Thursday, March 24, 2011

Newsarama Hellboy interview

The Hellboy one-shot, "Buster Oakley Gets His Wish" will be going on sale next month. Here's a Newsarama interview where we discuss some of the behind-the-scenes work.

By the way, you shouldn't be alarmed by the unfinished art you're seeing. The book's all done, at the printer and on schedule. For once, I finished something a few days ahead of the deadline.


  1. Nice. Really looking forward to this coming out.

  2. Always makes me laugh when I see your buildings and specifically old farm house drawings where I can't get Albert Thorne out of my mind.

    They just look so fine and slick it reminds me of his artwork.

  3. scott (the other one)March 24, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Do you actively like having balloons break the panel borders, or just not care when they do? Do you prefer having the balloons have round/oval shapes, as opposed to flattening out where they hit the border?

  4. Thanks, Uko.

    Patrick, I know not this Albert Thorne you speak of but I'm glad you're enjoying the buildings. I like drawing them, especially when they have some personality. For the old farm house on this page, I found a real home a few blocks from here and took some photos for reference. Nothing beats being able to see your "model" in 3D, from several different angles before you start drawing.

    Scott, I don't mind when the word balloons protrude outside the borders a little but I usually avoid making them flatten the way you described. Sometimes it works but if you don't draw them right they can end up looking a little strange. Round balloons are okay, especially when they contain a single, short word. But I work pretty viscerally on things like this and generally try to avoid having too many rules. If it looks okay when I sketch it in with a pencil I don't give it a second thought. If it doesn't, I erase it and try a different approach.

  5. Ladies and germs,
    today's understatement: EXCITED!

  6. looks like a great page! lookin forward to read the story

  7. Wow! Wonderful composition, wonderful framing, wonderful backgrounds, wonderful architecture, wonderful lettering, wonderful characterizations, stunningly wonderful glimpse at your process,!
    The sound you hear is my jaw hitting the floor.