Ready for Amulet 6: Escape From Lucien?! Here’s a sneak peek of one of the scenes from Kazu Kibuishi (boltcity) PLUS an explanation of how each page comes to be!

First Photo - Blue Line:  While many of the pages in Amulet begin with a very rough and scribbly version of the page, this is one of the examples where I let the art direct me where to go with the dialogue and story. I knew I wanted to draw the large panel of the Colossus being prepared for battle, so I went right ahead and began penciling the page with a blue pencil and added dialogue after the drawings were done.  I use a blue line so that when I go to ink the page, I can cancel out the blue color in the computer and leave only the clean black lines on the page.  This process feels a bit like I’m drawing with invisible ink or pencil.

Second Photo - Inked Page:  I call this the “inking” stage, but what I’m really doing here is using a regular graphite pencil and drawing over a large printed copy of the blue line image.  After the page is “inked”, I scan the image into the computer and adjust the contrast of the penciled linework to make it look more like ink.  Using a pencil is not only easier on my hand, but it creates a nice, flowing line that makes the image look a little bit like it’s moving. This is also the stage where most of the dialogue writing occurs.  The font is one that is based on my own hand lettering, and I just type drafts of dialogue on the inked pages until I feel the dialogue works.

 Third Photo - Colors:  Once the inks are scanned into the computer, cleaned up, and adjusted, we add colors digitally.  Working digitally allows us to paint a lot faster and adjust things much easier than if we painted everything on paper or canvas.  We use Adobe Photoshop to achieve a painted look and feel.  This stage is overseen by Jason Caffoe (jcaffoe), who works with me to establish the colors and settings in the books.  On this particular page, I simply gave Jason notes on what kind of setting I wanted to see, and he established the imagery in the background.  After working with me for so many years, Jason has a good sense of what I’m looking to achieve, and nearly always hits the mark.



JASON CAFFOE is coming to TCAF!

“Jason Caffoe graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008 with a BFA in sequential art.  After working as a freelance artist for a short period he moved to Los Angeles to work with Kazu Kibuishi full-time as his production assistant…” - Full Bio at TCAF site

Artist’s Website:

TCAF is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, taking place May 9-11, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. More at

Cleopatra goes to school

Despite being “the chosen one”–destined to save Ailuros, stop the Xerx invasion, defeat Octavian, and bring peace to the entire galaxy–young Cleopatra still has to deal with school. It’s seriously not fair, but there’s an upside: She gets to take Target Practice: a subject where Cleo can excel.

Countdown to the Con: The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song by Frank M. Young and David Lasky

See David Lasky at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 26 at 4:00-5:00PM in Room 28DE at the Abrams ComicArts Preview Panel, then meet David Lasky at 5:30PM in Autographing Area AA21 where he will be signing the Eisner Award–winning graphic novel The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song and El Deafo.

For over 60 years Abrams has been the country’s premiere art book publisher. It’s been five years since the launch of Abrams ComicArts in 2009, and the tradition of excellence continues with award-winning original graphic novels and coffee table books such as The Art of Rube Goldberg. Join Charles Kochman (editorial director of Abrams ComicArts), Chad Beckerman (Eisner nominated creative director of Abrams ComicArts), Carol Burrell (senior editor of Abrams ComicArts), and other special guests, including Mark Evanier (historian and author of The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio), Kazu Kibuishi (writer and artist the Amulet series, and editor of the Explorer series), Chip Kidd (award-winning author, editor, and book designer), and David Lasky (Eisner Award–winning artist of The Carter Family), as they talk about current titles, including Climate Changed by Philippe Squarzoni, and reveal details about their upcoming Fall 2014 list, including The Warren Commission Report: An Investigation into the Kennedy Assassination by Ernie Colón, Jerzy Drozd, and Dan Mishkin, The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio by Mark Evanier,Sing No Evil byJP Ahonen and KP Alare, as well as details about exciting forthcoming projects…


Full details about Abrams ComicArts at the San Diego Comic-Con can be found here: 

Hi! My name is Lauren Grace. I have been a massive HP fan since I was in middle school (I am now 27!) This is my 3rd Harry Potter tattoo (I have Expecto Patronum w/ Harry’s glasses on my wrist & a small lightning bolt on my forearm as well!) Expecto Patronum and anything dealing with patronuses always stuck out to me in the HP world. I had a rough childhood growing up & the idea that this spell translates to “I seek a guardian” really stuck out to me. I also loved that a patronus charm emitted a form of a creature that would protect you from the happiness being sucked out of you, I knew how that felt and I knew this spell was going to be my jam! This is the new artwork by Kazu Kibuishi that was released with the new paperbacks in 2013. I saw it and knew I needed it on my body. I got this done at True Love Tattoo in Margate, FL by Frank Facenda. Amazing shop with phenomenal artists! 

If you want, you can follow me at! I love Harry Potter, all things Disney and lots of Justin Timberlake =)

Recently read Amulet book 7, had a lunch break and whipped up some fanart for @boltcity of the elf prince Trellis, probably my favorite character in the series… I have a thing for character arcs like his. Kazu’s style at times reminds me of that old school 70s anime look (Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock, Space Battleship Yamato etc), which I tried referencing a bit here.

Drawn & colored in @procreateapp with @kyletwebster‘s “Earth” brushset. LOVE that Flourish tool for inking.