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More comic goodness
I absolutely loved the indie comics issue with Tank Girl on the cover [issue 128], and just wondered if you were going to continue to inject more comic goodness into your issues? I really want to get serious about making sequential art – perhaps some tips on how to create your own storyboard, or how comic artists find/grab attention from writers to collaborate with! Anyway, keep up the good work. Kath Earle, via email
Great to hear you liked our Tank Girl issue, Kath, and all the comic art goodness inside (including 21st Century Tank Girl artist Brett Parsons’ workshop. I love that guy’s style!) It’s always fun putting together issues that focus on comics, so much so that we’re aiming to release two comic art-specific issues a year – previously it’s been just the one.
Furthermore, by testing out ‘indie’ comics as the main ‘ hit’ on the cover – as opposed to the usual supes of DC/Marvel – we’ve hopefully opened up the range that we can pool from. So yeah, plenty more to come!
Keep it special
I’ve been enjoying the latest special editions from ImagineFX, especially The Art of Film: Fantasy (Volume 2), and the Learn To Paint & Draw special. They’ve really inspired me to get back into art and illustration after a few years of inactivity! I was wondering if you have any more specials in the pipeline? It would be great to know what they might be focusing on as well. Failing that, an issue that explored illustration software for beginners would also be really useful. David Brewers, via email
Hi David, we’ve got a bunch of specials, or ‘ bookazines’ as we call them... don’t ask, planned for the future. I can say that a special one looking at animation art, and featuring Disney’s 12 rules of animation, is on sale from 10 December. As far as other titles and themes are concerned, we have to play that close to our chest, as getting the right content that would be relevant to the ImagineFX, and broader, audience, is a tricky business. I really like the idea about illustration software for beginners – so much so that I’ve gone back in time and planted single page Core Skills series looking at exactly that, on Painter, Paint Tool SAI, Procreate and many more, in each issue of the mag. You’re welcome!
No Sith, Sherlock
Love this month’s magazine, great work as usual. I have to correct you on the Star Wars reference in your editorial though. Kylo is no Sith! Merely a dark Jedi affiliated to sub-sect cult known as The Knights Of Ren... apparently. The Sith are long dead after the events from Return of the Jedi, so I applaud this focus on new factions in the Star Wars universe. Who wants a simple old repeat of the original trilogy?
Anyway, here’s to the soon-to-be-annual Christmas-time treat from Lucasfilm/ Disney that is the rejuvenated Star Wars franchise! Right, I’m off to try and win that Sphero BB-8! Matt Squibbs, via email
Yo Matt! Thanks for your letter – we always appreciate the eagle eyes of our beloved readers. However, I must correct your eager observation. I actually wrote of, “the possible Sith badass Kylo Ren.” I know, this could be construed as pedantic, but I specifically whacked that qualifier in there because we knew so little about the film at the time. So much so, that I still wouldn’t be surprised if Kylo Ren turned out to be a cruelly shunned Ewok, despised by his vertically challenged brethren who felt betrayed by his towering stature, destined to wear a mask of metal to cover his guilty hairy cheeks forever more… err, or something.
The Art of Film: Fantasy (Volume 2) is a special edition that features artists who worked on classic fantasy films.
Brett Parsons’ bright, bold take on Tank Girl on issue 128’s cover heralded a new direction for ImagineFX: the world of indie comics.