Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Shock Effect @ FanExpo!

Hey we're in the final three days of the competition and it's been a wild and woolly. You've only got until AUGUST 28th to get on there and vote and help make Shock Effect an ongoing series!

Also thanks to everyone who helped us out at the FanExpo comic convention ( a great set of links for which you can find here.) Special thanks to Michael Leone, my co-writer on Freelance Blues, for his incredible pitching skills, Sara aka Magookin for holding the fort, and the wonderful Willow Dawson for sharing a table with us and getting the word out.Image courtesy of Allan Olley

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Shock Effect: The Documentary

Ian and I took some time to put together a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Shock Effect. You can check out our documentary video filmed live! On location! In my studio! Learn the secrets of my artwork and where the story might be going next.

And again, thanks everybody for checking out our comic and letting us know how much you like it.

- John & Ian

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Shock Effect in the LA Times

This month's Zuda competition was featured on the LA Times' Hero Complex blog, with an special focus on Shock Effect!

Christie St. Martin
"Each panel makes me want to make out with my monitor. That sounded strange, didn't it? Yeah, well, I do, as strange and awkward as it may be. Competitor John Lang's artwork is truly gorgeous. Beautiful, clean and all around solid. Alongside its beauty is its equally enchanting writer, competitor Ian Daffern, whose storytelling brings each panel to life flawlessly. I'm dying to know what happens next and yes, I hope it's picked for truly selfish reasons." (Read More)

Thanks to Ian for his promotional prowess in scoring us this article!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Design Work

I thought I'd post some of the design work that went into creating Shock Effect. These were the final, colour character designs I used before starting the finished pages. As you may notice, I still made some slight changes afterwards, mostly with regards to colour, as I produced the pages.

This is some of the work that went into designing "the others." You don't get to see much of the adults in the first 8 pages, but the hatchlings are pretty much miniature adults - the just move differently.

Here I plotting out how these things would attack, or walk, since they only have tentacles. I figured that since they're so powerful, they could lift themselves up, but it the tentacles would bend awkwardly at the ground, reinforcing that they wouldn't move this way naturally.

I'll have more "behind the scenes" drawings to post later on, so make sure to check back!

Cheers -John

Monday, August 4, 2008

The Comic is LIVE!!!

Shock Effect is now live on ZUDA.com ... check it out here: