Thursday, November 15, 2007

Transmission-X: Papercut - "Trinity"



My new story for my webcomic Papercut is online now (check it out at transmission-x!), and its a bit of a departure for me. Its a non-fiction historical piece (something I don't usually write) and its also a two-parter. I originally planned Papercut to only feature self-contained, complete stories each month, but when I finished writing and thumbnailing this one, it came in 12 pages, which is a bit long for a webcomic. I personally prefer shorter length comics on the web, and would rather read longer stories on paper, and not on a monitor, so I thought I'd split this one up over two months.

The page above is the first page of the comic and, even without the lettering in place, you might be able to discern just what its about. And since I like to show sketches and process on this blog, you can check out page 3 below, and see how I go from thumbnail to finished art.

10 comments:

Glark said...

Wow, that's stunning work!

michaelmotorcycle said...

*wow*.

Michael Cho said...

Glark: thanks, David. Hope all is going well for you in NYC

Michaelmotorcycle: thank you!

RLS said...

Mike, that is so freaking good. I mean seriously, I loved your previous stories but that first part is amazing. Hih marks on everything from rendering, page composition and shot variety, likenesses, and especially storytelling.

You made Oppenheimer such an interesting individual that I'd happily read a comic series on him.

Can't wait for part 2.

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, Ron. Glad you liked this one -- I was a bit worried since I actually rushed the artwork a bit due to my schedule lately and the fact that the complete story is so damn long. I was pencilling and inking, like, 2 and a half pages a day, which is a killer pace for me.

'Oppie' is actually a really fascinating character, and I hope to feature him a little more in the second part. I initially began this story as a bio on him alone, but when I started writing it out, I realized there was so much interesting info on him that it would take about 80 pages at least to do justice to the subject. Hence, I chose to cut it back and just focus on the Manhattan Project. Maybe another time, I'll do a longer bio-comic on Oppenheimer alone.

jason quinones said...

impressive. most impressive. as always.

glad to see you doing well and back to the drawing board.

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, Jason! Hope all is well with you and your art projects too.

And I always dig it when people use that Darth Vader line...I'm such a geek that way.

Jason Chalker said...

Fantastic stuff Mike. Well worth the wait.

Michael Cho said...

Thanks, Jason -- hope you'll check back for part 2.

samacleod said...

Amazing work. Love seeing your process, your drawings are fantastic! The inking and coloring is brilliant!