Monday – Week off!

Good morning everyone,

This week, I’ll be taking off due to illness. If I get better during the week I’ll start reposting but I’m just not well enough.

Regards,

N.S. Paul

Friday Comic – You’re Milking This

Good morning,

Attached is my most recent script for the weekly comic collaboration group that I am part of. The topic this week was ‘cooking’ but I mistakenly misread it as ‘food’. This story was heavily inspired by my sons interaction with me during the week.

You can downloaded the script here and don’t forget to check out my other scripts here.

Regards,

N.S. Paul

Thursday Guest Review – Occupy Avengers #1 — Pop Culture Uncovered

Writer: David Walker Artist: Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, and Sonia Oback Cover: Agustin Alessio $3.99 Marvel Comics Occupy Avengers is not at all what I expected. Don’t get me wrong, I expected to really enjoy it as much as I do David Walker’s other work like Power Man & Iron Fist or Shaft, but solicits […]

via Review Brew: Occupy Avengers #1 — Pop Culture Uncovered

Wednesday Support – From script to comic

Good evening,

The following resource comes courtesy of current Thunderbolts scribe Jim Zub.

Making Comics Progression: Script to Final

Regards,

N.S. Paul

Tuesday Kickstarter – Merrick – The Gambler’s Cards

Morning all,

This week I would like to share a new Kickstarter that I came across. If you are unsure if you want to support the project, the creators have offered their first issue for free online.

All the best,

N.S. Paul

Monday Review – Baltimore TPB Vol. 1 – Vol. 4

Good morning,

I recently binge read the first four volumes of this series created by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, with art by Ben Stenbeck. Baltimore follows the story of Lord Henry Baltimore and his hunt for the vampire that killed his family in years surrounding World War 1.

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Story

The first four volumes of Baltimore (Vol. 1 The Plague Ships, Vol. 2 The Curse Bells, Vol. 3 A Passing Stranger and Other Stories and Vol. 4 Chapel of Bones), follows the titular characters hunt for the vampire that he met in the trenches during his time in the Great War. The plot is an alternative history story that follows a new plague that causes most soldiers to desert to spend time with their families before people all fall victim to this supernatural illness.

Writing

The writing of Baltimore is very much like Mignola’s other work were there are lots of allusions to Lovecraft and Poe whilst putting a twist on the usual vampire stories we are so prone to seeing in the media nowadays. However unlike his previous works, Baltimore was originally an illustrated novel that was co-written by Golden.

I have also come to quite appreciate Mignola’s oft sparse writing style against Bendis who I have personally come to find reading difficult due to the shear amount of dialogue he places in his panels. With Bendis I often find myself skimming his writing just to get to the important pieces of information. In fact in the first TPB of Baltimore there is six or seven pages were there is no dialogue and the art paints the story which was really nice to ‘read’.

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Art

Stenbeck’s art is beautiful. Not much I can say about it. It feels very much a Mignola story. The interpretations of how the monsters look seem like they have come straight out of Mignola’s subconscious. It clear, the characters are distinctively different allowing me not to have to guess who I am looking at and overall it just works. I can’t fault it.

Colouring

So the colouring is one of the reasons you know your reading a Mignola book. Dave Stewart is on colouring duties as he has been doing for years now with Mignola on the Hellboy universe. And the very stark contrast with one colour backgrounds and use of blacks really makes the story feel dark and scary.

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I’ve talked about Clem Robins in a previous blog and once again he really makes his mark.

Conclusion

This was a great read and I would recommend you pick up the first four volumes if you fancy reading a horror story set during the Great War.

Regards,

N.S. Paul

Friday comic – Woodlife

Good morning,

This Friday I bring you a another one page short that I am working on for the Reddit Collab group. The theme this week was ‘the wood’.

Download the script here.

Regards,

N.S. Paul

Wednesday Support – Why You Should Letter Your Comics – Carman Kay

This post is a repost of another blogger I came across in my searches for resources for aspiring comic artists. Please enjoy and check out Carman Kay’s website here.

Out of everything I have been passively practicing on in my recent comics, I have not thoroughly garnered such a sense of love for this until just recently. And that is: the awesomeness of Lettering. Lettering comics nowadays, especially in webcomics isn’t as common as it used to be with the fact that it’s a […]

via Why You Should Letter Your Comics — Carman Kay

Monday Review – Comic Review: These Bombshells are THE Bomb!

This post comes from another blog that I came across when I was recently suggested some female comic writers from a Twitter dialogue I had with author Jim Zub. This blog post covers one of those authors I introduced to and thought I would share. You can check out the original posters blog here.

by Jennifer If you read my article a couple of weeks ago, you might remember that I’m a former comic book girl looking to get back into the genre after a kid-induced hiatus. The prospect of finding new books to read has been daunting since most of what I enjoyed back in the day is […]

via Comic Review: These Bombshells are THE Bomb! —

Friday Comic – Minos in The Banshee of Donegal (Script)

Good morning folks,

So the following script was one my earlier attempts at writing a short comic. This was originally designed to be a one off five page short to introduce the titular character and the universe in which he lives in.

The script then developed into a trilogy of stories following Minos, a very old mercenary minotaur and his travels in Ireland. It is my hope to revisit this title after Resurrection Men.

Check out the script here.

Regards,

N. S. Paul