Independent Comic Books & Podcasts

Early Concept Art

Brock Beauchamp
December 9, 2013

It has been a few weeks since I last posted. I’ve been working on a new script idea, something that I could finish in a reasonable amount of time (1-2 years). A true “graphic novel”, a story with a beginning, middle, and end that can be read in a single (albeit long) sitting. Initially, I had another idea I was going to run with and even went so far as to write a 25+ page outline with 5+ pages of semi-finished script. Ultimately, the project became too unwieldy and a bit directionless and I abandoned it for the time being.... View Article

Katniss Everdeen Watercolor

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games
Brock Beauchamp
November 20, 2013

More watercolor! Again, I’m playing with messy styles and seeing what works and what doesn’t. One of the things I like is the paint spatter effect I’ve used with varying success in the past few paintings. One thing I need to work on is color vibrancy. I have a tendency to work in too low an opacity with the paint, which means the colors de-saturate more than I’d like in the finalized piece. I’m going to continue playing around with different brushes and opacity levels to see if I can up the saturation and speed up how quickly I can... View Article

Stormtrooper Watercolor

Brock Beauchamp
November 18, 2013

More art! In place of a podcast this week, I’ll be posting several pieces of art instead. Expect to see the podcast return next Monday… This is my favorite piece in awhile… I wanted to play around with composition and different brushes in Corel Painter and a (mostly) black and white image of a Stormtrooper seemed like good subject matter. Given my *adoration* of Star Wars, it’s a bit surprising that I don’t draw more material from George Lucas’ opus. With the comic idea I’m tossing around in my head (and Google Docs) lately, I continue to consider a loose,... View Article

Black Widow Avengers Watercolor

Brock Beauchamp and the completed X-Men versus a Sentinel, inspired by the Day of Future Past storyline.
Brock Beauchamp
November 15, 2013

The art just keeps rolling. Now that I have the Yiynova, I’m chomping at the bit to try new techniques and so far, the results have been pleasing. This piece is based on some movie promotional material for Joss Whedon’s Marvel’s The Avengers. I’ve been wanting to work with Corel Painter’s watercolor features for some time now and this display has been the perfect opportunity to do just that. I’m considering this style of painting for my next comic and need to get some practice under my belt to see how long it takes to complete a typical piece, how... View Article

X-Men vs Sentinel Colored

Days of Future Past X-Men Fighting Sentinel
Brock Beauchamp
November 14, 2013

After receiving my Yiynova MVP22U a few days ago, I finally had the device I wanted to test a few coloring tricks and methods. This classic X-Men piece seemed like the perfect place to start. As with my comic Aurorae, this is an experiment in color using the program Corel Painter. Like the comic, I’m using oil paints to achieve this effect, along with touch-up work in Photoshop. I feel as if I may have lost control of the background a bit and despite about an hour of trying different effects, it’s not quite where I want it to be... View Article

Episode 25: Saga and The New Deadwardians

Nick Hemsing
November 13, 2013

More Image and Edwardian London Zombies In this week’s comic book podcast, we thought we were going easy on ourselves this week with Saga from Image. Multi-Award winning, beautiful cover art, a magic Sci-Fi sandwich… I think we surprised ourselves with how many criticisms we walked away with. I’m interested to see if anyone else agrees with our opinions. Before we take the book to task, we intro’d an upcoming segment called Unflattering Comic Book History. We’ll be having some fun with the books that any publisher would want to disappear as badly as Lucas wants to kill every copy... View Article