In between regular postings of This EMPIRE are “yesteryear” strips and sketches. 

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Related Strips: Sketch

Comics requires us to make a constant stream of CHOICES regarding imagery, pacing, dialogue, composition, gesture, and a ton of other options – – and these break down into five basic types.

Choice of moment, choice of frame, choice of image, choice of work, choice of flow

Source: Scott McCloud, Making Comics

These “in between” posting are starting to add up. Well after the last story arc ACMELogic, I felt I did a a bad job on holding the narrative together (excluding the delayed comic posts). So right now I have been trying write a little more in-depth of the of upcoming comics I had planned. Which in turn will give me a more clear picture of what is going on before drawing the comic after pre-production work. The sketch above was inspired by a sketch Les McClaine did some time ago which has been serving as my desktop image (see insert)desktop-LesMcClaine for my computer for quite a while serving as a daily mantra, “I should be drawing… I will be drawing.” Oh yeah a little know fact I have been known to fall a sleep any where, especially long car trips and floors of various homes so me dozing off on floor of the bed-sitter well it happens quite often 🙂

Free Comic Book Day 2013


Free Comic Book Day is a single day – the first Saturday in May each year – when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. *Check with your local shop for their participation and rules.

It has often been tied to the release of a major theatrical film adaptation of a well known superhero property, in order to take advantage of the film’s heavy promotion and related press about the comic book medium.

Comic book film tie-in come on you heard of this one for quite sometime.


Iron Man 3 (2013)

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi – 3 May 2013


Writers: Drew Pearce (Screenplay), Shane Black (Screenplay)

I was a bit disappointed things didn’t work out for  to direct the third installment of Iron Man. But when I heard Shane Black came on board, well fan-antics ensue. Shane Black  working as the director and co-writer on the screenplay, I was over the moon, Shane Black work is impressive here is a brief biography:

Considered one of the pioneer screenwriters of the action genre, Black made his mark with his Lethal Weapon (1987) screenplay. He also collaborated on the story of the sequel, Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). Each successive script he turned in had a higher price attached it, from The Last Boy Scout (1991) to The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), and in between a re-write on the McTiernan/Schwarzenegger Last Action Hero (1993) script.

Interesting tidbit: Black has admitted (still to be cited) that many of the scripts he had written for other directors were rewritten to a point where they scarcely resembled his product.

Interesting tidbit: Black’s first acting role came in the film Predator; since then he has acted in a further five films and in one television episode for the TV series Dark Justice.

In 2005 he made his directorial debut Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) which starred Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer.

Have a great rest of the week hopefully you get to watch the film, visit your local comic book store for Free Comic Book day maybe I will see you there 🙂

Thank you for reading, back to making comics.