Oh snap, it's my first-ever collaborative comic!
Yep, after the medium's most exciting conceptual artist, Robin Barnard, sent me a few original art pieces in the mail (just touching those things, wow), I got creative. This comic returns to a color method I used on a fairly unsuccessful one-pager earlier this year; I think it worked a little better this time. I Xerox the originals, paint the color over them, then print the black linework back on over the paint.
Here are the two pieces Robin sent me:
Here's my colors pre-processing:
And at top, of course, the rendered products, pasted up into a nice lil two-panel grid (my favorite layout of late).
This page is, I suppose, a slightly disconnected part of the increasingly fascinating avant-comix project "Doubtland" that Robin's got going over at his blog, Images Degrading Forever. Dude's copying Steranko's entire Outland adaptation page by page, hitting Jaunty Jim's cold, crystalline line sculptures with the blur of his own vital, wavery, utterly alive inking. It's an incredible thing to watch a comic decay like that, but the real thrill of Doubtland for me is the bald conceptual straightforwardness of it all, the uncertainty around who the artist of the project really is, the guts that go into planting a flag squarely in the middle of the flawed territory that is this work. The guy's an incredible blogger too: his process posts are in-depth and absorbing, and the odd little non sequiturs and ideas he throws into almost every sentence he writes stick in the brain like velcro made of thought. A while ago Robin sent me a letter that mentioned "evolving the medium into its true self", which was the most revelatory sentence I've read in a really long time. And seeing him change Outland -- evolve it, even -- like it's melted plastic being poured out of its mold is exciting me more than anything else in comics right now.