Illustrating a Comic Book Poem – Tosca

Tosca_ComicBookPoem

Tosca is fairly straight forward from a visual point of view. It is not an abstract or non-linear Comic Book Poem. The main challenge was keeping each panel exciting and showing our singer in different poses and expressions. I thought it would be interesting to show the musical score  for Tosca. Now you can sing along if you wish. It also emphasises the musical influence of the Comic Book Poem.

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Writing a Comic Book Poem – Tosca

Tosca_ComicBookPoem

Okay, so this Comic Book Poem may not exactly be poetry. In-fact it is an Opera on the page. The Opera in question is Tosca. As Opera is not everyone’s cup of tea it ends rather abruptly. For this Comic Book Poem I wanted to present a short comedic story about a character who likes to sing. His voice is not appreciated and his singing comes to an end.

The text is taken directly from the Opera Tosca so credit has to go to Lugi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa, who are the Libretto for the piece. The text is written below.

Tosca
L’or-to
Eun Pas-so Sfio-Ra-Va La Re-Na
En-Tra-Vael-La, Fra-Gran-Te
Mi Ca-Dea Fra La Brac-cia
Oh! Dol-Ci, O Lan-Gui-De-Ca
Rez-Ze Men Tr’Io

 

 

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Tosca – Comic Book Poem

The Fourth Comic Book Poem of Series 5 is Tosca. Please give it a read below.

Tosca_ComicBookPoem

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Tosca – Preview – Comic Book Poems

Tosca_Teaser_ComicBookPoem

Here is a teaser/preview for the fifth Comic Book Poem in Series 5. It is called Tosca and will go live on 29 June 2015. Check back at the blog to see the final Comic Book Poem.

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Illustrating a Comic Book Poem – Yup Yup

I am a big fan cassettes and still occasionally buy cassettes now and again. Though this is only from new artists who are making physical copies of their work. I really enjoy the act of holding a cassettes and putting it into a tape deck to play music. It has a nice ritualistic feeling about it and it adds to the magic of the music. Clicking play on a laptop feels a bit too generic and easy. It also feels a bit too much like work, whilst holding a cassette is something special and unique.

I wanted to capture this magic in the  character design for the protagonist for Yup Yup. The first page of the Comic Book Poem tells the story. Here I made use of big and bold imagery. I was mainly influence by graphic design and clean and crisp imagery. It would have been too easy to put the illustrations into Adobe Illustrator to develop the style, however the theme of Comic Book Poems Series 5 is Marker Pens. I developed Yup Yup to have bold panels and a majestic character with pens and fineliners. I feel that this makes the Comic Book Poem more tactile and organic and this is also expressed in my feelings for analogue casettes.

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Writing a Comic Book Poem – Yup Yup

Yup Yup is another short Comic Book Poem, as all the Comic Book Poetry in Seires 5 will be. Here we have a story of love and how speaking aloud is not what is always needed. Sometimes actions speak louder than words. This is expressed in the last panel of the page. The title ‘Yup Yup’ has no real bearing to the story or the Comic Book Poem itself. Sometime it is hard to find the words to write – and that is the theme of Yup Yup.

Yup Yup
Might make a list
Of all the things to say
But All I really need
All I want to do
Is hold you
Cause you are my friend

 

 

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Yup Yup – Comic Book Poem

The Third Comic Book Poem of Series 5 is Yup Yup. Please give it a read below.

The individual Pages are below:

YupYup_1_ComicBookPoem YupYup_2_ComicBookPoem

A slideshow is below:

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