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Making Bandette

A lot of people have asked me what media I used to draw Paul Tobin’s and my new digital comic Bandette. Well, wonder no longer!

1. The first step is rough layouts ,which I do digitally in Manga Studio. It doesn’t look like much.

2. In the same program, I tighten up the layouts, essentially “penciling” the page digitally. Those “pencils” are then printed out in blue ink on bristol bond paper.

3. I then draw with ink wash (that’s layers of watered-down ink) over the printed blue lines.

4. (Technical Photoshop stuff in the next steps!) I make an RGB color scan of the art, and use Photoshop to drop out the blue lines by deleting the Green and Cyan channels. What’s left is the Magenta channel, which looks gray without its buddies. I convert the image to Grayscale, and then back to RGB. Then I adjust the image levels so the bits that are meant to be white are white, and the bits that are meant to be black are black!

5. I then colorize the gray inks, giving it a sepia tone. I set the layer properties to Multiply, which basically means you can see though to the image layer below.

6. I color the image on the layer below the inks (actually, I use several layers, but this is what it ends up looking like without the inks visible).

7. Letters and panel borders go on top of everything else. And there you have it! It’s a comic!

Bandette is published digitally by Monkeybrain Comics; available NOW for 99¢ from ComiXology.

 

Independents Day Sindiecate: Groo The Wanderer

This week on the Sindiecate:

Sergio Aragonés’ Groo the Wanderer!

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Meanwhile, today is officially “Independents Day”, which would have been the launch day of Bandette and the other four launch titles from MonkeyBrain Comics through ComiXology, if circumstances hadn’t enabled an early release on Monday. As a result, the first issue of Bandette is now on the list of ComiXology’s best-selling titles at the $.99 price point!

 

The World We Live In

 

One of the unknowns going into this project was "How is this going to read on a phone screen?" As it turns out, with ComiXology's Guided View function, it looks great!

Yesterday, we announced the upcoming July 4 release of the new line of Monkeybrain Comics through ComiXology, including Bandette by Paul Tobin and me.

And then the internet happened!

In response to the incredibly positive reception, the good people at ComiXology went above and beyond the call of duty in order to rush the release and all five launch titles went live within hours of the initial announcement.

So, to recap, the company and its five launch titles were announced, promoted, rescheduled, published, shipped to anyone in the world with access to the Internet, and are even now being reviewed, all within a 24 hour period.

I don’t know about you, but that kind of blows my mind.

 

Introducing… BANDETTE!

Click to see it BIG!

Today we announce the launch of Bandette, a new on-going digital series from Paul Tobin and me, available on “Independents Day” Wednesday, July 4 on the comiXology digital platform across the iPhoneiPad, AndroidKindle Fire and the Web through Monkeybrain Comics!

You can read more about Monkeybrain’s big launch and find preview pages on CBR, The Signal Watch, Multiversity Comics, Bleeding Cool, and other, easily Google-able places on the Internet. Details on the Monkeybrain/comiXology deal on the comiXology Blog. Listen to Monkeybrain’s Chris Roberson & Allison Baker on this week’s War Rocket Ajax podcast!

Paul and I are really excited about this, you guys!

Sindicate Catch-up! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Last week on the Sindiecate:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird!

Because I’m a sucker for even the slightest hint of romance, Casey and April were totally my favorite characters in TMNT. By far. I’m really digging their treatment in the new series from IDW. Check it out!

Late on account of Heroes Con!

Wednesday Sindiecate: Li’l Depressed Boy

This week on the Sindiecate:

Li’l Depressed Boy by Steven Struble and Sina Grace!

Wednesday Sindiecate: Richard Stark’s PARKER

This week on the Sindiecate:

Richard Stark’s PARKER, adapted by Darwyn Cooke.

Prepare To Preorder!

Prepare To Die!

Oh HEY! Paul Tobin’s new novel Prepare To Die! is now available for preorder for Kindle, Nook, and iBooks!

Thursday Sketch: Another New Character

Here’s another round of character sketches from the new seekrit comics project Paul Tobin and I are working on RIGHT NOW. We’ll be announcing this thing this summer! See other sketches from this story here, here, and here.

Digital sketch in Manga Studio.

Wednesday Sindiecate: Marshal Law

This week on the Sindiecate:

Marshal Law! created by Pat Mills and Kevin O’Neill.

Wednesday Sindiecate: Invincible

This week on the Sindiecate:

It’s Invincible! Created by @RobertKirkman @corenthal and @RyanOttley.

I’m using real-world ink and paper this week, colored with Photoshop.

Sale!

Quick! I don’t know how long this coupon is good for!

My gay prose romance short story Home Port is available from Kobo for 50% off with the coupon code Regg50us36

DRM free, so you can read it on whatever you read ebooks on.