When Charles Schulz created Peanuts he wasn’t Peanuts all by himself – if only by the very fact that the editors came up with the name ‘Peanuts’ in the first place! Then the hundreds of newspapers and the TV shows and the merchandising all became part of what everybody knows as Peanuts. Schulz didn’t create all this by himself, he just started the fire.
When a creative artist puts work into the public arena, it is no longer completely his. The work is transformed by everyone who sees it. Only when art is seen by others does it take on its full dimension. So in that sense the art belongs to the viewers as well.
For my part, I’m certainly not in control of all the different facets of what makes ICECUBES. By the very fact of reading it and sharing it, you the readers make ICECUBES come alive! So it only makes sense that you would want to keep it alive.
The best way to do that is to subscribe on Patreon, where for as little as $1 a month you can proudly support ICECUBES. As a thank you, I will be sure to share with you all the steps of making the strip, from sketches to pencils to videos tutorials.
ICECUBES belongs to you! Only you can ultimately decide how big ICECUBES grows. ICECUBES is already a beautiful thing thanks to everyone of you being involved. Hopefully we can make it even better together. Thanks so much for being a part of ICECUBES!
A few years back I had the pleasure of meeting Russel Harvey, scion of Harvey Comics, at MoCCA in New York. (You can read about our encounter here.) Since then, we have managed to stay in touch digitally and Russel even generously wrote a blurb for the back cover of ICECUBES the book! Russel posted this photo of himself with the great Charles ‘Sparky’ Schulz and I though I would share it with my readers. In particular I wanted to show everyone how incredibly big comics were drawn back then! I draw at about half that size these days. Of course that only applies to those of us who still draw on paper! 😉
Schulz developed a fast stroke that is hard to replicate without lots of practice. For him over time, drawing Peanuts became like writing shorthand.
It used to be that comics had really great colors. Big primary colors printed with halftone dots. A lot of the times the color dots were off register and would bleed outside the lines. That was so cool! In fact my wife and I agree that it made the comic better when the color was off register like that!
Nowadays I’ve noticed that colors are no longer printed that way. In fact colors lay real flat on the page now and seem to look dull in some cases. For instance this Peanuts Sunday cartoon just looks flat and lifeless. The colors are drab and dull. Its quite upsetting actually to see a once great comic strip like Peanuts reduced to looking second rate. Whoever colored this did an awful job. But that’s not the only problem. The colors are extremely flat and are perfectly within the lines, how deadening is that? Sometimes too much technology just kills something great.
I did find something cool though. It seems that McDonalds still uses the old halftone print jobs on their Happy Meal bags! I think they look great by the way and so much more dynamic than that poor Peanuts strip. Good job McDonalds, I hope they keep it up!
I would love to print an ICECUBES comic book this way! 🙂
In this picture ICECUBES is definitely in good company! Although the comparison is clearly unfair… for them. 🙂
I just thought it was interesting to see how the first ICECUBES book was published compared to their first books.
Lucky you, unlike those other hard to find books, ICECUBES the comic strip Vol. 1 is still available! So why don’t you get your very own copy of the first ICECUBES book? Available exclusively on the Amazon Kindle. Just go to Amazon.com and type ICECUBES, or simply click here. You can also download it to your iPhone and PC!
Great news, the second book ICECUBES the comic strip Vol. 2 is coming out soon!
When drawing on the outer edge of your panel, it’s important to extend the drawing as if you were drawing the whole character. Even if parts will get cut off it is a good idea to draw them to get a feeling for where things are supposed to fall. For example in this drawing, Peckinpaw is off to the side and his shoulder is mostly cut off even though I drew the shoulder. Without the shoulder I wouldn’t know where to put his arms and hands. Also note that his left arm is drawn even though I won’t see it because of the book in front of it. That way I know exactly where to put his fingers.
I call this ‘backdrawing’ or drawing in the round. 🙂
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