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Posted: 22 December 2014 at 2:56pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

But it feels right now that getting back to hand drawn comics will require some kind of major stylistic break from what I've done before.

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That sounds very exciting!

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And scary!

But every time something like this. . .

. . . falls out of my pencil, I wonder if I need to push more in that direction.

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Posted: 22 December 2014 at 3:04pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

YES!!!

I can see a whole Universe expanding around that one image.
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--- I wonder if I need to push more in that direction.-JB

I can't begin to answer that question. 

I do, however, find it very encouraging that there is that sense of exploration and discovery navigating its way through your mind. I'm sure that the results of which can only bring me (and others) great stories and visual feasts.


-D
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Posted: 22 December 2014 at 4:39pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

JB. 2 simple questions:

1. Was the cover of this issue also finished to be posted in this thread?

2. Are all the black areas real inks or some places were filled with a computer black effect?

Thanks!
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Posted: 22 December 2014 at 4:57pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

1. No

2. Yes

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Posted: 23 December 2014 at 2:51am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I would welcome that new style !
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Posted: 23 December 2014 at 5:26am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I love it !!!
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Posted: 23 December 2014 at 8:52am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

One of the curious aspects of what happens when something like that drawing "falls out of my pencil"is that it often feels as if I don't actually need to "push" in that direction -- that I am actually pushing against it. As if, if I just relaxed and went all Zen and didn't fuss and bother about what I was drawing and which ghosts are watching, that's the style that would come out.

CRITICAL ERROR was sort of born out of that, and I still think that, artistically at least, it's one of my most successful efforts.

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Posted: 23 December 2014 at 9:39am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Living in Canada I see many French comic books (Asterix, Yoko Tsuno, Kid Paddle) when shopping for my kids. JB, your illustration above reminds me a great deal of Mobieus or Geof Darrow. With your admiration for Dan Dare artists I wonder if a form and style experiment are in your future. Have you ever tried a double page layout broken into panels to tell an episodic story? So many wonderful examples on your walls. Release your inner Bellamy? Oh, and try not to let that ghost loom over you. =)
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CRITICAL ERROR reminded me of the great scifi short stories and novelas of Ray Bradbury, Norman Spinrad, and Damon Knight.
And I loved that there was no need for dialog, that's how perfect the storytelling was.

I agree with Eric, your illustration has something of Moebius, or Mezieres maybe. Anyway, I am very curious to see where that would lead you.
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"CRITICAL ERROR was sort of born out of that, and I still that that, artistically at least, it's one of my most successful efforts."-JB

How do you bottle that sort of 'zen' moment though? Or maybe 'you' just aren't meant to.
I recall you once saying that when you wake, you just get up. Maybe inspiration and zen react best to the same conditions!? Striking with impetus?

-D 
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Posted: 23 December 2014 at 10:26am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

That character above may be found in a Moebius world but it's all John Byrne to me. The posture, that almond shaped face, the weight and gravity of the figure his style alone.
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Enjoying FINDERS very much, even though it isn't typically what I would be drawn to as a reader.  

CRITICAL ERROR is a favorite of mine and if that's what happens when you go all Zen, I'd love to see more.  
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Posted: 24 December 2014 at 1:27am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

I just appreciate a good free comic!  Thanks John, for doing this!  It's the best new comic I've seen in over a year.
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Posted: 25 December 2014 at 4:28pm | IP Logged | 15 post reply

"Blood Box"---wow that's a neat alliterative descriptive.

Also, the great name,   ESTELLE SALTER...which could almost be Italian with a little jiggery-pokery.
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Posted: 25 December 2014 at 6:55pm | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Let me echo the thanks, JB. This is great that you are
doing this; the story is great too. Furthermore, my
father's name was Rosario, so I would like to call dibs
on that first page with her in the middle if you ever
break this up please.

(Post 7,000 :-)

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I'm going to go ahead and say it.

To my eyes... This is the best panel to panel artwork I've ever seen
from JB.

It's absolutely beautiful.
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Posted: 29 December 2014 at 6:14pm | IP Logged | 18 post reply

What I love about this scenario is that when JB 'publishes' each daily page, they feel like mini-cliffhangers.
This issue wasn't intended to be read 1-page-per-day, but the storytelling suits it wondefully. I constantly want to know "What happens next!?"


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Posted: 29 December 2014 at 6:44pm | IP Logged | 19 post reply

My years of reading the serialized strips in EAGLE kind of "trained" me to end each page, when I can, on a "cliffhanger."
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Posted: 29 December 2014 at 11:18pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

Oh, yeah.  Page 11, " I just had a couple of QUESTIONS…"  Then page 12, and we've skipped over them!

Do you plan it in two-page spreads?  Page 12 as the flip side of page 11, and, more importantly, 6 as the flip side of page 5?  I suppose you don't have to worry about ad placement anymore.




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Posted: 30 December 2014 at 5:06am | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Great to see a JB comic again.
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Posted: 01 January 2015 at 3:33pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

John, please excuse my forwardness but I wonder if "It" should be "If" on :

15 CYNTHIA: It you’ll just TRUST us.

I note my observation only in the hope it is helpful.

I'm hooked reading this great comic.

-D
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Something caught my eye, and I gotta mention it.
On today's page (17) the flashback showed Estelle and Malcolm leaving from the door down the stairs, but it was established that they left by the fire escape leaving a trail of bloody footprints.

Please forgive if I'm missing something.

(NoPrize to me: Since this is a flashback of someone who wasn't there first-hand, Granny assumed they left from the front door down the inside stairs.   !)
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(NoPrize to me: Since this is a flashback of someone who wasn't there first-hand, Granny assumed they left from the front door down the inside stairs.   !)

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Well, of course......................

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I've been on the road the past few weeks, but I have been able to sneak onto family and friends computers to follow the pages every few days.  This has been an amazing experience to read the pages in serialized form.  And it is a great "behind the scenes" experience to see the art and script separate.  A real treat, JB - thank you so much for doing this!  

We have had a few threads about "dream commissions", and in the last few I have mentioned how I would like to commission JB to do a series of newspaper strips.  At first, I thought it would be fun to see him do a return to comedy with a series of Rog 2000 strips, but recently I thought a serialized dramatic story would be better.  I thought DANGER UNLIMITED would be a good series.  Now that I have seen FINDERS OF LOST CHILDREN roll out on a daily basis, I feel like I have gotten my wish to see a story unfold as if we were reading it in a newspaper.  This is even better, as we are getting a Sunday's worth of panels a day.  This has been a wonderful ride, JB - the only difficulty has been sneaking onto computers while I have been traveling!

The story has been gripping and intense.  Cynthia's reaction to the crime scene makes it even more chilling than if we saw some kind of gore.  I really like how we follow the trail of this mystery - I like how you reveal each element.  And I really like how we are finding more about Gower and his past.  

A fantastic story so far, JB -- a thousand thank you's for sharing this with us!!






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