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

Monday, March 23, 2009


A work in progress page from book 2 of Cora. This is the level I've been working at for the rough layout of the pages. It's in this phase that I do a lot of visual "thinking"...trying things out in a loose and fast manner that is visual instead of just words on a page. I'll slug in temp dialogue that gives an idea of what needs to be said, but mainly I try to let the visuals tell the story as much as possible.

Portions of the book (like book 1 of Cora and Rose and Isabel) will be told without words. It's a kind of storytelling I like a lot. I like to let the dialogue back up the visuals, not the other way around. This particular sequence requires some dialogue, but only enough to emphasize what I hope to tell visually.

15 pages left to lay out, then back to the beginning to make changes before starting the next pass of (tighter) roughs.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Moving Forward

Hit a major roadblock over the weekend, a particular story point relating to Rose's legacy. After several hours of trying things out on the page and discarding lots of drawings (a bunch of which I really liked but had to scratch), I decided to pack up, head home, sleep on the idea and come back fresh in the morning. The next day a new idea surfaced which was better than any before it, and I was back on my way.

When it comes to story, sometimes it's best to just walk away and let sleeping dogs lie. Your project will always be waiting for you when you return. Don't be afraid of it and don't let it rule over you. It's easy to become overwhelmed in the face of a story crisis, but there's always a solution, it just may take some time to arrive.

22 pages rough
6 done

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Research :: Lilith

From what I've posted before, it should be no surprise that the folk-legend Lilith will have something to do with the Cora story. I have been researching her for quite a while, but just recently I heard about this Warren Beatty film based on the character. I check out a lot of things looking for nuggets of inspiration, so I'm curious what this film is like. I'm working on Lilith's intro to the world of Rose, Isabel and Cora right now, for Book 2 of the Cora series (which will be released in July 2009).

Another surprise to me (which any fan of TV's Frasier probably already knows) is that the Lilith in the show actually has ties to the legendary character (or so Wikipedia tells me).