Glad to see this gag getting some circulation!
Credit where it’s due: When I first came up with the idea of showing just how deeply Boomerang hates his lawyer, (it was originally a little gnarlier) all I had was the four stick-figure thought balloons.
I liked how harsh it was, but it still felt like something was missing. I took the page-in-progress over to my Periscope Studio-mate Colleen Coover. She squinted at it for a few moments then poked at the page hard and said “Big floating head! Right in the Middle! BAM!” Then she turned away from me, cranked whatever audio she’d been listening to and went back to work, That “BAM” is basically her mic drop.
She was right, and now Boomerang’s poker-face floating head is all over the internet.
So, big thanks to Colleen for making the gag work, and to my collaborator Nick Spencer, who is continuously gracious about putting up with my self-indulgent love of schtick.
Superior foes of spider-man #2
Stumbled across a jpg of a Dr Strange crowquill drawing from a little while back. I need to break out my dip-pens again.
Artist Steve Lieber talks about how writers can better deal with their artist collaborators, including debunking the old myth: “Comics have an unlimited budget.”
"Have you heard this aphorism: “Comics have an unlimited budget?” Remember it, because it’s wrong and you’ll want to humiliate and belittle anyone who brings it up. Your artist has to draw the stuff you are writing about, and his or her available time is your budget. Comics are drawn on deadline, and there are only so many hours in the days between when you send off your script and when the artist has to complete the story. If she spends all those hours drawing the 30 separate bicyclists you describe on page 1, she’s not going to have much time left for the alien armada on page 22."
I spent a few moments today walking with the ghost of my old life drawing teacher Ben Ruiz. He asked me a question. “In a line drawing Steve, when describing form—that’s form, not light, texture, or pattern— what are the three reasons for using a line?”
It’s been a while since anyone has asked…
Marvel just released a couple more pages from Steve Lieber’s first issue of “Superior Foes of Spider-Man” to accompany an interview with the writer Nick Spencer. Here are the pages, along with the reference he shot for that all-important ad on the back of the Daily Bugle.
What is the secret of Boxcat? Steve will not say.
A Hawkguy convention sketch by @Steve_Lieber, colored in @MangaStudio 5.
I drew a sketch of Hawkeye and Pizza Dog at the Stumptown Comics Fest, and used it to play around with the coloring tools in Manga Studio 5. Here’s the result.
The original art might still be available at Periscope Studio’s Etsy store.
BANDETTE by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover is one of our favorite comics. So earlier this week, when it was announced that the digital-only Bandette was nominated for FOUR Eisner awards, and that the fourth issue is now available from Comixology, we knew we needed to do something to celebrate. The answer? Four sketchcards!
Here’s the first! It’s from Steve Lieber. 2.5 ” by 3.5.” Ink and watercolor on cardstock. It’s always fun seeing an illustrative artist like Steve exercise his cartooning chops. The original is available on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/129852550/bandette-sketchcard-by-steve-lieber
Batman color sketch by @steve_lieber @ron_randall & @greyallison. The original might still be available in our Etsy store.
@Steve_Lieber’s new column at Comic-Con’s Toucan Blog is about using photo-reference.