Free Comic Book Day is May 7th this year and I will be doing a signing at Jimmy Jams Comics and Games that day. I’ll be there with Brian Bastian along with a few other comics people. Brian and I have done signings there in the past and each year we put out a new ‘Uptown Girl’ comic as well as a new ‘Tommy Chicago’ comic. The Great Danno will be illustrating the ‘Tommy Chicago’ comic as he has the past few years.
It’ll be a fun day and once the guest list is finalized I’ll pass that on.
For the past week I’ve been trying to think of a comic to do for the signing. I had a few ideas but nothing was really grabbing me. But today I was at a bookstore and was looking at the magazines. I like looking at magazines and I am amazed at how many different fonts the average magazine cover has. I thought it’d be fun to do a comic book cover like that. I started to think about what kind of story I could do that would make a magazine cover parody work. I came up with an angle and bounced a few ideas off my wife Amy and came up with a story.
After the story was figured out, I couldn’t wait to do the cover.
Like most covers, it started with a simple drawing.
I cleaned up the drawing, added the logo and got ready to color it.
I usually add a lot of texture and crosshatching to my drawings, even if they will be colored. But this time I wanted Uptown Girl to look like a photograph on a glossy magazine. I’m not too hot with Photoshop but I had fun coloring it. I’m sure someone else could do a much better job.
Finally, the cover was finished.