A miscellany of weekly ramblings on comics, art and film by Ted Mathot, storyboard artist and writer/artist/self-publisher of graphic novels and comics

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Getting CORA back on track

A number of folks have asked recently how CORA is coming along, and each time I regrettably say "it's not". Once I fall out of the zone, it's difficult to hammer my way back in. So I'm beginning again to pick up work on the book because I would like this story to be released within the next 18 months. The stoppage is not for lack of interest in the story, but from new responsibilities at work as well as other non-work activities. Balance is difficult; I don't want to resort to hermit status like I did while finishing RI2, but still must forge ahead & satisfy the creative desires!

(Act 1 has been roughed out, currently clocking in at 53 pages. There is still a lot of writing to do on it however. I get the intent of the scene across in drawings and have an idea of what the charcters will be saying, but final dialogue will come later. Sounds crazy, I know.)

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Auction update

Here is the finished framed piece. It will be hanging among some great work by artists including Peter De Seve, Tadahiro Uesugi and Pierre Alary just to name a few. If you're in the bay area, come by Maverix Studios (1717 17th st) and bid on some art to support a good cause! The auction runs from 5-9pm Sunday night May 20th.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

For Auction

This weekend there are not one but TWO benefits to support the humanitarian Organization EMERGENCY - life support for civilian war victims.

Saturday May 19th - it’s the 14th World Wide SketchCrawl which will be a world wide fundraiser.

Sunday May 20th - Maverix Studios and friends will hold a benefit Art Auction in San Francisco.

Here's a digital sketch of my contribution to the auction, which will eventually be an original inked drawing titled "Rose and Lilith" based on characters from historical writings (Lilith) and my comic, Rose and Isabel.

You can get all the info for this weekend's fundraisers at Enrico's Blog
and the Maverix website.

(Here's a color version which may end up as a print or something.)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Story: What not to tell?

I've wanted to post something about this topic ever since I saw Children of Men for the first time. When I saw the film's trailer I was worried it was going to be a film about "why women can no longer have babies"; the idea sounded very high-concept to me and I was reluctant to even see the film. When I did see it, I was pleasantly surprised that the reason why women could no longer reproduce was LEFT OUT of the film. Not explained. And it was a brilliant move. What we're left with is what has happened as a result of such a tragic occurrence and what may eventually happen when a baby is miraculously born.

Just a few days ago I finished reading the Pulitzer prize winning book, "The Road" by Cormack McCarthy, a post apocalyptic road story about a father and his son. We never find out what happened to the world which has been all but destroyed, but it doesn't matter. I was so wrapped up in the character relationships and McCarthy's incredible depictions of the world that I didn't care. Another perfect case of leaving something out in order to support the story.

So in these cases what's left out is just as important as what's put in. I've heard this many times and experienced it with regard to music as well (especially jazz) that when you choose not to play can be just as important was when you do.

That said, it happened again this morning when I watched the trailer for "Day Night Day Night" about a woman who has signed on to complete a horrific task. The trailer tells us nothing about her employers, and it appears we're going to be with her in her head for the duration of the film. It hasn't been released where I live yet, but I'm anxious to check it out. See the trailer here.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Some comic stuff now

Well, Cora is at a momentary standstill. Here is a page from earlier in the story, a rough with an early color pass. For those familiar with the Rose and Isabel comics, that's Isabel (I need to make her a bit older here) and the pics are of her and Rose as kids.