So my daughter walks in and says …
There are two pages in my new comic book that thrill me more than the other 30. Despite taking almost two years to create the book and being in love with a handful of the pages, these two are the Taylor Swift of comic book art. Real magic.
That’s because my daughter drew them.
After I decided eight more pages needed to be added to the book (which was a FUN choice to make, but had to be done), I knew Vorpal would have at least one more ‘vision,’ maybe two. However, for this one, I needed a whole different look and feel.
My daughter also has the comic book drawing bug. She draws and writes stories ceaselessly, and, if we’re being candid, is a far better story teller than I could ever be. She has a series called ‘slip-ups,’ mostly about her entering the emo stage of her life, but also mostly funny because of great characters. There’s her, a rabbit, a hunk of cheese. You know, the usual Downton Abbey styled cast. Good stuff.
So, I looked forward to seeing what she might be able to do with a couple of pages of professional comic book drawing paper and some time. I handed her the script and off she went.
Two nights later, she strolls into the studio.
Done. With homework? Cleaning your room? Spongebob?
She shoots me that preteen look of disgust. “Dad. Look.”
And sure enough, boom. AND WOW.
Pictures and words on the page. Great, effortless work unburdened by the stress of a work day, a deadline or much else. Great, freeflowing illustration. They appear almost exactly as you see them drawn, with one or two small adjustments to fit the frame space allotted.
We’re going to collaborate again. That is, she’s going to let me help her on a project. She’ll call my people. They’ll call her people. The whole thing and so much more to look forward from her.
But seeing those two pages in a printed comic book? That’s magic.
(Vorpal #2 is available from me in my shop for $5 plus shipping or autographed with a sketch card for $10 plus shipping. You can also buy the book on Indyplanet.us or from my publisher’s web site at www.crazymonkeyink.com)