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Metal Gods Issue 1 Inks

A look at the inks to the front cover of the digital comic book Metal Gods Issue 1 by Von Allan
Here's a closer look at the inks to the cover of Metal Gods issue 1. I've long worked with brush and ink (in particular, I fell in love with Raphael's Series 8408 Kolinsky sable brush), but I found that I was increasingly getting frustrated with scanning and doing digital clean-up of my inked pages. That frustration eventually came to a head when two things happened: 1) I started using Manga Studio EX 4 and 2) an artist friend introduced me to pressure-sensitive Wacom tablets. When I realized how easily I could digitally ink and have those ink lines be precise (with no clean-up!), I took notice. When it dawned on me how much time I was saving scanning and cleaning up my work, I paid even more attention. The final element was when I realized I could set-up my inks in such a way that I could digitally colour my work faster, too.

Don't get me wrong; I love a lot of things about traditional brush and ink work. But since I'm trying to maintain a particular production schedule, anything I can do to speed the process up is a key element and eventually pushed me to go "all-in" with digital ink work.

While it's certainly fun to move ink around on Bristol board, I don't miss that frustration.

So what about pencilling? Well, in that case I'm still pretty traditional. I like working with "nubs" of pencils so that I can get my arm moving. I find that still very difficult to do digitally. Often what I do is fairly loose pencils, scan 'em in, and then tighten things up digitally before moving on to digital inks.

My whole goal is to get faster and this current way works very well for me. Though I'd always love to get even faster!

by Von Allan

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Publishing Information

ISSN 2292-7654

ISBN for Issue 1: 978-0-9781237-6-5

ISBN for Issue 2: 978-0-9781237-7-2

ISBN for Issue 3: 978-0-9781237-8-9

About Metal Gods

Nick Connelly was a hard-working guy; he'd been a heavy metal roadie, a mechanic, a steel worker, and even a volunteer firefighter. He liked his adventures blue-collar and down to earth...unlike his wayward parents, Art and Wanda, a flaky duo whose own adventures took them from one charismatic charlatan to another. Nick and his girlfriend, Lou, were used to the postcards they got, filled with glowing words about the newest savior; Nick and Lou rolled their eyes but Art and Wanda always came back eventually, a little lighter in the wallet but happy...until, one time, they didn't.

As the weeks and months passed without any sign of the pair, Nick and Lou finally packed up the ole van and set off to find them...and what they found was worse than they could've imagined. Art and Wanda hadn't just taken up with another religious salesman in a cookie-cutter suburb somewhere...this time they'd sworn allegiance to a truly evil force; an ancient demon that existed only to tear the universe apart. Wipe out humanity. Poison the world. And it had the power and minions to do it, too. Nick and Lou only had each other to draw on...their courage; their love; and, of course, their van.

So, it's Nick and Lou against zealous cultists, supernaturally altered humans, well-armed flesh 'n blood thugs, and a powerful corporation, each of whom wants the demonic power for themselves. And the prize? Not just the safety of Art and Wanda...but the future of the entire world.

Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts

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Metal Gods has been funded by the Council for the Arts in Ottawa through the Corel Endowment Fund for the Arts.

Biographical Info


Von Allan - Writer and Artist

has been living and breathing comics in the Great White North for a number of years and has built an active and well-respected presence in the larger comics community. He has written, penciled, and inked a number of short stories and two full-length, original graphic novels. Both books were well received by fans, retailers, and critics and continue to sell today: the road to god knows..., the heartwarming story of a teenager growing up with a schizophrenic mother; and Stargazer, an all-ages sci-fi/fantasy adventure.

Sam Boswell - Editor

Sam Boswell has been finding dangling modifiers, correcting spelling, and fixing misused apostrophes in fiction, non-fiction, university theses, graphic novels, technical manuals, and government bureaucratese for almost 20 years. She lives in Ontario, Canada, and, when she's not solving language problems for other people, she can be found deep in a book, untangling yarn, or digging in the garden.

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