So I just wrapped up my first picture book called Digby's Backpack.
It was written by Alice Schertle
and colored by my good friend and fellow cartoonist, Alec Longstreth
I'm really excited about working on more projects like these...
especially ones I write myself. My editor was awesome, and was very
understanding of my take on the script, and changes I made that I felt
would make the story move better.
Here is a sample spread that I'll share just to show how the process goes working on a book that somebody else has written.
The author wrote wrote this:
Frame: Digby falls into water.
Narrative strip (use graphically): SPLASH!!
Frame: Digby underwater, putting on
Narrative strip: Digby
kept his head. Luckily…
Digby dialog balloon (thinking): I
knew these would come in handy some day!
Frame: Digby swimming upward, 5 crocs
on his heels.
Narrative strip: Digby,
an excellent swimmer, kicked for the surface. Five crocodiles, even
better swimmers, followed him up.
Frame: Digby swimming up, crocs passing
Narrative strip: As
luck would have it, the crocodiles had just eaten a small rowboat and
Dialog balloon, one croc: burp!
Frame: Anaconda, in water, wrapping
itself around Digby.
The anaconda, however, hadn’t eaten a thing.
So... Then after reading that I submitted my take on it like this. I
tried omitting things that seemed redundant and just quickly concerning
myself with layout and gestures:
My editor really liked the way it was going and let me go to pencils.
It was then that I realized I could have a little more voice in this
project if I introduced another character to the story, so I gave Digby
a little frog that would follow him around. It's never mentioned in the
type... but it's my little voice in the story.
I did change some sound effects that the author wrote... I'm not sure
if it was necessary... but I wanted the book to finally come out
looking like something I had worked on, so I made changes as I saw fit
hoping the editor would see what I saw.
So, this is the pretty close to final version after I inked and Alec
colored. The editor and author were both really happy with the final
The day after Alec and I finished Digby, Alec drove off to White River Junction. He's going to be the fellow alongside Chris Wright this year. He's going to be working on finishing his magnum opus BASEWOOD... and growing out his hair. He is going to be missed here in Brooklyn.
Tonight I'm going to see my amazing friend Alex Holden be on of the 88
drummers in the Boredom's 88 BoaDrum show. I really have no idea what
to expect... but with all of these members of all of these amazing
bands... well... I'm hoping it'll be amazing.
Speaking of amazing, my good friend Gabrielle Bell has been away to
Tokyo and Paris for the premieres of the movie she made with the
imaginative director Michel Gondry. It's one of three Short films in
TOKYO! It's Gabrielle's comic from Kramer's Ergot, Cecil and Jordan, which has been transformed into the short film Interior Design. Watch the trailer HERE. AND check out the amazing 3d flash website based on Gabrielle's drawing HERE.
I'm so excited to see it when it plays in the United States.
I think that is it! Walker Bean! Onward HO!