Family Man: Page 243

February 24th, 2012


Page 243, now online!

I’m not ready to give you the design sheet for the humans yet, but please enjoy this high-res, desktop wallpaper  lineup of all the wolves. Plus Agata, because she’s an honorary wolf.

Click to see or download at full-size

Click to see or download at full-size

And, for those of you who don’t follow me on social media, I’ve posted an image and an explanation of how I start to put a page of this comic together. I don’t usually post process images, but this was fun! (best seen on Flickr).

How a Page Is Born

February 23rd, 2012

Family Man layout sketches

This is a quick picture I took of one of the stages in the creation of a recent page of my graphic novel, Family Man (

Since my script doesn’t always break out action or dialogue into specific panels within specific pages, each page is its own little puzzle; how much of it will make sense as a visual unit? What moments need their own panel, and which ones can be combined? What’s important, and what can I just suggest and move on from? And does character X really need to say three sentences when she can say one?

Unless the page is very simple, I’ll start out by drawing a big brain-dump like this on a piece of printer paper, covering ALL of the stuff I think might go into the page.

I break out chunks of action, experiment with facial expressions, poses, and angles, and just generally reassure myself that I’ve given everything a good dose of consideration.

On of my great hang-ups is the belief that somewhere in my brain is The Perfect Layout, and if I just keep trying and redoing and rearranging, I’ll eventually stumble across it. Imposing a period of playful experimentation like this helps shake me out of that notion.

You can see the finished version of this page here:
And some of the visual information was bumped onto the page following it:

Family Man: Page 242

February 17th, 2012

Preview of Page 242

Page 242: now online!

Whoops. Don’t touch the animals. Really getting places now, aren’t we? We are STILL nowhere near done with everything that happens in this scene!

I spent last week in Hawaii with my family and had the time of my life. I kept a cartoon journal while there – I have to finish up on the last couple of days and then I’ll see about putting it online, perhaps as a PDF at a low price.

Mauna Loa, wreathed in clouds.

In the meantime, I took a set of 14 artsy photos – mostly of weird little details from the big island that made me happy. You can see ‘em here.

The first printing of Goddess Prints has gone out into the world! If you ordered, you can expect to see them in the next week or so. I’ll be doing one more run to take me through spring conventions, so place your order if you’d like to be sure to get a set!

- Dylan

Family Man: Page 241

February 10th, 2012

Preview: Page 241

Family Man: Page 241.

Aaaand introducing a very fun character to draw. Still not done with this scene! Oh so very not done with this scene.

Thank you to everybody who had suggestions for how to mess with the site. I’ll be integrating a comment system and making it easier to dig around in the blog archives (if you’re a Wordpress/Comicpress wizard and would like to be my hacker in exchange for art favors, send me a line). And a supreme thank you to everybody who donated this past week or bought a print set! It makes a big difference for me.

Lastly, I’ve got a new phone with a nice camera, so I’ve been posting stupid doodles to Tumblr and Flickr to keep myself loose and encourage spontaneous goofball-ery.

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Feel free to follow along at home.

Family Man: Page 240

February 3rd, 2012

Preview of Page 240

Page 240 now online!

Oh, we are not done yet! You have no idea how not done we are, in this scene.

This week’s news! Behold, the Family Man site now has a shiny new Donate page, accessible from the top menu. If you enjoy the comic, have a few bucks rattling around, and would like to contribute, please take advantage. Donations directly enable me to devote my professional time to the comic, and also eat delicious tacos while doing so.

Goddess Prints!

Likewise! Brand new in the Store is a lovely print set featuring my first four goddess illustrations! Four powerful ladies from around the world, available for a limited time. They’ll start shipping on the 15th, soget your orders in now.

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