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Writer’s Block

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This is another early one.  I use fake sable brushes (synthetic mixed with sheep works pretty well), a very old pen with lettering nibs that I got from a box of my father’s ancient school supplies that he was holding onto for no reason, and pigment liner markers.  I use sumi ink because it’s super black, and NOT waterproof!  Most comic guys recommend Black Magic or other waterproof inks, but those contain shellac which destroys brushes and in my experience isn’t all that waterproof anyway.  I’m able to brush gouache over the sumi ink, and that’s all that’s necessary anyway (That and keeping the artwork out of the rain).  Every time I get ready to shell out for actual sable, I chicken out.  I’m hell on brushes as it is, and $50 brushes just aren’t disposable.  They work far better than the synthetic crap, though.


This was a fun one. Thanks for the kind words Prophet.

I believe this was, sequentially, one of our first five strips. I was just beginning to figure out how to pare down my ridiculously long dialog, and Jim was beginning to revamp his character designs. As we move along with the strip, notice how well Jim conveys emotion and humor with our characters. As a writer it makes my job so much easier when I know that the art will do most of my narrative work for me.


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