Inktober 2018 – Day 12

Inktober for October 12th – Showing inks old and new.

This is a close-up of a few panels from a Flash Gordon Sunday page done back in the day. This one is from March 1, 1998. Old school Zip-A-Tone used on the ape creature’s metal bracelets. Also some dry brush used in the shadow in the last panel. Photo reference was crucial in getting the figures in the ballpark.

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-Jim Keefe

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Inktober 2018 – Day 11

Inktober for October 11th – Showing inks old and new.

Here’s a cover I did for a comic strip anthology magazine called Missing Years.
The image was inspired by a Terry and the Pirates story reprinted within.

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-Jim Keefe

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Inktober 2018 – Day 8

Inktober for October 7th – Showing inks old and new.

Here’s a drop panel from a Sally Forth Sunday page showing Sally as a little kid watching her favorite cartoon – Starlee and the Moonbeams. Part of the Trystero Comic Con storyline Francesco Marciuliano and I did this past summer.

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Sally Forth and the D-Word

From the Comics Kingdom comments section.

I’ve been drawing Jenny (the character in the third panel) pretty much since I started on Sally Forth. For someone to make a comment like this leads me to believe – first of all that they aren’t too familiar with the strip – but mostly that it’s jarring for them to see someone who’s not white in a comic strip.

Let’s back up: When Charles Schulz introduced Franklin in 1968 it was HUGE, primarily because it was in the height of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement – Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated just months earlier.

In 2018 mainstream comic strips are still weirdly lacking in reflecting the make-up of our country (and Francesco Marciuliano and I are quite aware of this). The idea of a token character is such a cliche these days (see Token Black from South Park) that Francesco has made a point of not introducing our ONE character of “fill in the non-white here” but a variety of characters. We try not to be overt about it, but for some readers, we’re obviously bowing to our liberal overlords and introducing the dreaded “D-word” – DIVERSITY 😱

I could go on, but deadlines are looming…
To wrap up – That Sally Forth NOT having an all white cast in 2018 can somehow be seen as a political statement is a weird way to look at the ink blots I’ve put down – a Rorschach test that says more about the viewer than anything else.

-Jim Keefe

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Inktober 2018 – Day 7

Inktober for October 7th – Showing inks old and new.

Inks of a rotted pumpkin for an upcoming Sally Forth Sunday page.

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-Jim Keefe

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