Saturday, June 18, 2011

They think it's all over...... It is now!!!






No, not a post relating to England's epic victory in the 1966 World Cup, but rather just to let you know that the graphic novel adaptation of Dracula that you & I long thought complete, in fact wasn't..... but now is. "Wha.....?" I hear you mutter. Well, it goes like this. I had thought that my work on said volume was finished over a year ago, but recently, the publishers asked if I would mind producing an additional six pages of artwork, to "fill in a few continuity gaps". After having produced some 130 pages for the book already, I certainly didn't want another artist coming in at the eleventh hour to provide pages which would inevitably be different in style, & a visual jar in the final published book. And so I agreed.

The new pages don't contain anything of real dramatic import, but are rather best described as bridges to fill certain storytelling gaps, & will be interspersed throughout the book. So what's on these pages? Well, more of the same really... blokes dressed in black, & ladies with their boobs hanging out... which pretty much sums up my entire comic career for these last 30 years. Convenient.

Here's some of the raw images prior to being cleaned up digitally & formatted into the actual finished pages. All of these are inked with Sharpies over bluline printouts of pencil layouts.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Gary Crutchley said...

All looking outstandin', Staz. Definitely on me "must buy" list.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Staz Johnson said...

Cheers Gary. Hopefully it will actually be published before one of us dies.

8:43 AM  
Blogger Jason Cobley said...

I did indeed mutter "Wha.." as this is the first I've heard of extra pages!

They certainly look fab though.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Staz Johnson said...

.....oops!...

3:08 AM  
Blogger Jason Cobley said...

Yeah, it's all cool though. Should be a good un!

12:46 PM  

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