Sunday, June 11, 2006

Chaps!

A couple of fairly significant things to post this time (I think so anyway). Firstly, there's page two of the strip that I'm drawing for my friend Niall Doherty. I drew this a little over a year ago and coloured it last night. I think it looks pretty cool (click to enlarge):



Sky-Knight! Probably my favourite of the Last-Minuters. He wields Excalibur (THE Excalibur mind, not a knock-off or that) and flies a fabulous futuristic biplane called Tempus Fugit. Despite that, and because of a drinking problem and low self-esteem, he is rubbish at what he does.



This is Alphaman, the Superman analogue in the TLM-verse. To be honest, I'm probably going to make him a bet less Fleischer and a bit more Owen Wilson. He needs to be attractive to the heroine, and so must be cool heroic, not cheesy heroic. Anyway, I dig this design and the colours. That's an A on his chest.



And there's something else coming quite soon I hope - if Blogger doesn't blow up. Hmmm. Anyway, let me know what you think of the above!

8 comments:

Jay said...

Man, the top panel of the comic page is awesome. It has a great composition and a nice sense of movement and action.

Peach said...

You know how much I love the stuff that you;re doing for Niall (if that is how he spells it, which I doubt...) but I prefer the Sky-Knight dude to the hero guy, he's got more... razzmatazz...

Dan McDaid said...

Thanks Jay - I'm pretty pleased with the linework on this page: it's properly moody and "gaslighty". This is slightly offset by my feeling that nothing I do again will be this good. Hmmm...

And hello Peach. I totally agree with you: I like the cheesiness of this Alphaman, but think he needs something to give him some extra poke. I'm working on it...!

Miss McC said...

The finished page for Niall is really strong; vibrant, exciting, dark, sinister. Sherlock Holmes directed by John Woo. The horse and cart are manic and the sense of danger is intense. Good!

And I'm loving the characters for Last-Minuters. Sky-Knight rules! How'd he come by Excalibur? Happy accident? Really love his 'knight-of-olde' look and attitiude.

Also:Tempus Fugit - nice use of Latin. Catullus would be proud!

Mr Spink said...

Everyone likes Sky-Knight, and I'm no different. Think you could do a lot with that character. And, of course, the cartoon strip looks superb. Now let's see the rest of it!

Dan McDaid said...

Miss McC - going on past form, I suspect Catullus would fly into a drunken, foul-mouthed rage. I'm not quite sure where SkyKnight obtained Excalibur - my feeling is that he was shot down over France in WWI and saved by Merlin, who gave him a magic sword and a souped-up airplane with which to win the war. At the end of the war he was transplanted in time to the present day, where he finds his old world thinking causes problems. Either that or he's an immortal who has watched the world get steadily worse (in his eyes) since the war and now drinks heavily to deal with it. Lovely.

He's so cool, I'm almost tempted to make the whole story about him. We'll see.

And hello Alan - thanks for your top thoughts! *salutes!*

Miss McC said...

I really like the idea of Sky-Knight being more of a main focus, alongside the PR of course. I think this would also take away the notion once and for all that you're too close to The Mystery Men. Sky-Knight's ventures may be hopeless and hilarious but his involvement brings epic, timeless themes to the stories, yes? Flashbacks?
I concur with Mr Spink's last point, by the by. Am really looking forward to reading a whole story. No pressure!

Anonymous said...

A wee test!