Friday, July 28, 2017

The WELLKEEPER: The Complete Collection NOW AVAILABLE!

It's here, folks! Now in one amazing volume, the entire fantasy adventure #graphicnovel series, The WELLKEEPER! All 12 thrilling issues, the exclusive #0 issue and a gallery of sketches, development art and guest art all contained in one massive 340 page book that can be yours for just $19.99!

THE WELLKEEPER© is the tale of a young girl name Zoe, the latest in a long line of women known as Wellkeepers. She is charged with the task of guarding the living energies of the earth itself and is empowered to communicate and control those very forces. With these gifts, Zoe can talk with plant, animals and control the forces of life itself. But she is hunted by dark forces that seek to destroy her to take her gifts and bring about the death of all things.

 THE WELLKEEPER© is a young adult adventure blending #humor, #fantasy, #adventure and danger to entertain all ages.









Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Big Pond Comics Manifesto!


MAKE THE COMICS YOU WOULD WANT TO READ!

That's the manifesto of BIG POND COMICS! I began Big Pond in 2001 with the launch of my online and onGOING webcomic, Dandy & Company and it has expanded as the umbrella under which all of my own creations and key collaborations.

As a solo creator, I've published Dandy & Company, Scarred World: The Chronicles of Aegis, Apparition, Marjorie of the Weirdlings, Finding Dee and The Wellkeeper. Working with other creators like Martin Dunn, Marc Hammond and Valerie Stern, I've helped create Hooray for Harold, FETCH: An Odyssey and Tails to Amaze.

But the one thing all of the comics I've made have in common is that driving creed. I make the comics nobody else is making. The books that I would spend my own money to buy if it was already out there. I make the books that I would want to read.

It's really that simple. Now go and make some comics!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Finding Dee at MegaCon 2017!


The Orlando MegaCon is back this May 25-28, 2017, and so am I! And this time, I'm getting hilariously REAL!

My newest #webcomic, Finding Dee, is premiering as a #comicbook collecting the first 24 #strips of my semi-autobiographical #comicstrip!

#FindingDee is a semi-autobiographical look at the life of a 40-something cartoonist trying to find herself, navagate life as a transgender woman, and maintain a career as a cartoonist with a long resume with some guy's name on it.



Finding Dee can be found with new strips every Saturday at www.findingdee.com

The final cover may change between now and May, but you've been warned!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

"Finding Dee" launches!


Check out the premier strip of the new webcomic I'm experimenting with concerning my thoughts on the trials, tribulations and assorted nonsense surrounding MY experiences being a transgender woman. Brace yourselves... That be salty language ahead. Lol.

You can read new observations and get a chuckle at my expense monthly at http://deebrisbyfish.tumblr.com/





Saturday, December 24, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Making Marjorie of the Weirdlings

Hey there, Dee Fish here. For those of you that don't know me, I'm the creator and artist of the webcomic "Dandy & Company" and the graphic novel "The Wellkeeper". As an artist and storyteller, I've also co-created and drew the Hashtag Comics series "Carpe Noctem" and have drawn stories for the IDW comics "Atomic Robo", "Star Mage" and "White Chapel" and the Image Comics "The Perhapanauts" and "The Mice Templar".

That bit of exposition aside, I wanted to do a little "step by step" blog showing the techniques I'm using to bring my latest concept to life, a comic called "Marjorie of the Weirdlings". It's a new comic I'm working on centering on a young Transgender girl named Marjorie that discovers a ring that transports her to a weird and dangerous world of monsters called Weirdlings. But when she's there, she becomes the most powerful Weirdling of them all and has a serious problem: Why go home at all when you discover a magical fantasy world where you get to kick butt.

So here is a step by step of the creation of a single page from start to finish.


Step 1 is the clean line inks. Drawn on a standard sheet of Canson 11" x 17" blue lined comic board, I ink over blue pencils using a Pentel Stylo inking pen and a Pentel Pocket brush. This initial step is purposely free of rendering and is inked in a clean, open style. I scan the art in at high res and place the art in Adobe Photoshop for production.



Step 2 is the rendered inks. Using the same Pentel Stylo, I add rendering to add volume, texture, light and shadows. I re-scan the art at this step, placing it as a separate layer over the clean line inks.


Step 3 is the reduction of opacity on the rendered layer to 50%. This creates the grey rendering level used for black and white printing that I feel gives the art an animated and unique feel.


Step 4 is the application of flat colors to the line art. I decided that this comic really needs COLOR to make the WeirdWorld pop and come to proper life. I used a gradient here for the sickly yellow sky of the Weirdworld which is on a separate layer in Adobe Photoshop.


Step 5 uses the rendering line work to add modeling and depth to the color. Using the rendered line art layer, I create a selection that I can fill using darker, slightly tinted color from the flats. This enables me to give the art a modeled and rounded feel with only the line art and not the colors.


Step 6 applies a painterly texture layer over the background elements to add additional mood and texture. This is applied ONLY to the sky, rocks and smoke and helps pop the characters even more.

From here, it's a matter of adding the lettering and it's on to the next page. I hope you enjoyed this little behind the scenes peak of the Making of "Marjorie of the Weirdlings"!

The black and white, 12 page preview of the premier issue is now available as a part of "The Big Pond Comics Sampler #1" and can be ordered for JUST $3.50, online along with all the rest of my titles.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

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