Barry is appearing at VanCAF this weekend. Come say hi!

On May 21, 2016 · 0 Comments

barry-at-vancafIf any of you are in Vancouver BC this weekend, you should drop by VanCAF! It’s free to attend, and many very cool cartoonists (plus me) will be there to show off our comics.

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I’ll be at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle This Week

On April 7, 2016 · 0 Comments

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I’ll be at Emerald City Comicon this Thursday through Sunday – if you’re attending, please come and say hi!

I’ll have copies of all three Hereville books, and also of “First Glance,” my short with Becky Hawkins.

I’m sharing a table with Jake Richmond, creator of “Modest Medusa” and colorist of Hereville. Our table is extremely easy to find – we’re actually on the Skybridge! Our booth number is #1114, which is nestled between Dave Kellett’s booth and the gigantic TopatoCo booth, and across the aisle from the (also gigantic) Boom Studios! booth.

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Barry will be at PCC Mini Con in Portland, February 4 and 5

On February 2, 2016 · 0 Comments

I will be appearing at PCC Mini Con in Portland, February 4th and 5th (that’s a Thursday and Friday!), from 10am to 6pm each day. If you’re in SE Portland, please come and say hi!

“Hereville” colorist Jake Richmond will also be there.

That’s at 2305 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR.

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Drawing Process: Using Photo References

On January 3, 2016 · 0 Comments

Here’s my part of a panel from Hereville 3. (It’s from page 128, if you have the book and would like to compare.)

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I usually don’t use photo reference for figures – it’s difficult to prevent photo-referenced figures from looking lifeless, at least for me (other cartoonists do it better). When I use a photo ref and the resulting drawing looks like it was photo-referenced, I think of that as me “getting beat up by the photo.” But some poses are just too hard to figure out without reference. This three-way hug is definitely one such pose.

So I made my housemates Matt, Maddox and Sydney pose for for this photo (Matt is the girls’ dad), and used that as the basis for my drawing. Even with the photo, there are still differences between the reference and the final image – although there are also bits that are very similar (compare Fruma’s hands to Matt’s). The biggest change was Mirka’s entire figure, and turning Layele’s head so that readers could see her happy expression.

I think I’ve gotten much better at not letting source photos beat up my drawings. In the first Hereville book, there are some drawings that still make me wince because they look so obviously drawn from photos.

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Hereville Book Premiere Event, Friday November 13 in Portland

On November 10, 2015 · 0 Comments

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Hereville: How Mirka Caught A Fish is the long-awaited third book in Barry Deutsch’s Hereville series, about “Yet Another 11-Year-Old Time-Traveling Orthodox Jewish Babysitter.” And it’s finally here!

Hereville creator Barry Deutsch will be on hand at 6pm on November 13th at The Spritely Bean, Portland’s comics and coffee cafe, to sign and sketch in books, alongside his collaborators, longtime Hereville colorist Jake Richmond, and new background artist Adrian Wallace. There will also be a presentation at 7pm, featuring live drawing demonstrations, an animated film of the Hereville drawing process, and other fun stuff. The festivities will continue pretty much until people stop showing up.

“Deutsch has created a wonderfully inventive world, in which fantastic creatures believably reside alongside a religious community; Mirka is a delightfully flawed heroine that nearly anyone can relate to and enjoy. Backgrounder Wallace and colorist Richmond augment Deutsch’s busy panels, providing a pleasingly earth-toned setting for Mirka’s latest adventure. This consistently clever and thoughtful series hasn’t lost a particle of momentum.” –Kirkus Reviews

Past Hereville books have been nominated for Eisner, Ignatz, Harvey, and Andre Norton Awards, and have won the Sydney Taylor Book Prize, the Oregon Book Award, and a Sybel Award.

The Hereville Book Premiere event will take place at The Spritely Bean, located at 5829 SE Powell, Portland, Oregon, beginning at 6pm. We’ll have copies of all three Hereville books for sale.

If you’re in or near Portland, I hope I’ll see you there!

The New Hereville Book Was Published Today!

On November 3, 2015 · 0 Comments

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I’m so excited that this is out!

Kirkus’s review:

“Deutsch has created a wonderfully inventive world, in which fantastic creatures believably reside alongside a religious community; Mirka is a delightfully flawed heroine that nearly anyone can relate to and enjoy. Backgrounder Wallace and colorist Richmond augment Deutsch’s busy panels, providing a pleasingly earth-toned setting for Mirka’s latest adventure. This consistently clever and thoughtful series hasn’t lost a particle of momentum.”

Hereville 3 at Powell’s Books

Hereville 3 at IndieBound

Hereville 3 at Barnes & Noble

Hereville 3 at Amazon

And it’s also available as a digital download on Comixology!

Barry will be at Stan Lee’s ComicKaze in LA this Weekend

On October 30, 2015 · 0 Comments

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I’ll be tabling at “Stan Lee’s Comikaze” comic-con in Los Angeles this weekend! And at my table, at least part of the time, will be the award-winning science fiction writer Rachel Swirsky! So if you’re in LA, please come and say hi. The con is open today, Saturday, and Sunday.

This is the first event where I’ll have copies of Hereville 3 on sale, so I hope someone buys it! We’ll be at table #SSA08, which is near the Bob’s Burgers Pavilion and also near the R2D2 maker’s booth.

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Barry will be appearing at Rose City Comic-Con this weekend!

On September 19, 2015 · 0 Comments

I’ll be appearing at Rose City Comic-Con, in Portland, Oregon, this weekend. I’m sharing a table with Becky Hawkins, my collaborator on SuperButch. We’ll be selling copies of First Glance, and of course I’ll have copies of Hereville on hand.

If you’ll be there, please come and say hi!
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I got the advanced copy of Hereville book 3!!!

On August 28, 2015 · 0 Comments

It comes out in November, and this is the first time I’ve seen it on paper.

I’M SO EXCITED!

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How a Hereville panel is made

On December 23, 2014 · 0 Comments

Here’s an example from Hereville 3 (in progress). It’s from page 45, a panel in which Mirka is running fast down the porch stairs.

As you can see, it involves work not only by me, but also by my wonderful collaborators Adrian Wallace (who draws the environments) and Jake Richmond (who does the colors). We also use a computer model of Mirka’s house which was created years ago by Mr. Matthew Nolan.

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Transcript of image:

In the script I wrote, Mirka was in the house, and then the next scene began with her running through the woods.

When I laid it out, I thought it would be better storytelling to include a transition panel. So I scribbled a little stick-figure of Mirka running down the porch stairs.

Then I did a slightly more detailed version, so that I could look at the page layout and see if I liked it, and also so that folks like my editor and Adrian Wallace (who draws the environments) could understand what I intended.

Months later, after I had completed writing and laying out the entire book, I did an “underdrawing” showing Mirka’s pose and (hopefully) correctly sketching her proportions.

In the underdrawing, I drew Mirka lifting her skirt as she runs down the stairs, which helps make her look more desparate (and is also more realistic).

Using the underdrawing as a guide, I did a much tighter drawing of Mirka running down the stairs. And using THAT drawing as a guide, I drew Mirka again, in the final black lines that get printed in the comic book.

At that point, I send the page to Adrian Wallace, who draws the environments around Mirka. One tool Adrian uses to create his drawings are 3d computer models of the environments. Adrian often creates the models himself, but in this case he used a model of Mirka’s house which was created years ago by Matthew Nolan.

Adrian merges his background with my drawing, and then the whole thing is sent to Jake Richmond. Jake first goes through and does flat colors on everything, using a horribly limited color palette I chose in consultion with Jake.

After Jake finishes laying down the flat colors, he goes over the colors again, this time adding highlights and shading.

And finally, the completed panel:

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