Monday, February 28, 2011

Justifiers ist raus

Der erste Band von Markus Heitz' Romanadaption als Comic, bei dem ich für die Koloration zuständig war, ist am 14. Februar als Album im Knaur Verlag erschienen.
Ich habe zwar noch kein Exemplar in der Hand gehabt, aber hier ist schon mal eine Covervorschau.



Monday, February 21, 2011

Mehr als Kumpels are back online!

I have just relaunched the Mehr als Kumpels website. Now you can read all episodes (in German only) online, except for the early pre-EXIT strips, that will follow in a few days.
Read them NOW!!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sketchbook

Okay, I admit, I left out a significant detail in yesterday's post. I actually do work on at least one project right now. Where do you think this new header pic comes from, eh?
I think I'm going to give you more details in a few days, but in the meantime, here's a sketch of one of the main characters. It's an ogre, not a dog, but I felt that the dog ears were funnier, especially in combination with the tiny Viking helmet. Something still feels wrong with his legs. I will probably change them.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

What next?

With Shayazur ending this month I am thinking a lot about what to do next. It's no secret that I have written and drawn Shayazur ages ago and had a several years long hiatus from the comics field after that. Okay, since 2008 there is Mehr als Kumpels, but that's about a page a month...
Working with the COMIX people on Shayazur has reignited a long hidden desire for producing comics on a regular basis. But what kind of comics? Shayazur feels quite outdated by now, maybe not for the reader, but I feel absolutely unable to pick up things where I left them in 2004. My writing has changed. My drawing style has evolved. And with 37 I have very different interests and ideas about life than in my late twenties.
So what now?
I have played with the idea of doing something dark and realistic. But can I really pull this off? I'm everything but dark and realistic! I'm an incurable optimist and I like bright colors, humor and living life lightly.
I believe that art has the obligation to make people feel better about themselves. What I always loved most about comics was that they drew me into a magical realm where everything felt possible. It's been a long time since I read a comic that actually did this to me (I think it was Bone, and that's years ago).
Okay, I do like my dose of horror and darkness. But I really don't want to spend eight plus hours a day to draw grit and gloominess, violence, guns and slutty women. Let's not even mention the zombie trend, which really says more about our society than about the originality of today's comics.
So... where's my place in all that? Is there a place? Am I good enough?
Actually, I'm not sure. But since it's not likely to earn a lot of money with comics anyway, not even by running after a trend, I might as well do what I want and have fun with it. I think that's a thought to keep in mind...

To be continued

Friday, February 11, 2011

Move it

I have finally decided to move my blog from my iWeb homepage to Blogger, which makes it much easier to maintain now - and I think it looks better now. iWeb is great in many ways, but the blog pages really suck.

So, here are all the current and past entries, backdated of course. Most of them are in German, but as I am planning to start my next project bilingually, most future blog entries will be in English.

Enjoy!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Was für zwischendurch

Leider kein neuer Star-Wars-Comic, sondern ein schnelles Spaßbild, wie es hin und wieder in meiner Freizeit entsteht.

Die erwachsenen Versionen der beiden Schnuffis entstammen einer Star-Wars-Rollenspiel-Runde (ja, all meine Hobbys sind nerdig).

Ich spiele den Lockenkopf, meine Freundin Kirsten die Twi‘lek. Nachdem sie angefangen hatte, die beiden Figuren in in ihren Kinderjahren umzusetzen, zeichnete ich als Antwort dieses Motiv. Die Idee mit den Schleifen an den Tentakeln stammt von ihr.

Ich hoffe es gefällt auch ohne den Story-Hintergrund. Ich find‘s zum Schreien witzig.