Home Message Boards WFC: June 21-25, 2001
Re: Another Question for Mr. Mack
THU, 6/21/01, 1:49 p.m. - In Response To: Another Question for Mr.
Mack (Kathy Elgin)
Sounds good. You have my blessing. I hope you do great on the research
It's me again. The silly girl with the research paper on the Ainu.
I was wondering if I could have your permission to copy a particular page
from Circle of Blood to include with my research paper. I will give you FULL CREDIT, of course...
My main purpose is actually to show my professor that not ALL comic
books are about mindless violence and spandex-wearing superheroes. He seems
to be of the mind that comic books can hold no literary value whatsoever
and I was hoping to give him some subtle proof that he's wrong... I'm a
little sneaky that way
As always, you ROCK!
P.S. I totally agree that you should come out with Siamese Book-Ends
Re: thanks David ...(and Justin)
THU, 6/21/01, 1:53 p.m. - In Response To: Re: thanks David ...(and
Justin) (real tv guevarra)
- thanks David
-i'll be expecting the reply then... also since we're on this topic...
how much are you selling the black and white "Bondage" piece you
have on Kabuki reflections.. if im not mistaken its on either number 1 or 2...
Thanks for the inquiry. My girlfriend Anh really likes that peice and
doesn't want me to sell it. Sorry. I guess you have good taste:)
Actually she likes it so much she had that image silkscreened onto
a shirt that she wears.
Re: Question for Mr. Mack...
THU, 6/21/01, 8:50 p.m. - In Response To: Question for Mr. Mack...
Hi Thanks for reading my books!
I am big fan of your work!
Now onto my question I am going to Art school right now
and am earning a degree in illustration. Anyway, A friend of mine wants
to develop a graphic novel that's more illustrative like an Alex Ross style
of a book. Are there any recommendations that you could make in general
for this? We are probably looking to self publish also.
My suggestion would be to not self publish right off the bat. There are
plenty of problems to solve in the creating end of the book alone. Investing
printing money, trying to establish a place in this market as a new company
and all the things that go with self publishing is a whole extra business
to contend with.
I would suggest first focusing on finishing the book. Once it is finished
I would suggest that you show it to pbulishers that publish creator owned
books. In this market, it is wiser to use someone else's money than your
own when starting your first project. And an existing company with it's
own place in this industry can give you a lot of advice and offers a more
attractive track record to the stores that will order your book. If it
is succesful there, you can always self publish it or your next project
later if that is what you want to do.
The school offers a sequential art major but since we are
primarily illustrators we can only take a couple of classes in seq art.
We have both read tons of graphic novels like Miller, Eisner and so on.
We have also have read both 'Understanding comics' books.
Thanks for your time!
BTW: As someone who has take some Design classes I really liked your
use of Graphic design in Kabuki!
Kabuki Chess Board!
SAT, 6/23/01, 10:39 a.m. - In Response To: Kabuki 3d Stuff... (Little
Love this idea! I've always wanted to do the chess board from the comic.
I'm glad you like it too. So far it hasn't happened because it is a huge
investment of sculpting time to do each individual piece the way it needs
to be. But I'll make sure it happens somehow.
I read a message further down where David said he'd like to hear
what people'd want for 3d sculpture stuff.....?
I'd really like to see a Kabuki chess board, like the one the general
has in CoB. I think that'd be kinda cool. Also it'd mean you get to do something with the more *unknown* characters like Ice & Butoh, who I guess won't be getting their own statues anytime soon.....
Perhaps you could do it as the Noh girls with masks as black pieces
and without their masks as white? So they kinda confront themselves...
AND maybe you could have Kai as the King piece on the black side
and Dove as King piece on the white side? And something like Kai's gang
as pawns on the black side (cos that's sorta what they are anyway) and,
I don't know, Control Corps inmates as pawns on the other?
Ooh! I like this idea! If you don't do it, I'll have to make my own
Re: Can you help me Mr MACK?
SAT, 6/23/01, 10:51 a.m. - In Response To: Can you help me Mr MACK?
I'm from Malaysia & planning to further my studies in
the USA. I'm planning to major in Art. Problem is, my parents are quite
budget concious & can only spend around US$10,000 & and below,
while all the best art colleges across the USA are quite pricey. So they
plan to put me in a state university. So my question is: Is going to a
state university a wiser choice than a pricey art college like Savannah
or School of Visual Art?
If I DO go to art school, how is it possible for a beginner like
moi send in 10-20 pieces of art portfolio to them?
Is it possible that anyone who graduate from State U. can end up
in your position as comic artist?
Are there any good example of comic artistes that grad from State
U? Besides Frank Cho, of course.
I graduated from a state university. I did not attend a specialized
art school. I was 17 when I started college and new I would have to pay
my own way. I didn't have any money so I submitted to many scholarships
with my art portfolio. I got many partial scholarships for art schools,
but I still did not have enought $ to cover the remainder. So I went with
a full scholarship that was offered from a state university.
The advantage with a university is that you can learn so many different
disciplines. I doubt that I would have been able to take Japanese, anatomay
and phisiology, acting, writing, childrens liturature, world religions,
and history classes in the depth and breadth that I did at the university
had I went to a more specialized art school.
I had already decided to do comics when I enrolled in school, so I applied
what I learned from each discipline into my work. I feel that this gives
my art and writing a much bigger scope of experience and knowledge to pull
THE BOTTOM LINE is that each school has its advantages but you GET OUT
OF IT WHAT YOU PUT INTO IT. That last part was my motto the entire time
I went to the university.
And you can go to a state U and also major in art. I did.
I majored in Graphic Design and minored in English. But I was able
to take a huge array of other interests from science to theatre to karate.
Hope this is of help to you:)
MON, 6/25/01, 1:18 p.m. - In Response To: Happy Birthday KRIS!!!!!
I wanted to make sure that you recieved my little thank you letter.
Hope you two had a great birthday celebration.
Re: ??? for david mack
MON, 6/25/01, 1:47 p.m. - In Response To: ??? for david mack (Kirk)
Thanks for reading Kabuki!
so how long have you been drawing?
As long as I can remember.
where you one of those people who just picked up a pencil
and could draw what ever you want?
I did always draw whatever I want. It didn't always necesarily resemble
anything recognizable in the material world, but making your own marks
is something anyone can do.
In terms of drawing images and anatomy accurately enough to tell a story
with images that have some grace and charm, that is just a lot of PRACTICE
and self discipline, and study. I've been drawing as long as I can remember,
so I should have some control of it by now.
But it is something that I had to work and struggle for. It is more
an effort of willpower, ambition, and problem solving than some inate talent.
There are a lot of talented people in this industry. And I have seen
some that seem to have that more inate drawing ability, in that they are
able to draw comic book type figures effortlessly. But that is not really
My talents probably involve more of a way of seeing. I figure that seeing
or unique point of view gives me the ability to develope whatever discipline
interests me as long as I put a lot of effort, thought, and will power
how long did it take you to write and draw you first comic
I did my first COMPLETED story when I was in high school. I think it was
fifty something pages, and I sort of worked on it all year. But I worked
on developing that craft all the time on projects before and after.
Time really wasn't something I considered when working. One of fun things
about working is that I can lose all sense of self and time. When things
are going very good, there is sort of another dimension that you are operating
in which time and self are not a factor.
So I always wonder what is behind that sort of question of how long
it takes to do a page or a book. I'm probably naive, but I always wondered
if I'm missing something in that people ask that. I guess it is a way of
measuring something with time as a unit of measurement of the activity.
My freshman year in colleg I got my first paying job just penciling
a comic book. It took me twelve hours a page, for just about every page.
And I was paid $10 a page. Now it seems rediculous that I actually did
six issues of it at that price! But the point was the practice. I was developing.
It was like colleg, but they were paying me (although barely) instead of
me paying them for the lesson in work and craft and business.
if i could find some one with a scanner i would like to
send you some of my drawings just to get your opinion on what could improve
them,but thats up to you, im not looking for a job or anything, just some
You are welcome to. Just post it on the board:)
One more thing the first time I read kabuki the part where
the bad guys are singing the devil inside when i started to read that part
i caught myself singing the song and then realized that it had started
to play on the radio at the same time i started reading the page.
Amazing synchronicity! It must be a sign:)
I guess you were doing the right thing at the right time.
Which makes me want to say, that we are all always in the right place
at the right time, wether we want to be or not.
Re: hi david mack
MON, 6/25/01, 1:54 p.m. - In Response To: hi david mack (Adrian)
i can't wait till you come over next year
It will be fun,
i was just wondering oher than the comics and grapic novels
you are going to bring as well as original art. i was wondering if there's
Probably Kabuki Prints, and Kabuki shirts.
and i was wondering what you're working on at the moment?
Today I and finishing up a painted cover for ALIAS and polishing up some production details on SCARAB #8!
and is scarab 8 shipping next week?
Not next week but soon I hope. Probably near the end of July this time.
Re: Upcoming Ultimate Team-Up book
MON, 6/25/01, 6:17 p.m. - In Response To: Upcoming Ultimate Team-Up
David and Rick,
I saw that Bendis posted on his board that you two will be collaberating
to draw an issue of Ultimate Team-Up later this year or early next year.
Can you give us any more details.
I was hoping for an announcement of something coming up next from
either of you. Besides Daredevil # 19 and Kabuki Scarab Agents # 8 coming
up soon I hadn't seen any future projects listed besides the Scarab Art
Do you have any other projects coming out this fall/winter that I
don't know about?
As soon as I send off Scarab #8, I will be putting together the Kabuki 1/2 to print. THen I will be spending a bit of time on the new Kabuki story and art for the new printing of Kabuki Dreams. Then I will put the artbook together. THen Hopefully be ablt to start on my next Kabuki story.
WIth Bendis: I've done (and will continue to do) covers for his new Marvel series ALIAS. Rick Mays will be drawing two issues of Master of Kung Fu for Bendis' Team Up book. I'm slated to do covers and layout.
Very much looking forward to doing the next Kabuki story.