#5, Pg. 9 | Don't Trust the L

#5, Pg. 9 | Don't Trust the L

May 7, 2014 in Issue 5
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Caley Tibbittz Collopy 7th May 2014, 6:28 PM
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In my silly bizarre ridiculous redo, I had to save this comment from one of the coolest artists I've met online, Daniel DeSosa of the brilliant Oi! Tales of Bardic Fury:


You draw so amazing. Are you a pro? Did you ever do any professional work for big companies? How did you get this good!?

And my reply:
"Thank you. Really. Coming from an artist as creative and expressive as yourself, that means a lot.

I was trained by a couple of relatively unknown pros, Todd Herman and Dan Schaefer. They steered me away from shitty '90s Image rehashing toward some sensible Loomis-esque and Mazzuchilli-esque realism. (Or, that's how they saw it, at least; I wanted to draw like Michael Turner at the time, and sometimes I still do.)

From there, it was a LOT of practice. I do a lot of thinking. I'm too slow. I use a lot of reference. Thanks, Hugh Hefner.

I could have been a pro in my mid-20s. Maybe. I got a business card from a Star Wars comics editor many years ago, asking for further samples. It felt like a great achievement. But following up would have meant drawing Star Wars comics, to start. And I only kinda like Star Wars. I don't love it enough to draw it. I wish he'd been a Star Trek editor.

Or maybe I don't; I wrote SwordCat Knights instead of sending him a stack of Yodas and Leias. I'm hoping it'll make money. I have yet to promote it at a con."

In other news: I've hired a flatter! Woo! I'm going to color at least all of issue #1 myself and I'm the world's slowest flatter, so this is GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE.

I've been cleaning up and prepping old pages for color, and I noticed Smiley mentions Ellen DeGeneres way back in issue #1 as he exits MacKnight's office; I had completely and totally forgotten this when I "ad-libbed" Kathryn's line referencing Ellen on this page.

Kathryn is awake 24 hours a day, and thus watches a lot of talk TV.

As usual, COMMISSIONS ARE OPEN! Send me a PM, or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter. My rates are reasonable -- don't reason a cow.

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jamie59 7th May 2014, 8:30 PM
That's a hollow threat. She'll get the chance to piss on his grave.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 8th May 2014, 3:04 PM
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Especially if she has a large Pepsi first.
romjean 20th May 2014, 5:54 PM
Serious talent my friend.....Serious Talent!!!
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 24th May 2014, 9:11 PM
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Thank you for saying so! Sometimes my talent is also silly.
Sleeper 25th Jan 2015, 10:06 PM
I loled harder than expected at that second frame.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 26th Jan 2015, 5:03 PM
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I like how flip Kathryn's being here, and also another reveal that she watches an enormous amount of daytime talk TV (her reference to Maury in issue #4 being the first).
IllustratorMan 26th Jan 2015, 1:55 PM
Damn your art remains sick! Great stuff.
Caley Tibbittz Collopy 26th Jan 2015, 5:04 PM
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Thank you so much! I'll return the compliment, I'm sure, on my next break between issues -- I'm gonna take a week off and actually READ all these comics I've subscribed to.
Steven-Vincent 5th Jan 2016, 2:56 PM
I'm a little confused. Apparently she got out of the bonds from the previous page but I'm not sure how. I can't quite tell what is going on in this page.