Saturday, March 12, 2011

Creating graphic novels, killing Shakespeare and rebirthing Batman

Introducing two new characters.

So, here we are, this is a link to page 35. Check it out if you'd like. There are finally two new antagonists to introduce to really add some layers to the conflict. Now that they're in, we'll be able to zip our protagonist into action.

I've challenged some people to figure out who these two new characters are based on. As the scarce readers of Zombie Dinosaurs - I'll let you know at the end of the post. So, stay tuned for the revealing details.

Graphic novel news

Creating a graphic novel

Some people will swear by Scott McCloud, don’t get me wrong, I have all his
books including the latest "Making Comics". Now take it from me, as the old
saying goes about comparing apples to oranges. If you are lucky to have both
books, read them both and tell me which one comes out on top. Put comic history
aside and I bet you Mike Chinn and Chris McLoughlin’s book might surprise you
and will help you as an artist. Hey I am just one guy, but I tell you this book
taught me things I did not know.

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The Bard faces danger
Porcupine native co-author of graphic novel
By Kate McLaren
The Daily Press

Friends, countrymen, lend me your ears. Porcupine native Anthony Del Col wants
to kill Shakespeare.

Co-author of a new graphic novel of the same name, Del Col's gruesome plot line does not come from a hatred of the English dramatist, rather, from the direct opposite.

"I've always been a Shakespeare fan, and I'm a bit of a Shakespeare geek," said the graduate of Roland Michener Secondary School. "I had some very good teachers in high school who led school trips to the Stratford Festival every year, and after seeing
productions of Othello and the Twelfth Night, I fell in love with it."

After working in the Toronto music business for several years, helping to produce artists such as Nelly Furtado, Divine Brown and Jack Soul, Del Col decided to switch gears.

His graphic novel, a collaboration with broadcast journalist Conor McCreery, pits characters from a multitude of Shakespeare's works against each other in their mission to track down and either save or kill their creator, William himself.

Written with a modern-day voice but set in Elizabethan times, the story begins with villain Richard III capturing Hamlet and convincing him to track and kill Shakespeare. Along the way, Hamlet meets heroes like Juliet, Romeo and Othello, who convince him that saving the Bard is the way to go.
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Batman and Robin, Batman Reborn


Batman and Robin: Batman Reborn is a graphic novel by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Frank Quitely. Dick Grayson has taken up Bruce Wayne’s mantle as the Batman and dons cape and cowl while Bruce’s son Damian takes up the role of Robin.

This graphic novel is a good one. Grant Morrison does an excellent job of writing Dick Grayson as Batman. He also added a nice touch of having the first enemies he faces be a deranged circus troupe.

Frank Quitely’s illustrations are very good as well, although they do get a little strange at times, it’s still very unique and memorable. The action scines are nicely illustrated and have witty, entertaining dialogue in them.

There are some flaws in the graphic novel, and they have to do with retconning Jason Todd’s hair color as always being red, even though it has always been portrayed as being black after the continuity reboot of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Other than that nitpick, and a few places where the artwork looks really weird, I really enjoyed this graphic novel.
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A: Max Von Sydow and Jason Miller. Now you know.

1 comment:

  1. “In one lifetime how many times can it be like that, be a ceremony that becomes so unrelated to the flesh that I had the feeling I felt disembodied in the night sky, halfway between sea and stars, looking down upon a tiny cutaway cottage, at two figures there in the theater of moonlight caught in a slow unending dance to the doubled hearted, a counterpoint in offstage drums.


Hey there, I am glad you have taken the time to leave a comment. Thanks - I am looking forward to reading it.