Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cover preview, part 2

As promised, here's a peek at the cover to our third issue.  This one's pencilled by Godland's Tom Scioli - and if you know anything about the man, you might have a good idea of what the theme for this cover is.  At any rate, the Yeti sure does look concerned...doesn't she?

As you can obviously see, we're only in the pencil stage with this cover, but we've got lots of time before we need to see a final version, at least concerning printing and the like.  Duane is currently in possession of this piece of art (the electronic version, anyway...), and he's in the process of inking it.  Tom mentioned that he usually inks his own work, so this will be a different experience for him as well.  I'm sure it'll look great when it's finished...heck, it looks pretty good right now.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Cover preview, part 1

The past few weeks have been pretty exciting, as I've seen artwork continue to roll in as we inch closer and closer to releasing the book in stores.  It's always fulfilling to see a creation come to life, and I know that Duane and I are both just as thrilled to see some great artists put their stamp on a few Teddy and the Yeti covers.

The clip you see to the left here is from our first issue.  The pencils are done by none other than Phil Hester, a super talented guy whose work you might recognize from runs on Green Arrow and The Irredeemable Ant Man, to name a few.  Duane showed us his versatility in inking and Karin did her usual bang-up job in the colors department.

I'm just releasing a clip for now, but I'll show the entire thing soon enough.  I've got another preview from the cover to the third issue coming up soon, but for now...marvel at the awesomeness that is this part of our first cover.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Speech Balloons

Progress on Teddy and the Yeti continues to be made.  Colored pages for the first issue are starting to roll in, leaving letters as the last piece of the puzzle to be...well, whatever you do with puzzle pieces.  What I'm getting at is this: we're nearing the end.

My good friends Brant Fowler and Adnan Virk are each contributing to the book in their own way with letters and advice, but I'm looking to take the bulk of the work on myself.  This entails that I actually learn how to letter, which is no easy task, but I'm working on it.  If nothing else, I spent a big hunk o' money on buying Adobe's Illustrator CS4 program, which is as daunting as it is wonderful.  This is obviously time consuming, but I think that in the end, as long as I can get the hang of it, it'll be worth it.  If I find out that I'm just not up to snuff, I'll take myself off of lettering duties - I don't want the product to suffer because of stupidity on my part - and hand those responsibilities off to someone else, but at least for now, it looks like I'll be adding that to my list of things to do.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

If you're out shopping for Jeff... could do worse than to pick up Batman: The Complete Animated Series.  This show, along with Batman Begins, is one of my all-time favorite cartoons.  Just the right about of drama and levity for me when I was...what, 12?  At any rate, I had already bought the first two volumes, which have been made obsolete by this comprehensive set.  This would normally irk me, as this is obviously a case where we as consumers are being milked for every last dollar we can spare, but LOOK AT THIS!  It's got an art book and everything.  Plus, I'm hoping to get it for Christmas, which costs me a total of zero dollars.  And that's right up my alley.