Wounded Issue #3: Crash Course

Posted on July 9th, 2013

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 At long last, Issue 3 of Wounded is finished, printed, bundled and stacked. The last three of those are only true in the metaphorical sense, admittedly, which makes that a long-winded way of saying that it is now ready for download and reading.

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 Things get a little more intense for the remaining Redbands, as they try and work out who attacked them and realise their motivation, and decide whether the best course of action is flight or fight.

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 In the meantime, Jed continues his pursuit and stumbles onto a lifeline that levels the playing field against the red bands (some of you might work out what it is from the incredibly subtle hints that may even be on this very page) which sets in motion an inevitable path towards direct confrontation.

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On a technical level, I was gnawed at by a tweet I saw mentioning digital comics needing to become ready for retina-displays, as I really should have been thinking about that from the start. As a result this issue is done in 150dpi, as opposed to the 100-or-so DPI that the previous issues have been done at (and I’ll go back and put those issues at 150dpi soon), which does mean that the file sizes are larger. Who knows, maybe the technology will have evolved to the point where I need to have 600dpi versions out by the time it’s all finished. I can’t rule it out.

As ever, you can get to the Wounded page with all three issues for download by clicking on the link to the right, or by clicking here. Alternatively, here’s a direct download link for the PDF and the CBR file for Issue 3.

One more issue to go. Better get going on that.

Jaime Hernandez @ Institut Francais

Posted on July 3rd, 2013

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It was a special treat last month to get to see one of the World’s great cartoonists talk about their craft. Jaime Hernandez, one half of Los Bros Hernandez and creator of the Maggie the Mechanic branch of Love & Rockets, dropped by London to talk about his work in front of a packed Cine Lumiere at the Institut Français as part of the BD Comics and Passion festival.

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The conversation was lead by Woodrow Phoenix, a great cartoonist in his own right (who once flogged me copies of Sugar Buzz and Rumble Strip at I think the Mini Comics Thing long ago) who was quite clearly a big fan of Mr Hernandez. If anything, he may have been too big a fan as the reverence he paid Hernandez meant that it took a little while to get going. Hernandez seemed reticent to get talking to start with and suffered a bit from mumble mouth, but after a while things thawed and various subjects like intercutting chronology through panels (especially in the newer Love & Rockets stuff) and the increasing economy of Jaime’s line work (because he doesn’t need to use so much line work and cross-hatching).

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A very special treat was getting to see Jaime draw live on stage (it was projected up on the screen, we didn’t get to all huddle around the desk) whilst doing an audience Q&A at the same time, which showed an admirable talent for multi-tasking. Some of the questions were a little flat (I’m pretty sure I knew that Robert Crumb was a big influence on Jaime’s work, for instance) but it did bring up the fascinating notion of how working in black and white affects the depiction of race (Jaime says it took him and Gilbert a while to work out why they as Latinos seemed to focus so much on caucasian characters).

Incidentally, it’s not a shop I usually advocate visiting but the Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue had those fantastic paperback collections of Love & Rockets going incredibly cheap in their Sale section. I recommend checking it out.


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