the gutter comic

the first Yuuri I’ve drawn that I was ever actually happy with, and it only took me 60 pages of comics to get there

(trying to make a 4-page G-rated giveaway in time for AnimeFest… but this is a very low priority so who knows)

anyway shout out to this fictional dude for helping me feel less like a broken human


aomine posing like sessy man on pancake stack

also, take 1 and take 2; of various scenarios ofofo. ^q^; 

*long post

Between The Gutters #5

Thanks for following along with this series of pieces looking at story telling in comics critically. I hope you’ve been enjoying them and find them somewhat educational. If you don’t, you can’t say I didn’t try, right?

We all know Fiona Staples. She’s the co-creator and artist of the hugely popular SAGA. I figured that there are countless write ups about SAGA already, so I’d like to write about Fiona’s work on a different book, ARCHIE. Recently, Staples did a three issue run on the the relaunch of ARCHIE and I think her work is gorgeous, charming and doesn’t miss a comedic beat. I’m fully convinced that there is nothing she can’t draw.

The following pages are from ARCHIE #1-2. I highly recommend checking out the book. 

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Alright, its week two of this temporary replacement for out of the stack. Here are my favorite releases for the week of October 15th, 2014.

Lumberjanes #7: Simply one of the best young adult books out right now. Issue seven is not a good jumping on point. I recommend hunting down all of the issues if you can, if not wait for the trade. This comic boast an all female cast of loveable characters at a wacky summer camp. In the first seven issues they’ve run into ghosts, hipster sasquaches, and boys ! Funny, quirky, awesome.

Jim Henson’s Storyteller-Witches #2: Don’t let the number two scare you off. This is a complete done in one story, just like the excellent first issue. The art is presented in a widescreen format so you hold the book (or tablet) sideways. The art is stunning and the story is dark but not too scary for kids. If I could only buy one book this week, this would be it.

Mile Morales-Ultimate Spider-Man #6: This is the wrap up of the first storyline of this new volume of the Miles Morales incarnation of Ultimate Spider-Man. Peter Parker is seemingly back from the dead along with Norman Osborn. Norman claims they are immortal thanks to his formula, but are they clones, alternate versions ? We’ll see more as the story plays out. This story is a little frustrating for me since “dead means dead” in the ultimate universe. I’m loving the story for the pitch perfect emotional beats. I just hope Miles continues to be the driving force of this book now that Peter appears to be back. I have a theory that the book is called Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man so that they can also have a Peter Parker: Ultimate Spider-Man book too. What are your theories ?

Ms. Marvel #9: G Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona are crafting one of the best marvel comics I’ve ever read. Having said that , this is part two of thecurrent storyline. Go back to issue eight to jump on or better yet pick up the just released volume one trade paperback. With this story arc we are delving into Kamala’s kree origin with guest spots from the inhumans. I can’t praise this book enough.

Edge of the Spider-Verse #5: I’ll confess this is the first Gerard Way Comics I’ve ever read. If this is the quality of writing Mr Way brings every time then I need to check out true life of the fabulous killjoys and umbrella academy immediately. Each issue of the edge of the pider-verse is a one shot by a different creative team. This time out the story centers around a young girl, Peni Parker, that bonds with a mech and sentient spider. I love legacy characters and female leads, this book has both. The art has a cool manga style and is full of easter eggs of some famous anime series’. This book got me pumped for more spider-verse stories !

Thanks for taking the time to read this friends. Please feel free to leave comments or questions if you have them.

The Glorious Gutter Life - 001: You've Never Heard of Me

The Glorious Gutter Life - 001

You’ve Never Heard of Me

Hello, Comic Readers. My name’s Nick Tapalansky (nicktapalansky here on the Tumblr). I’ve been writing comics professionally for about seven years now. I’m here to talk about the ancient and arcane art of making “indie comics,” which I think just means “anything that you make up that isn’t owned by somebody else” these days. 

You’ve never heard of me. That’s okay. In fact, that’s the point of our first installment. And just why is that, precisely?

Because nobody’s heard of you, either. And that isn’t going to stop you from making your own awesome comics. Read More →

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And now, a scene transition! With different lighting! I no longer have to have two different shading layers!

Not much happening on this page. It’s a transition page.

Here, I’d like to point out a stylistic decision I like to make in my comics work; a personal rule that the gutters of the comic cannot be brighter than the brightest color on the entire page. For the last three pages, that has been a sort of purpley overlay that goes with the dusk. But now, the gutters are white!

Next pages are inked and awaiting coloring! You all have a nice day!

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