In Page 9, we are about to see what happened in the Dr. Kraushaar’s laboratory as the family was preparing for dinner. I really like the comics medium in how you can direct the story to have important moments change from one page to the next. It gives the reader that brief moment of exhilirating anticipation as they turn the page! With that, I love the last panel that Stefano, Mark and I did with the Kraushaar Family’s reaction. Tune in for the next page which I promise you will love!!!
Here are Stefano’s pencils to page 8! I loved how Stefano depicted Dr. Kraushaar smoking a pipe throughout the comic as seen here in panel 2. My great-grandfather, William Kraushaar, whom this character is named after, would also smoke a pipe. I remember that smell of pipe when I was in his home as a child.
Wonderful imagery by Stefano in the last three panels of the bouncing ball hitting Dr. Kraushaar’s latest invention! Stay tuned for the page 9 as we see what happens as the rays hit the book on the table!
Here are two wonderful FAN ART sketches of William & Elizabeth Kraushaar……and MONSTERS, of course….from friends of Stefano Pavan! Thank you! It is wonderful to see the individual styles of the artists! Please keep the fan art coming and I will post them to the website!
I really enjoyed inking the cosmic energy in the last panel. While Mark lettered the dialog with the Joe Kubert font, I hand lettered the sound effects (BONK!, CLAK! and FFTZZZ!). If I remember correctly, Stefano had placed the CLAK! sound effect in that panel and I simply re-lettered it slightly. Stefano did that a number of times where he would write in sound effects suggestions. Stefano added much more to the story than penciling alone……he is a master storyteller! -Rob-
For page 8 we see what can happen when we are impatient and careless as Bobby doesn’t take the time to obey his Mother’s request for him to clean his toys! I love the dialogue in panel 2….I chuckle every time I read it! I love the range of cosmic colors that Mark used for panel 6…..it really lends to the feeling of crackling intensity!
Glenn B. Fleming has this cool looking British Comic Magazine Website appropriately called CRIKEY! http://www.crikeyuk.co.uk/index.html
Glenn recently featured me talking about Monsters Among Us and how Stefano, Mark and I came to create issue #1. You can check it out at this link: http://www.crikeyuk.co.uk/FeaMonsters.html
Thank you, Glenn!
Here are the Page 7 Pencils by Stefano Pavan. I really love how Stefano penciled the machine invented by Dr. Kraushaar. I remember that I had no idea what the machine should look like, so the look of the machine is all Stefano. The goggles are also a nice touch by Stefano.
That is a great plus having a talented penciler and storyteller like Stefano on your team! Stefano is able to add and enhance story and art to my plot so that the end product is a wonderful collaboration between writer and artist.
Love that first image of Elizabeth Kraushaar coming down the basement steps with her 50′s dress and apron! As you see from the inking, I added more shadow to the bricks.
The Website: Stash My Comics reviewed Monsters Among Us #1. Here is the link:
What is good about the review is that it is a very honest review of the comic book, complete with positive accolades and suggestions to improve the comic which I find very helpful as I plan the direction of future issues with my art team.
I appreciate Jason Newcomb for his honest critique of Monsters Among Us #1.
On October 21, 2011, I had the privilege to be inteviewed by John Michael Helmer for his website:
John Michael Helmer is the Publisher and CEO of Red Leaf Media, LLC. Red Leaf Media operates: www.ComicBookInterviews.com & www.RedLeafComics.com. John’s creator-owned properties include: The Leaf, Canada’s Greatest Hero, Sky Watcher, G.I.s versus Zombies, The Armor Guardians, The Huskie, Dune, Master Spy!, and many others.
Here is the link to the interview……enjoy!
Stefano did an awesome job in Panel 3 showing the apple come to life out of the photograph! I really enjoyed inking those cool cosmic ray effects.
I was also proud of the sound effects lettering I did in Panel 3 where I did the lettering by hand on a separate sheet of bristol board and then cut out the letters and placed them on the original art. I also love that Joe Kubert font that Mark effectively uses throughout the comic book!
On a personal note: I had Bobby call his father “Pop” because we would call my great grandfather, Dr. William Kraushaar, “Pop-Pop”. As a reminder, I named Dr. William Kraushaar from this comic book after my great grandfather!