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Sally Forth Spotlight: Gerald

Years ago, when I was the new kid on Flash Gordon, I did a Sunday page where instead of the planet Mongo I drew upstate Minnesota – terrain and clothing.

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A friend on staff at King Features, cartoonist Jerry Craft, pointed out the error of my ways – especially in the third panel where a guy with a dress shirt and sweater seems to have mistakenly wandered on to the Flash Gordon set.

Suffice it to say I tried to stay a little truer to the spirit of the strip Alex Raymond created after that.

Retelling Raymond's first story so as to brush up on the strip's basic elements.
Retelling Raymond’s first story so as to brush up on the strip’s basic elements.

Jump forward a decade or more later and I now purposely use the thought of a character mistakenly wandering on set whenever I draw Sally Forth’s Mother’s boyfriend, Gerald.

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Here’s Francesco Marciuliano’s stage direction for Gerald from the September 22nd Sunday page.

“Gerald stares right at the reader with a glazed look and a slightly open mouth.”

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If the panel was a sound stage I picture the director yelling, “CUT!” every time Gerald stumbles into a scene.

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So here’s to Gerald.
I’m not quite sure why – but neither is he…

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The Big Day…

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Jackie and Ralph’s baby has finally arrived!


For more on the big day, check out Francesco’s blog, Medium Large.

Interested in a quick look back? Check out Sally Forth: Pregnancy Daze.

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Sally Forth – September 22, 2013

Quick post today showing some of the process that goes into a Sunday page…

Below is a preliminary sketch for the September 22nd Sally Forth.

I used a blue line for the set and an hb pencil for the figures to help separate them visually while drawing.

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Though the backgrounds are very minimal in the finished Sunday page, it’s important that I do the prep work beforehand so the setting stays consistent for the reader.


And here’s the finished inks for the drop panel.
The Sunday page that follows is courtesy of Daily Ink.

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Unabashed plug time…

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Sally Forth – Pregnancy Daze

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Art by Jim Keefe.


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Jackie’s ready to deliver!

But before we move forward, let’s recap by taking a quick trip down memory lane…

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– WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING –

The blessed news is delivered…

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What’s in a name?

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Father knows best.

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Go ask Alice.

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Micromanaging.

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A new outlook.

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Micromanaging – Part II.

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Summer bbq.

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Life’s little secrets.

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Airing out differences.

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Talking man to man.

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Talking sister to sister… to Gerald.

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Taking it one day at a time.

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Baby shower.

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It’s the thought that counts.

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The waiting game.

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…which brings us up to date.

As far as what to expect during the delivery..?

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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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    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…

    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.

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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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