Comic: Between * Wars

preview of between wars comic page illustration

Nominated for Best Webcomic 2015, the Irish 1970s series!

This is a webcomic/webstrip which, I suppose, is really a natural progression from my previous 2 projects – StarWarsAge9.com and AlienAge11.com With those, I published comics that I’d already made when I was a kid in the late 70s to early 80s.

Set in the late 1970s, this comic is a nostalgic and fun look at childhood play and geekery and the popular culture of that time. It draws on lots of my own recollections of that time.

between wars comic book's explosive front cover
Above: The comic book’s explosive front cover!
between wars comic illustration
Above: The handy Between * Wars ‘How to make professional comics’ guide!
stunt jumps and ramps in between wars comic
Above: One of my favourite pages, which sprang form a conversation with my son about what I loved to do as a kid

Case Study

Format

At present [Late-Sept ’14] it’s a landscape-format, full-colour strip in which there are no intended story-arcs – as yet. Each strip is a separate entity as is common in traditional newspaper strips. It may however move to grander story ambitions depending on how it develops and on how much time the creator has to spare for it.

Process

At present, the strips are drawn with black pen on paper and coloured in Photoshop. Some tweaks are made to the linework and layout on computer. The frames and lettering are done in InDesign.  Eventually all of the linework might be done on computer, depending on how well I can adapt to that method.

Step by step—in pictures

From rough thumbnails, through rough pencils, to inks and full colour

comic small rough page sketch
Above: Scribbling ideas in ‘thumbnails’
Rough comic pencils on A4
Above: Rough pencils on A4
comic page layout indesign
Above: Trying out the small rough version with panels and lettering
comic pencils full size
Above: ‘Pencils’—full-size
comic pencils gutters and lettering
Above: Checking that the full-size pencils work with the panels and lettering, and making adjustments
comic inks inking
Above: The inking stage
comic colour flatting
Above: The colour ‘flatting’ stage
comic final colouring
Above: The final comic page colours
final comic page full colour
Above: Ta-daaa… the finished fully lettered and coloured comic page

Illustration and Script: John White
Media: Pencil, Paper, Photoshop, InDesign, Imagination, Nostalgia

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