on Sunday, October 29, 2006

Hello Bing, how's your brother?

on Saturday, October 28, 2006
This is just a tribute, to the greatest comic book in the world! Well, maybe not THE greatest, but a really good one neverthenless. At least, it was good during its heyday (the first 7 years approximately), with a long painful decline in quality afterwards. Too bad that most people never had a chance to get familiar with this comic. You see, it's well known only in Italy (its country of origin), and Croatia or any part of ex-Yugoslavia, where it enjoyed a sensational success for the last 34 years. While I certainly don't have to introduce the characters to any visitors from those countries, here are some articles in English that will fill that task for anybody else who's interested to know more:

Alan Ford Wikipedia article
Alan Ford: Big in the Balkans
Pictures of the main characters

I haven't tried to draw these bastards since the high school, so please excuse any inaccuracies and clumsy bits... I'm not very satisfied with the way I drew few characters on this picture. Also, for some odd reason, this drawing looks much better in the original, than in scanned version.

The main reason for this tribute is the fact that the co-author of "Alan Ford", writer Max Bunker (Luciano Secchi) is going to be the special guest at the comics convention here in Croatia, next month. Sadly, Roberto Raviola (a.k.a. Magnus), the formidable artist responsible for the first 75 episodes of "Alan Ford" passed away in 1996. leaving after him the large quantity of brilliant work in many different genres.

The Hitch-Hiker (version 2)

on Thursday, October 19, 2006
This is a complete illustration, based on two pencil sketches posted last Monday. Maybe I'll correct a thing or two later, and perhaps try to do a color version. Click on the picture to see the full size.

The Hitch-Hiker

on Monday, October 16, 2006
Here are two cleaned-up pencil drawings, augmented with little bit of tinkering in Photoshop. Drawings are not inked, and there are some mistakes and rough parts that will be fixed later. The final illustration will contain both characters and many other things. I'll post more of this work in progress later, during the week.

The Great Grimaldi

on Friday, October 13, 2006
As promised yesterday, here's a preview of a new comic I'm working on. It's a six page story written by Ed Berridge and drawn by yours truly, in the usually hideous style. This story called "Viva Grimaldi!" is going to be a part of the small press UK comics anthology entitled "Freedom", an exciting project initiated by Christine Harper .
This is my first collaboration with another writer since 1998, and it has proven to be really good and challenging. Ed described this story (based on a dream he had) as "Eraserhead with clown" and that was enough to make me interested in doing it. It's a surreal, nightmarish and slightly disturbing story about the seedy middle aged clown, down on his luck.

What you see here is the nearly definitive version of page one, with just several small interventions left to be done. And that's all I'm going to show now... for the rest, you'll have to order the "Freedom" anthology. There's no firm release date at the moment, and I guess the anthology will be out before the end of this year. More info about this project will be posted on Christine Harper's blog , and here, in the nearest future.