The Daily Crosshatch (http://thedailycrosshatch.com/) is a terrific website that reports on independent comic news and features a lot of great interviews with independent cartoonists. They also have a really cool ‘Guest Strips’ section that features comic strips from independent comic people. Independent! Okay, that’s four ‘independents’.
Anyhow, Brian Bastian and I did an ‘Uptown Girl’ comic strip and it’s on their website. Go look at it. It’s delightful.
I thought it’d be fun to show the process that Brian and I followed to create this stunning masterpiece.
1) It started with wanting to do a strip for The Daily Crosshatch. We exchanged a few emails and came up with a funny movie theater idea that Brian is expanding to a longer story. Eventually Brian emailed me saying he had a pretty clear idea as to what he wanted to do.
2) Then he emailed me the script, and here’s what he wrote:
Uptown Girl approaches Rocketman at his desk at wall mortgage
UG: There you are Rocketman, I was…
RM: Let me tell you Uptown Girl, this has been the worst Monday ever!
RM: I overslept and was late today. I didn’t have time to make a lunch, and I forgot my
wallet at home so I can’t buy one, and my bus pass is out of money.
RM: My so called co-workers are either late or sick and I can’t get a hold of any of
any of my clients, and I have more and more deadlines looming, waiting to strike me down.
RM: But you know what? Through it all, I will persevere. This battle with adversity will be won!
UG: You know today is Sunday, right? You’re not supposed to be at work.
Rocketman just stares at Uptown Girl.
Rocketman’s head is on the desk, he’s done
UG: What about your battle with adversity?
RM: I can’t fight adversity until I conquer my own stupidity
3) My stupid printer is out of ink so I wasn’t able to print the script so I could draw it. I grabbed some scratch paper and quickly storyboarded the strip and wrote out the dialogue while sitting in front of my computer. Here’s what it looked like like:
4) The script called for Rocketman to be at work but when I started to pencil it I thought it’d make more sense for it take place at a cafe. A quick text message to Brian asking if I could change the setting and I started to ink it.
5) Here’s the black and white version, before I colored it.