Sally Forth – New Character Designs

A quick look behind the scenes of the January 4, 2015 Sally Forth Sunday page.
First off, how the characters originally looked.
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The following is Francesco Marciuliano’s description of the new look for the characters from the script.

This is a redesign for Alice that hews closer to her look in the flashback strips in October. Though Alice does not have a Rachel cut she does have something far more flattering and softer than her classic look. She may even have hipster black frame glasses (though not big ones).

Alice from the flashback strips.

Alice from the flashback strips.


This is the first time we see Hilary, Nona, and Faye all as twenty-somethings. I very much like the style you have used to show other female characters in the strip (like the guests at Jackie’s baby shower) and would love to have you employ that in the looks of these three characters, while keeping true to who they are.

Jackie's Baby Shower

Jackie’s Baby Shower

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And here’s the pencilled version of the characters along with the inks.
Note: Click on images to see larger.

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My notes on the characters…

Alice: Hair is a more mature version of the hairstyle in the flashback strips – beehive a thing of the past. Glasses updated as well.

Hillary: Casual updo – last minute kind of style born of procrastination. I tried short hair, but ends up too similar to Jackie

Nona: Cropped shorter – she wants something easier to manage as looks aren’t her focus. Beautiful but unaware of it.

Faye: I see her experimenting more – trying out colors. soft magenta tips. I was thinking a small tattoo but nixed it as it seemed borderline cliche.


And last but not least, the color guide followed by the finished piece.

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For how the color notations work, check out my post, Coloring the Sunday Comics.

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I hope you enjoyed this little look behind the curtain on the Sally Forth strip.

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Sally Forth Drop Panels – October to December 2014

Comic Strips are formatted different ways for different size requirements. The “drop panel” is a panel or tier of the strip that can be omitted because of size restrictions without affecting the gag or storyline.

For example, Here’s the Sunday strip for October 5, 2014 with the drop panel…

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Then without…

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And now without further ado, here’s the drop panels for October 5, 2014 through December 28, 2014.

October 5, 2014

October 5, 2014

October 12, 2014

October 12, 2014

October 19, 2014

October 19, 2014

October 26, 2014

October 26, 2014

November 2, 2014

November 2, 2014

November 9, 2014

November 9, 2014

November 16, 2014

November 16, 2014

November 23, 2014

November 23, 2014

November 30, 2014

November 30, 2014

December 7, 2014

December 7, 2014

December 14, 2014

December 14, 2014

December 21, 2014

December 21, 2014

December 28, 2014

December 28, 2014

For more from previous posts, go to Sally Forth drop panels.

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Unabashed plug time!

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Happy New Year!

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Now back to deadlines…

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Sally Forth Easter Egg

Sally Forth - December 29, 2014

Sally Forth – December 29, 2014

See the Easter Egg?
Here’s a hint…

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Comics Revue – December 2014

Comics Revue 2014

Cover art by Jim Keefe
The lineup for the December 2014 issue includes:

The Phantom
by Lee Falk and Wilson McCoy

Sir Bagby
by R&D Hackney

Tarzan
by John Celardo and Dick van Buren

Krazy Kat
by George Herriman

Rick O’Shay
Stories & art by Stan Lynde

Mandrake the Magiciancolor Sundays
by Lee Falk and Phil Davis

Flash Gordoncolor Sundays
by Mac Raboy and Harry Harrison

Tarzancolor Sundays
by Russ Manning

Alley Oopcolor Sundays
by V. T. Hamlin

The Phantomcolor Sundays
by Lee Falk and Wilson McCoy

Gasoline Alleycolor Sundays
by Dick Moores

Steve Canyoncolor Sundays
by Milton Caniff

Flash Gordon
by Harry Harrison and Fred Kida

Buz Sawyer
by Roy Crane

Modesty Blaise
by Peter O’Donnell and Romero

Casey Rugglescolor Sundays
by Warren Tufts

Special bonus – Dear Pencil-Pal
Correspondence from Harlan Ellison


To pick up a copy, check with your local comic book shop.
If they don’t carry it, suggest it.

For a subscription to Comics Revue, just go to: ComicsReview.com

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Comics Review Editor Rick Norwood will be a guest at
Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con January 9, 10 and 11, 2015.

Stop by to say hi – tell him Jim Keefe sent ya!


UPDATE: From Comics Revue Editor Rick Norwood.

Back issues from #201 to date are available from me. If you go to www.comicsrevue.com and order a single issue, US $20, paypal, I’ll send you a copy of the issue with Jim’s great cover. Same offer for everyone else, in the US and out — just ask for the Dec 2014 issue.

-Rick Norwood

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Holiday Greetings from Sally Forth

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Holiday Greetings – Stan Lee & John Romita

When the Spider-Man newspaper strip came out in the late 1970s I was 11 years old. Out came the scrapbook and scissors and I started collecting.

The following are a few of the holiday strips Stan Lee and John Romita did for the strip. Please excuse the slight yellowing that comes with age and rubber cement.

The first is dated 12/18/1977.

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The second one is for 12/25/1977 – Christmas day.
This one, which was shot from the original, I found over at ripjaggerdojo.blogspot.com

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And last but not least…

So remember when Peter was a DJ for Flash Thompson and Harry Osborn’s disco night club, Perdition? This one is from December 24, 1978 – when disco was king.

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I always loved how Stan Lee and John Romita touched base like this in real time on the holidays. It was a great way to connect to the readers.

And with that said – Happy holidays web-slingers all!

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