“This is a scene that’s a little later in the story, showing the panel planning and drawing process up close. I’m using ArtRage here, but have since moved on to Manga Studio, as its specifically designed to develop comics with its comic page and panel layout features. Before Manga Studio, I was experimenting by creating each panel as a document, colouring each panel in Photoshop, then laying them out in Illustrator. Definitely not the optimum way to do it, huh? Anyway, this panel took a while as I had just started creating digitally. I like the “Hooker-Bot” head and the depth used here. Stan was drawn a couple of times to get his position satisfactory. In the end, I would also do a quick grayscale ‘wash’ to test out lighting.”
“In order to get a clear idea of where everything is spatially, drawing a floor plan of the intended setting helps a great deal. In film, when you’re setting up a shot, you need to be aware of the “180 Degree Rule” and apply this to comics. Being in a 2D space, you need to use your imagination a little more, as you’re not only creating and moving the characters around, you’re also building the space in which they’re moving.”
“We’ve been living in the world of Chicken Outfit for about 10 years now and after countless rounds of planning, outlines, character sketches, drafts, finals, revisions, and maps. I feel like we exist with one foot in the comic and the other in reality. The people and places in Chicken Outfit are as familiar to me as friends and local haunts. This rough map showing Stan’s office illustrates that once the basic story and dialogue is finished, how completely you have to know your world when writing and illustrating a story. The more comfortable you feel there and the better you know the characters, the easier it is to pull your audience in and make them believe that the people and places are real, no matter how fantastic their adventures.”
If you don’t overdo it a little bit at Shock Stock, you’re not doing it right. We here at Chicken Outfit decided to front-load on our arrival to London and although we missed the Scumbag Soiree due to a horrific hangover, from the looks on the faces of the vendors on Sunday, MUCH fun was had by all! Drop by their Facebook to see some of the photos and videos of that night. In all of the cons we’ve attended since we started this comic, the horror festivals are most comfortable and friendly. We would like to thank Jake, James, Bob and the whole Shock Stock crew for being welcoming, attentive and for making our experience at a con one of the best yet! We met a lot of great people, sold some comics and will hopefully be attending next year. Below are some stand-outs we had the chance to chat with. See you next year! (We’ll also be at the equally amazing Horror-Rama again this coming October 17!)
Luis Ceriz from Suspect Video
Darryl & Boo from Twisted Tees
Cameron Scholes from Grim Stitch Factory
Maurizio Guarini from Goblin
Jeramie Rain from Last House on the Left
Kelly Michael Stewart from Blood in the Snow Fest
Yakov Levi from Whorror Comix
Bring Me The Head Of Stan Munson
Web-Guy Rusty McDoodle goes back to his freelancing gigs while his buddy Stan trys to hide the horrific destruction of his basement studio experiment from his boss, Zigmund Danzig. Meanwhile, amidst the swirling reminder of his persistent visions, Headcast accompanies Billy to the lake for a relaxing fishing trip. The sportsmen head to their favourite pub for some sustenance, only to find the horrors of the city have bled into their idyllic country retreat. Soon, these four lads will realize there is nowhere to hide from the “Chicken Outfit”.
Join these two hapless slobs, Headcast the psychic, his fishing buddy Billy and their shit-house-rat-crazy, yet loveable megalomanic, boss into an adventure that will unhinge the doors of perception and stomp its way into your heart with a pair of blood-clotted, steel cleats.
I know all. I see all.
They call me “Headcast” and I predict things. Normally, I don’t fall for these trendy lists as I find them inane and pointless. This year, however, the visions were too strong to ignore and the predictions I have been seeing online are so ludicrous, so foolish, that I must intervene with my own list of major occurrences, so you, the average slob, is not caught off guard by internet charlatans. Here are my top four predictions for 2015. Mark my words – they will come to fruition – if not in 2015, then, one day in the future…
1. We will discover we are all robots.
Late next year, a post online will reveal that we’re not human as we once thought, but machines! Our flesh and bone bodies have been run by tiny nano-bots since the late 1960’s. All the remaining data from our lives will be uploaded to the internet and our heads will be severed and placed in jars. Electrodes will jack us into the network and we will continue our lives in a virtual simulation of our once burgeoning world.
2. The Internet will be completely free and open after all passwords are abolished.
Frustrated with hackers, security and privacy issues, the world will finally throw up their collective hands. All passwords will be abolished and all information will be free and open to whoever wants to access it. The good news is, since we won’t have bodies any longer, war and crime will only be perpetrated online in computer games.
3. Everyone will become a photographer, comic artist or writer.
All online content will be created by our robot selves after societies’ final move to “cyber-space”. All current markets for food, housing and the last of our meaningless possessions will dry up and disappear. Money will be become useless and anyone without internet access or computer know-how will be turned into a protein paste and fed to our disembodied heads for sustenance. A few of the remaining luddites will be converted into sub-robot caretakers, programmed only to serve and maintain what’s left of the earth. Everyone else will regress into a child-like creative state; drawing, painting, taking mental pictures and writing self-help e-books for entertainment.
4. All the food once thought to kill us will be good for us.
Considering we won’t have to worry about weight, heart disease or anything other than our latest creative endeavour, all items once thought to have life-giving properties will be just as good for you as wheat germ, protein shakes and ugh… chia seeds. Our brains will process all information in a dream like state, so we won’t actually be eating anything, just thinking we are. (With apologies to Woody Allen.)
Well, that’s all the time I have for now. I feel tired and must lie down. William and I (my trusty manservant and business partner) will be waiting for you in the new “cyber-utopia” and will make ourselves available for all your psychic needs, online, at psychiccavern.com. (Currently under construction). “Drop in” for a tarot reading or virtual tea leaves any time! Bye for now – have a happy holiday and fabulous new year.