If you haven’t visited the site in a while, you may have noticed some redesign going on. Like redesign on any scale, it’s been a slow and stupid process, but thoroughly educational. The most important lessons were definitely not about coding. Let me walk you through the changes, and explain why I made certain choices. In doing so, I hope other artists and writers might avoid the same mistakes I made.
The amazing talented Line O will be illustrating chapter 5 of The Ragbox, I’m pleased to announce. I met Line O about a year ago when she joined the Boston Comics Roundtable, and from the moment I saw her portfolio samples, I knew I had to ask her to do a Ragbox chapter. Thankfully, she was willing.
The Ragbox project is an experiment in which a different illustrator works on each chapter. In part, this is to create a panoply of styles that reflected the harmonies and dissonances of the neighborhood. It’s also fun, of course, to work with so many different people. But most importantly, I wanted to find specific illustrators for specific chapters, stories in which I thought only this particular artist could could draw out the emotional honesty of that particular chapter. Chapter 5 takes place entirely within a hair salon in the Ragbox district. It focuses on two female characters, the younger Angel and the older Desiree. It seemed important to try and find a female illustrator, and one that could make a visually compelling page in a relatively static environment. The way Line O renders the female form, dramatically posed with a loose, curvy limbs, along with the intricate cross-hatching, work perfectly to this end. It helps that she really seemed to like the story, too.
Check out Line O’s website at http://outoflinecomics.blogspot.com.
I admit, this song is entirely made up, but how many Spanish songs were likely to list food ingredients like that? I did come up with a melody I really liked for it, but adding an audio chip into every book proved to be too expensive for a self-published work.
I love this first panel on this page. It’s not as grand as the opening splash page, but it really showcases Matt Reinke’s feel for architecture. Roberto’s room is surprisingly… sparse. Probably too sparse. A man’s got to have furniture. I don’t feel that there should be a slavish fidelity to previous renderings, so this may change in future chapters.