First Published: January 16, 2008

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Dealing With Mom

Continuing the sinister storyline which started here.

The third panel apes the style of Frank Miller's "Sin City" books. Sin City is a comic noir which purposefully ratches up everything up to its hard-boiled extreme.

For the first three books, Sin City is fun in a darkly twisted way, then it starts to feel... well, a bit repetitive. I like the movie a lot, though.

Drawing Notes

The "Sin City" comics possess an unique visual style: chiselled characters lit in high-contrast black-and-white. The movie adaptation captures this quite well.

It took me a while to really get what Frank Miller was doing. As a matter of fact, after I first pencilled and inked panel three and it remained wanting, I grabbed a stack of Mr. Miller's comic books, opened my sketchbook and started all over again.

I ended up redrawing that panel twice, from scratch, from pencils to inks. And after I got Andrew's nod of approval, I went back and revised it again.

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