Monster Beneath page 1

Monster Beneath page 1
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6th Jan 2016, 9:00 AM in The Monster Beneath
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buffylove 6th Jan 2016, 4:06 AM edit delete
A new story begins!
THE MONSTER BENEATH -- about two men hunting a giant monster through the ancient caverns beneath New York City!

Like the previous story, GOTHIC GHOST STORY, this story was conceived for a steampunk anthology. It didn't make the cut though (sad face). It's still a story I love. I've always been fascinated by the idea of giant crocodiles in the sewers of New York and wanted to write something about them. The idea of a steampunk story where I could play with the history of New York was just the push I needed. Then, with a little inspiration from 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA and the idea of a fantastic sub was the key. I mean, a story with people slogging through waste would be pretty ick, but cruising around in a strange, advanced submarine...well, that was enough to make me want to write the story. The final piece was what is mentioned here on the first page...this mystery man feared by the government even more than the monster itself. I loved the idea of a hero who was also a villain, another nod to 20,000 LEAGUES. So what is his story? And what happened to him? Check back every Wed and Sat in February to find out!

I'd also like to take a moment to tip my hat to my artist, Gilberto Borba. You can see some of his work on this page, but really the fog and underwater effect makes it feel a little more impressionistic than his normal style. On page two (or in the banner now), you will see his intricate, detailed inkwork. Honestly, getting these pages took my breath away! I was blowing some of the pages up 3-4X normal size just so I could take it all in. He does a fantastic job that gets better and better with each page. And his final designs for the monster are fantastic! So tune in for that too!

And if you can't wait, then VOTE for me on TOPWEBCOMICS for a preview of the next page, where we will finally meet the mystery man the government fears!

Story by Paul A Newman
Art by Gilberto Borba


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Miaubol 11th Jan 2016, 11:15 AM edit delete reply
I love this idea with the submarine already. And the art is *amazing* :D

But something went wrong with the formatting? It looks somewhat blurry..
buffylove 13th Jan 2016, 2:21 AM edit delete reply
Not sure what you mean by blurry. If you mean this page, I asked him to add some of the smoke/fog effect over the monster to obscure it. I thought the story would work better with a build up to the reveal. If you mean on page 2 also, then maybe it's because he has a really intricate line work and either the scanner didn't capture it or when the artwork was reduced fr the website that the blur came in. I really should post the pencils to some of these pages or panels somewhere. It's amazing stuff!
Miaubol 13th Jan 2016, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
It's every line, on every page, also on the banner in your sig. It looks like the thing which happens when a smaller image is sized up, the resampling makes the lines fuzzy instead of crisp. It may also happen when an image is down-sized just somewhat.

At which resolution did you scan? It may have been too low ..?

Yes, the art looks amazing. Which is why it's particularly sad that it got all blurred, I can't see what it's actually like.
buffylove 13th Jan 2016, 11:38 AM edit delete reply
The files say they were scanned at 300dpi, which is normally fine. Of course, they were reduced to 72dpi and then shrunk for the web. I'm not exactly sure why the blur is there, but I have a feeling it was from the original scan. Most of the artists send pages with white borders and gutters (like you'd draw normally for print) and I go through and adjust the pages so they blend in with the all-black theme of the website. In the original scans for the pages even some of those white area weren't completely white. Not knowing the art-side, I can't say why it might be -- problem with the scanner? Something from the original pages, like pencil smudges? There definitely are places where it is more noticeable -- like the figures in PAGE 2/panel 1, while the background for that same panel is much cleaner. I'm hoping to work with the artist again (we have a second story finished, but I'd love to do a third!) so maybe I can talk to him about it then.
Miaubol 14th Jan 2016, 6:24 AM edit delete reply
I don't think it's smudges, they tend to look differently (I've got a lot of those myself), they show as grayish spots here and there but the lines themselves remain sharp.

I'd guess something went wrong with the scanning, but I cannot say what. Maybe the original didn't lie quite flat on the scanner glass (and thus slightly out of focus)? There was some condensation, making the glass opaque? Or some sort of filter setting gone wrong? Or, cheap scanner which doesn't truly scan at 300 dpi but instead interpolate the pixels? So many possible things...
Jillyfoo 12th Jan 2016, 11:50 PM edit delete reply
Kinda like that scene in Jurassic World