Monsters Among Us #1 (Page 22 Pencils)

MAU #1 Pencils Page 22I just love the power and movement of Stefano’s pencils on this page.  Stefano’s pencils are a joy to ink and write dialog for!

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The Kraushaar Family Pinup

Kraushaar Family PinupI received this wonderful Kraushaar Family Pinup in the mail from Stefano which I love!  Stefano has included my great-grandfather, the original Dr. William Kraushaar, as a character in the Kraushaar family, pictured here on the far right.  I had the pleasure of knowing my great-grandfather into my teenage years as he lived into his middle 90′s.  I found him to be a kind, wise man whom I named my scientist after in the comic book.  Thank you, Stefano!!!

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Monsters Among Us #1 (Page 22 B&W)

NosferatuMAU #1 B&W Page 22In panels 2 and 3, I referenced the vampire “Nosferatu” from the German movie in 1922.  Here is an image of Nosferatu from the movie.  It is a really cool early vampire movie where the B&W presentation is wonderful!

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Monsters Among Us #1 (Page 22 Color)

Page 22Panel 1 is a nice closeup by Stefano of the vampire, Count Drakkard as the creature hovers over the fallen, unconscious woman!  I like how Mark colored the vampire a light green with glowing red eyes!  Wouldn’t you just love to be able to fly around in jetpacks to save the day!  As Mark colored in panel 4, I like how the old comics colored people or images sometimes in just one color for dramatic effect!

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Monsters Among Us #1 (Page 21 Pencils)

MAU #1 Pencils Page 21I really like how Stefano gave Dr. Kraushaar a thick, muscular body, which can be seen in panels one and two.  It also was a great idea for Stefano to have the Vampire hanging upside down in the park and to give the Vampire large batwings. 

In comics, the artist is so important to telling the story, probably more than people realize.  The writer will usually lay out a general plot to the artist, like I did for Stefano, but so much story detail usually comes from numerous art decisions that tell the story as much or more than the writer does with words.  In comics, the story is a true equal collaboration between penciler and writer! 

When Stefano and I worked on issue #1 together (as well as issues #2 and #3 that we are currently creating), it is truly a comic book that is co-created, co-written….co-labored!  Stefano is the best artist and storyteller for Monsters Among Us that I could ever have hoped for….and a truly terrific friend also!

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Monsters Among Us #1 (Page 21 B&W)

MAU #1 B&W Page 21With this page, I named the park “ROMITA PARK” after John Romita, who is one of my favorite comic book artists!  I also had fun writing the dialog with the vampire thinking, “She will next feel the PANG of Count Drakkard’s FANGS!”  ………So, even vampires can rhyme!

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Monsters Among Us #1 (Page 21 Color)

Page 21When I decided to set the storyline in the late 1950′s, I knew I wanted to have the Kraushaar family utilize jet packs!  There was so much scientific optimism in the 1950′s, in pop culture anyway, hoping that society would one day use jet packs or flying cars to travel!  I really love the coloring by Mark in panel 4 at night in the park!

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Eckman’s Toy Show – The Flash and Ms. Marvel

Flash and Ms. MarvelI ran into The Flash and Ms. Marvel at the Eckman’s Comic, Card & Toy Show……..excellent costumes!    http://www.eckmanstoyshow.com/

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Eckman’s Toy Show – Rob Wuest

Rob-Eckmans Show Aug. 2013Here I am at the Eckman’s Comic, Card and Toy Show in New Braunfels, Texas on August 24, 2013! http://www.eckmanstoyshow.com/

I spent the day meeting con attendees, showing them the portfolio size art from Monsters Among Us #1 and selling Monsters Among Us t-shirts!  Since issue #1 of the comic book is currently sold out, I look forward to doing a Kickstarter campain to reprint issue #1!

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Monsters Among Us #1 (Page 20 Pencils)

MAU #1 Pencils Page 20I enjoyed inking Stefano’s wonderful buildings in Panel 1 only to write extensive dialogue that covered them up!  This is a difficulty in writing a comic book……..deciding how much to write and how much beautiful art is to be covered over.  I love how Stefano created this elaborate maching to sharpen the wooden stakes….such imagination!  And finally, the determined look of Dr. Kraushaar in the last panel is sensational!

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