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Friday, December 30, 2011

Ready to Begin Artwork for Volume 2, Issue 1!

What's a finished script for an issue of Bonnie Lass look like?
Something like this…
That's a full 22 pages of comic book scripted in about 13 pages of a Word document.
If I can help it, I'll get a few thumbnails started tomorrow, so I can still say I'm getting started on interior artwork before 2011's out!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bonnie poses for a cover shoot

Here's a look at an early design for the cover of volume 2, issue 1. It's already drastically changed, but since I got pretty far along in this sketch before deciding to go more dynamic, I thought I'd share this "abandoned" concept. The flora and the little design touches actually are in the current work-in-progress, and were actually added in after this pose was already nixed.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Comic Creators for Freedom

The next installment of Bonnie's legend may be a ways off, but she'll be staying busy between now and then! Next month Bonnie will proudly be part of a collaborative effort to bring awareness to human trafficking and provide support for victims of it—Comic Creators for Freedom.

The collaboration is simple: if you're a comic artist with a female character in your roster, have her join the sprawling snowball fight! She'll be facing off in a free-for-all flurry of fluffy fury with dozens of other gals, all brought together in one epic collage! In January there will be a fundraising campaign to benefit Love 146 and Gracehaven, two organizations dedicated to helping those victimized by human trafficking, and a desktop wallpaper of the epic snowball fight will be offered as a humble thanks to anyone who donates.

Human trafficking is an all-too-real, all-too-deplorable vex on the world today. Thus far Comic Creators for Freedom has raised over $15,000 to help fight back, and this year I'm proud to be a part of the stand. Please check out the Comic Creators for Freedom website for more information on the issues at hand and what you can do to help. Artist submissions need to be in by December 31st!


As for Bonnie, here's the image of her I contributed to this year's collaborative image!

Bonnie's still truckin'!

Work on volume two continues! There have been a lot of good (and not so good) ideas pop in and out of the brainstorming sessions, with one of the main goals being to tell a more engaging story than last time. We've already had to put to rest a few concepts that, while they'd certainly be fun in their own right, would ultimately just alter the pacing of the overall narrative too much.

Plotting is not quite finished, but we've got a definite beginning, middle and end now, so while still working over some of the finer details of the arc, scriptwriting for issue one has begun and hopefully will be to a point where I can start drawing pages (at least thumbnails) pretty soon!

In the meantime, here's a doodle I worked up earlier as a segue between Bonnie work and the other comic work I'm expecting soon.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Work on Bonnie Lass volume 2 commences!

With the print release of Bonnie Lass: The Legend #4 imminent, thusly wrapping up that story arc, I'm happy to say that story work on a volume two is underway!

Everything's tentative right now, but to the left is a sneak peak at how we'll likely be meeting back up with Bonnie at the beginning of this new arc.

There's sure to be plenty of action this go-around, as we're going to see Bonnie and crew square off with a number of new antagonists face to face! I'm looking forward to getting the scripts worked out so I can get started on production of the pages themselves. Hopefully we'll be seeing some page work before the end of the year!

And I'd like to make more of a production blog out of this site for this volume, so look forward to more production artwork along the way!

—Michael