Blackburn Burrow Comic Spotlight #2
Ron Marz, writer of Blackburn Burrow Issue #2, talks about his favorite part of the comic (based on an Amazon Studios Movie Development Slate project):
One of the lessons you learn as a comic writer is to write to your artist’s strength. When I begin working with an artist, the first question I ask is, “What do you want to draw?” The second question is, “What don’t you want to draw?” (The answer to the second question is usually “Horses.”) If the artist is enthused about what he or she is being asked to draw, is excited about going to the drawing board every morning, you’re apt to get a better book at the end of the process.
I’ve worked with Matthew Dow Smith for a number of years, so I know Matt excels at creating atmosphere with moody lighting and shadows. This page from Blackburn Burrow #2 is one of my favorites for just that reason. It’s our first look inside the mine that figures so prominently in the story. This is a “walking and talking” scene, but the darkness surrounding our characters works perfectly in setting an ominous tone, and establishing an almost claustrophobic sensibility.
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