Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pickmans Model, side 2...


Etter litt ettertanke har jeg funnet ut at det går greit å publisere de tre første sidene av Pickmans Model mens jeg ennå jobber på serien, som en slags smakebit. Men fra side 4 av begynner jeg å mikse ting litt opp, så da tror jeg at jeg vil holde det meste fra det punktet og utover skjult. 

Morsomt hva man lærer av å tegne tegneserier. På denne siden lærte jeg litt om lighterens historie. Jeg satt nemlig og vurderte hvordan Thurber skulle tenne røyken sin. Fyrstikk virket jo mest naturlig for perioden, men det kunne jo hende at de hadde f.eks Zippolightere. Så jeg slo opp Zippo på Wikipedia og fant ut at de ble stiftet i 1933, litt for sent for serien. Så leste jeg videre om lightere, og fant ut at lightere var vesentlig eldre enn jeg trodde, men hadde først blitt popularisert gjennom  første verdenskrig, da fyrstikker i skyttergravene var upraktisk, og upraktisk kunne være livsfarlig. Thurber nevner i historien at han er krigsveteran fra den store krigen, så.... Hva annet kan han bruke enn lighter?

Så googlet jeg opp lightere fra 1920tallet, og fant en fin en. Jeg har sett slike lightere før, men er ikke helt sikker på hvordan man bruker dem. Men det kunne jeg jo alltids skjule bak hånden til Thurber. Eventuelt må jeg gjøre litt mer research og finne ut hvordan man faktisk bruker de. 

Så.... Mye tekst på denne siden, men ta det rolig. Selv om dette er komprimert historiefortelling kommer jeg ikke til å bruke fullt på mye tekst på hver eneste side. Stille bilder er viktig for rytmen, men her passet det seg bedre å bare kjøre på. 

Neste side kommer nok om noen dager. 

12 comments:

Jimmy said...

that is cool to find out about those lighters..I would have thought Zippos were around too, but I guess not. Somehow a Zippo seems more rudimentary than the one you found, less complex...

But we humans love to make things complicated because it makes us feel important! How the fuck do they work anyway?

Well good work...

I just watched a few youtube videos of Pickman's Model and they all suck hairy goat cock!

DUHH said...

Yeah, the nice things about making a Lovecraft-comic, or most anything Lovecraft-related, is that 99% of the competition sucks really, really hard, so it´s easier to be put in a flattering light... I hope.

And I´ve seen some of these lighters in antique-stores, but never one that works. I´m pretty sure you have to manually open the small lid and push one of the rods on the side to ignite. Or something like that. But I´m not really sure it´s a one-handed operation like depicted here. But... aw shucks.... Ya can´t have it all.

Jimmy said...

you're right...It's like all the RPG geeks come out and try to make a tribute to their guru...It's pretty funny actually.

And for the record I love RPG geeks.

The good thing about the comic is you can draw anything from any time and do all the special effects that you have the imagination and skill for! (Like I would know...I can't draw worth a fly's spit on a cow patty! But you get my drift.)

DUHH said...

Well, my thought in doing Lovecraftcomics is to try and avoid any special effects. With the exceptions of a few stories like this and Escape From Innsmouth, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, and The Thing at the Doorstep, the monsters or terrors are mostly indescribably, and you have to suggest that, not show it.

There are some things I would like to try though. Like doing a Colour out of Space in full color, then letting the "creature" drain the colors from the panels.

(Late 80s/early 90s hard-rock trivia time: Did you know the band Living Colour is named after the Colour out of Space? That´s the reason for the archaic spelling).

Anyhow..

... I´m a RPG geek! So I guess that means....

Kim and Jimmy-Joe sitting in a tree.... K.I.S.S.I.etc, etc....

Jimmy said...

What a cool idea with Colour out of Space! You're right about not being able to depict the monsters that are gnawing reality by their existing...I mean if you could, every reader would go insane!

When I used to write (half completed stories), I used to never be able to tell somebody my ideas for stories or else I would never write them because I felt I already let them out...I guess that doesn't happen to you, huh?

Thanks for the trivia...I've always longed to know the answer to that archaic spelling...

see you in the tree, but better bring the tequila

Jimmy said...

of course i don't mean about the stories...I mean any creative idea...

DUHH said...

Well, ideas are a dime a dozen. They fall from the heavens like rain in Bergen(Or like rain on Crete in late February, actually).

So I constantly blurb out my ideas too early. The worst thing that can happen is that someone "steals" the idea.

And... Well... That´s not really all that bad. If they manage to pull the idea off... Then that´s one less story I have to write and draw before I die. And that´s a good thing!

And if they don´t pull it off... Then it gives you a chance to one-up them and say "Nah-nah! You stole my idea, but I still kicked your ass!"

And in all likelihood the creative impulses of most creators are so different that whether or not the other creator pulls the idea off or not is of no consequence, since the end-result is something completly different than what you would have done anyhow, even if the starting point is the same.

Jimmy said...

Good points. Two people that start with the same idea could come up with completely different results.

I think my problem was that once I told somebody an idea, and it was out in the open, I would immediately find fault with it and start internally criticizing it. Then I wouldn't want to write it at all, because what once sounded like an idea of amazing genius in my head started sounding like pretentious bullshit when it came out of my mouth!

But I'm more self-defacing than most I guess! And probably that process was what prevented me from finishing stories in the first place! I would see them on paper and then...not want to finish them.

DUHH said...

Nah, self-defacing is a part of the process. For me doing comics is basically 10% work, 89% cursing myself for my incompetence, and 1% delirious ecstasy whenever I do something right.

But it´s good, because as long as I keep drawing behind all the cursing, I slowly mold the project to become something resembling my idea. And most times it turns out a pale reflection of what was in my head, but I do get it up to a standard where I can say... Yeah... It might not be what I wanted, but it´s good enough.

And the reasons you kept your ideas for yourself are probably the reasons I like to say my ideas out loud. The sooner I hear how stupid my ideas are, the longer time I have to mold them into something that´s worth all the self-defacing and existential angst that will have to be put into it before it´s done.

Jimmy said...

And that's why I love ya! Plus that's why I work for my family's business and you are a successful artist. You don't let your possible embarrassment stop you.

You're an inspiration to us all !!!

I especially love that your math adds up together: 89% + 10% +1% does indeed equal 100%!

So many people say 50% + 50% +50%....Which makes no sense, except of course if you believe that 2 +2 does not equal 4 all the time.

Thanks for sharing your process...I'm glad we get to see your ideas molded hear on the blog.

Jimmy said...

i mean "here" not "hear"

DUHH said...

50% + 50% + 50% is impossible, unless your half man, half robot, all cop!