Welcome X-Philes! This is the FIRST installment of "Thee Doktor Is In...". Since I have started self-publishing Doktor X, I've had some time to think about sharing how I DID it, and how I DO it. Of course, I am not an authority, but I'll share whats worked for me. So I hope I don't get long-winded, and I hope this is informing.
Back before I started writing and drawing the original Doktor X mini, I was a HUGE fan of horror movies. I still am. I love the movies of Jess Franco and Mario Bava. I am totally influenced by the late sixties and seventies exploitation flicks. Alejandro Jodorowsky is a GOD! So, watching tons of VHS tapes in the 80's and with the advent of DVD's in the 90's, a lot of stuff got pumped into America. One of these films was Danger! Diabolik.
It starred John Phillip Law, and it was about a criminal mastermind who drove a Jaguar E-type. It was technicolor awesomeness. The look, the camera angles, the crazy colors, all put together by master story-teller, Mario Bava, blew my mind. Diabolik wore a skin-tight black suit and a mask that just showed his eyes and brow. Mr. Law could emote such power with his piercing blue eyes. This movie stuck with me.
Flash forward a few years. I started drawing on 6x9 note pads the first story of Doktor X, The Origin.
Originally, I was going to call the book, The Diabolikal Doktor X. Actually, the first issue has that title...
SC Comic Con last year, promoting my book, and having a great weekend. On the last day, a young man came up to my table and looked through some of my drawings and portfolio work. He picked up the first issue, flipped through it, and told me, "It looks like you're heavily influenced by the occult.". Then he walked away. I flipped. Was he some self-righteous asshole? Was he an ill-informed bible thumper? No. He was just making a comment on what he saw on my table. By the way, occult stuff is a WHOLE lot better to draw than kittens and puppies. I laugh now, but my wife had to hold me back then. So....
When you are thinking of what to write, what your subject matter is, think on it HARD. I know my stuff is a certain niche. I draw and write MATURE stuff. I guess it comes from my years as a subversive teen. I joke with a few of my friends that you can find penis' and vagina's in most of my work. It's just there. I don't know why. It just is.
Back to the original story. I wanted to make something that I would read. Of course I was influenced by Marvel and DC, but in my EARLY teens I read my first Heavy Metal magazine. It blew me away.
I was pulled in with the H.R. Giger cover. I was a metal head and the baphomet cover just drew my eyes to it. Of course when I got out of the store and read it, my mind was blown. Nudity. Bewbs. I had never seen a comic like this in my life. I wanted to be an artist for Heavy Metal.
So, Doktor X was to be MY foray into adult comics. Here's a early character sheet for Ann.
Back to the beginning. I read a lot of Heavy Metal, I watched TONS of horror movies, and I was a teenage metal head. So that brings us to the "internal" soundtrack to Doktor X.
Growing up, I had a brother that was sixteen years older than me from my mom's first marriage. My brother was a huge influence on me as a kid. He listened to cool music and let me watch HBO at his house. For Christmas one year I received stereo/turn table/8-track player. My then sister-in-law gave me a Jefferson Airplane album, "Red Octopus"
My brother gave me "Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath" on 8-track. It. Was. AWESOME!
I don't exactly know who the cover artist was, but the songs on that album blew me away. It was the best present I ever got. But back to the Doktor X soundtrack...
I listen to all kinds of music during the creative process. One of the biggest influences on my story telling is Monster Magnet. Even though I listen to a lot of "stoner rock" bands, Monster Magnet has songs about other dimensions and crazy subject matter. I also listen to a lot of Iron Maiden and Slayer when I'm drawing. The speed and energy the songs have really get my juices flowing. Plus the lyrics shoot little hooks into my brain and I tend to throw some of that back into the art.
So, this was the first little glimpse of what goes on in the mind of Eyeb@ll. Next time I'll talk about character development, and how these characters changed from soul-less creations to more human-like.
See ya next time!