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Jamie’s 2nd Step

Mar 23, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

Hello! Today I’m going to introduce you to the Jamie way of drawing comic pages (for all I know this is how everyone does it, so bear with me). As you saw in previous posts, Jamie had roughed in a few story board pages based on my script (example on left), which is a great way to plot out your pages and work out the visual timing of your story. Now that Jamie is done making scribbles, it’s time to get things cleaned up. This is his first phase in the clean up process (image on the right). It’s not much, just a bunch of boxes on a white sheet, but it helps get a better sense of the space he has to work with.

When asked “Why do you do all the pages in boxes first? Why not just draw a single box and fill that up with your pretty pictures as you go?” Jamie replied “Just not how it goes“… so there you have it. ;)

Oh wait… this just in, Jamie has expanded on his answer. “...allows me to jump around. It’s like when we make a game, why don’t we start with the title page and loading screen? Movies are done the same way, they don’t shoot it in sequence.”

For those of you not up to date, me and Jamie make video games for a living, and this conversation I’m having with him is via MSN and… Oh wait there’s more!

…especially when you’re doing a new book with new characters. It allows you to jump around with that character and work out a lot of his style and expressions”…ok I think that’s all he’s got.

Good answer Jamie! I know you didn’t know this was an interview question when you answered me, but you do now. ;)

Storyboard Pages: 7 & 8

Mar 15, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  2 Comments

Here are two more story boards for So-Called Living. Here you’ll learn a little more about what’s going on with Jack & Jill. This is also where the story starts to pick up. Not sure how much I can show you guys after these pages, but I’ll leak what I can ;)

Page 7: Set in front of an oversized moon.


Page 8: Looks like our couple gets into a little trouble. I made one request of Jamie on this page, and that was to turn jack around, so it looks more like he’s pulling (almost dragging) Jill away from an awkward situation rather than running for his life.

Storyboard Pages: 5 & 6

Mar 14, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

Got some more storyboards for you guys. This time around I’m posting the versions with my comments written on them so you guys can follow along, but I’ll also reiterate my notes for those who can’t make out my chicken scratch ;)

Page 5: Starts off with a news report on TV (if you couldn’t make it out). I actually had to black out one of the panels with comments, but trust me they were awesome comments ;)


Page 6: I originally wrote “..catch more bees with honey” but the saying is actually “… catch more flies with honey”. I considered leaving it in there and having Jill correct Jack, but I couldn’t get a good flow that I liked that wouldn’t change up the rest of the page.

In the panel where Jack is throwing out the chilly fries (the panel with the red scribbles over black scribbles) I requested that Jill be in the frame to continue the flow of her walking away without Jack that starts in the panel above (the panel with the black scribble that says “you showed him”.


Storyboard Pages: 3 & 4

Mar 13, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

Today is an exciting day! Well for me at least ;) We’ve got the entire first issue storyboarded out, and I think Jamie’s done an awesome job! I was worried that it would have come out looking stale and dull because of all the chatter I wrote, but with some dynamic angles and creative framing Jamie did an awesome job of making the book visually appealing. Let’s give the man a hand.

Today I’ve included the two first storyboarded pages (minus cover and credit page) as a sneak peek, and I’ll be uploading more thorough out the week. I’m getting together with Jamie later today to discuss a few edits I’d like to see to some of the other pages. I’ll be sure to upload those pages along with my notes so you guys cans follow along with the process. For the sake of the story, certain portions have been blacked out ;)