I wrote a little last week about my recent adventures in the heady world of small press comics, and particularly about my work - both past and hopefully future - with the brilliantly talented Duncan Kay. Afterwards, I realised it would have been nice to spruce up the post with some of Duncan's work (and Bob Molesworth's too, for that matter, but hopefully you'll get to see that once we get Endangered Weapon B out there).
So I checked with Duncan, and he's cool with the idea, which is good news because it would be a hell of a shame if we were the only two to get to see these. Duncan's an excellent sequential artist, but I think he'd agree that it's concept and design stuff like this that he truly blows out of the water.
First up, then, here are some colour concepts for the strip that recently appeared in Futurequake Press's Something Wicked imprint.
Above, left and right, we have some sketches for three nerdy henchman cultists. I gave Duncan next to no direction in the script here, but he absolutely nailed the idea: I love the thrown-together uniforms, particularly the robe / sneaker combinations. I can totally believe that these are guys who'd practise occultism in their basement really badly.
For that matter, I can believe that this guy, the Head Cultist (aka Derek), would be the one to encourage them to do it. I'm not convinced he'd actually be able to summon spooky green fire, though. He may look a bit sinister, but those sandals are an even more misguided robe accoutrement than sneakers, so it's clearly all a put on. My guess is that it's actually something he's knocked up out of lime jelly. Or maybe he's so desperate to look cool that he's set his hand on fire - something I think we've all been guilty of once in a while.
"The Dark One will cleanse!" Yes indeed.
Lastly, and my personal favourite - to the point where I framed it and put it on my bookcase - we have the Monster Baby.
Again, I don't think anyone could have done a better job of capturing the script's vague concept of something at once eye-wateringly cute and completely repulsive. I never know whether I want to hug this little guy or kick him into a ditch. Maybe both.
Anyway, that's The Unleashing of the Ineffectual covered. Hopefully next week I'll get round to compiling Duncan's sketches for Endangered Weapon B.