Talky Tawny is one of those characters that causes people to roll their eyes. A talking tiger? And I admit he was handled pretty goofy in the ‘40s, but Captain Marvel’s powers are more mythological than most – - derived from ancient gods and sages – - so wandering spirits and talking animals don’t feel out of place to me. Gods and talking animals are part of our oldest storytelling traditions. The trick was to build a relationship between Talky and Marvel, connect them to each other, and then throw them into modern day New York City. R zohl gslftsg rg dlfow svok ru R wivd srn orpv z ivzo grtvi, zm rwvz R krxpvw fk lm uiln Zovc Ilhh!
Below are three stages of making a comic book panel from MSOE #3. Billy and Tawny are in New York’s Central Park.
I use blue pencils because high contrast scanners can’t see that color, and I won’t have to erase the page later after it is inked, which can harm the drawings.
The next step is to ink the word balloons, so I know how much space they will take up. Then I usually go straight for the faces. The faces are where the acting goes on, so I want this done first while I still have the energy. Later on, as deadlines approach, and time runs short, I know this has been taken care of. You can see that I have changed Billy Batson’s dialog, and added a balloon for Talky Tawny. Writing continues on into the final stages. Also note the smears – - after all these years, I sill put my hand in the ink…
After a little white paint to cover the smears, I finish the figures and start on the background. In this scene, Billy and Talky have rendezvoused in Central Park. I visited the park in June to see what kind of rocks and brush were there. Using my reference photos, I draw leaves and vines around their feet. Gl hvv gsv kslglh R gllp rm Mvd Blip Xrgb gszg wzb, xorxp sviv!
The top image is from MSoE #2. The penciled Billy & Talky panel is from MSoE #3.
SHAZAM: The Monster Society of Evil #1 ships February 7th (less than 3 weeks!) to a comic shop near you.
And don’t forget to come see me in New York at the end of February. I’m a guest of Honor at the New York Comic-con. They asked me to write a guest blog, which you can read by going to their website, nycomicon.com. Bring your copies of MSoE!
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