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Hey folks, Ambush Bug here with an early look at the upcoming LEPRECHAUN #1 comic coming soon from Blue Water Comics, a publisher that’s been making a lot of “waves” lately and one worth taking a look at. This week’s Comic Book Evolution features a “commentary track” to a few pages from issue one by the artist of the series Kris Carter. Let’s hear what Kris has to say about these pages in their early stages from LEPRECHAUN #1.For this article I was asked to pick my 6 favorite pages from issue 1 of LEPRECHAUN so we could show what goes into a comic from concept to pencils to print. It took me a little while for me to choose between my children. Eventually I weeded out the red headed ones and finally decided on a 5 page flashback sequence.
In this particular scene it is the first violence we see perpetrated by the titular character, The Leprechaun. In contrast to the rest of this issue we see a little of the movie LEPRECHAUN in these pages. That evil, mischievous little imp shows up to get a little revenge for having his gold stolen.
Even at the layout stage I envisioned this scene darker than the rest of the issue up to this point. I tried to do this with shadows and detail. A lot of the detail in this scene is there to add depth and a claustrophobic effect for the characters. I also tried to play with the angles of the panels to show the off kilter tone of what is to come.
Now, the Leprechaun that you might be familiar with from the cheese-tastic movies of the 80'-90's is not the same little scamp we have running around this book. He is a little more vicious, mobile, and motivated. You would never have seen Warwick Davis jumping on desks swing a sword with any amount of fluidity. This is definitely where the comic have the edge over movies. In film there is a general limitation of the actor’s athleticism versus what we can make a character do in comics. Where wires and stunt doubles would be necessary for this scene in a movie. I can draw it rather easily, with no extra cost to budget.
You will notice that with this first issue I kept very close to the layouts that I had approved by the editor. This is the first time I have worked with Darren and Blue Water so I tried to make sure there were no surprises. I also wanted to make sure that everyone was comfortable with what I saw in my head versus the script. Thankfully everyone is happy with what I am doing. Or so they tell me.
With the climax of this scene we see Dr. Coindealer(still hate that name) being made to literally pay with his flesh for his greed and avarice. We get to see as his body is transformed into British pound notes to pay for his sins against the Leprechaun. Drawing the hundreds of the bills wasn't that hard but having to Photoshop them in, I am sure, was a nightmare. Sorry Tom! That is where the colorist comes in to add what is needed in the scene. From the notes to the paintings, to various posters and computer screens I asked a lot of the colorist in this issue. Penciling it wouldn't have had the same effect as dropping in real representations of the items. If you have the technology to make the work better, use it.
Well...I don't know what else to say. I tried to stay very faithful to the script with this issue, and especially with this scene. I really dig the way it came out. I am rarely happy with my own work but I look back on this sequence two issues later and I am still pleased with what I did. I hope everyone out there checks out the book and gives us the benefit of the doubt, and stays tuned in for the whole series. I would be castrated if I gave anything away, but this series gets a whole hell of a lot more brutal, and outdoes the horror of the original films in every way. When I get to draw the over the top violence and evil of the Leprechaun, all I can do is smile :)
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