Sep
11
2009
0

Story update – 2 more pages.

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I’m getting close to having the material needed for the book proposal, three more pages to go!

A note to younger readers and those easily offended; there is no censorship in this story. The following pages feature some swearing, which in any case isn’t half as offensive as the treatment Jorge received from his jailers.

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Sep
07
2009
0

Web comic alert # 1

Having decided to post the graphic novel on the web while I keep making it, I have been looking around the web for other web comics. I keep finding true storytelling gems, much more than just a couple of years ago, so I’m going to plug the ones I like from time to time here on Happy at 90 Miles.


First out is the excellent portal SMITHMAG, home to various quality web comics, such as The Pekar Project – new stories from the comics veteran Harvey Pekar, and Next-Door Neighbor, a collection of illustrated autobiographical short stories about the dreaded people who live next to us.
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Aug
25
2009
0

New page, after a battle.

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Here’s Jorge back in his cell, contemplating the news his mother gave him. A pretty moody scene, it was fun to use lots of black, which I don’t do enough.
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Aug
11
2009
0

Another page

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Aug
06
2009
2

Cover

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This is a mockup of the cover for the graphic novel. Who knows if it’ll end up being the published version, but I’ve had this idea for some time of featuring two arms, signifying Jorge’s loss but also a universal gesture of seeking help, rescue. It also functions as a P.O.V (point of view) as I naturally used my own arms as reference.

While observing my arms I felt so grateful for having them, these precious appendages we all use so much without realizing it. I admire Jorge tremendously for his ability to do as much as he does without them.

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Aug
04
2009
0

New page!

This is part of a second batch of pages I’m preparing. I’ll be posting lettered version in parts on the STORY section.
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Jul
22
2009
1

Graphic novels mention on Foreign Policy Blogs: Cuba

Melissa Lockhart runs The Cuba section of Foreign Policy Blogs, and this Monday she mentioned Happy at 90 Miles in her post New lens for viewing Cuba: graphic novels
The other upcoming GNs mentioned are Dean Haspiel’s Cuba: One Story, Michel Fiffe’s Cuba, and Spain Rodriguez’ Che: A Graphic Biography. (Although the last two authors aren’t identified.)

I’m glad to see this confluence of words and pictures about Cuba spontaneously appear at the same time and receive attention as another part of the debate that surrounds the island.

About Foreign Policy Blogs:
Foreign Policy Blogs is the largest network of global affairs blogs online. Staffed by scores of professional contributors from the worlds of journalism, academia, business, non-profits and think tanks, the FPB network tracks global developments from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and everywhere in between, daily. The FPB network is a production of the Foreign Policy Association. Founded in 1918 by a group of concerned journalists and citizens, the Foreign Policy Association serves as a catalyst for developing awareness, understanding of, and providing informed opinions on global issues.

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Jul
18
2009
0

Cuba: One Story – A graphic novel

I’m happy to see that Dean Haspiel has announced that he’s doing a graphic novel with a Cuban theme.

Cuba: One Story, an original graphic novel planned for 2010 is a collaboration with writer/artist/friend, Inverna Lockpez, a Cuban emigree who will write the story based on her experiences as a surgeon in Castro’s army. Haspiel is a talented artist with dynamic bold lines and excellent sense of composition who has previously collaborated with comics legend Harvey Pekar.

The book is described as “a memoir with a little fiction mixed in”. The extreme and harrowing situations so often present in the context of the Cuban Revolution readily lends itself to nonfiction treatments, and I’m glad that comics is becoming part of that. Sequential storytelling has a lot to offer the genre, combining words and images to recreate real events in ways unique to the medium, as seen in the work of Joe Sacco and Marjane Satrapi.

I wish Dean and Inverna luck with their project, hopefully Happy At 90 Miles and Cuba: One Story will be sharing space on the bookshelves of stores and in homes, shedding light on the individual experiences that are so often lost in the churning of historical drama.

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Jul
16
2009
0

Character studies 2

More character sketches, this is all for the scenes at Canaleta prison.

Doctor Felix

Doctor Felix

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Jul
15
2009
0

Character studies 1

Preparing for the next set of pages I’ve been sketching up a couple of characters that will appear in them.

Jorge's mother

Jorge's mother

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