Space Kid Episode 03

guards!

April 22, 2012
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SK Fun Fact®: Venusians, like Kyzok (or like these guards), live closer to the sun (and all of its radiation) than we do. Therefore they are more naturally resistant to radiation than human beings are. This is why they tend to get chosen for tasks which involve high radiation risks — such as guarding nuclear reactors.

So when Space Kid sees that HISS has placed Venusians to guard the central reactor, he is not at all surprised. 😉

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guaranteed to fail?

April 15, 2012
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One influence on the visual aspect of Space Kid — especially when he’s wearing his exo-suit — is Mega Man. I have a soft spot for that character, and watching him run — the way he cocks his elbows way up high and flings up his fists — is something I never tire of. Whenever I draw Space Kid running (especially in the exo-suit), I always think of it as my own little tribute to Mega Man. 🙂

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Take us to D-Ring!

April 8, 2012
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Looks like Space Kid is expecting trouble, because he has once again broken out the exo-suit.  Lucky it was fully charged this time (unlike the time he went after Dr. Conquest!)

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Stella, take the helm!

April 1, 2012
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Nope, neither Space Kid nor Pizmo is playing an April Fool’s gag here — they both honestly forgot!  No memory is perfect, be it biological or electronic.  But obviously something has finally clicked for Space Kid

Anyway, no April Fool’s prankery here today, just a plain old regular page: the story goes on!

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a conundrum

March 25, 2012
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Something that came to mind while I was working on this page: back in My Day, I remember that comics would often depict outer space as blue or purple, and would have huge sweeps of star clusters or gas clouds all the time — anything to avoid large areas of actual black.  I also remember the action in space being accompanied by sound effects.

Even today, space movies or TV shows will often have sound in their outer space sequences, and I gather the rationale is to make it “more exciting”.  Similarly, I’ve heard that comics in the old days ran into printing problems when they tried to reproduce large black areas, so they were forced to depict something different in order for their book to print.  People have their reasons for portraying space this way.

Be that as it may — today’s reproduction technology is now capable of handling large black regions, so we can now use black if we choose.  And I choose.  Because the blackness and silence of outer space, for me, has always been part of its magic.

So when I show outer space within a comic, it’s black.  And silent.  Always.  🙂

 

[PS: this is the hundredth page of this series! Yay!]

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solved the mystery!

March 18, 2012
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When I first put nib to this page during the inking stage, my line bled and went all furry!  A couple more tries were all the same!  Somehow I had stumbled across a bad pad of Strathmore bristol — which had never once happened to me before in decades of depending on this paper for clean crisp ink lines!

I really didn’t wanna have to pencil it all over again if I could help it, so I tested some Pigma Micron markers on the bristol, and those lines didn’t bleed or go furry…  so I decided to ink this page with markers.  If you notice that some of the linework looks kinda funky, maybe that’s what you’re seeing.  (Or maybe I just had an off day!)

 

[Birthday shout-outs to my friends Corey, Judy and Lisa! 🙂 ]

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1620hrs

March 4, 2012
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Once again Space Kid follows a hunch!  But judging from the reaction of that HISS agent, it’s hard to say for sure whether that hunch is correct or not.  He’s still asking about the time…

[Birthday shout-out to my fave organist Sam Yahel!  🙂 ]

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