Why Men...

  LAUNCH #5C: WHY MEN Concept: I know, I know, but every independent artist has to do at least one piece about wanking off—it’s like a rule or something.  This one has been sitting around for about a year.  I think it was about 75% inked.  I think that I stopped because I lost interest in it, or because I realized that the format wasn’t working for me.  As you can perhaps tell, this one is still unfinished.  It has about another 2 pages to it.  But I don’t know if I’ll continue it because, as I said, the layout doesn’t work for me.  However, if there is a lot of clamoring to see the rest of it, I’ll consider it.

Layout: This layout is pretty different from what you’ve seen from me.  That’s because this was an early experiment.  I don’t think it works very well, mainly because of the text-on-bottom problem that we’ve discussed before.  Otherwise, I think that this layout is interesting and I may try another take on it.  Mark has shown that you don’t need gutters, so we’ll see.

Lettering: Sucks.  No, I mean it really sucks.

Inking: This one’s a mix.  The earlier panels are probably done largely with pens, while the later ones have more brush work.

Reproduction: This one’s about doing it yourself, not reproduction.


  • Brushes: same as before 
  • Pens: Rapidograph, black marker
  • Eraser: same as before 
  • 30-60-90 triangle: (make sure you get a big one) these are great for vertical lines when used in conjunction with a T-square 
  • Ridgeways Horse Hair Brush 

What People are Saying

Mark sez: Rise: 1 Didn’t have a problem with the bottom captions this time. Maybe because there wasn’t top captions (at first) to confuse me. 2 Loved the crazy man in panel 4 3 great use of famous reference in panel 10 4 I thought the visuals did their job of telling the story very nicely. Very simple but good Fall: 1 I didn’t have a problem of no borders but thought that you could make the lines between panels thicker. 2 Panel 14 and 15 didn’t work too well for me. 14 felt a little out of place especially next to the scientific 13 and 16. In 15 the arms just looked wrong. I looked in a mirror for a while to “prove” that it wasn’t in proportion but lost. Still something doesn’t sit right. 3 I would have liked to see more innuendo art with the pictures suggesting something phallic.

I do want you to finish this.