Monsters Among Us #1 (Page 24 Color)

Page 24I love this tender moment between William and Elizabeth, drawn superbly by Stefano!  Also, the night time coloring by Mark is excellent!

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Monsters Among Us #1 (Page 23 Pencils)

MAU #1 Pencils Page 23Terrific pencils by Stefano!  I love how Stefano showed the cross reflecting on the wall in panel 2 and the way the Vampire recoiled at the cross in the moonlight in panel 3.

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Monsters Among Us #1 – Complete Story

MAU #1 Color Cover 5Page 1Page 2Page 3Page 4Page 5Page 6Page 7Page 8Page 9MAU #1 Color Page 10, 11Page 12Page 13Page 14Page 15Page 16Page 17Page 18Page 19Page 20Page 21Page 22Page 23Page 24Page 25Page 26Page 27Page 28

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Monsters Among Us #1 (Page 23 B&W)

MAU #1 B&W Page 23I especially enjoyed inking panels 2 and 3 with the cross reflection in the shadows which draws the attention of the Vampire to see the cross atop the church reflecting in the moonlight.  Stefano did an awesome job on panel 3!  I loved adding the comedy element in the last two panels.

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Monsters Among Us #1 (Page 23 Color)

Page 23What a beautiful page, full of excitement, drama and comedy all in one!  Panel 3 is one of my favorite panels in the comic book…..just love Stefano’s composition and Mark’s coloring here…….it was a joy to ink and write this page!

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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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