Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Lofty's Comic draws closer to completion

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 5:07 PM

A quick update on The Lofty's Comic , which we told you about in this early March cover story that centered around local artist Jonas McCluggage.

I attended a small meeting this past Saturday with McCluggage, Josh Kennard and one of the writing collaborators on the project, Demetrios Soutsos.

The majority of the comic panels are laid out here and numbered with sticky notes for organization purposes. McCluggage (left) is taking notes on other images he still needs to draw while Kennard (middle) and Soutsos search for plot holes and the like.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • The majority of the comic panels are laid out here and numbered with sticky notes for organization purposes. McCluggage (left) is taking notes on other images he still needs to draw while Kennard (middle) and Soutsos search for plot holes and the like.

Most of the sketches for the comic are completed, though McCluggage intends to draw a few more to fill out certain parts of the narrative where he and the team have identified holes.

At present, everyone is more focused on adding text to the comic, but not in the conventional comic manner, i.e., word balloons over the illustrations (as the above cover story details).

Instead, the team has written in both photographer and journalist characters whose work in the story will help explain it better, and justify many of the photographs (actually illustrations) and text passages.

Back in March, McCluggage's plan was to have everything on the creative end wrapped up in time to leave town in May. But he says his plans have shifted, and that he'll now stick around through summer before taking a trip to Ireland and France with a friend in the fall.

So no immediate rush on organizing all of the illustrations and text components into a cohesive narrative, which is still planned to be atypical and a little like a mystery that readers will have to work at to fully appreciate.

The meeting provided an opportunity to photograph a handful of the latest drawings.

So if you enjoyed the series of teasers I posted last month around the cover story's release, you'll love the following images:

McCluggage has advanced the visual narrative up to present day with this interior shot of Loftys. All of the decor and minor details such as the chairp-back pattern are totally accurate. Joshs character Elvin Kennard looks just like him.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • McCluggage has advanced the visual narrative up to present day with this interior shot of Lofty's. All of the decor and minor details such as the chair-back pattern are totally accurate. Josh's character, "Elvin Kennard," looks just like him.

Here you can see that the comic wont be without a little violence and gore. I love how good the zebra looks, the juxtaposition between its stripes and the character Sophies dress, and McCluggages style on the blood splatter. This frame is just plain bad ass.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • Here you can see that the comic won't be without a little violence and gore. I love how good the zebra looks, the juxtaposition between its stripes and Sophie's dress, and McCluggage's style on the blood splatter. This frame is just plain badass.

The artist shows off one of his latest wardrobe creations: His bear jacket.
  • Matthew Schniper
  • The artist shows off one of his latest wardrobe creations: his bear jacket.

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