SpiderRed/Emily Chibi Art


The fantastically talented Dre Throne (follow him on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/art_thirst44/ ) created the awesome SpiderRed. Then he created this fun SpiderRed/Emily Chibi mashup. Thank you kind sir, sorry it has taken me a while to post this.

Dre and I met on DeviantArt, he was nice enough to let me practice lettering on some old pages of his. He didn’t have any dialogue, just sound effects, so I ad-libbed. I dug them up to go through them, and want to talk a little about the lettering process. A lot of mistakes were made…

SpiderRed page 1
  • The positioning of the lettering is a mess. Good lettering should push they eye across the page in a giant Z pattern. The first narration box should have been in the top left corner.
  • The font size is far too large.
  • The crossbar ‘i” should never happen inside a word.
  • There is too much white space inside each text box. There should only be enough room for an additional character.
SpiderRed page 2
  • The errors I made lettering this page are similar to the last.
  • The balloon tails look terrible; inconsistent, with one being far too fat.
  • The font size is all over the place! I think I was trying to show volume with the sizes, which can look good if done right, but lettering needs subtlety.

The point I am trying to make about lettering is: good lettering, like makeup & basslines, does best when guiding the audience, not distracting them.

Want to learn more about lettering? The fine folks at Comicraft are a great resource.

Preview:The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck

The Black Shuck

The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck for Pre-Order on Kickstarter!

This post is going to be a little different, I’m doing a preview!  Mark Allard was kind enough to provide me with his script and a couple pages of preview art for his upcoming comic, The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck.


The line work and inking is to be done by Ryan Howe, known for excellent books such as the HenchmenSpacepig Hamadeus and Daisy Blackwood (check out the CEK Review).  Ryan is obviously skilled (see the pages below), and where he excels the most is as a story teller.  All background work, character expressions and clothing help to immerse the reader into the wold he builds.  Panel perspectives are always changing, keeping the story engaging and the pacing up.

Elaine Will is on colouring duty for The Burning Black.  While I’ve read all of Elaine’s work (please pick up Look Straight Ahead, it’s an important book about mental health), I’ve never paid close attention to her colouring work.  Here I see some great choices which elevate Ryan’s line work, giving his art a new stylized, cinematic feel.

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This is a preview, and full disclosure, I did not read the entire script.  I do not wish to ruin my first experience of reading Burning Black’s printed version.  Mark explained, during a coffee, the Black Shuck is an icon of folklore across the British Isles, with recorded accounts of sightings, blending with fairy tales spun by communities, adding to the legend.

Mark’s goal is to explore a fictional background of the Black Shuck, speculating on how this monster came to be, and what this could imply under the scope of real world history.  Furthermore, Mark explores the dark side of humanity, in the context of Cognitive Dissonance, and the potential for a Mr. Hyde-like result from the stress this can cause on one’s mind.

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Where to Buy?

The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck is currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter.  All of the funds raised from pre-sales are going directly into paying Elaine and Ryan their page rates. 

While CEK’s focus is Saskatchewan based, this project reached across the Atlantic and lead to an article with the BBC.  I am certain The Burning Black will become something special, do not miss your chance to pre-order your copy!

Review: Blackthorne #0

Blackthorne #0

Blackthorne #0 is a Tease

I used to think Colin Work was a really nice guy.  He posts dad pictures on Facebook, is friendly to talk to, and has an awesome beard.  But then it all changed…



Blackthorne #0 introduces the setting (shout out to Calgary) and the protagonist (guess his name), hinting at a rocky past and a violent present.  We get our guy jacked up and ready to go…

Colin Work, Take My Money!

I’m looking forward to reading Blackthorne’s story.  If you wanna see more art, mingle, and see photos of Dads with beards, head over to https://www.facebook.com/BlackthornePrimalStudios/

CEK Stuff… because I gotta make it about me…

Thanks to everyone who was generous enough to jump in early and pre-ordered Emily Executioner on Kickstarter!  As of writing this, we are 45% to the goal!  Please remember, everyone who buys the physical book during the campaign gets their name in the thank you section on the interior back cover.