Friday, 7 August 2009


Inspirations for Uncle Silas.
I've been absorbing all sorts of stuff over the years in terms of character design and adventure stories: V.T. Hamlin's Alley Oop, E.C. Segar's Popeye, Osamu Tezuka, Floyd Gottfredson's Mickey Mouse, E.P. Jacobs' Blake & Mortimer, Tintin, Roy Crane's Captain Easy, Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon... I'm sure there are more that I've forgotten right now...

For the most part what attracts me is the ability to tell an adventure comic story really bloody well. The fact that all these strips were syndicated as either daily 3 panels, 2 tiered strips in sunday papers, or full page spreads on sundays or in magazines and the each ended with a cliff hanger that left you wanting more is shining testament to the narrative skills of each artist/writer behind them.
More often than not, the artwork in each is brilliant as well.
I was introduced to a lot of the old american strips thanks to my 21st birthday present of the Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics.
A brilliant book.

I should shut up now and finish inking...


Currently on page 118 with the inks... so close to finishing this I can almost taste it! Ack!!