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Laying Out a Drop Panel.

As mentioned in a previous post, 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.

Below is the pencil roughs and finished inks for the drop panel for the Sally Forth for August 18, 2013, followed by an excerpt of the stage direction from Francesco Marciuliano’s script.

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    buy cheap neurontin Scene: Interior, Pizza Restaurant.
    Ted sits at the head of the table in the middle of the panel. On both sides we see the teammates still in uniform—eating slices of pizza. There are maybe three large pizzas on the table, all with slices missing. Ted also wears his hat and game day T-shirt. The kids each have sodas in paper cups (the kind you find at pizza parlors). On Ted’s immediate left is a girl we called “Player #1.” On Ted’s immediate right is Hilary. Everyone is busy eating as Ted looks at everyone at the table…

    Baturaja Ted (Thinking):
    Okay, Ted. Try to think of something positive yet still truthful to say…


Before I go to pencils on bristol, it’s invaluable that I do a tight layout first so that I can get the composition squared away. In the case of the rough shown above, I purposely cropped the rough so that Ted was still the focus and wasn’t lost in the foreground detail.

I also try not to necessarily finish the drawing in the roughs. That refinement is best left for the pencils you intend to ink as more often than not transferring a drawing to bristol (using a light box) generally weakens a drawing.

Working out the layout before hitting your bristol will generally give you cleaner pencils, by which I mean a page that hasn’t been erased so much (by figuring out the layout) that the eraser has roughened the bristol to the quality of toilet paper.


And last but not least, here’s the rest of the Sunday page courtesy of Daily Ink.

Sally Forth - August 18, 2013
Sally Forth – August 18, 2013

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And speaking of Daily Ink, if Sally Forth isn’t in your local paper, you can check it out online at…

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If it’s August 18th, it’s time for Autoptic!

Making this short and sweet.

If you like comics, zines, prints, posters, music and art – then get on over to Autoptic!
Free to the public.

I’ll be at table 59 with my own (hot off the press) handmade zine.

Photo on 8-18-13 at 3.01 AM

And as an added bonus – come by and pick up the Sally Forth/Doctor Who print that made its debut at the San Diego Comic-Con thanks to Sally Forth’s writer, Francesco Marciuliano. Limited number so first come first served.

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All for now – SEE YOU THERE!

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Update: 12 Noon
AUTOPTIC’s main event – the giant ARIA event space in downtown Minneapolis (105 North 1st street). 100+ exhibitors, from every corner of North America and beyond.
The view from my table…


Update: 5:00pm
Over a thousand attendees so far.
Voice is shot.
Sally Forth prints are no more…


Update: 7:00pm
Around 1,500 attendees.
Voice is gone.
Spent the money I earned (and more) on other people’s zines.
Packing up and saying goodbye…

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Francesco Marciuliano King Features Sally Forth

Sally Forth – Drop Panels

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 today’s Sunday strip (June 9, 2013) as it appears on Daily Ink and in many papers.

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And here is the black and white version with the drop panel.

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For those readers who haven’t seen them, here’s a spotlight on last month’s Sally Forth drop panels.

Side note: They’re black and white as I don’t have access to the color files.

2013.05.05

June 5, 2013
May 5, 2013

2013.05.12

June 12, 2013
May 12, 2013

2013.05.19

May 19, 2013
May 19, 2013

2013.05.26

May 26, 2013
May 26, 2013

2013.06.02

June 2, 2013
June 2, 2013

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Addendum:

The standardized system to format strips for newspapers was devised years ago by King Features’ Comic Art Production Supervisor, Frank Chillino (1920-2007). It helped streamline the process saving countless hours of production time (and money) for King.

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Jim Keefe – Frank Chillino – Jerry Craft

Frank Chillino was my boss when I first started at King – One of the greats! The above pic is from the 1993 King Features Christmas party in New York City. For those interested, the following link is an interview from when he retired back in 1991. As mentioned in the post, it pretty much encapsulates the history of the syndicated newspaper strip, as Chillino was one of the key players…

King Features – Frank Chillino

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The Chronicles of Nona

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Art: Craig MacIntosh (earlier strips) and Jim Keefe (most recent).


To borrow from Lee Falk,
For those who came in late…

The breakup…

2012.11.15

2012.11.16

2012.11.17


Holiday cheer…

2012.11.29

2012.12.04


After the holidays, a less than stellar reunion…

2013.01.09

2013.01.10

2013.01.11

2013.01.12


Missing a beat…

2013.01.21

2013.01.22

2013.01.23

2013.01.24

2013.01.25

2013.01.26


Things go from bad to worse…

2013.01.28

2013.01.29

2013.01.30

2013.01.31

2013.02.01

2013.02.02


Depression sets in…

2013.02.12


Trying to make sense of things…

2013.02.25


Parents are consulted…

2013.03.04


Constant reminders…

2013.05.02


THEN OUT OF THE BLUE…

2013.06.01


    Is Nona back to stay or just back to have her say?

    Will Hil apologies in a way that only makes things horrendously worse?

    And if so, CAN FAYE STOP HER IN TIME?!

For the answer to these and many more questions,
TUNE IN NEXT WEEK.
SAME SALLY FORTH-TIME, SAME SALLY FORTH-CHANNEL!

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Homage or Swipe?

Okay, here’s the deal from my vantage point – and a heads up to newcomers in the field.

If you are copying or lifting a drawing from another artist and not giving that artist credit, that’s a swipe. If you do give them credit it’s an homage.

And giving credit is a very simple thing to do. Just write the word, “after” – then the artist’s name.

Here’s an example. On the left is Al Williamson’s original drawing – and on the right my drawing with the accompanying credit line.

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Here’s another one. Mark Schultz using a mirror image of a Williamson pose – then putting the credit line in reverse as well.

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Last but not least, Joe Jusko after John Buscema.

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A credit line is a tip of the hat to the hard work another artist has done which you are standing on the shoulders of. And generally speaking, artists get enough crap without getting ripped off by other artists (see Rob Granito). Give credit where credit is due.


And speaking of credit…

The Schultz image I grabbed off the blogspot ilovecomiccovers. There are lots more side by side comparisons to be had there – go check them out.

And for more of Jusko’s work, check out www.joejusko.com.