Monday, July 25, 2011

Status Quo Ante Bellum Pencils, Page One

It was so hot this weekend I strategically maneuvered my light box directly in front of the little window a/c in the living room and stayed there most of yesterday and the day before. All of my pencil sketches are on bristol now, just have to fill in the missing parts and then I can do the fun stuff with ink. Really excited to finish this one!

Friday, July 8, 2011

status quo ante bellum

Status quo ante bellum, according to dear old Wikipedia, can be translated thus: "The state of things as they were before the war". Additionally, "The term was originally used in treaties to refer to the withdrawal of enemy troops and the restoration of prewar leadership. When used as such, it means that no side gains or loses territory or economic and political rights." I'm interested in how this archaic phrase relates to our growing group of wounded war veterans today. (What war veteran is not wounded?)

Reading Alan's War by Emmanuel Guibert, it is gorgeous. Alan was a G.I. in WWII and went to Fort Knox like Clif. I have only read the first few pages so far and plan to read it over the weekend. There's also a interesting video Emmanuel and First Second (the publisher) put up on YouTube that shows his interesting inking style. Very fun.