For many years Arsenic Lullaby has been a proud
exhibitor of the grand daddy of all comic book
There's our booth looking all pretty before
the doors open and the choas starts...
Being a cutting edge maker of a cutting
edge comic, it's not THAT suprising when I am
first to do something...but it is a bit
impressive, even to myself, that Arsenic Lullaby
is the first to make/mint a NFTart piece
exclusivey for Comic-Con.
are. NFTart history, Comic book history
coming together under one of the strangest brand
in all of comicdom...the Eisner Award Nominated
The NFT I am ( or have,
depending on when you read this) minting on
Makersplace exclusively for Comic-Con
International has a bit of history behind it
that shows the advantages and possibilities of
this new medium.
One of the more iconic covers of the Arsenic
Lullaby comic book series is no.2
It featured the first appearance of VooDoo Joe
and his zombie fetus henchmen!
A cover, while formidable and loved by fans,
breaks my heart a little when I see it. I made
it very old school in hopes of a specif visual
effect. The hand and zombie were made like an
old animation cell...the inking and coloring on
a transparent sheet, while the background was
painted on a separate layer. The top was then
tacked onto the painted swirl , the goal being
that the dark think paint swill would contrast
starkly with the layer the character was on.
and it looked pretty damn cool.
HOWEVER...the numbskulls at the printer decided
to physically take the two layers apart and
shoot them individually so they could ( for
reasons they had to good answer to) "color
correct" the painted swirl...lightening it up,
ruining the whole point of me doing it that way
in the first place.
aside from that...there's only so much movement
and whimsy you can convey with a static image.
The viewer would understand that they eyes are
swirling, blood is dripping, and possibly that
the swirl in the background is also...swirling.
But understanding it and seeing it actually
happen are two different things.
So...with this new medium at my disposal, I
decided to recreate the bugger.
Drawing and inking the cells was straight
forward enough, although they eyes took a couple
of tries to get right. Yes...I still do
all the inking with a brush.
after that it was a lot of trial and error as
far as the animation of the...uhm...let's call
it "cartoon layer"
Emphasis on "a lot"...
It's not maddness that I'm being so
particular, but there's a case to be made for it
being madness to do it over and over again via
tradiional art tools. ah well...
The spiral background took a few tries...maybe.
Probably any of the attempts would have been
fine since it's a "shut off your brain and go on
instinct" type thing.
well...any of THOSE would have been fine,
but this attempt defnatly was not usable because
I dropped it and i hit the floor face down and
collected a bunch of debris...
anyways...then I try to give the whole thing
some harmony, and that is that...
Much closer to what I had in my head than
the original cover, even if the printer hadn't
This is a one of one, and the first NFT
available from an exhibitor at Comic-con