Hello Uptonites!

As you read page 19, I thought I share a few thoughts about it with you. Looking at my art and lettering for the first time in about a year or so since I completed it, I see that I ended my action sequence with quite a bang. Literally and figuratively.

The sequence begins and ends at sea aboard a small raft. I used a lot of black. The sky and sea, with exception of waves and spray, are at least half a Sharpie. I see how my struggle with perspective and my determination to defeat it began with the checkerboard floors at the secret lab. It was my homage to Kevin Maguire. Seriously, what was I thinking? I have more floors like that in issue 2, so clearly I’m a glutton for punishment.

In this sequence, I got a chance to work on my acting and fight choreography. I also see that my lettering has become clearer, but I still hadn’t gotten a handle on balloon shapes and sound effects. On this page, the massive explosion reads as more underground comic than John Workman. Again, this is something I’ve been working on, at least being more aware of the impact it will have on the reader when done right. But here in issue 1, I’m still finding my way.

I hope you’ve been enjoying the story so far, and when you see what’s coming next, I’m sure you’ll find it just as humorous and thrilling. As always, I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment. And if you like the Agreement, please share it across social media so more people learn about my comic.

Until next time, Go Upton!


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