Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Reaper

The pages above are the first three from a new comic featured in the latest issue of FIMP Magazine. This comic is a bit of a departure for me as it's my first attempt at making one in Arabic and also the first I draw with a brush. The choice of language was the more difficult of the two transitions so I needed some help with it. For that, a big thanks goes out to Hiba Krisht for translating the script I originally wrote out in English (my Arabic is shamefully underdeveloped for someone living in Lebanon). Equally big thanks go out to Joanna Douba for lettering the Arabic text and helping to flesh out the original idea, and Krystel Kouyoumdjis for the gigantic service of stopping me from making the mistake of essentially rewriting an earlier comic (read: nagging).

The guys at FIMP get credit for letting me try a somewhat unconventional approach given this issue's theme: Superheroes. I was tasked with creating a short comic featuring a superhero that would be relevant to Lebanon so the approach was to try and create something that didn't ape the existing template but rather deal with violence in a very specific way to the country. I'd rather not go into a more detailed explanation here as the magazine features something of a manifesto to accompany the comic. Suffice it to say, the thought process led to the skeletal woman in the above pages.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Monkey-Wrench Malcolm

This guy started out as a conversation between two of my friends. I walked in on them repeating the phrase "Rubadubdub Mutha@#!?ah." As they progressed to imagining the guy who would use this phrase on a constant basis, they ended up thinking of a very large plumber who uses it as an introduction to his clients. I was hoodwinked into promising I would draw him with a payment of almonds (I was very hungry) so upon further discussion, I ended up suggesting he should also be a crime-fighter who uses his wrench to wreak havoc upon those who stand in the way of justice and we settled on the name Monkey-Wrench Malcolm.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Spike & Lilac

This is a short comic featured in Kalimat Magazine, Issue 7 now available on newsstands worldwide and at kalimatmagazine.com/shop.

For a list of shops that carry Kalimat, click here.

Eventually, I'd like for this comic to be part of a much longer narrative but like a lot of ideas that seem worth pursuing, putting the necessary time into writing it comes across as a daunting challenge that keeps getting pushed off. For now, I'm happy to have the following two pages:

Sunday, December 2, 2012

In space, no one can hear you cluck.

This is what happens when you give a doodle card to someone with an Alien-fascination at a chicken themed restaurant... I'm relatively proud of this one as I've never inked anything as loosely before.