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WRB, issue 2, p. 11 by MichaelCleaves WRB, issue 2, p. 11 by MichaelCleaves
"Caracalla, a Tragedy," Act One, Scene Two.
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DiegoTripodi Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
I like how the the tail of the balloon in the panel of the bust hitting the floor "cuts" the guy (well, bust) by the neck-- nice detail, seems very symbollic. :D Also-- love the buildings in the previous to the last panel, great work, Michael.
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
Ha! Speaking of limits and happy accidents... I had a lot of trouble lettering these pages because my script is really long (which is ironic in a way - originally it was really short, but my poet friend told me the problem with the play was that all of what I was trying to say was too condensed, and that the Jacobeans took their time... now I have too many words). So the cutting line is something I decided on at the last minute because I was having problems. But I liked it, too - thanks, Diego!
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
You swing a mean Corinthian column.
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izitmee Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Ahahaha :D
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Is that an innuendo?!
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Hmmm. Could be. Wasn't intentional, but now that you mention it, that's kind of funny!
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dalgoda7 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your use of architecture, as well.
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Thanks, Chris!
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izitmee Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
I really liked how you used that bust while moving to the next page, and it's impressive and humorous the change of tone from the previous living-father page to this statuesque-father one.
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
More statue-person switches to come! That's the great thing about Roman busts when you're doing comics - if you need to make an easy parallel to a figure who's been dead for a while, you can always have the character saying his name stand next to a portrait bust...
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izitmee Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Ah! We're so filled with busts here that we use them as mannequins in the shops!
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
With a clever use of American slang, that could be turned into a joke about Berlusconi.
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izitmee Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Anything could be turned into a joke about that-guy-you-mentioned (can't write his name: I'd feel too sick).
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
It's true. We had a head of state like that once.
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luisarellano Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Nice sequence and use of the shadows, very expressive and cools
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Thanks, Luis!
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luisarellano Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
you´re welcome michael
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besnglist Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
I agree with Zak absolutely!
Nice ending of this scene, and I like visual interaction of the characters at the beginning of the next scene very much.
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Thanks, partner!
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cluedog Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Just wanted to say, I admire your mastery of the black and white, backgrounds, and human anatomy. Your art reminds me of the classic comic style of the 1960's -70's. Wonderful stuff.
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
Thanks, man. I channel Al Williamson as much as I can when I'm drawing individual panels, and Kirby when I'm doing the page layouts. But I feel like there are some independent artists from the 80s that I can't bring to mind... I feel like I ripped off the statue-toss motif from somewhere...
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izitmee Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
Hey now that you mentioned the statue-toss motif I remembered where there was something similar: one of the first pages of Dark Night Returns.
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
It had to be there. If it's not Miller, it's Moore. If it's not Moore, it's Mazzuchelli. If it's not Mazzuchelli, it's Neal Adams. And if it's not Neal Adams, it's Miller. Christ, I'm so predictable!
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izitmee Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
(love Mazzucchelli - he's one of my favorites) Hey, but it was very different from yours.

P.S. Saturday I found a collection of the best of Negative Burn, of which I had none. Finally some new Alan Moore plus other very interesting authors to read.
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Negative Burn was an interesting thing for me, since its years out of publication coincided almost exactly with my years away from any contact with the comics industry. But for some reason I never read it, which is kind of dumb considering the talent they have... I think maybe if I ever finish this issue, I'll send it to them. Or maybe I should send the first issue? Tell me what you think about that. I really want to get this thing in print, but don't want to do it myself...
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izitmee Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
From what I see, Negative Burn has become an annual, and still publishes short stories only. But maybe its current publisher, Desperado Publishing, might be interested. Also, why not try with Image (they published Negative Burn for some time, and also Age of Bronze)?

If instead you just want to make an impression on the Negative Burners, I'd go for this issue. Though, from my experience with Italian publishers (which anyway I suppose to be way different from there), it would be even better if you made a complete short story that they might actually buy.

Also, check this. If you skip the initial alphabetical order of comic artists (hey! there's an Ann Cleaves in there), there are a lot of interesting resources in that page.
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MichaelCleaves Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
I've got a weird lazy attitude to producing a short story, even though a lot of North American publishers seem to think the same way as the Italian ones (especially Drawn and Quarterly). I've actually got a very easy job (as in, it pays a full time salary, but I only work very part time and have the summers off), so I don't feel any financial strain and so don't hustle to get jobs as much as I could. But I'm really into doing this series, and I haven't really accounted for any short stories within it (except the life of Lazarus in the first issue, which could be made separate, but I think it might come across as too Jesusy on first impression). So, on the one hand, I would like to have work, but on the other hand, I don't want to break my stride on this series in order to produce something short. I'll have to figure it out, though, because that is kind of the only easy way in.

As for Image - I looked into it a few weeks ago and it seems like they're pretty cool about submissions, except that they want submitters to do a cover with a logo design, and I really don't know how to do that stuff. I also looked at Avatar, and they're much easier (even than Desperado, since they will look at works in progress). Once I figure out how to get my website running better (right now I can't zoom on images, for some reason), I'm going to drop them a line and see what happens.
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