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

Thursday, January 31, 2008


Hello! I'm back from a great adventure in France. I'm suffering more than expected from jet lag as well as a cold I acquired on the last evening of the trip, so it may be a few days before I get a proper report up. What I can say right now is that it was an incredible experience. Bill and I met so many great folks who were incredibly generous in showing us around and making us feel comfortable. I will post plenty about them as well as details of the festival in Angoulême and a lot more. Stay tuned!


For now here is a photo of some of the stuff I got.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Next week Bill Presing and myself will be heading to France for a book tour promoting European editions of Rose and Isabel and Rex Steele, published by Akileos. I haven't seen the French edition of R&I yet, but it will be the complete story with a new cover and printed in sepia toned color on the inside. Bill showed me a copy of the Rex Steele BD and it looks fantastic (and comes with a DVD!).

Our tour starts in Paris and then moves to Tours, Angoulême (for the BD festival) and back to Paris. If you live in or are visting France and plan to be at any of these events, please say hi!

Here's our schedule:

On Tuesday January 22nd at 4:00 pm Bill and I will be signing our books at Album Bercy (46, Cour Saint-Émilion in PARIS)

Then Wednesday January 23rd at 3:00 pm We'll be at comic shop Bédélire in Tours.

Thursday January 24th we arrive at Angoulême for the BD festival. We'll be at the Akileos table starting at 1:00 pm. We'll be there for the entire festival until Sunday the 27th.

Back to Paris on Tuesday January 29th at 4:00 pm for a signing at Album Comics (67, Boulevard Saint-Germain)

I'll report back when I return, plus pics of my new studio space.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Cora in production

While setting up CORA pages for production, I've been writing rules for myself much like I did while making Rose and Isabel. I'm also thinking about progression, not only in the storytelling, but also how CORA relates aesthetically to the Rose and Isabel books.

I'm planning to make CORA more refined in its look, which means creating the panels and balloons with digital tools instead of drawing them freehand. After all, Cora's story takes place 18 years after R&I so it made sense to me to reflect that in the book's presentation. Adding color was another decision to separate it from R&I.

I'm toying with tighter clean-up of the art, but I haven't decided to what level I'm going to do that. I still want to keep the art loose, spontaneous and fast. The in-progress panel above is a bit of a tighter style that I'm trying out.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

This is awesome

Cate Blanchett costumed up for Indy 4. This Annie Liebowitz photo is a great way to start my 2008. I know Indy 4 takes place more than 100 years later, but anyone who has read Rose and Isabel knows why I like this picture.

Happy 2008 everybody!