Noodles & News…

Everyone loves noodles…so here are a few that Hilary and Deirdre have been contributing to ICN the last while.  Ian has kindly guested a few times and his blog is updated so go check it out at www.pettittian.blogspot.ie 

Make sure to check out the interviews and reviews that Peter has been doing the last while for the Norwegian webzine IMHOTEP at www.imhotep.no 

Apart from that, the only news is that we’re all alive and well and busy with our own projects, so comics on a collaborative scale just take an age to get done.  They do get done though, just not on the regular time scale that folks might think decent. 🙂

 

FREE COMICS – Vol.4, Vol.5 and Superhilbo! Issue 1

We’ll be making some of our comics available for free online in PDF format, and for the Vol.4 which is available right now, we’ll make it easier to download with a straight one link format.

In the meantime, Hilary has Superhilbo! Issue 1 available for free download in PDF over on http://www.superhilbo.blogspot.ie/ 

or just click on the image below to get it now.

Click on the image to go to free download

Collective Thinking Blog

Hilary, Deirdre and Ian regularly contribute to other blogs as well as their own.  This months posting challenge over on the Collective Thinking Blog is on ZOMBIES.  It’s a very welcome challenge to say the least!  So far a good few have posted up their work, so here are Ian and Deirdres contributions to it below:

Ians CHMPY ZOMBIE

LAST MAN STANDING IN ZOMBIES BY DEIRDRE

Ian Pettitts contribution to Romantic Comic

A sneak peak at Ians contribution to the up and coming Romantic Mayhem Comic which is due out late Spring.  Gar Shanley is doing a stellar job of organizing it all and thus owning the headaches that go along with the editing and printing of any big project.  Nice one Gar. 🙂

Panels

Just a quick sneak peak at some of the panels offered up for the Romantic Mayhem Comic from Hilary & Dee.  Ian is contributing too, but it would give too much away trying to cut down one panel as his art is really strong and clean in this comic.

The release date will be up soon enough, as the editing for it is underway.  Big project and big undertaking but worth it. 🙂

Section of page from Hilary

Single Panel from Dee

Chimp by Ian Pettitt

Ian tends to draw very strong graphics which are eye catching and stand out a mile.  Some of them are so cool they belong on a T-shirt.  He’s shown a softer side in ‘Smiling at the Sky’ but you can still see the graphics side coming through.

This one is a sketch up of some character Ian and Peter are working on and there is a story unfolding visually.  The script is there, some of the ideas are finding their way to match it.  It all takes time and care but you can see it’s the kinda thing that tends to be worth it! 🙂

Vol.4 & Vol.5

Vol.4 Cover by Deirdre de Barra

Smiling at the Sky cover by Ian Pettitt

Deirdre de Barra and Ian Pettitt have created the covers for the last two installations of Longstone comics.  Their styles are varied and quite different from one another which really offers a great sense of variety for the comic cover.  Deirdre has designed a cover for the comic before back in 2008/2009 for Vol.2.  The key theme for it was a zombie on a bike and lets face it, zombies are friggin cool.

Most of Deirdres work is done in pencil then scanned in the pc and finished digitally.  A combo of Photoshop and Corel Painter X helped to get some of the textures of snow and softness in the fabric.  Her attention to detail can only be fulfilled with a hearty supply of tea and biscuits…without these it ain’t never gonna happen.

Ians cover is completed with pencils, watercolour and pen mostly.  He finishes all his work by hand, including the lettering, and in some cases has been known to scan A3 pages on an A4 scanner and painstakingly merge them via witchcraft on his computer.

Either way, both styles and methods produce a fantastic end result.