Sunday, May 29, 2011

In this week...

Here there sports fans, Al here with the latest:

  As the month begins to wind down the dead line looms in the future for the rough pencils to be completed for the crossover.  But every single panel will look AWESOME!   
  Working on Jason's script has been a lot of fun and I do wish that this kind of story could be made into a film but pipe dreams for that idea.
  Anyway it will be nice to have the illustrative parts done and focus on the transfers and  inks for the book.
  Soon coming to a shop near you - "Perkins' Essence". You to can share a small piece of the Man, the myth in the making.  T-shirts coming to a shop and sale table near you! 
  Seriously as an artist you. Have to take a step back from the drawing table and do something completely different from what you are working on so you come back with a fresh perspective on your project.  This was one of those times.
  If you know Ben then you know this captures him at his best.   
  And that is it for the kid till next week.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


Well Sports fans, Al here with the latest:


  So much for the kid not going to shows this was a fun event.  Olympia show that I first attended three years ago was a fantastic eye opening experience.  With one major sale and four copies of Pandora's Garage Volume Five and Vega Number 2 being sold pulled me out of a funk thinking that my art work would never sell. 
  All creative artists that manage to get their stuff out there validation is measured in  sales.  At the time I thought about throwing in the towel but that all changed that day.
  Anyway, enough of reminiscing about the past this years show was held at the Senior Center as it was last year.  Hitching a ride with NEOtrash again (always a fun time) I helped set up and took candid shots between eatting, talking to guests and working on the cross over script.  Oh and the occasional sell of more scratchboard.  "Brain Cage" and "Brain in a Jar" both sold. 


  The rough pencils are still being laid down but with much satisfaction from myself and Jason of NEOtrash Comix.  He watched as the process of how I work (to some degree).  I think my friends understand why I'm the hardest working man in comics right now.  Its looking really good!

And that is it for the kid.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Wonder Northwest 2011

Well sports fans, Al here with the latest:


In a strange twist of fate when I thought I would he just pounding coffee next to my drafting table cranking out image after image for the crossover I got a call from an old friend of mine to help out at this show.  I had promised myself that I wasn't going to be doing anymore shows till I was done with the crossover but when I got the call to arms (strong arms carrying in comic book long boxes) I went.
  Royce Myers has been a long time of mine and has helped me out many times, here was a chance to pay back a little.
  Small venue it was but fun today I do plan going to help if I can and hopefully not spend a ton of cash on things that I want but should  not  buy.  With money being freaking tight and printing a high priority  I can't.

  The rough pencils are nearly done.  Within roughly a weeks time I belive that all the rough pencils will be completed and the transfers can commence.   This will be a great opportunity to place the script into the frame and see how much background I really have to come up wIth.  Then inking should begin.

  And though I had said that I was going to be focusing on scratchboard Pieces for shows later in the year the thumbnailing bug bit me and I have been in brief moments working on sketching the origin story for Vega.  The ACTUAL origin.  Thanks to Kat for prodding me to explane his beginnings I sat down and Texted myself the story outline. 
  And with the infusion of Jason's script on the crossover, I realized that I needed to add a lot more action to the existing story arc of Vega. 
  I think I have done that. And I'm very happy with the results of the work.

And that it for the kid as I head to the show for a time.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

April is month of Change

Hey there sports fans Al here with the latest:

NEWS FLASH!  IT's Mother's Day you geeks.  Call your moms!  For some I already know the stories.  Even if you have bad blood appreciate those who are close to you and say thank you for a gift of life. 



Kicks into gear this month As a third of the rough pencils are completed for the crossover.  This means by the end of this month I should be able to start finished pencils and begin inking as well.  Cool stuff for a smack down action book.
  I can't wait to start in on that process. 


While cleaning the studio I came back across the ORIGIN of Johnny Vega - Humble Beginnings.      As so much of Vega is a homage to the Sci-Fi I love so much (with just a hint of parody added) I plan on turning out a definitive Johnny Vega collection that tells of his actual origin up through the updated first four books of the Man of the Future.  All of this was at the urging of my latest editors from Darkslinger Comics, Kathryn Meyers and publisher Adam Watson. 
  They have been helpful with the sell out of the Scratchboard Corpse Cop in Seattle at the Emerald City ComiCon 2011 and the latest Stumptown here in Portland.     
The jpeg is a copy of the script with several notations off to the side to denote how many panels per page (pages 11 and 12) and which direction each page is facing. I love post its!

  As I have said before once the once the Crossover of the Take of Two Johnny's was completed I would focus on the scratchboard galley pieces to work on.  One of the biggest issues with all art work is Presentation.  It's not just enough to have great talent and being humble of your work but it's also the ability to see beyond that creative process to let it go out into the World and be appreciated by others.
  Not always the easiest thing to do.

So there you have it.  A update for the box.  Keep watching as there may be more in the works as Black Box looks to redefine itself on the web with it's website presence.