Incredible Indie Tuesdays: Process, Process, Process

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Too often, comic fans don’t know what goes on behind the scenes to see what work goes into making an individual issue–you don’t exactly get to have a ‘making of’ documentary when it comes to film or TV.  This week, a number of really interesting interviews came out on just how an indie comic comes into being (spoiler alert: it doesn’t spring fully formed from the cartoonist’s head right into the reader’s hands).

Rumble-4-cover, writer john arcudi, artist james harren, colorist dave stewart, image 2015Step by Step Process Guide for Rumble #4:  This Image comic by John Arcudi, James Harren, and Dave Stewart has flown under my radar until now, but getting to see how the creators put together all the way from script to final work with colors and lettering has got me interested.  Also the fact that their protagonist is apparently a “Scarecrow Warrior God” and, you know, those are three words I wouldn’t think to put together but sound pretty awesome.

bloodshot reborn 1 cover, writer jeff lemire, artist mico suayan, valiant entertainment 2015 James Lemire Talks On Building Bloodshot Reborn into Valiant Universe:  This is an interesting look at Jeff Lemire’s work writing Bloodshot Reborn, part of Valiant Entertainment’s interconnected universe, and how that’s differed from his process on previous work.  Lemire is someone who’s run the gamut from working as the sole creator on works like Sweet Tooth to corporate Big Two comics as a writer on Green Arrow, so he’s got a unique perspective on how one has to tweak their approach to comics creation depending on the project.

Declan Shalvey On What It Takes to Launch a Creator-Owned Project:  As artist on the upcoming Injection with Warren Ellis and Jordie Bellaire, Shalvey talks about how a creator-owned project goes from an initial idea to a debut issue on the stand and, particularly, just how long that can take.  There is a lot more built into getting a book off the ground than most readers realize, and Shalvey talks candidly about just how that works and his experience with it for the first time in Injection.  This interview definitely will give me pause before complaining that all the cool books announced at Image Expo aren’t on the stands yet–way more goes into them than I thought!

Catie Coleman

Catie Coleman

Catie is a lawyer by day, comics fan by night (and during the lunch hour). Unsurprisingly, her idol is She-Hulk and can only wish that she could work a purple suit in the courtroom like Shulkie can. She's also into Stephanie Brown, because she has apparently an affinity for characters in purple.