Thursday, October 1, 2009

Blast from the Past #234: Sample comic pages

I have the feeling that I've posted these before, but I can't find them when I search my blog, so what the heck...

These two pages were done by me back in 1979, when I was trying to break into comics. These were samples that I planned to show to publishers to demonstrate what I could do. I designed these two pages as if they were part of a continuing sequence. -- PL



5 comments:

Adam Riches said...

The immense tightness of your crass hatching reminds me of Bernie Wrightson's "Frankenstein".

Two questions about these...

1.Did you do them with a dip pen/nib or somekind of ballpoint/felt tip (Micron, etc)?

2.In the event you had actually been hired to work at Marvel or DC (I'm assuming) do you think you would have been able to maintain this style of linework and still be able to keep up with monthly deadlines?

I imagine if that was all you had to do it could probably be done, but man that would've been tedious! Looking back though I'd say it's certainly for the best that things worked out the way they did for your career. I'm sure I speak for everyone when I say I'm glad you didn't end up one of those companies, or we likely never would've gotten TMNT.

Poppy Robbie said...

Hey Peter, got the new tmnt game today and have been playing it tonight. it's been fun. love the little story you did for it and the way it was set up with the moving art of Jim's. the comic was a nice addition as well. hate to hear about the delay of the "turtles forever" movie. hope things get worked out with that all that. hope all is well!

-r

PL said...

"Adam Riches said...
The immense tightness of your crass hatching reminds me of Bernie Wrightson's "Frankenstein". "

That's quite a compliment -- thanks!<

"Two questions about these...

1.Did you do them with a dip pen/nib or somekind of ballpoint/felt tip (Micron, etc)?"

These pieces were done during the period in which I only used dip pens and brushes for finished work, though I sometimes used markers for quick sketches. So yes, these were done with a combination of dip pens and brushes.

"2.In the event you had actually been hired to work at Marvel or DC (I'm assuming) do you think you would have been able to maintain this style of linework and still be able to keep up with monthly deadlines? "

That's a good question, and -- surprisingly -- one I've never really given any thought to. In retrospect, knowing now what I know about the speed with which I draw, I suspect I might have had some difficulties keeping to a monthly deadline. -- PL

stephan said...

I see even this early you were putting characters in sewers eh Pete? ;-)

-steph

~ tOkKa said...

-->> Good god, how long do you 'spect you spent on these pages ?!

The line work is somewhat reflective of more recent Turtle pieces of the past 7 - 8 years or so , like TALES frontispieces.

Much more " Busy " each page.

But it works so well given the nature of the story.