Cement and Miette

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Early production art from Puppets with Cement and Miette.

Early production art for Puppets blocking out the basics of form, grayscale tone and scale. Cement is 6 stories/65 feet tall and Miette is barely 4 feet tall so getting them into the same shot/frame was one of the first challenges.

Reviewing Godzilla, King Kong and Gamera movies (which I somehow have all of which on VHS and VCD) saved me a great deal of time. Looking at the composition of the screaming crowds or Faye Wray and Naomi Watts has helped me structure my shots and lay out.

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On the Mittman Street Bridge Cement faces off against Ratso and his horde.

Looking at my own unlikely combination of very large and very small characters make me feel like there is a unique "middle ground" created by this combination as if the two would be radically different w/out each other's company. Miette alone would be an vague, indie Ghost World rip-off. Cement alone would be a Concrete/Godzilla clone. Together they are better.

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Miette Sheet

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The central character from Puppets is 9-year-old Miette.

This is a character sheet for Miette. Miette is the co-hero of the Puppets graphic novel and is a very strange, little 9-year-old girl who seeks her vengeance in the cold, cruel city of Centropolis.

In the book she is mostly frowning, dejected and unhappy due to the events that surround her. I thought it would be a would be a good change to have her happy in this character sheet.

Puppets Character Sheet Miette
9-year-old Miette meets up with Cement for the first time.

This book is tentatively scheduled for a frist edition print in Spring of 2012 and will be in local book and comic stores in the Greater Indianapolis area.

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Pencils and Sketches

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Great Caesar's Ghost, man - this sketch is 1 years old!

Working from pages of some seriously scrubby lookin' pencils I've managed to sketch out a few key scenes in the graphic novel. These scenes revolve around a giant named Cement and a little girl named Miette as they stomp downtown area into rubble.

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This book started a big pile of rats and kaiju. The characters are all sketched out.

Also, is it uncool to say "mon" a lot? I mean, if I am a white, middle-class cartoonist from Indiana? No? Ok, then. Fasten them selt-belts, pards. It's on like Cheech Marin said. Bad-ass galore and a inverse mohawk. Some fella, hear tell. "Mondo" bizarro. Internet viewing audience.

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