The Couch

Seekers of the Zenith (a comic)

Comments on Seekers of the Zenith (a comic)

b.mellow
pure

Usergroup: Moderators
Joined: May 08, 2005

Total Topics: 16
Total Comments: 199
Posted 08/14/06 - 1:09 PM:
Subject: Seekers of the Zenith (a comic)
I've been working making my own comic book. Here's a five-page preview.















Edited by b.mellow on 08/14/06 - 1:35 PM
b.mellow
pure

Usergroup: Moderators
Joined: May 08, 2005

Total Topics: 16
Total Comments: 199
Posted 08/14/06 - 1:41 PM:

And I would have it (were I ever to complete it) more character driven with an intellectually stimulating storyline, but really, what kick-ass comic book is complete without zombies??

OxygenJunkie
banned
Avatar

Usergroup: Members
Joined: May 26, 2006
Location: Somewhere kissing the sky.

Total Topics: 22
Total Comments: 437
Posted 08/14/06 - 9:50 PM:

I like how you play with the frames in this, the presentation isn't standard, it takes a few freedoms, and I like that.

It feels like something more along a -bande dessinée- (sometimes translated as 'graphic novel) to me, a European flavour because of its mature orientation. It made me wonder if you ever read French series like -Blueberry- for example, because it has that maturity to it, and you added some supernatural phenomena.

I'm also reminded, strangely, of Manga. In Manga, it's common that the superheroes struggle with power. are either tempted by using their powers wrongfully (a rare find in American comic books) or simply resent that they have such power.

There's a variety of influences here, and you create something uniquely your own with it.

Which series are you reading? What are the influences?

Great stuff!
b.mellow
pure

Usergroup: Moderators
Joined: May 08, 2005

Total Topics: 16
Total Comments: 199
Posted 08/15/06 - 10:01 AM:

Thanks, Francois. (That's the Punisher's real name, by the way.)

I read comics mainly when a kid, and then it was only Punisher and X-Force, whatever had the biggest guns. Only in the past two months have I gotten back to reading anything published in the last ten years, and those two titles would be the new X-Factor written by Peter David, and David Mack's Kabuki series put out by Image. Kabuki is just scary good, with philosophical rantings as sophisticated as you'll see in any form of entertaining literature, the artwork is mesmerizing, and the storyline is pretty wicked too. I think alot of people here would enjoy it.

As far as my own drawings, I can't pinpoint any specific influence (probably too many to mention.) Anything I've ever seen or imagined is an influence, y'know?
libertygrl
Administrator
Avatar

Usergroup: Administrators
Joined: Apr 16, 2005
Location: San Francisco

Total Topics: 425
Total Comments: 4673
Posted 08/15/06 - 7:51 PM:

hey b., impressive work.

i can't really comment on the zombie page, as comic book zombies aren't usually my cup of tea, but the other five pages are great storytelling which is what usually interests me most. the character details like making zigzag an albino who escaped from a turkish prison are a mark of clear inspiration and solid resonance with the archetypal essence. the scars on the legs, the zigzag name, all highly symbolic (and therefore highly intriguing to me, a symbol interpreter). also, nice work using river's body language to communicate her state of mind. i found myself repeatedly honing in on and analyzing all of the characters' body language before i actually went back and ingested the text of what was going on. and as usual, you drew some kick-ass trees. do you plan to ink it?
b.mellow
pure

Usergroup: Moderators
Joined: May 08, 2005

Total Topics: 16
Total Comments: 199
Posted 08/16/06 - 4:50 PM:

Thanks lib, I'm glad you liked the character details and the storytelling, as those will be key ingredients (especially since the art aint quite on par wink. You're sure to enjoy the rest of the story: symbolism will play a heavy part. But don't expect many more installments in quite awhile, only trust that I'm sticking with this project to its completion. There's a lot of fun stuff gonna happen to these guys ...

[quick note - the pages were bigger than the scanner by a wee bit, so some stuff got cut. Zig Zag was born without pigment in his eyes, even as much as showing an outline of the pupil. I'm toying with his heritage as being either Native American or of Middle Eastern descent.]

What are the influences?


How could I forget Calvin and Hobbes !? The last panel of the last page is almost taken straight from one of Watterson's brilliant strips!!





OxygenJunkie
banned
Avatar

Usergroup: Members
Joined: May 26, 2006
Location: Somewhere kissing the sky.

Total Topics: 22
Total Comments: 437
Posted 08/16/06 - 9:55 PM:

b.mellow wrote:
Thanks, Francois. (That's the Punisher's real name, by the way.)



Frank Castle, isn't it? If you can get your fingers on it: Get that 5 issue miniseries (it's also in trade paperback as a single volume) of The Punsisher that Mike Zeck drew a while ago. It was made back when Marvel comics granted artists and authors a bit more leeway in what they were allowed to show, and it contains a very mature storyline and what, in my view, remains the most (creatively) violent act ever depicted in an American comic book. In order to 'punish' someone, Castle wraps his hand around the other person's while he's holding a bottle, and forces it to crush that bottle with his own, causing severe cuts in the man's hand that bleeds profusely as a result. Pure Classic!
b.mellow
pure

Usergroup: Moderators
Joined: May 08, 2005

Total Topics: 16
Total Comments: 199
Posted 08/19/06 - 1:01 PM:

libertygrl wrote:
and as usual, you drew some kick-ass trees. do you plan to ink it?


Drawn a month or two back:



I'm looking into what options I have concerning ink, water colors, computer merging, etc. I'll keep you posted.


libertygrl
Administrator
Avatar

Usergroup: Administrators
Joined: Apr 16, 2005
Location: San Francisco

Total Topics: 425
Total Comments: 4673
Posted 09/11/06 - 6:22 PM:

b wrote:
especially since the art aint quite on par

what does "on par" mean? you have your own style, stay true. where would picasso be if he had been trying to paint on par?

b.mellow wrote:
Drawn a month or two back

wow, awesome!
b.mellow
pure

Usergroup: Moderators
Joined: May 08, 2005

Total Topics: 16
Total Comments: 199
#10 - Quote - Permalink
Posted 09/14/06 - 7:59 PM:

True, but for time's sake I'll be focusing mainly on the writing, and any artwork (greatly toned down) will be used more for reference and such. To tell the truth, I find writing comic book subject matter much more enjoyable than real serious fiction right now, all while being just as engaging.

Btw, real cool avatar you got going there. You paint that?
libertygrl
Administrator
Avatar

Usergroup: Administrators
Joined: Apr 16, 2005
Location: San Francisco

Total Topics: 425
Total Comments: 4673
#11 - Quote - Permalink
Posted 09/14/06 - 9:31 PM:

b.mellow wrote:
Btw, real cool avatar you got going there. You paint that?

i did. thank you smiling face
OxygenJunkie
banned
Avatar

Usergroup: Members
Joined: May 26, 2006
Location: Somewhere kissing the sky.

Total Topics: 22
Total Comments: 437
#12 - Quote - Permalink
Posted 11/19/06 - 3:18 PM:

-On Par- usually means -Up to date- or -of equal quality- depending on the context.
Search thread for
Download thread as
  • 0/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5



Sorry, you don't have permission . Log in, or register if you haven't yet.



Acknowledgements:

Couch logo design by Midnight_Monk. The photo hanging above the couch was taken by Paul.

Powered by WSN Forum. Free smileys here.
Special thanks to Maria Cristina, Jesse , Echolist Directory, The Star Online,
Hosting Free Webs, and dmoz.org for referring visitors to this site!

Copyright notice:

Except where noted otherwise, copyright belongs to respective authors
for artwork, photography and text posted in this forum.