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A tiny sneak peek at book 2

I just finished (digitally) inking this page and wanted to share it! Roughs_025

 

Claudette is forced into playing dress-up (by Marie, of course), and she’s not very happy about it. Click on the image for a closer look.

Kids Read Comics is this weekend!

I’m so excited to be a part of the Kids Read Comics! festival this weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan! I’ll be taking part in a couple of drawing events, conducting a workshop at 826 Ann Arbor, and meeting fans and signing copies of Giants Beware! at the Artist Alley.

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Here’s a link listing all the events. There’s great stuff going on Friday through Sunday:

http://mlatcomics.com/krc/programming

Hope to see you there!

-Rafael

It’s Astronaut Academy Day!

Dave Roman’s Astronaut Academy:Re-Entry is out today!

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The Comics Are Great site is hosting a series of contests and giveaways to celebrate its release: http://comicsaregreat.com/aaday

One of the prizes is an original sketch of Claudette and the gang by Rafael:

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So what are you waiting for?  Go get the book, join the celebration!

Kids Read Comics Celebration!

Rafael will be a guest at the Kids Read Comics Celebration in Ann Arbor, Michigan this Summer, June 22-23 rd. Here’s the lovely poster for the event by this year’s guest of honor, Ben Hatke.

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Come by and say hi if you’re in the area. More details  at  http://mlatcomics.com/krc/

Giants Beware! to be featured in May’s Sharp-Schu Book Club Meeting!

We’re honored and delighted to be the featured book and authors (along with Matthew Cordell) for this month’s Sharp-Schu Book Club meeting on Twitter. Librarians extraordinaire John Schumacher and Colby Sharp host this monthly virtual gathering where librarians and fans get to interact with authors in real time. It’s a really cool thing!

The meeting takes place May 21st, starting at 7:00 pm, CST time.  For details on how to participate visit the Watch. Connect.Read blog :

http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/2013/04/may-sharpschu-book-club.html

Hope to see you there!

 

Giants Beware is one year old today!

That’s right, our baby is one year old today! It’s been an amazing year. We’ve made some new friends, met a lot of fans, learned a lot. And it’s been very gratifying to see children love our characters as much as we do, if not more!

The great John Schumaker, a champion of children’s literature and graphic novels has posted an interview with us on his Watch.Connect.Read blog to help us celebrate the anniversary.

http://mrschureads.blogspot.com/2013/04/happy-1st-birthday-to-giants-beware.html

He’s also doing a book giveaway!

Here’s a little something I found the other day: what might be the very first drawing  of what would become our tempestuous redhead. I’m guessing it goes back to the mid-nineties.

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Now let’s go have some birthday cake!

Designs for book 2!

We’re hard at work on the sequel to Giants Beware! (tentatively titled Belly Of The Beast), and wanted to share a few studies and designs for some new characters.

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These seven lovelorn princes show up in Mon Petit Pierre to court Marie. Marie has no interest in them, of course, but her mom has different plans for her.

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The kids make a human staircase for Claudette and Valiant.

We introduce an army of gargoyles in book 2.  These sketches are based on reference from medieval cathedrals. ImageImageImage

The final designs for the book will be a bit simpler and probably less scary. I’ll post more designs soon, including Azra the dragon and her offspring!

The very first drawings…

I recently came across some very early sketches of Claudette and the gang. I pictured them more as street urchins. This was way before we’d figured out the story.

Claudette was called Penelope, and Gaston was Henry.

Giants Beware! Inking Demo

Here’s a screen capture of my inking process on Giants Beware! Done with Photoshop on a Wacom Cintiq. The original clip is about 17 minutes long, sped up to under 4 minutes.

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