Hereville 2 preview: Page 87

On August 5, 2012 · 0 Comments

I may have posted an earlier version of page 87 at some point? I’m not certain. In any case, I just redrew the bottom panel and I’m much happier with this page now.

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Hereville 2 Title Page Pencils!

On July 30, 2012 · 1 Comments

So Hereville 2 is nearly done! I’ve drawn all the story pages and the cover, and I just finished penciling the title page a few minutes ago. Jake is blazing along on the colors. I want to go back and revise some drawings I’m not happy with, but basically, my part is done.

After all these months of drawing, it’s hard to imagine that eight days from now I’ll turn the pages in and have no more drawing to do! What will I do with my time?

(Answer: Begin writing Hereville 3. But I also plan to do some more of the things I haven’t had time to do in the last half-year, such as blogging and laundry.)

Anyway, here’s the penciled title page, subject to the approval of the nice folks at Abrams:

Welcome to my new collaborator Tina Kim!

On July 11, 2012 · 0 Comments

So here’s a big change for Hereville book 2: a new collaborator! Cartoonist Tina Kim has joined what must now be called the Hereville team and will be drawing environments (aka backgrounds) on about a third of the pages. (I’ll be drawing the backgrounds on the remaining pages).

Before I began Hereville, I had always worked alone (other than some collaborative comics done in high school). What I’ve found, working with Jake (who provides Hereville’s distinct colors) and now Tina, is the wonderful thrill of being surprised by how great their work is, most of all when they approach a problem or a scene in a way I wouldn’t have thought of myself.

Here’s a sample of Tina’s Hereville work. Thanks, Tina!

Hereville without Barry

On July 5, 2012 · 0 Comments

I always enjoy seeing what Jake’s colors look like without my drawings and word balloons getting in the way.

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Back cover of Hereville 2

On June 13, 2012 · 1 Comments

It’ll look better once there’s text and stuff filling up all that blank space. 🙂

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Hereville 2 preview — page 79

On June 12, 2012 · 0 Comments

You’ll have to buy the book to see it with the word balloons and color. :-p

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Barry will be at VanCAF this weekend

On May 22, 2012 · 8 Comments

Hi! Sorry I’ve been blogging so little lately. I’m just spending long days every day drawing Hereville. And it’s not just the time; it’s also, somehow, mental creative energy being expended. Even when I have a few hours after work, I just don’t seem to have it in me to write new posts.

Anyway, this too will pass.

I’ll be appearing in Vancouver, Canada this weekend, at the Vancouver Comics Arts Fest. It should be a lot of fun, and I think admission is free; so if you’re in Vancouver, please come see me and say hi.

Here’s the page from Hereville 2 I finished yesterday — and it’s a pretty spoiler-free page. I’m pretty happy with how this page looks.

It has two unusual elements for me. First of all, it’s yet another attempt at an Eisner-style collage layout. I wouldn’t say it’s completely successful — certainly not as nice looking as an Eisner page, but that’s a given, isn’t it? — but I think this works better than the Eisner-attempts in book one did. (Which were pages 31 and 32, if you’re wondering and have book 1 handy.)

Secondly, drew panel one with the kind of over-the-top foreshortening that artists like Jim Steranko used to such great effect, which is not something I can recall ever attempting before. I think it came out okay, but I probably won’t be doing this often in the future — it’s so visually oddball looking (to my eyes, at least) that I think it’s bound to distract from storytelling in most contexts.

Hereville Book 2: Cover Art!

On April 16, 2012 · 3 Comments

The cover art to Hereville: How Mirka Met A Meteorite.

And here are the two covers side by side:

I do think we succeeded pretty well at making a cover that was clearly part of the same series as book 1, without being the same cover over again.

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Hereville book 2 – cover sketches

On April 14, 2012 · 1 Comments

Warning: The images below contain some spoilers regarding the plot of Hereville book 2. Then again, so does, you know, the actual cover to the book.

So when I started work on the cover to book 2, everyone (“everyone” in this case meaning me, the folks at Abrams (my editor Sheila and book designer Chad Beckerman) and my agent Judy Hasen) were agreed that we wanted a cover that looked enough like book 1’s cover so that it would be obviously in the same series at a glance, but different enough so that no one would mistake it for the first book.

So, things to keep from book 1’s cover: Big round object. Tiny Mirka (or Mirkas). The banner for the title and author lettering. Things to be different: Everything else.

So I thought of every cover idea I could and sent quick sketches of those ideas to Abrams. Pretty much all of those ideas were variations on “meteor shooting through space, Mirka sitting on or being dragged along behind it.” But I also threw in a few not involving a meteor, because I didn’t want to forclose other possibilities, even though I was pretty sure we’d wind up with a meteor.

Then the folks at Abrams discussed it, or perhaps consulted their magic eight balls (a not-unlikely subject of a future Hereville cover), and agreed that they liked a shooting meteorite dragging a panicked Mirka best.

We also sent emails back and forth playing around with several color approaches. I showed them a few possibilities — sky blue, dark blue, red, etc — and although I was secretly hoping for red, I thought they’d choose blue (a more conservative choice), and I could live with that. To my delight, they chose red.

So now knowing the subject of the drawing and the color scheme, I did some more sketches and sent them to Abrams:

I do these sketches not only for Abrams’ sake but for my own — it’s hard for me to feel that I really know what I think about a cover composition unless I first sketch it out.

On Monday I’ll post the final cover art!

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Preview panel: Mirka runs up a hill

On March 16, 2012 · 0 Comments

Just a completed panel from Hereville book 2 (although it’s still awaiting colors from Jake, of course). I’m happy with how this panel came out. Sometimes things come together well.

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