Open Studio 3/23/2013 #5 cover

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Kav has posted this sketch for the cover of Rapid City #5

Kav's first sketch for #5's cover

I like it. The line next to kinetic, is that just a guide for you, or are you seeing that on the actual page? If on the page, I don't think we need a divider like that between back and front. Or, if we do, just to divide the fron t from the back, we could wrap a line pretty tightly around Kinetic. The way Walt Simonson would. Also, the fight is looking pretty good, but I think it will be more dramatic if Max has his head rocked back a bit so that we can see the rage on his face... Or, if not rage then just cruelty and malice. -Josh

Open Studio 2/23/2013

What is the Open Studio?

I am currently focusing my writing on an OGN project that is outside the Rapid City universe, and Kav is still waiting for the published books to catch up to the ones that he has already drawn. So, to keep us active, and to remind readers that we are still here, I have asked Kav to start a series of pin-ups. And here's how we do it. -Josh

Kav had been doing some cheese-cake style pin-ups over at Champion City Comics, and I had the idea to do some cheesy shots of some RC characters, and the balance them out with some beef-calke shots of the dudes of Rapid City.

We looked at some classic pin-ups and talked about how we wanted to keep them "classy" and in character. Though, obviously, have some fun with them.

A little while later, this is what Kav sent me. -Josh

Switch Ok, Kav, this one is looking ok, but I think it needs a few adjustments. First off, if this is SwitchBoard, there is no way she is rocking a pony-tail. Short hair. Pixie cut. Or some other, stylish, thing that I don't know about. Also, the flames on the edge of the shirt can cause some confusion, especially when the very next image is a woman with flame powers. And, I know i have been telling you to crop closer to the figures, but I think that this case will benefit from seeing her surroundings... if we are going with the sea of electronics like we discussed. -Josh

I spaced out and drew flamethrower instead! -kav




pin-up 2 Hmmm. Not quite sure to make of this one just yet. I suppose that must be Flamethrower. The completely quilted costume seems odd. I would think strategically placed quilted sections to act as padding would make more sense, and actually look better for this kind of shot (no one looks good, or feels good, in a head-to-toe quilted outfit). Also, at the sketch stage, I can't quite tell what is going on around her. Whatever it is, it does not look as tough at Flamethrower should look. Yes, do sexy, but make sure that it is also tough. -Josh

It's wreckage around her -kav

Even with wreckage, she still looks very passive. She should look very tough. -Josh


Anne Marie pin-up Ok, I guess Anne Marie's pic just be cute. She is, after all, "the girlfriend". We will just have to count on the readers to understand that this is just one picture and that she has way more depth and range in the book. -Josh

everyone understands that one picture doesn't equal a thousand words. -kav

That's true. -Josh






Open Studio 10/29/2012 In the previous issue of Rapid City...

Issue 2 is getting ready to the printer, but I forgot to write that "last issue..." blurb. So here goes.

"Last issue... Brian, a young man who

Frustrated with his...

Taking the name Kinetic, a young man...

No, I should make it past tense

Last issue... Brian was frustrated... (too passive)

Brian struggled to start a life as a superhero, ultimately choosing the name "Kinetic". (that is better) Meanwhile, Law enforcement agents froze Maxwell Murder's bank accounts, forcing him into ( into what? desperation?)

Meanwhile, frozen bank accounts force Maxwell Murder into a corner. (nope. Not right.)

Meanwhile, frozen bank accounts leave Maxwell Murder in a desperate situation. (Ok, I think that works. Now let's put them together.)

Brian struggled to start a life as a superhero, ultimately choosing the name "Kinetic". Meanwhile, frozen bank accounts leave Maxwell Murder in a desperate situation.

I think that'll do it. -Josh

How about:

Brian won his first superhero bout-with himself-by choosing his name 'Kinetic'.  Maxwell Murder, on the other hand, lost his bout with an ATM as he learned his account had been frozen...making the killer desperate....