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We’ve finally finished the interior pages of the American Terrorist graphic novel are finished, all two hundred and one of them. And if you’ve ever wanted to see what 201 pages of artboard look like stacked up, here's a photos of artist Andy MacDonald holding up the full pile.

I have to admit, I feel pretty relieved to have this part of the process completed. As I’m sure you all know, the script and the black & white artwork are the real mountains to climb in any graphic novel project, especially when I go and write something that’s as long as 201 pages.

Not that the colors, lettering, and production aren’t also important, but they tend to go a lot smoother once the script and art are complete. And as I mentioned in my last column, we have a new colorist, Jordie Bellaire, working away at the colors and she’s doing a great job. I just got another batch of pages from her and they look even better than the last. Maybe I’ll post some more of her colors in one of the upcoming columns. They look great.

As for letting and production, I’ll have to keep on Fabio’s case to make sure he stays right behind Jordie as the pages come in. He’s about to take a 3 week trip to Brazil  (where he’s from originally), but he assures me he’s bringing all his computer programs with him and will be able to do the same work he does here. Good thing Carnival has already passed!

And now that Andy is finished with the art from the book, he’s had time to do some sketches for the American Terrorist sketchbooks. I had these printed up a year or so ago so that I’d have something printed to sell at conventions. It has a sample of the story, some behind the scenes artwork and production work, and some early character designs. The story has only been coming out digitally so far, and I hate to sit through a show without anything to show people. Even if they still choose to read it digitally or wait until the complete graphic novel, it’s nice to at least flip through it for them.

I only printed up 200 copies and most of them have sold, but now 16 of the remaining 30 or so have hand drawn sketches in them by Andy MacDonald.

Here are a few examples:


And Andy did them just in time for the Big Apple Con this weekend (May 21 and 22). It’s a small local show, but it still is NYC so there should be a good amount of people there and I’m hoping to promote the graphic novel there. I’ll be selling the sketchbooks without sketches for $3.50 and with the sketches for $10. I think that’s pretty fair. I like to keep the price for the unsketched version pretty low just to give a cheaper entry point for someone new to try it out. Not that the free first issue online isn’t cheap enough, but like I said before, it’s good to have something material to show people while they’re there at my table.

So that’s where I’ll be this weekend. If anyone is in the New York area, you should come and check it out. It’s at its old location at the Penn Plaza pavilion. It’s a small space, so we might be a little tight in there, but a lot of really good artists will be exhibiting so it will be worth it.

And then check back to Broken Frontier again next week for another column as we move closer to completing the American Terrorist graphic novel.


Tyler Chin-Tanner started his own publishing company, A Wave Blue World, where he wrote and drew layouts for Adrenaline, its flagship series, Adrenaline and wrote its latest graphic novel, American Terrorist.

© 2011 Tyler Chin-Tanner.  All rights reserved.

Email: tyler@awaveblueworld.com



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