Sunday, June 24, 2012

Original Phantom art up for grabs!

As noted in my previous post, I'm going to be offering some of my Phantom artwork for sale in order to raise the funds to replace the computer I use to digitally pencil, letter and color the strip.  

The process here is that I print the pencils (done in Manga Studio) in blue (a 50% cyan usually), along with the lettering and borders in black, on 11 x 17 bristol board, and then ink the art traditionally by hand with brush and pen.  Some of the blue "pencil" lines can show through -- but it's usually rather subtle and doesn't detract from the art at all.

This is then scanned for color, which is done in Photoshop.  In some cases, repeat panels are digital printouts as well -- and the logo panel is always printed -- the modern equivalent of a "paste-up" -- but without the eventual rubber cement stains or faded photostat!  Sound effects lettering -- and once in a while, some of the more mechanical background lines, are digital as well.

As an incentive to buy now, I'm going to include with each Phantom page purchased, a randomly chosen page of original artwork from my files of comic book pages inked by me.  I'll also toss in a few surprise extras just to sweeten the deal.  Prices include shipping in the US -- overseas shipping will have to be calculated and added in, as that can add up a little too much.  I'm also dropping some of the prices a little from the prices I've had on these at comic book shows.

Art here is all from Sunday strips that have seen print, starting with the first page from the current Power House gang story (sorry, all but one "Shadows of Rune Noble" pages are gone -- and I'm keeping that one).  I do have pages that have not seen print yet -- but can't show them publicly, for the obvious reason.

Sunday strip 4-8-12:  Phantom profile in last panel.  Note that my scanner is adding a slight blue tint that is not present in the original art. That just might be Mandrake in the magazine photo in story panel 3. Was $250.00 now $200.00 ON HOLD.

Sunday strip 4-15-12: Big Phantom figure in last panel.  Blue "shadow" from scanner NOT on the art. $300.00 ON HOLD

Sunday strip 4-22-12: Story panels one and two are digital "repeats" (somewhat altered from previous week). Moody Phantom close-up in panel 7. Was $250.00 now $225.00.

Sunday strip 4-29-12: Phantom in five panels, classic arms folded shot center of page.  $350.00. SOLD

 Sunday strip 5-6-12: Phantom in 3 panels with nice moody close-up center of page.  Pencils and lettering misprinted wrong size on reverse! Was $250.00 now $225.00 ON HOLD

Sunday strip 5-13-12: First appearance of the Power House Gang. Phantom lurking in last panel.  Wire fence is digital.  Was $250.00 now $225.00 

 Sunday strip 5-20-12. Phantom in three panels with nice big 3/4 rear head shot.  I printed the blue line pencils way too dark on this one -- and, silly me, went ahead and inked it that way. Unlike the other originals, the blue line really does show on this one, which may be a distraction for some.  Was $250.00 now $200.00  (ignore that black line at top -- that's from the scanner....)

 Sunday strip 5-27-12:  Phantom in 3 panels -- slugs Zafar in big panel.  Radiating lines in that panel are a digital effect.  Was $300.00 now $275.00. ON HOLD

 Sunday page 6-3-12: Once again, please note, my scanner is adding a blue "shadow" at the top of some of these that is not in the original art (time for a new scanner, too!?!?!)  Full figure shot of Phantom in top panel -- two more shots of him follow -- but in gas mask.  Note that you can see the "ghost" blue pencil image of a couch in the background of panel one that I decided to leave out of the inks.  It was established as part of the set in a previous page -- but I felt it just made the panel too busy -- and went for clarity over continuity here.  SOLD.

Sunday page 6-10-12: Phantom in two panels. BOOM panel is all digital. Was $275.00 now $225.00.

 Sunday page 6-17-12: Phantom in two panels -- nice profile shot. Spatter effect in background of panel 6 is digital. Was $275.00 now $225.00.

Sunday page 6-24-12 -- Today's page! Logo panel printed a little lighter than usual -- but doesn't seem as obvious in the original as it does in this scan.  Some of the background buildings are digital, but touched up and partially inked by hand. Nice big close-up of Phantom and some tricky panel/balloon placement! Was $300.00 now $275.00.

Email me directly at to check on availability and to reserve.  I do take Paypal. I will update this listing as pages are sold.  For local buyers (in the KC area), I will gladly hand deliver your pages. As noted, overseas buyers will need to add extra for shipping (amount to be determined, depending on location).  Thanks for looking -- and my apologies for the blatant hucksterism this week -- but this seems to he most direct way to raise the bucks I need to keep the work flowing.  See you in the funny papers!

The Power House Gang: Week Twelve

The Ghost Who Walks continues to mess with the Power House Gang -- who are pretty darned messy -- with all that paintball spatter all over them!  I got rather tricky with the panel layout and balloon placement here -- (I hope) pulling the reader's eye along with the balloons, so as to read the panels in a less than typical order.  Let me know if it works, will you?

The original art for this -- and  many other Phantom Sunday strips are going to be offered for sale here as soon as I can get them scanned and uploaded.  I'm usually only about promoting my work here -- not selling art directly -- but this week has been a difficult one, with our A/C breaking down and repairs not sticking (and today looking to be 100 degrees!) -- and my Wacom tablet (used to digitally pencil these strips) breaking down and having to be replaced -- and now my Macbook (also used to pencil, letter and and color the strips) has major issues and needs replacing before it heads off to the great laptop graveyard.

The A/C is covered by our home warranty -- and the Wacom tablet is already in hand -- but there was no budget this month for buying a new Macbook -- so it's time for an art sale.  Details to follow!!!

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Power House Gang: Week Eleven

The Power House Gang story continues -- hmm, the Phantom didn't get any paint on him either.  Well, c'mon, we couldn't mess up that cool costume now, could we?

I'm working on another Sunday strip today, as I get close to the end of this tale -- but I'm well ahead of the print schedule, so there's plenty more adventure to come!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Power House Gang: Weeks Nine and Ten

Busy, busy, busy here -- and obviously am running behind in posting my Phantom Sundays -- so here are the most recent strips.  If time allows, I'll post a bit about my recent trip to Metropolis IL soon -- but for now, I need to draw another Phantom page!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Up, up and away....!

I'd like to remind everyone that I'll be a guest at the Metropolis IL Superman Celebration this weekend.  You'll find me in the artist's alley on Friday and Saturday -- and maybe a little bit of Sunday morning, but that's up in the air at the moment.  Comic book superstar George Perez will be appearing as well -- so I'm hoping to see a lot of comics fans at the event. This will be my first time at the show, and it looks to be a lot of fun.

For info, schedules, etc. , check the official site HERE.