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!
Page 7 is an important page in issue #1 as we learn of the machine Dr. William Kraushaar has been developing in his basement laboratory…..a machine to change the world by feeding the world’s hungry! I was inspired by all of those wonderful comic book stories of the past which featured scientists attempting to serve mankind!
I really like the funky coloring that Mark did in panel 2 as the machine prepares to fire!
We are also introduced to Elizabeth Kraushaar in the last panel. I love how beautiful Stefano drew Elizabeth in issue #1 as you see in this page and the pages that will follow.
Here are the Page 6 Pencils by Stefano Pavan! I really enjoy the scene in Panel 4 of father and son enjoying a comic book! It makes my heart feel glad!
Page 6 is a good example of the sound effects which I did by hand. For most of the sound effects, I penciled and inked the letters on a separate sheet of paper (bristol board) in a large size. Then I copied and reduced the letters to the size I needed them. Finally, I physically cut and pasted the lettered sound effects onto the original art. I liked doing sound effects in this manner and plan to to it like this again for issue #2.
In panel three, I had Bobby mention that the comic book was not a current 1959 issue, but rather a Pre-Code Comic from 1953. I did that because the 1959 comics were not allowed by the Comics Code Authority to have scary monsters like Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, etc. So, I had to have the Monsters Among Us comic that Bobby brought home an older, back issue comic he bought from Wertham’s drugstore.
Here is some information on the history of the Comics Code and the stamp placed on comics beginning in 1954:
Page 6 introduces Dr. William Kraushaar in MONSTERS AMONG US! Now, all of the Kraushaar Family have been presented with William, Elizabeth and their teenage son, Bobby. Actually, Elizabeth has not been seen fully yet. You will see her soon and she is beautiful! I used my own family in the naming of the characters in the comic book:
Dr. William Kraushaar was my great grandfather. He was a Lutheran minister and president of a small college for many years. He lived into his mid 90′s which enabled me to know him well into my teenage years. He was a gentle and wise man…..and looking back I wished I had the youthful wisdom to spend more time with him to benefit from all his many years of knowledge and experiences. If my great grandfather was a young, strong scientist, then I would imagine he would look like this. I always thought “Kraushaar” was a cool sounding name and decided to use it since it seemed like a good scientist name as well.
Elizabeth Kraushaar is named after my daughter and Bobby is named after my father. Both of these names reminded me of 50′s style popular names and thought it would work well in the comic story and setting.