Finishing a 6 issue miniseries

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Hi. there.

Just to tell you that I have just recently finished the 6 issue miniseries named Tear. it’s probably more than 150 pages.

This has been in production for a long time, since mid 2014. Long time since we started issue 01.

Mike Simon is the creator and writer and Argentinian penciler Federico Zumel gives his energetic pencils. I did my best inking traditionally.

 

Production is in coloring and hopefully it’ll be starting lettering pretty soon so we can see who’s the publisher.

I expect to see it printed in 2017. I’ll keep you posted.

Best

CDC

Check out inker Richard Friend’s Vlog –

Hey, there:

Let me talk about Rich Friend. He’s an alumni from the Wildstorm Studios. He is an inker, but also he makes awesome art. Look on this post some of his work.

He has recently launched a Vlog (with a V, for the newcomers, just like me: A Vlog is a video Blog posted daily or in a periodical schedule on youtube): On that Vlog he discusses his current art situation, new goals (he’s penciling his first comic. I heard him wanting to do a comic a couple of years before and now he’s decided to. And if he pencils just like his Black Drawing, or his pin up, this will be good, trust me). He also recommends tips for inkers, discusses the current inking scene and the economic reality of working in comics.

Many of  you surely know him on his run inking David Finch on Wonder Woman or – to me one of the pinnacles in comic book inking – inking Travis Charest on that short-lived but groundbreaking Wildcats run back in 1999/2000. And if you know me, That means a lot to me. Not as a fan, but also as an aspiring artist.

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To me, those 5 issues tops great all-time penciler / Inker partnership like Kirby / Sinnott, Byrne / Austin, Lee / Williams. Really, Rich is that good. That lead him teaming up with the best artists in the field, from Jim Lee, to David Finch, Viktor Bogdanovic, Whilce Portacio,  J. Scott Campbell, Dustin Nguyen, etc.

 

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But most important, is that he’s a cool guy.

I have rarely see before an artist with an impressive portfolio being able to share his experience in the field with such passion and openness. He says that he probably does not have what it takes to be a teacher, but to me, he’s generous sharing his view and humble enough to receive feedback. He wants to express as much as his art does.

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The Vlog appears almost daily. It depends on his own schedule. He tapes before of after meeting his daily deadline and makes you feel almost inside his studio. It’s a good listening. It helps when you are feeling down or not motivated enough (look at Vlog #9, it came in a very opportunistic moment for me). It also helps to re-engage with the inner creativity hunger that art produces in us. It’s also a cool touch with one of the greats in the business. It also works while working as a constant way to see beyond your own daily inking and helps setting new parameters.

You can find Rich Friend here (click on each link)

So, I can’t think of anything better to say about this Vlog and or about Rich Friend. I really hope that many of you will take the opportunity to watch it, share it, probably learn something from it just the way I do.

Have a good week.

CDC

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New Books – Lettering

Hi you all.

November seems to be a strong month regarding lettering. 

I’ve been lettering as a side choice on comics and it has become my strongest asset since inking is definitely getting a slower pace than I expected. Sad but true. But I fear not since I believe this will only get better.

 

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So. Starting last week on JAMES BONG: CANNABIS CRUSADER – ELECTION SNAP!. We did a special story that had to be re-lettered because of the US Election results. Turns out that the people were not electing what James Bong desired to be the next US President. You can find the story here  (And by the way, help the team behind James Bong Adventures).

Second, third and fourth lettering gigs came by the hand of Alexandar Altman, a new Zealand writer who I have been working with for this entire year.

 

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http://www.wpcomicsltd.com/tales-from-orbit
Published by WPcomics 
“The Switch” 
Written by  Alexandar Altman
Art by Cheuk Po
Colors by Kane Gallagher
Letters by Cristian Docolomansky.

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http://www.futurequake.co.uk/dogbreath/dogbreath-32/
Published by FutureQuake
“Durham Red- Cold Turkey”
Written by Alexandar Altman.
Art by JP Vilchis.
Letters by Cristian Docolomansky

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http://www.futurequake.co.uk/futurequake-2016-winter-speci…/
Published by FutureQuake
“Be Careful What You Wish For” 
Written by Alexandar Altman.
Art by Fran Strukan.
Letters by Cristian Docolomansky

 

attica-2-kinslayer-cover-768x768And finally, a Graphic Novel:

Some of the pages I worked recently on the ATTICA: Kinslayer Graphic novel for NZ publisher Beyond Reality Media. Yo can find it here:
Published by Beyond Reality Media.
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Script by Christian Gossett and bill Geradts
Pencils by Luis Inzunza
Inks by me. 
Colors by Kóte Carvajal
Lettering by me

Hope that you can grab some of those and tell me what do you think

Best

CDC

Website updated

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Check out my latest version of the website. 

 

 

Richard Friend and the “middle son”

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Richard Friend, legendary inker formed at Wildstorm Studios under Scott Williams tutorship recently posted on Facebook about #Inktober:

“Inking; the highly misunderstood and ‘middle son’ of comics…”

He posted that sentence with no intention of starting a controversy, but still resonated on my head. He wrote that on early October on a post which allows inkers like me to share our art and be promoted – or at least, be seen – to lots of other eyes of his followers.

At the same time I was posting three of my latest inking pieces on Rich’s Facebook post I was featured in a recent gallery exhibition here in Chile on the Spanish Circle Cultural Center in Santiago. Under the moniker “Viñetas del Fin Del Mundo” which can be translated as “Panels from the End Of The World” (being Chile as the “End of the World” part), the curator, longtime acquaintance Carlos Reyes with a helping hand of Felipe Benavides (whom I have previously worked with on several related comic ideas), and Cristian Gonzalez (the mastermind under Fic Santiago), put together a 60+ piece exhibition with big sized prints of one page of every comic published in chile from the 2012-2016 period.

This expo covers what has been a very succesful tenure, a huge increase both in quantity and quality of what’s published in comics in Chile. Local production has started to switch to something else and the visibility of artists such as Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key; Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland), Nelson Dániel (The Cape, D&D, Judge Dredd, etc…), Gonzalo Martínez (Mocha Dick) had gained increasingly interest on their work and that resonates in the medium which is in contant growth.

We are also scheduling almost every weekend with a comicbook related show or book fair, which makes presence more steadily. Still, as always, there’s lots of things ahead to improve and jump into the next level.

Speaking with some friends at “Viñetas …” last exhibit day (the reason why I couldn’t be around on the show will be explained in a next post), I recall – in my humble opinion – a reaching point of the state of the art of how comics are being promoted in my country. We are living in a crucial point where things should switch to another level, from friends with the usual amiability taking care of things to whatever comes next.

Most of the events are made with love, passion for comics and friendship. They are surely a beacon of integrity where styles and artists gather together on weekends of prints, comics and sketches. That festivity feeling is reachable almost immediately once you talk to the people. Comics magic always gathers people around, both readers and artists. All ages, pros and fans, and some wicked professor interested in the teachings of comics here and there. And that’s awesome.

I can’t stress enough about Carlos, Felipe and Cristian efforts on promoting comics. You can see they LOVE with a capital “L” comics. Carlos is an awarded publisher and scriptwriter, podcast host, comics historian and breathes comics since he was in the craddle. Cristian is the warmest person I have ever known, produced five successful  FIC events, the most valuable comic event in Chile and a great producer. Felipe is a scriptwriter, college teacher and promoter, and an ugly troll and but we all love him.

Despite all the facts against that, these kind of events are usually made with effort and no money whatsoever. It’s good ol’ sacrifice-for-love kind of a thing.

Which it takes me back to Richard Friend.

“Inking; the highly misunderstood and ‘middle son’ of comics…”

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Bests

CDC

 

Teaching comics to kids.

I was invited by Diego Toro (the amazing penciler of OMB, and the artist who I am lettering on Deliverance) to help him out on a special project. Diego, Kóte Carvajal (same credits colorist), his wife Daniela (Cabralesa) and me embarked together several weeks ago to a meeting outside Santiago on the sunny and sometimes peaceful city of Viña del Mar.

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Six weeks later I am writing this piece seated on a bus on what is the last of my daily trips to the city of Rancagua, roughly 120 kms south Santiago. A historical city that faced Chile’s destiny on a tremendous battle two centuries ago.

I take the bus daily to Rancagua to teach comics to kids.

Proyecto Enlaces (The Links Project) is a network settled by the Chilean Goverment Education Office that aims kids to develop new skills based on the Knowledge and Information Technologies (TIC) for development of new set of habilities that would make them embrace new horizons on their potentials. I am talking rural town schools, some of them under the social risk line and some of them so far that they even travel longer than me to attend.

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The mechanics are simple and dynamic, which helps everyone. I teach two teachers and two kids per school how to do comics and they must replicate the system twice on their schools. We use several digital tools, but you can sum it up as using Celtx as the main script making -program and Sketchbook for the artistic side of the process.

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Up until today, I have meet almost 15 different schools from Rancagua and its surroundings (Tinguiririca, Las Cabras, Coltauco, Rengo, Pelequen, Graneros, and some that I am now forgetting them). Talented kids, from 8 to 16, who travel an hour or more from their towns for this two day workshop. We spend one day learning how to understand the magic and the different specifics of comics and then, on the next day, starting to create their own comic from scratch. Premise, documentation, scene development, script, penciling, inking and lettering. After this workshop they are commited to reproduce the process on their schools in a 10 day session of pure comic making magic.

Their creativity is unlimited. Based on their own lives and experiences and what I can teach them about pushing boundaries they came up with outstanding stories.

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They shown me such an amazingly different set of stories, from historical

  • Two generals, childhood friends who faces against each other on D Day in Normandy.
  • A chinese nuclear submarine that strangley appears in a nearby Dem, damaged and its tripulation in order to merge with the local community heals the major with herbal tea and gets their submarine fixed with wicker.
  • An inmigrant smurf with detective skills who solves a mystery in order to be wlecomed as an valuable member of the new Smurf Village which he’s asking asylum in.
  • A dog tale, old and grumpy who stops a bank robbery just because bullets are making too much noise for him.
  • A bullyed boy who runs away into space just to meet that he has just morphed into a octopus kind of creature after exiting a wormhole, just ot find that he’s still bullyed on another planet.

Et al.

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It has been an tremendous adventure and now that I am returning home I am only but thankkful to live this experience where kids seems to enjoy the comics process and I enjoy tremendously meeting creative kids and teachers.

There’s a second stage to this. Someone must travel to see how the project is being implemented, but I don’t think that I’ll be the one doing that. Their towns are from 20 minutes to an hour and a half away from Rancagua, so adding that the distance from my home to Rancagua (roughly 2 hours and scratch) would make the 25 trips almost impossible. Still I’d like to see how they are doing.

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I’d like to repeat this adventure sometime soon. I am leaving Rancagiua for the last time with a huge smile.

So Thanks, Diego for the opportunity.

Best regards

CDC

New gig cover: Zinnober #1

Hi:

I am now allowed to show this cover for the First issue of the upcoming new comic named Zinnober.

Artwork is fantastic and incredibly detailed by german penciler Ralf Singh, who created a very tight team of creators which I am proud to be part of:

Writer – Fabián Rodríguez
Editor – Thorsten Bendrix
Pencils – Ralf Singh
Inks – Cristian Docolomansky
Colors – Ilaria Fella
Lettering – soon by Taylor Esposito

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Original Inks:

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… and finally the Step by Step process…

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Bests

CDC

Sample Inks: Rom by Zach Howard

Here’s another of my latests traditional inking samples.

Pencils by Zach Howard.

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Updating my latest works

Hi,

I hope that things are going great on all your plans.

Here are some of the newly things I am currently involved with:

Inking:

Recent Published work:

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Tear: It’s going strong, I am half way done the last 6th issue of this miniseries, crated many years ago by Mike Simon and penciled by Federico Zumel (Seamstress). Still has no release date since it’s due to be colored. It’s supposed to be pitched when completed. I’ll keep you posted.

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New gig: Zinnober. Since last month I’ve been working with a huge talented creative team from around the world. It’s called Zinnober and it features the art of german artist Ralph Singh, who also works as the series creator with Fabián Rodriguez (from Costa Rica and Canadian resident). I am only allowed to share with you the first page which. I hope that you like it, ladies and gents.

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Samples: Here’s one of my latests traditional inking samples. This time over the great Zach Howard and it has his blessing and permission.

Lettering:

Recent Published work:

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Kickstarter: one of my fav latests lettering gigs is on a reknown anthology by Alterna Comics. This year’s IF ANTHOLOGY – SUPERHEROES is on its kickstarter process and it is going strong. I appear there with the 16 page story “The Tribe Of the Gods Of War” with Alexandar Altman as the writer, Gianmarco Veronesi as the penciler and inker and me on letters. Maori tribes and lizard – like creatures with a touch of their mythology. It’s supposed to be on the shelves by October.

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New gig: Deliverance. Issues 01 and 02 so far. Created by Diego Toro and T. Garrett Petersen, Penciled by Diego Toro and colored by Kóte Carvajal, with me on Letters and logo design. It’s an awesome, funny and dynamic story about failure, angels and bad attitude. It’s due to be pitched. I am finishing lettering the second issue.

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New gig: Raupatu, a 92 page graphic novel created by Peter Gatonyi, edited by Aden Shilito, penciled by Lucho Inzunza and colored by Kóte Carvajal (I love having steady teams!). This is a huge tour de force that also involves maori mythology but this time dealing with english occupiers and treason with magic and godly powers. It’s being edited right now.

 

Besides work:

Enlaces project: I have been invited to be the teacher of the Enlaces Digital Comic workshop for school teachers and students to be held in the nearby city of Rancagua for 20 days. I’ll be teaching a two day seminar about the main characteristics of comics and its digital branch for more of 20 schools.

Comics debate podcast: I was invited to be part of a debate about Traditional art vs digital art in comics with my friend and colleague Diego Toro for the NarrativaGrafica.cl bi-weekly talks about making comics. It took place at the EspacioBa cowork studio in Santiago and it was a funny debate with lots of extremists points of view. Here’s the link (only in spanish) of that talk.

Thanks.

CDC