I thought I’d jump in to clarify and extend some of the information put forward by Gail Simone today regarding the little-known comic book tradition called by its practitioners “ball-printing.”
Ball-printing began in the mid-30s as an informal method used by master printers working at Western…
Reposting this piece with a handy guide. I drew this as an exercise in drawing a lot of characters in a group. I mentioned before that these were all the characters living in Bear Mill, so I’d like to clarify who they all are.
The purple characters are the main characters of Samara’s Epic and The Legend of Abigail Queen. The pale pink characters are the supporting cast and extras. So right away we have Abby and Samara’s other two friends, Marget’s wife, and Margret’s gaming group. In the back we have a personal assistant who will probably look nothing like that when I get to that point in the story. There’s also Angela and her roomie, who only exist because of that stand-alone Abby story I wrote. They probably won’t be in any other comics unless I do another stand-alone Abby story, but they exist, so they got to be in this crowd.
The white characters mixed in with the pinks are the English faculty from And Then I Met You. The professor bear from Latte Art is one of them. Way in the back we have the baristas who probably won’t appear anywhere but the background. Hence their placement in the background.
The three green characters on the left are my favorite characters from an old super hero comic whom I hope to write a (non-super)story about someday. The Blue characters are from a story idea I just came up with and haven’t even begun to really think about. They only have designs because I cheated and used my “three bears” archetype. Tall and obese bear, beard bear, and round old bear. I think beard bear may be another English professor.
The red characters are the main cast of The Education of Derek Free, which was plotted out alongside Samara’s Epic, but ended up being it’s own thing. The orange characters are the supporting cast, which includes the cranky woman on the left and the Middle Eastern adventurers on the right. It’s a weird story. I left Big Hank’s dream boy white because he’s only ever mentioned, never seen. He only exists in my sketchbook.
Finally, we have the Japanese family in the back. I think only the girl in the scarf appears in any comics, but I mapped out the family tree for reasons, so I wanted to include them in here.
So it’s not as bad as it looks! It’s mostly two comics that involve meeting groups of people and thus require a lot of two dimensional extras, and a bunch of characters that popped into existence thanks to those four comics I made last year. Also an urge to fill out the back rows.
And there is not a single straight white cis-gendered male in that entire crowd.
And it’s done! This took me a week. I’m glad I did it, because this is the first time I’ve been able to see all these characters in one place. And this is why I gave up on the original concept and decided to break everyone up into their own stories. Seven of those characters are brand new and created after I made that decision, so it wasn’t as crowded originally as it looks.
Most of the bloat comes from background characters. Most of that Japanese family in the back probably won’t even appear in any stories, but I had the family tree planned out, so I wanted to draw them at least once.
Fun fact: those two girls way in the back were originally henchmen in a superhero comic. I brought them back as owners of the coffee shop, so that’s why they have character designs despite being easily-ignored background characters. The reason they didn’t appear in Latte Art was because I was showing things through the professor’s eyes, so he only saw the hot boys.Now, back to scripting Samara’s Epic.
Pencils done. Sorta… Oh god, Jessica and Margret are bending space-time! I was wondering why I hadn’t completed Marget’s arm when I was drawing Jessica.
Aaaaand I spot a missing hand and pair of legs as well.
(There’s only 49 characters because I deleted one. Screw you, Derek’s dad)
Sloane Leong asked on Twitter if anyone liked drawing “old crone-y feral women beasts”, so I drew that. It seems I am quite terrible at it.
Regardless, this poor woman seems to have happened upon a raccoon crone scavenging for food. Hopefully she can bribe the creature with the stale baked goods she took from work.
(She was probably planning on giving them to the giant mouse who’s raising 3 mouslings in the boiler room.)
I figured out the problem with the Scarlet Spider. He’s not 90’s enough. He needs to be more 90’s. And hey, every 90’s superhero needs a pouch, right?
You did it! You perfected Scarlet Spidey!
To celebrate the arrival of Sleep of Reason, and to continue my quest to make Spike Trotman hate me forever, I have created the anti-SoR.
-Lovecraft fanfiction? Check.
-Story that requires you to have read 306 previous chapters? Check.
-Actually a superhero romance? Check.
-Hideous art because I have no idea how to draw zombies or Slenderman? ULTRA CHECK.
This was a colossal waste of my time. Thank you for reading terrible joke theater.
I was working on a really detailed piece so I decided to do a quick one to cool down. I thought, why don’t I draw an chubby enby? Everyone always draws hip chubby enbies, so I decided to make them dumpy. Then things kind of got away from me so we have this enby with their decades-old Patriots tee.
Amanda Lafrenais has been posting concept art for her Thumbelina comic, so I decided to draw a piece based on the scene where the nasty mole takes Thumbelina as his bride. In this case, we have a fairy and his new husband, a hairy old rat. I guess that’s a thing with rodents. Kinda messed up, if you ask me.