The other inked piece I did the other night. This is Penny from Lucky Penny, a comic by the talented duo, Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya. Lisa had done a piece for them as well and we had thought they were going to be at ECCC, but unfortunately we were mistaken! So we’ll have to wait until another time to hand them off :(. I made a comic about our first meeting with them last year and they kindly reblogged it, which sent a good amount of traffic my way. I wanted to do this drawing as a way of thanks :). Hopefully we’ll get to see them at a con again soon!
AH this is rad!
Picking up from last time, here’s some more of Aki Irie’s work. This is just odds and ends I couldn’t fit into the last post… I mostly reference Gunjyo Schooldays, a 4(?) book collection of her short stories.
Compression/Decompression: I like how she handles it. A single page can cover years, and this one in particular conveys that and more nicely (and without words!): the grave is important to her but not to him, but SHE’s important to him, so he sticks around. He’s aloof, but clearly their relationship is close enough that he’s present during these visits. And over the course of years, she changes much more than he does.
By contrast, some moments slow down immensely. A whole page just to capture a particular mood:
I love how cozy her comics are. Everyone is comfortable in their own skin - sex is warm and friendly and just kind of is:
These parents are pretty cute:
Haha … kids.
Hair looks incredible:
Nice alternating panels of the ocean to describe the feeling in her chest:
Music in comics is interesting - Decisions that an artist makes about what’s important and what isn’t. Aki Irie is all about that feeling:
I really dig the trick with the rain along the center of the next page - it emphasizes weather, sets mood, and allows time to lapse in a very concise way:
I love the atmosphere here:
And I just really like this sequence of a super smart scientist at work:
the-lord-is-my-coelacanth asked: Were you and Yuko planning on attending the new NY Comic Con? Y'know the one in June that's supposed to be all comics? I'm not sure what their policy on webcomics is, but I'm really hoping to go to Special Edition NYC and it would be cool to see y'all there.
!! Wasn’t aware of this one, going to look into it. Thanks!
wonder-ann asked: Are you and Yuko going to be at MoCCA Fest this year?
We won’t be at MoCCA this year, unfortunately (unless we can last minute share with someone). We’ll be at TCAF and SPX for sure, and the rest we’re still up in the air about.
Full disclosure: our number one priority is to wrap up Lucky Penny this year. Everything else is taking a secondary priority, which is unfortunate, but we’re planning to hit a bunch of shows in 2015.
birdprinxe asked: DId you and Yuko intentionally name Walter's car Ophelia for the purpose of yesterday's page because if so that is some sheer brilliance
This is a week old, oops. Yes and glad you liked it! That joke went over better than we expected.
kaitlinpowell asked: Will you and Yuko be back at Emerald City Comic Con this year? I would love to see you guys and buy swag!
We won’t be at ECCC this year. I slipped on our scheduling, unfortunately. We do plan to be there in 2015.
I mentioned having a series of off-days on twitter recently, and ultimate internet sweetheart HamletMachine drew this picture of Penny & Walter getting cozy to cheer me up! It put such a smile on my face, it’s actually on the wall next to my monitor now. I love it when people draw these guys.
HamletMachine draws Starfighter (18+), a comic about hot boys kissing in space! I like how she draws intimate moments, there’s always a lot of feeling in them.
Penny and Walter are from Lucky Penny, serialized on johnnywander.com right now! It’s a comedy about a scrappy, down-on-her-luck girl who loses her job and her apartment, so she decides to live in a storage unit and figure the rest out as she goes. You can read it from the beginning here.
ikillpixels asked: Hey Ananth! Big fan of you and Yuko love the work you both do Johnny Wander is one of my favourite web comics right now (easily top 5) and waiting on the trade of Candy Capers. So I was wanting to ask, do you guys intend for Lucky Penny to be released as its own self contained graphic novel or will it be a part of future Johnny Wander volumes? And do you guys plan or thoughts on visiting the UK, possibly Thought Bubble, Leeds 2014? You will be greeted to a warm and royal welcome.
The Candy Capers TPB drops May 13th from BOOM!
Lucky Penny will be released as a full-length graphic novel from Oni Press! No release date on that just yet, but we’ll be posting about it once things gel.
We’d love to go to Thought Bubble and fully intend to one of these years. Plus I’d love to see England, I’ve never been. No concrete plans just yet, though… We’re buckling down to complete Lucky Penny and planning the rest of our lives around that. RIDE OR DIE!