Necessary Monsters has been quiet for over 18 months.
But it lives.
Work has started on part 5 of volume three.
Wait, volume three? When did this start ?
Anyone that has followed Necessary Monsters from the beginning is probably aware that this is a project with a very messed up and idiosyncratic production schedule. Part three started in 2015 and had quite a lively start. By April 2016 four parts of the book had been scripted and drawn. Then Daniel had the small matter of a PHD to complete, so it was put on hold.
The plan is to have it completed for next year. That will be a nice round, TEN YEARS that this beast has occupied our lives.
As from next week i’m going to blog about Monsters long and colourful history. This will lead up to the completion of book three.
This year has been a low output year. But I’m busy getting stuff done. The main time grabber is Necessary Monsters. I am currently finishing up part 4 ( Of 6 ). All four parts will be available for Thought Bubble in a few weeks. It’s a slow process. I draw monsters digitally, and this allows me to develop a scribbled note into a fully finished page, with lots of chopping and changing of the composition. When I work on paper, I’m more direct in my execution. A faster working process, but there is a lot of compromise with what I’ve in my head ( offset by the tactile quality of the materials, and the random elements )
The above image is an unfinished panel from issue four.i felt that the crowd had a sameness of height, so putting a larger figure changed the dynamic.
The main reason for posting this is to show that i have more than sketchbook pages going on. Sometimes this is an important thing to do, on a personal level 🙂
Look at me, look at me 🙂
Richard Bruton has blogged about Necessary Monster 2. It is a good starting point for the curious or refresher for people who have forgotten what it’s all about.
Go and read and support the FP blog, a place that has been a consistent supporter of the comics scene in the UK.
They have been a massive help to me. So once again, thank you 🙂