Helping Mitch is an experimental short story and comic. Mitch, who just turned 40, used to run a successful manufacturing business. At the height of a typically stressful week, he was struck by a delivery truck and was never the same again after sustaining brain damage. The story explores the relationship between Mitch and his mother, Sharon, who has taken it upon herself to bring the old Mitch back at any cost.
Reflections on Process
This week, we immerse in the journey of Mitch’s past – without flashing back to present day – to see more of the dynamics between Mitch and his mother. If you read the previous page, you can guess the reason why Mitch seems a bit disconnected and constantly wiping his nose. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, no worries, here’s a quick way to catch up without having to go digging through the blog archives: zhangah.ca/comic/test. Next week we’ll see what Mitch means when he says “I’ve got a show to put on.”
I am delighted to say that I have found a somewhat more efficient way around my inefficient process. I think the biggest time saver is sketching out those speech bubbles in the thumbnail stage and then testing the actual script in the sketch phase. So here are more terrible scribbles for you to feast your eyes on. I even tried to “pretty up” the thumbnails for you guys but then thought that would defeat the purpose of showing the process. Aren’t those amazing freehand ovals? *shudder*
Before I would save the best for last and it would take me hours to fit the speech bubbles into the completed illustrations. Having the sketch with the ‘bubblies’ as a guide while drawing was very helpful in determining which areas to focus on and which areas I can be a bit looser. I still like to draw out everything to give myself the flexibility of moving things around later on. Even though there are only minor differences between the sketch and the finished page, I thanked myself for not having to deal with empty oval blobs that were hoping to be covered by script.
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to read. I really hope you liked page 6 of Helping Mitch and maybe even learned a bit from my blunderings of making comics. I’d love to hear what you think of the story so far and/or adventures behind the making. Of course you can always reach me in the comments section below as well as by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) which I am very happy to say is up and running again.