And another scorching scene! Except, this is, y’know, pyro-porn as opposed to our lovely lab geek. Marissa will be back soon, never fear, and don’t forget she’s this month’s TWC vote incentive up there to the left. (Unless you are reading this from the future, dredging back through the archives. And hey, if you are, how’d the Ebola thing turn out? Everyone okay?)

(No answer. Goddamn zombies.)

More below!



Hot In The City


Woo hoo! Setting fire to City Hall required shooting some new fire stuff, since the angular shape of the building required billows of flame with squared-off bases, and they needed to be burns rather than explosions this time.

So Max and I had a certain amount of going back-and-forth on this page. He’d send over loose roughs, and I’d shoot stuff for it. Then he’d send slightly tighter roughs, and I’d stick the new effects all over them, with the fire and smoke positioned as carefully as possible in a big stack of Photoshop layers. Then I’d send the whole pile back to him, so he would know what actually needed to be locked down and inked and what was going to be covered up with smoke and immolation.

And then he’d start working his magic with colors and shading and highlights and pixie dust to create this final page.

Turns out it was a good thing we’d gone on that field trip to City Hall. Originally, when I’d researched the place, I’d assumed it did not have any fire sprinklers. It’s an old building, a government building, and as such, it is actually exempt from being retrofitted with fire sprinklers. Apparently whenever a law requiring certain building codes gets passed, government buildings are almost always exempted. The Wikipedia article claims this is both to prevent corruption and because of budget issues.

However, when we went through the building, we noticed it had been retrofitted with fire sprinklers. One assumes that either Los Angeles had the cash that year or they just decided not to be completely stupid about safety. Well, this meant changing the script so that the pipes were damaged by the crash, and throwing in some supporting water spray in the second panel of page 32. It’s these little things.

But fire’s more fun. The ledge effects were a tablespoon of DetFilms #2 powder in a six-inch length of angle iron used as a trough. As so:


If you happen to get off on billowing crimson flame detail (that would be me, yes) you can click that picture for a larger image. But if you prefer your redheads a bit more buxom — well, that TWC button’s right up there in the northwest quadrant. Go get your Marissa fix!

— Bob out

PS: don’t forget to order your Owl book!  ————————————–>

 Artist’s Notes:

Dad’s giving me too much credit; he left out the final steps in our creative process:

1.  Gleefully slapping generous amounts of word balloonage all over my artwork, being sure to obscure every painstaking detail

2.  Blogging extensively about his arduous role in our efforts

Ah, teamwork!