View Full Version : Warmageddon : the work journal

L Jamal
01-18-2010, 09:54 PM
I've always followed Chris Stevens's work journal and like the idea, so I'm stealing it for Warmageddon.

Warmageddon is a series of short stories which means I'm always working on something or another. My goal is to drop in here at least once a week with an update, so that everyone can see what's going on in the land of Warmageddon. I'll try to be as transparent as possible without getting to specific.

That's the goal, so I'll begin with my next post.

L Jamal
01-18-2010, 10:05 PM
As I posted in my Warmageddon Projects thread (http://digitalwebbing.com/forums/showthread.php?t=136739) over in my forum, I've finished coloring panel one of the next Thomas strip.


Thomas is a monthly strip that is posted on the first of every month to www.warmageddon.com. It's the continuing adventures of the little boy (and his family) that was introduced in DWP #17. The strip is drawn by Roeddy Rillf with everything else down by me. It's my homage to Calvin and Hobbes, Dennis the Menace and Copper (http://www.boltcity.com/copper/).

I try to finish my work on the strip before receiving the next one. The tentative due date for the art is the 23rd of the month. I'm not a real stickler for Warmageddon deadlines, but it's important to have the next strip in hand before the current strip goes online.

L Jamal
01-18-2010, 11:02 PM
This has been a relatively busy week for Warmageddon with several projects either finishing and/or turning in new art.

I just posted Thomas, so I'll take a look through my email to see what else has come in this week.


Tyler Richlen (OZ) turned in 4 new strips (21-24) for the Eirian and Orumil (E&O) weekly strip. E&O has been on a but of a hiatus as I waited for new strip. However, strip 16 should post soon and I have strips 17-20 completed. I enjoy working on all Warmageddon stories, but I especially enjoy inking Tyler's pencils.

I often stop whatever I'm working on to ink a panel from a new strip from Tyler. Above you see the first panel from strip #21. Before I ink a strip, I have to prepare the borders and letter it, so having to ink that one panel usually costs me about 1 hour worth of time in prep work alone.

Which reminds me that I promised to set up an FTP account for Tyler....


A new find of mine via the 50 Girls 50 contest was Patrick Inglebert. I was able to get his contact information via DeviartArt and he agreed to do a short Warmageddon story featuring Tiegre. The Tiegre story was written by Kyle Steele. I initially contacted Pat back in October and he started work in December and I have all six pages of the story complete and prepped for lettering. I hope to have that story finished and packaged with my new Warmageddon books that I will be selling at cons this year.


Dominic Vivona sent me over yet another page for the new ongoing Tiegre adventure strip. This is what I like to call the fantasy version of the classic sci-fi strips like Flash Gordan. I've been wanting to do a strip like this for a while and Dominic was finally able to commit to it.

This strip takes place in what we call current time in Warmageddon with Tiegre off exploring the continent to the east. It's a concept that I've been thinking about for a while and decided to give Tiegre a new costume for her travels to the east. So any time there is a story with Tiegre in here old costume, it's back story. Moving forward Tiegre is in the costume above with was designed by DW's own Tielman Cheaney.

As soon as I finish this post, I have to prepare a contract for Matthew Weldon (Phillup). I've been eying Matthew's work for years and we've been just missing each other on projects. I finally managed to get him to work on the a pin-up for the Warmageddon Tarot. He'll be doing an image of the new Tiegre as the Strength card. I can't wait to see what he brings to the table.

If I get the contract ready before tomorrow, then I can send it out in the mail at the same time as the order for 20 copies of Warmageddon Illustrated #1 that I received a couple days ago.

This is pretty much the typical week for me and I didn't mention that I contacted Mike Imboden to write an ongoing Izzy and Gunnar strip for www.warmagddon.com. I already have an artist on board for that, but I'll talk about that later when it's closer to fruition. The plan is to have 3 weekly strips running on Warmageddon.com in addition to the monthly Thomas strip and the regular short stories.

01-19-2010, 12:54 PM
Awesome, I can't wait to see the finished work on my story, Pat has done a fantastic job on it from what I've seen on your blog L Jamal.

Jamir with an E
01-19-2010, 03:34 PM
That Troll Pic (heck, all the pin-ups) look very slick and polished. Kudos to you and everyone involved with all the work.

01-19-2010, 11:29 PM
We want more Izzy and Gunnar!

Hey, wait...

And like a flash, I shall disappear from these boards again!

chris stevens
01-20-2010, 06:07 PM
i enjoy seeing the process behind putting this stuff together, glad you started this!

so what's on the schedule for warmageddon in 2010?

L Jamal
01-20-2010, 11:32 PM
so what's on the schedule for warmageddon in 2010?

The focus for this year is getting the 3 weekly strips running at Warmageddon.com. They will be updated with E&O on Mondays, Tiegre on Wednesday and Izzy and Gunnar on Fridays.

Thomas will continue to run monthly.

There will be at least 2 new story collections this year.

L Jamal
01-21-2010, 11:59 AM
http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=5045&stc=1 http://www.digitalwebbing.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=5046&stc=1

I received "sketches" for the next 2 Thomas strips from Roeddy. I say "sketches" because they always appear to be finished pencils to me. I almost hate sending corrections because they are always so clean. The panels above are 2 panels that will be appearing in the future strips unchanged. The other panels need some work. Once the final strip has gone online, I'll post the various steps. including the original "sketches."

Since I'm not working my day job today, I'm getting some Warmageddon stuff done today.

I added a new page to the web site that allows you to see all the Thomas strips on one page (http://www.warmageddon.com/thomas.asp). On the first of the month and until a new blog or strip posts, warmageddon.com would redirect to the Thomas page and show the newest strips at the very top. Ultimately, a new front page will be added to the site over time that will showcase all the newest strips and the most recent blog posts.

For the rest of today, I'll be:
inking and graying the next Eirian & Orumil strip
coloring the next Thomas strip
lettering and graying the next Tiegre strip

01-22-2010, 11:01 PM
Man, I'm loving that Tiegre pinup!
(or is it a panel?)

I've become unhealthily addicted to the DWPFF work journal...thanks for adding something else I'll have to check out (more than) daily! This is my first exposure to all these characters, but each one seems to have a really clean, distinct art style on its side. My interest is more than piqued...

L Jamal
01-23-2010, 12:16 AM
The first was a Tiegre sketch that Pat worked on to get a feel for the character.
The second (Tiegre coming out of the water) is a panel from the new Tiegre ongoing strip by Dominic Vivona

There are more Warmageddon stories at www.warmageddon.com


Willia Blankenship, our own 3!ll, has been working on a sotry featuring Mik'L of Jobus. Mik'L is Wrmageddon's Conan the Barbarian and he is quite smitten with Tiegre. This story is one of many to come featuring Mik'L. This one was written by Mike Exner III.

3!ll works primarily digitally, so here are the "pencils" and inks for a panel that he sent over today. Not seen here, but will be added by me in post production, Mik'L has a full arm tattoo on his right arm.

chris stevens
01-23-2010, 12:42 AM
mike exner and william blankenship--two good guys. i'll look forward to that one.

L Jamal
01-23-2010, 09:03 AM
I started posting on Twitter again.
However, my tweets are limited solely to my comic book work.
Follow me on Twitter to get earlier peeks at the work that eventually gets here.

L Jamal
01-23-2010, 08:50 PM
My largest job with Warmageddon is editing and lettering.
I letter mainly so that I can edit scripts to fit the art as most stories are written full script and the writer never sees the art.

HOWEVER, with the new Tiegre strip, I plot. Dominic draws and Mike scripts AFTER seeing the art. We're still early in the process and only have 3 strips under our belts. Below is one of my favorite editing jobs thus far.


On the right is the script that Mike sent over AFTER seeing the art. On the left is the edited version that will run.

I think all writers should at least dabble in lettering so they have a good idea about how much text can fit in the panel.

Mike is usually wordy and knows that I will edit his text down as needed, so it's a good working relationship and maybe the cut material will make it's way into a director's cut somewhere :D

chris stevens
01-29-2010, 03:37 PM

01-30-2010, 03:29 PM
Hey, if I didn't write too much stuff you'd have nothing to complain about!

L Jamal
01-30-2010, 04:21 PM
Hey, if I didn't write too much stuff you'd have nothing to complain about!
I love you, Mike :D

02-01-2010, 05:19 PM
I think all writers should at least dabble in lettering so they have a good idea about how much text can fit in the panel.

Totally agree. But frankly, I like lettering my own work because it allows me to futz and mess around with the exact wording right up until the end.

Plus I like contributing something visual to the work, since others are doing most of the heavy lifting in that area.

L Jamal
02-04-2010, 09:40 AM
Been a little busy with other commitments but will hopefully be able to sit down this weekend and focus on Warmageddon.

Eirian and Orumil is back it's weekly update schedule now on Tuesdays. I'm working on a new design for the Warmageddon front page which will feature the latest blog posting as well as the latest comics.

I'm making a slow transition from Adobe Illustrator 9 and Photoshop 7 to CS4 versions of both. So as I do new Warmageddon stuff, I'm slowly transferring my processes to the new versions.

I lettered the new Tiegre strip #4 this week, so now I'm completely set up to letter on CS4.

Received 2 more Thomas strips this week which means Roeddy has no scripts left, so I need to write more. No hurry since Thomas is monthly. but I don't like artists to be waiting on me for too long.

Finally got a copy of Kibuishi's Copper. Copper is the inspiration for my fondness for the square shaped Thomas strips. Kibuishi packs a lot of panels into the space. A lot more than I have over the last few Thomas strips, so I'm going to retool how I break down the strip and try to pack in more panels. The 2 strips that I have to work on only have 5 and 6 panels. Most of the first 5 strips had about 9 panels and I want to get back to that panel count.

L Jamal
02-06-2010, 05:13 PM
Finished the grays on Eirian and Orumil strip #21 and lettered Strip #22. Next up for E and O is the inks for Strip #22.

I have a local comic show to get ready for in March and after that Pittsburgh and the rest of the con season.

William Blankenship
02-07-2010, 11:32 PM
Awesome. We'll have to hang out at Pitt, and hopefully one other after that. I got Super Show in March so might also do either Baltimore or Heroes this year.

L Jamal
02-10-2010, 10:49 AM
Spent 2.5 hours lettering Living on the Edge
It's a 6 paged story featuring Tiegre the Warrior Elf written by Kyle Steele with art by Pat Englebert.

I spent a while trying figure out what the title should look like before just defaulting to the "old school" look that has become standard for Tiegre title pages (http://warmageddon.com/comic.asp?storyID=12&page=2).


With the next Tiegre story, I may just save myself some time and pull out the Savage Sword of Conan collections from the shelves.

L Jamal
02-13-2010, 05:30 AM
Woke up in the middle of the night, so I decided to get some comic book work done.
I'm putting together a collection of Tiegre material. It will be called The Sword of Tiegre.

It will include the new story "Living on the Edge" plus
Hurley, Sharleigh, Tribe of Drakul and another Tiegre story (remastered).

52 pages for $6.
I'm working on the cover now.

L Jamal
02-13-2010, 07:05 AM
Below is the cover design for The Sword of Tiegre.
I'm not sure if I'm using the cover art.


Art by Chad Hardin
Design by me.

The logo uses Armor Piercing 2.0 and Mjolnir from Blambot.

L Jamal
02-21-2010, 01:06 AM
Convention season is beginning.
So far, I have 3 conventions planned. The first is a small local con www.nccomicon.com in March. Then it's Pittsburgh in April. Baltimore is much later in the year and I'm sure I'll pick up at least one or 2 more along the way.

Right now, I'm putting together new books for the cons. The new books will be The Tiegre book mentioned above as well as collection of the first 24 Eirian and Orumil strips with art by Tyler Richlen (OZ!). I have to finish inking and grayscaling the 24th strip and work on a the covers. The plan is to have these books ready by Pittsburgh, so I have to get to work.

On top of all that I still have to keep the online comics going, so I have to finish the next Thomas strip this week and get another script to Roedy. I have the strips for March and April and would like to stay at least a month ahead.

L Jamal
02-21-2010, 03:07 PM
E&O #23 is done. #24 is lettered and ready for inks.

Tiegre script finished and sent to the artist.
Thomas script finished and sent to the artist.

Below are 2 of 6 panels from the next Thomas strip.


L Jamal
02-23-2010, 07:59 AM
Grabbed a couple hours last night in order to get some Warmageddon stuff done.

All I managed was to send of contract corrections and to finish coloring 2 more Thomas panels. Only the Katherine figures are left for the next strip which goes online on 1 March.

02-23-2010, 08:50 AM
The Sword of Tiegre cover is amazing...hope I see it & you at one of the cons I'll be at for DWPFF (still not sure yet which those will be exactly).

L Jamal
03-05-2010, 10:59 AM
I've decided to save the Chad Hardin cover for the story that it is supposed to be used on. So I contacted Young Master Bill (3'LL) with my idea and he agreed to run with it.


It all starts with FF #306. This was the first comic that I bought with my own money. We're using it as the idea for this Sword of Tiegre cover. The cover was pencilled by John Buscema with inks by Joe Sinnot.

I figure that it's appropriate since Tiegre is my homage to Red Sonja and Sword of Tiegre is my homage to Sword of Cerebus which was Dave's Sim homage to the Savage Sword of Conan which was appropriate as Cerebus started as a BWS Conan parody.


I sent him the cover design elements for the cover along with the scenes that should be featured in each story and here are his initial layouts.

When I contacted Bill, I made sure to tell him that the cover would also be used as an 11" x 17" print. This is necessary because the cover and the print are not in the same proportions.

We decided that it was best to do all the background scenes separately, so that they could be pieced together digitally for the cover and print.

These are Bill's pencils for the images.



The central figure is, of course, Tiegre.
She's drawn on yet under piece of paper

And finally, the inked images for the background scenes.


chris stevens
03-05-2010, 11:29 AM
best entry here so far.

03-05-2010, 11:59 AM
I love the homage. great!

L Jamal
03-07-2010, 06:21 PM
Here's the colored cover.
I'm sure I'll continue to fiddle with it until it's off to the printer.

William Blankenship
03-08-2010, 07:37 PM

03-09-2010, 05:39 PM
That's a fantastic cover. Really looks great!

L Jamal
03-14-2010, 01:58 PM
Working on getting 2 books prepped and ready for the printer today.
Still working on cover colors.

See the progress here

L Jamal
03-14-2010, 06:29 PM

L Jamal
03-23-2010, 12:03 AM
Prepped 4 Warmageddon books and got them off to the printers for Pittsburgh.
In addition to the Sword of Tiegre and the book above, there will be sketch editions of both books.

While browsing at Wal-Mart, I came upon this Sterlite OfficeWare container

It's just the right size for the books I carry to conventions. I figure that 3 of these will replace the current 18 gallon container that I use and be a lot more organized. They are even on sale, so I'm going back to Wal-Mart tomorrow to get more!

L Jamal
06-04-2010, 07:46 AM
Wow .. it's been a while since I last posted here

Busy times.
We started posted something new at Warmageddon.com 4 times a week.
Monday and Wednesday or Friday it's a blog post.
Tuesday and Thursday is a comic strip.

I'll be posting more here as time allows.