of the best sentences I have ever written. “This animal is thinking about hummus + pita.” Bet you are too, now. With an arrow and everything.
Hulk poem September.
(Not Hulk-ku. Sorry. Hulk make many kind poems.)
- Light all gold. Spider web.
- Cottonwood leaf already fall.
- Hulk find chocolate Easter egg
- Way back in cupboard.
- Best September.
Also, here picture Hulk. PB draw just today. Borrow Hulk gel pen. Not biggest one.
I have been drawing werewolves all week for a Halloween comic, but I took some time this afternoon to finish and color a Mr. Rock cartoon that I inked a while ago. Unlike many of the Mr. Rocks I’ve posted so far, this one was not scanned right out of my sketchbook. Instead, it’s a real finished drawing drawn on the actual drawing board on genuine drawing paper. Mr. Rock copes well enough with this, and frankly, nobody wants to see a badly botched sketchbook drawing of a Delicate Blown Glass Unicorn. Very few of the Kekionga characters are supposed to be “pretty”, and I have a hard time managing the whole concept under even the best of conditions.
Mr. Rock lives in two worlds (so far): the “real world” of Kekionga’s full sized characters and objects, and a “toy world” of sometimes-sentient objects in scale with himself.
No one was more surprised than I was to discover that Mr. Rock was my first character who pretty much demands to appear in color. The others don’t mind it, but Mr. Rock doesn’t feel like himself without his turquoise shirt, pink bicorder, and mint green complexion. He’s going to have to get used to it eventually, since I can’t afford to print minicomics in color, but for digital presentation, well, he is going to be in flatted color even if the rest of the drawing is not.
The “three rocks” is a comics trope made famous in Ernie Bushmiller’s “Nancy” and later in the meta meanderings of “Zippy the Pinhead”. In my universe, one of the three (at least) will be a Spirit Rock.
Attentive fans of Mr. Rock will notice that I made a pretty big error in this drawing. How well do you know our favorite Plutonian’s character design, and what mistake did I make?
I did not plan for this to happen. For the last three weeks World Headquarters has been all about Health Care- all kinds of Health Care for multiple members of the household. None of it was Covid related, which is a good thing, but that didn’t make it an easy time. The inks for the Mr. Rock comic are actually moving again, and in the mean time I have some freshly colored cartoons to share.
It takes a giant coffee mug to hold a space opera hero. The pink friendly shark is just a bonus. You can tell this was originally a sketchbook drawing because it’s very slightly whopperjawed and leaning to the right. Forty years and more of practice has never been enough to cure this.
The last two pages of Mission Equinox are finally penciled. You’ve got some space opera action, including some sci-fi upside downness, some corny montage, some sleeping stegosaurus. Yes, I know stegosauruses almost certainly slept standing up, like a rhinoceros, an elephant, or a even a horse, but this is funnier.
Lettering tomorrow. Lots and lots of lettering.
The Shoebox Spacecraft is harder to draw than I thought it would be.
Minicomics Live continues. This is the page with the giant space worm on it. I really, really like the giant space worm.
Also, we need a page number and an engine nacelle on the falling Shoebox Spacecraft.
Also, also, so much lettering in this comic.
The Admiral eats her box lunch, and Mr. Rock is nosy about it. Hope that private log really is private, or else that the Admiral is tolerant of scientific curiosity. And yes, a dinosaur’s box lunch has “dinosaur food” written on the box. How else would she get the right one? That’s how we roll on our Shoebox Spacecraft.
Work on Mission: Equinox continues. Here are two more pages of finished pencils. Most of what’s going on here artistically is developing the the character of Rear Admiral Grace. She is amazingly hard to draw, as I try to balance “real stegosaurus”, “plastic toy stegsaurus” and “admiral in a space opera navy” in her character design. Why I chose a challenge like this to introduce a complicated person like Grace, I have no idea. It just sorta happened.
The Time Cook is a tribute to my new favorite kitchen timer, the Extra Big and Loud Timer (yes, that is its real name) from ThermoWorks. It is truly a mighty beast.
This comic has a ridiculous amount of lettering in it. Onward!