kybearfuzz: (Grizzly 3)
This issue took a LONG time to get done. I was writing the issue back in February, but family and work stuff got busy and I finally had the time to put the issue together. I drew the villain for this issue a long time back, but finally got around to using the character. I already have the idea for the next issue, so hopefully the next issue won't take so long to put together. Issue Notes are at the bottom as usual. Enjoy :)

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Issue #22 - Shadows & Light )

Issue Notes - May Contain Spoilers )

Comments, questions, criticisms?
kybearfuzz: (Default)
After several weeks, I finally got Issue #21 finished. While I enjoy working on the comic book, I do realize that it turns me into a temporary hermit. Needless to say, winter is a good time to work on the comic as the weather usually isn't conducive to outside activities.

I can't believe that I've cranked out 21 of these. Anyway, the full pages are behind the cut below. Enjoy!

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Issue Notes:

  • This issue is slightly shorter than regular. While I enjoyed the last issue, I needed a bit of a break after a 30-page wedding issue. I hadn't planned for it to take five months, but the holidays tend to get in the way. So, I planned a shorter issue to get it out a bit faster.


  • I've really wanting to do another origin story. I almost did this issue as a three-story issue, with each mini-story giving an abbreviated origin story of a Bear Patrol member. Once I started writing, I decided to stick to one hero and leave the others for future issues.


  • The costume that Red Beard dons in the flashback story is modeled after the original costume I designed for Red Beard (see page 20). Originally, Red Beard was going to have acrobatic powers and a flaming sword (insert joke here). I decided that it really didn't work and did a re-design that you see in the stories.


  • This is the first issue where none of the heroes are in their costume (minus the flashback story).


  • This issue probably has more panels and backgrounds per page than any I have done to date.


Questions, comments, criticisms... I welcome them all. :)
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly Growl)
I had planned on having this issue done back in June, but work, life, and other odds & ends caused a bit of a delay. I managed to get all the pieces done during the week and I got the cover done last night.

The rest of the pages are behind the cut below, along with some issue notes.

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The issue notes are below.


  • This is the longest issue I've produced with 31 pages and a cover. I thought about slapping a big "Extra-Sized Issue" thing on the cover, but decided that I liked the cover the way it was.

  • Speaking of the cover, I think this is definitely one of my favorites. I recycled the engagement photo from last issue to make the invitation card for the cover. It is a simple cover, and it conveys the story inside without a lot of fuss.

  • In readying the issue, I realized that a lot of fans will fill in a story-hole or two, but new readers might have questions. I should have been a bit more descriptive in how Grizzly can erase memories using his telepathic power.

  • This is the first issue where Echo has used Grizzly's Sonic Growl in battle.

  • This issue has a lot of our ancillary heroes in attendance at the wedding (and the bachelor party), including [livejournal.com profile] mikiedoggie, Focus, Universal Jack, Ricochet, Dynamo, Cloak, and Arctica. I wish I had been able to incorporate them into the fight, but I didn't feel that Stormy LaQueef was a villain that would require a dozen heroes or more to defeat.

  • The wedding and aftermath literally takes place during a 12-hour period, with a morning wedding, an early afternoon reception, a late afternoon battle with the villain, and the evening resolution. I've not heard of early morning weddings, but I can imagine a summer morning, outdoor wedding would be rather pretty.

  • I ended the issue with Gabe and Jerry getting into bed on their wedding night, but not rushing to have sex. I read an article some time back that a lot of married couples are so wiped out from the festivities that they forgo the usual wedding night activities. After the day they had, I just thought it was a fun way to end the issue. I'm sure the next morning is quite the love fest.




Any questions, comments, or criticisms? I welcome any and all of them. Thanks!
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly)
Here it is, late March, and I am finally getting my first issue of the year out. Holidays, work, and the like often get into the way of creating these. And putting these issues together do take time. I think if I won the lottery, I'd travel around for a bit, then settle in and do comic book stuff full-time. If I didn't need my day job, I probably could get out 8-10 issues a year.

Issue #19 is below. The bulk of the 25 pages are behind the cut to save space. Enjoy!

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And as always, here are some comic notes behind the spoiler cut.



  • This is the first issue of the comic where I inserted a double-paged spread. It messes up the centering in LJ, but it actually turned out well for the most part, comic-book-wise. Fortunately, I got the numbering right so it wasn't on front-to-back pages, as it wasn't something I'd considered until long after it was drawn, inked, and colored.


  • I've reintroduced Monolith as a possible new member of the team. Usually comic book teams have added new members long before issue #19. I think I'm going to rotate him in slowly. Drawing a hero cast of six is rough enough, but I like Monolith and his powers.


  • The Clone was a fun villain to create. I've always loved the 1970's clone look that gay men had -- the leather, the mustache, the sunglasses. It was definitely a look and an attractive one, I think.


  • This is the first issue I've colored with Manga Studios 5. Ever since a tragic system update back in October, I can no longer use my old version of Photoshop to color the pages. MS5 was a cheaper alternative and geared more toward use in comic books than Photoshop. However, it has taken me a lot of time to build up my proficiency in using it. The average coloring time with Photoshop was an hour/page. Using Manga, it's taken me about 90 minutes/page. Hopefully, I'll get faster, but there is still a lot to learn about the software.


Any questions, comments, or criticism? I welcome any and all of them.
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly 3)
My last issue was out back in May. Sadly, because of a very busy summer, I had to put my comic book work on the back burner for a while. Once things got back to normal for me, I started working on the next issue of the comic. It's taken quite a bit, but I finally got Issue #18 done.

The rest of the comic book are behind the cut below. There are issue notes for the comic below as well.

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  • This book marks the return of The Gaymer, a villain based on LJ'er [livejournal.com profile] martini_tim. This marks the second time so far that I've re-used a comic book villain I created. I usually like to create new villain, but sometimes there is more to tell of an established one.

  • The original idea I had for the cover was the Bear Patrolers being bound to chess pieces and attacked by a holographic knight. As I was drawing the issue, I inserted the knight, but found that robots were a much larger part of the story, so I redrew the cover.

  • Inking took much longer this time around than usual for some reason. Each page was about 90 minutes when they usually took me an hour. Not sure why.

  • Polar Bear's daughter Anna appears in this issue again, out of costume this round. It hit me on my car ride home from work on Friday that I have a character named Anna with ice powers, pieces of which sound like they are from the Disney movie "Frozen." Luckily, my Anna appeared long before the movie. :)

  • In this issue, we learned a bit more about Polar Bear's work. He works for Aurora Communications. In the Grizzlyverse, I think of him as having a lot of technical and computer skills (which is not uncommon, bears are rampant in the IT industry).

  • We also get a bit of a look at Gabe and Jerry planning their wedding. I love vanilla bean and chocolate mocha flavors. The wedding issue is looming soon.


Any questions, comments, or criticism? Please let me know.
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly)
I started working on this issue right after the previous issue back in January, and possibly before. It's the second half of a two-parter and I despise leaving a story (or anything really) undone. So, I've been working some long hours to get this issue finished. I do like how it turned out.

If you need to catch up on Issue #16 first, you can read it here.

As usual, the bulk of the pages are behind the cut to save space on your pages. There are issue notes at the bottom behind the spoiler cut. Enjoy! :)

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  • While Grizzly and Colour Cub both are in the issue, they are not involved in the main actions of the issue. Grizzly and Colour Cub are arguably the most powerful members of the team. In this issue, the other members of the team must work together to stop Serpentine. Without Grizzly and Colour Cub, Echo's power is also limited to copying the remaining members. It reminded me of the Legion of Super-Heroes, where each member only has one ability and defeating the villain always takes coordination and teamwork.


  • This issue includes Dr. Johnathan Davis, who first appeared in Issue #4 and was turned into "Dynamo" in Issue #8, where he last appeared. I've kept the character in the background as the Bear Patrol's official physician.


  • At the time I was writing this issue, the case for gay marriage was heading toward the SCOTUS. I included in this issue a situation where Grizzly was asked to leave Colour Cub's room because they were not married or family by a bitchy, bigoted nurse. I handled it humorously (I hope), but I also wanted it to come across that it was a serious concern for any gay person. With the SCOTUS now reviewing the case, it seems very timely.


  • The Bear Patrol has to do some detective work in this issue to track down Serpentine. In past issues, I feel that tracking down the villain (or the hero) came off as a bit easy, so I wanted to show that the team could pull the facts together as they went along. Granted they did a little "trespassing" (not breaking and entering) as Red Beard could teleport into a home or office without breaking in. I guess in the name of justice it's not so bad. Batman does it all the time.


  • This issue is the second where Grizzly is not in costume anywhere (except the cover). The last was issue #11.


  • I honestly have no idea what the next story will be about. The only story I am working on for a future issue is about Grizzly and Colour Cub's wedding, but it's got a while to go.



Any questions, comments, or criticism? I welcome any and all of them.
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly)
I started plotting this issue right after the previous issue back in October, but I didn't actually start drawing it until after Christmas. That means I drew, inked, and colored this issue in a month, which is probably one of my quickest turn-arounds ever. It was actually a lot of fun to put together. It's probably one of my more action-packed issues.

As usual, the bulk of the pages are behind the cut to save space on your pages. There are issue notes at the bottom behind the spoiler cut.

Enjoy!

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  • The game in the story, "Smear the Queer," is a real game I played as a kid with my brother and cousins. According to Wikipedia, Smear the Queer is also called "Muckle" and some folks refer to it as a reverse tag game. We would play the game in our yard with a football. I spent many a summer afternoon being chased around the yard and tackled by guys my size or larger. In the game, "queer" was just the guy with the ball or the "odd man." There was never a gay slur attached to it. I wanted to make sure that was clear in the comic. I made it a "blue ball" as a joke though.


  • I wanted to do an issue with more action, so I came up with this idea to keep the characters moving. It also allowed me to cut back on the backgrounds, leaving them vague.


  • This issue gives a bit more background on what Jerry (Colour Cub) does for a living. He does a lot of marketing and promotion, but he also is a skilled photographer.


  • I've been thinking about the villain in this comic for a long while. Snakes freak me out. Poisonous or non-poisonous makes no difference to me. Making her an Asian, bitchy model was just for fun.


  • The shady pages was done with some different patterns in Photoshop. The end result looked very pencil-shaded. I kept it because it looked cool to me.


  • Because of the cliffhanger, I'm hoping to start the next issue soon. I have a side project to work on first, but hopefully it won't take up too much time.




Any questions, comments, and criticisms?
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly 3)
Happy hump day! I spent most of last night finishing up the lettering of this issue. I really wanted to get this done before Halloween. I'm still working on making the characters' faces more distinct (thanks [livejournal.com profile] champdaddy for the constructive criticism), but time was getting away from me.

Anyway, the rest of the issue is behind the spoiler cut to save space on everyone's pages. There are also some issue notes at the bottom (contains spoilers).

Enjoy!

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  • I had planned to have the proposal in the comic book some time back, after getting some feedback from readers who thought it would be a great idea. With the recent SCOTUS decision making gay marriage legal essentially in several states, the timing of this issue seemed perfect. I love it.


  • Antonio is technically the first person to die in my comic. I always wanted to keep the comic book light-hearted, but I wanted to show that there are folks who go their entire lives in the closet and it's a terrible regret I'm sure. When he panics at the thought of being discovered by the others, I can relate as I am sure many of us can when we were first coming out.


  • I brought back the Monolith character back as a supporting character Moses Hughes, who will a part-time bartender at the "On the Growl" bar. With Grizzly and Center often off fighting villains, there has to be a constant presence at the bar. And I have considered bringing back Moses as Monolith in the future.


  • In this issue we also get to meet Tony, the partner to Red Beard. I've mentioned him in past issues, but actually drew him in this round. He'll probably become a regular supporting character.


  • Some folks may look at that last page and think I got the coloring wrong, but it was done that way on purpose. If you'll notice, whenever Colour Cub glows, he has minimal shading, unlike the other characters. As he's radiating light, I always figure it's hard for shadows to appear. On page 23, Grizzly is shaded heavily because of Colour Cub's glow. When they embraced, I wanted his aura to surround Grizzly too, effectively removing the shading from him too. When I did the initial coloring of the page, I liked it so much I didn't want to try to put the shading in and came up with this way to keep the colors bright. I also switched his aura from yellow to white. Purity and all that. Yeah, I'm kinda mushy that way.


  • You might notice that the lettering of the issue is a bit smaller than before. Typically comic books have around 8 pt. lettering and I've been using 10 pt. With the change to the actual comic book size, the smaller font size actually fits better. This is the first time I tried it.


  • I struggled with a cover for this one. I had one completely pencilled out, but it looked too familiar to other covers I'd seen before, so I changed it.


  • I already have the next issue brewing in my mind. I need to take a little break though, for holidays and for having a bit of social life. Working on the comic can be pretty absorbing at times, as it flies when I'm having fun.



Questions, comments and criticisms? Please let me know. :)
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly 3)
Hi all! It's actually been over SIX MONTHS since I've posted an issue. I've been drawing a side project and been really busy with work, both of which left me little time to do more than write this issue. And the next one, ironically enough.

So, I rushed to get this issue out (see the notes below for more on that). This issue has LJ folks [livejournal.com profile] xianjessen, [livejournal.com profile] 0bark0, and former LJ'er Ron guest-starring. So, behind the spoiler below is 24 full-color, work-safe pages, so it may take time to load.

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  • I did a few things different this issue than I had done to past ones. The main change was the paper size. Normally, issues are done on 8 1/2 x 11 Letter size pages. Comic book are actually done on a different size, which is less wide in scale. So, to be more like regular comics, I switched to a comic book size page this round. It caused a bit of a problem, as I don't have as much space to speech bubbles, so the end result looks a bit more crowded than usual. I'm not sure if I'll continue this or not, but I thought it was an interesting thing to try.


  • The story this round is much more simple than I would have liked. Originally, I had an additional prologue and epilogue prepared, but decided to save those for the next issue instead, as they fit my upcoming story better. It fouled up the writing and pacing of this story as a result. I write these stories out longhand in an actual journal. When I removed the prologue and epilogue, I had to re-write the pages, which also fouled up the order. The end result was rushed and a bit more of a headache to figure out which page was which. This also fouled up the spacing as I was drawing panels, causing instances where there wasn't much room for the speech bubbles. I may need to switch to an electronic writing method in the future, but I just like being able to jot things down on the go. What do you think of the story? Be honest.


  • The characters of The Beartender and Doctor Bark were created sometime last year. I have been planning to include them in a story at some point, but the three-story arc on the origin of Grizzly caused a delay. I like the characters and I hope the guys do too.


  • I reintroduced Ron (aka Cloak from Issue #8). He's a good friend of Christian and Steve's and I wanted to make sure he was included. I really like the characters from issue #8, the super-powered bears created by the Bear Collector, so I've been wanting to slowly bring them back. Not sure when the others will reappear or in what capacity.


  • I completed the cover last night. I am not 100% sold on the cover design, but I wanted to include a "Pride" color theme. It is Pride Month, after all.


  • The next issue has already been plotted out in general, but I still need to storyboard it. I'm hoping to have the issue done in time for Halloween.



Questions, comments, and criticisms... I welcome them all.
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly)
I was up REALLY late last night getting this issue finished. Once I got into the groove of working on it, I just couldn't stop, and before I knew it, it was 4:30 AM. By nature, I'm a night owl, so my creative forces seem to peak after the sun goes down.

There are issue notes under the spoiler cut at the bottom of this entry. I invite all comments and criticisms. Enjoy :)

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  • This is pretty much a solo issue on Echo. After the three-issue arc I finished, I really wanted to do something easier to juggle story-wise. The idea of it came to me while watching the standard "Babysitter and the killer" horror movie. Such movies usually don't involve a guy being the babysitter. I wondered what would happen if the killer showed up and the babysitter had not. This is my take on it. Echo was the character to use, because with no other super-powered guys to copy powers from, he would be left to his own skills to handle the intruder. And it wouldn't be easy.


  • I used this issue to expand on Echo's origin. I did a bit of research what people in Portugal wore back in the late 1700's and early 1800's for the story, not that it made big differences since they are in sepia tones.


  • Miguel's niece and nephew are Joana and Hugo. I took Joana's name from a beautiful young lady I worked with during a work trip to Portugal in 2009. I chose "Hugo" because, according to an online survey I found, it's a popular boy's name in Portugal these days.


  • Bambi is the stereotypical blonde airhead type. Her "BRAINS" tee-shirt is from the joke I've seen where a guy comments on a girl his buddy is dating. She's blonde and built and his friend says "she's very intelligent..." while make a motion that she's very busty.


  • I introduced a police officer named Shawn who will be Echo's boyfriend. This is for [livejournal.com profile] guinnesscub, who is the real world Miguel who Echo is based on. Miguel and his hubby Shawn (who isn't a cop in real life) recently got married (CONGRATS!).


  • According to my plotting journal, I started working on this issue on September 29, the day I actually posted the prior issue. Finishing it early this morning means I cranked this out in two months, probably one of my fastest turn-arounds. This issue really came easy to me -- the writing, the penciling, etc. I wish I could have posted it for Halloween, but I'm no where near that fast. This is my fourth issue this calendar year. That's a lot.


  • I already have an idea for issue 14, but I'm going to set it aside until after Christmas.

kybearfuzz: (Pride Purple 2013)
I spent a large chunk of the weekend working on getting issue #12 done, leading a few of my friends to think that I'm anti-social. I just get very engrossed when I work on the comic. This is conclusion of the three-part story I started earlier this year. I'm happy to get this one posted, as the last issue stood on a cliffhanger where Grizzly vanished after being struck by a disintegration ray. If you want to catch up on past issues, hit the "Grizzly & The Bear Patrol Comics" link at the top of my journal page.

The extended Bear Patrol family characters appear in this issue, including Focus ([livejournal.com profile] rootbeer1), Universal Jack ([livejournal.com profile] qbear), Ricochet ([livejournal.com profile] texwriterbear) and [livejournal.com profile] mikiedoggie. I hope you enjoy it. As usual, there are issue notes at the end.

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  • This issue was a bit of a struggle for me for some reason. I put it off a few times. The artwork didn't come as easily as it usually does and I feel like I didn't stage the scenes properly in some cases. The inking took longer, the coloring took longer. Still, I'm pleased with the end result overall.


  • The Ricochet character was seen toting a bag in several scenes. It's not a purse, it's a duffle bag that contains Grizzly's costume. I had planned to have a scene where he leaves it with the healing Grizzly, but it just didn't work out that way.


  • I did something odd this issue. I had drawn a panel on one of the pages and couldn't figure out for the life of me why it was there -- Page 19, panel 4. It depicts a healed Colour Cub rallying the group. Even the story and page outlines written in my hardcopy comic journal doesn't explain it. I'm guessing it was supposed to explain that the rest of the team was continuing the fight while Red Beard took Ricochet to end the battle.


  • I really liked how the cover turned out this round. I took a bit of extra care in the coloring.


  • I'm already plotting the next issue, but I'm taking a break over the upcoming holidays, so this will be the last issue of 2013.



Any questions, comments, or criticisms? I welcome them all. :)
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly)
Ah, a Sunday post!

This has been the quickest turn around on a comic I've ever had. I posted issue 10 back in mid-April, which means I got this done in about six weeks. It explains why my online (and offline) social presence has been a bit sparse. Once I started doing this three-issue arc, I've really enjoyed getting the story to go along. There is much shirtlessness in this issue.

Some of the extended Bear Patrol family characters appear in this issue, including Focus ([livejournal.com profile] rootbeer1), Universal Jack ([livejournal.com profile] qbear), Ricochet ([livejournal.com profile] texwriterbear) and [livejournal.com profile] mikiedoggie.

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  • This is basically a "set-up" issue, I think. There isn't a lot of action, but a bit more plot. It's been quite a juggling act, coordinating three separate groups and their activities. Now let's see if I can bring them back together.

  • The coloring of this issue took a bit more time. I'm not sure why, but I was happy with how it turned out.

  • I wasn't sure how I'd feel bringing Anna, Polar Bear's daughter, into the superhero fray. Not being a bear, she doesn't fit the mold, but she is a member of the family. I have thought of doing a solo issue with her, but not sure this is the right audience for that.

  • I originally wrote this issue with the character Dynamo included, but decided he'd had enough involvement in past issues, so I re-wrote it. I thought of adding others, but figured the ones involved were enough. It helps the story of going against great odds that they are a small group with myriad powers going up against a race of Grizzly types. And it helps me not having to draw so many heroes.



Questions/comments, I welcome them all. :)
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly 3)
It took me a bit longer to get this issue done, but I like how it turned out. I've finally reached the double-digits in terms of number of issues. Honestly, I never thought I'd do this many and I'm happy to say I'm looking forward to doing more.

I put the rest of the issue behind the spoiler cut to keep everyone's pages from going crazy. There are 18 full-sized graphic pages behind the cut. There are story notes at the very end.

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  • "Winnie Ticket & The Lottery Legion" came up while I was sitting at work one day. It just struck me as so funny, a woman in a lottery ticket outfit directing a bunch of henchmen in lottery number ball costumes. I didn't think I could seriously make them a threat to the team, so they just appeared as a distraction for them. I left the number of the "Legionnaires" open. There could be dozen of them potentially.

  • This is the first part of my attempt at a multi-issue arc. Not knowing how many issues of this comic I will make, I wanted to get Grizzly's full origin in print, but I knew that telling the story would take more than one issue to cover. I've already plotted the next issue out and will start working on it soon.

  • I tried to incorporate some of the character drawings I'd done recently into this issue. The idea of The Brawn being a large, hairy muscular race was appealing and having them wear revealing clothing was fun too.


Any questions, comments, or criticisms? I welcome them all. :)
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly)
I was debating on holding on to this issue until Monday. I was worried that LJ becomes quite the ghost town on weekends, but I hate to leave this sitting over the weekend. This is probably the quickest turn-around for a comic issue I've ever done -- two months. This idea has been brewing in my head for a while. The Grizzly origin is tacked on to the end for those who have not seen it. There are 27 color pages behind the spoiler cut below, all work safe. I put a few issue notes at the end.

Enjoy! :)

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I've included the Grizzly Origin pages as a bonus "reprint" for those who are new to the comic.

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Issue Notes:

  • Again, this is my quickest turn around on an issue. I was surprised how quickly this one came together. I think I may take a break before doing the next one.

  • I included the Grizzly Origin because this story has Grizzly's parents, Thom and Jay, visiting. Since they are his biological parents, I didn't want to have to keep re-explaining how.

  • Stormy LaQueef went through several changes in the story writing. Originally, she was going to put on defective make up and become a giant drag queen called Dragzilla. Imagine my surprise when I did an internet search and found a movie short where this has been done already. Next, she was going to become a snake monster called "Serpentine," but I dislike snakes, so I wanted something more fun. One day at work, I was doodling during a conference call and wrote down the words "weather wig" and it was a "Eureka" moment for the character here.

  • I've always wanted to do an origin story for Colour Cub. I was going to make it where Jerry gained his Colour Cub powers after meeting Grizzly. It went against the origin story I originally wrote up for his character profile, so I decided to make it the origin of how Griz and Colour Cub met.

  • I tried to put a bit of humor and some character development in the story, as requested by [livejournal.com profile] gotmoof. I wanted to show how Griz interacts with his dads and how they react to hearing about some of his escapades.

  • This story has me trying a few different "camera angles" and some different inking. I need a bit more practice.

  • After chatting with a handsome California bear who works in a movie theater, I decided the cover should be a romantic movie poster, of a sort.


Any questions, comments, or criticisms? I welcome them all.
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly 3)
I finished the cover tonight and gave the comic one last proofread in the hopes I caught all the errors. Issue 8 has taken a while to get moving. I started plotting this issue all the way back in April. Drawing and coloring take a lot more time, but this issue has been in progress for five months. Overall, I'm pretty happy how this issue turned out and it was good to bring back a familiar villain.

I hope you guys and gals like it. There are 24 full-color pages behind the spoiler cut below, all are "PG-13" and work-safe, but they might take a bit of time to load. I also put some notes about the issue at the end.


















































Notes:
  • This issue took a bit longer to do because I created a few new characters based on friends: The Bear Runner ([livejournal.com profile] _decibel_), The Flying Scotsman ([livejournal.com profile] kybigstew), Dynamo ([livejournal.com profile] jeepdude_70), and Cloak (former LJ'er [livejournal.com profile] ronm). Only Monolith was completely new, but he's somewhat based, at least physically, on a co-worker of mine.

  • I enjoyed bringing back The Bear Collector. I figured a six issue hiatus was long enough.

  • As you read the comic, you might notice that the cover image and the story images don't match up exactly, in terms of how the team arrives and how the Collector tortures Center. This was pretty common back when I started reading comics in the 1970's. It occurred I think because often the cover artist was different than the story artist and the book and cover were often not done at the same time. When I was drawing the cover last night, I thought it would be fun to copy that idea.

  • I've noticed that most comic book covers these days don't have speech bubbles on them, but it was pretty commonplace on comics in the 1970's and 80's. I looked back to my past covers and I'm about 50% on the speech bubble covers. I guess I'm a throwback in that regard.

  • Most pages have at least one panel with backgrounds on each page. Some pages turned out better than others. I am trying to standardize the layout of the "On the Growl" bar at least.


Any questions or criticisms, just let me know. :)
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly 3)
It's taken nearly four months, but I finally got this issue done this afternoon. This one has a guest character based on [livejournal.com profile] bigsabu. Is he a hero or villain? You will have to read it to find out.

Normally, I wait until morning to post the issue, but I thought I would give the West Coast guys and East Coast night owls first dibs on this issue.

The cover was actually the last thing drawn and caused me the most trouble. I was just not getting any great cover ideas and this was the best I could come up with. I do like how it turned out. I guess now that this is done I can get to folding that mountain of clean laundry I've been neglecting. :D

There are 21 large graphic pages behind the cut, so it might take a while to load. They are all work-safe. There are some odds & ends comic notes at the very end.

Grizzly & The Bear Patrol 7



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  • According to my notes, I started writing this story back on October 12, 2011. A big part of the delay has been the holidays. I have to admit that I had a lot of fun drawing this one.

  • The character of Mandusa was one I drew a while back. He was a male Gorgon who turned his cubbish admirers into stone. I'd have posted it with the issue as a bonus poster, but it is definitely not-work-safe.

  • Saber was originally called "Sabu" for [livejournal.com profile] bigsabu, but I thought he needed a superhero name. It is based on the idea of a saber-toothed tiger. I like the costume, but for some reason, it makes me think of a wrestling outfit. Not that it's a bad thing. :)

  • This is the first issue without the entire team being involved. Sometimes it is rough to get six characters involved in the storyline, so I thought I would leave a couple of them out for different reasons. I picked to leave out Polar Bear and Center because they are not based on real friends of mine and I think the others enjoy seeing themselves in the book.

  • Since I know you guys like the shirtless bears, I put Red Beard in a position where he'd need to teleport out of his costume. I thought it might be a good way to get him nearly nekkid AND have it be a fun plot point. And the ginger bears are always a crowd pleaser it seems. My only regret is that I had to draw in the red chest fur with Photoshop and it was too much work to add the leg hair too.

  • I tried different angle views this time. I need to work on different page set-ups as there are some really cool page designs out there right now. I'm still the king of minimal backgrounds though.

  • The next issue (whenever I get around to it) will probably be an installment set like the first three issues. This one was actually set up for installments, but once I got started inking, I felt the urge to keep going.



Any questions, comments or critiques, I welcome them all.
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly)
According to my notes, I started writing this issue back in mid-July. I finished the lettering on the last page last Friday night. I admit that I've had a lot of fun with this issue, even spent a little extra time on some backgrounds, got a bit lazy on others. As some pages got done, I've shared a bit of it here and there without going into great detail on the plot.

So I hope you enjoy this issue, which includes a villain based on the very handsome ([livejournal.com profile] martini_tim).

Behind the cut below is 25 full-color comic pages, so it may take time to load them (it's about 15 MB of imagery). It's all work-safe.

Grizzly & The Bear Patrol 6


Grizzly & The Bear Patrol #6 )

For those of you new to my journal, you can hit the "Finished Comic" tag below to pull up the first five issues of "Grizzly & The Bear Patrol." If you have any questions or comments, let me know. I enjoy the feedback!
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly)
I spent a lot of evenings last week and many hours this weekend between Cincy-NKY Pride events finishing up this comic book issue. I started writing this issue mid-March 2011 and I remember being very excited imagining the pages. Once I started drawing it, it took a lot more time, but I got a lot done a lot faster toward the end.

One that struck me so strange is that I was imagining the NEXT issue breakdowns while I was working on this one. Not sure what that means, other than I'll likely be doing a sixth issue. Below is the revised cover, I worked on the shading some more, and the finished issue. Be warned it may take a while to load. There are 24 large, full-color pages behind the cut, including a bonus poster of the original cartoon I did for [livejournal.com profile] mikiedoggie to cheer him up a few years back when he was in a funk. It's the basis for the whole story. It's all work safe and I hope you enjoy it!

Grizzly and the Bear Patrol #5

Grizzly & The Bear Patrol #5 )
kybearfuzz: (Grizzly)
I've not been online too much of late because I've been working on issue #4. A while back, I posted an entry asking how folks would like to see my comics, in installments or all at once. I got mixed answers, so I thought I would give the "all at once" folks this issue. Drawing, inking, coloring and lettering 18 pages at one time, plus a cover, was quite a chore, but not so bad either. I was thrilled in that I got the issue done two weeks earlier than I had planned.

This is what I call a "filler issue," meaning that it is pretty much stand-alone. I remember seeing these when I was a kid, usually when a more major story arc was going to happen. It's not a strongly written issue (as much as any of them are). I put a few notes about the issue after the pages, so if you're interested in reading them, just go past page 18.

If you want to see any past issues, just hit the "finished comic" tag at the end of the entry. As usual, big graphics behind the cut (18 pages worth), but all work-safe.

Grizzly & The Bear Patrol #4


Grizzly & The Bear Patrol #4 -- Flesh & Blood )
kybearfuzz: (Default)
Sorry for the multiple posts on this. I'm not milking it, really, just putting together the full issue in a public post so I can refer non-LJ friends to it. It is wild to see all 22 pages together finally. I estimate that it takes over 120 man-hours to do an entire issue. If I didn't have to work for a living, I could actually crank out one a month I think. Oh, if those lottery winnings would only appear.

Anyway, here is the cover and behind the cut is the full issue! Large colorful pages, so it might take a while to fully load. And it is work-safe in a PG sort of way.


Grizzly & The Bear Patrol #3


Grizzly & The Bear Patrol 3 -- Campfire Tales -- Cut for brevity )

Fourth issue? Not sure when or if, but then... I always say that. :)

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