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A Comic From Script to Page

Well, this month 2 years ago I officially received a paycheck from DC Comics for a little web comic I helped create with my good buddy, Brock Heasley. Boy, those were the days. It was incredibly exciting for the both of us and a few months later it became quickly heart-breaking. I’ll give you the cliff notes version of what I’m talking about.

For those of you who didn’t know, Brock and myself entered a web comic contest back in February 2010 on a site called Zuda.com. Zuda was an imprint of DC Comics. We won the contest against 9 other web comics submitted and consequently received a 1 year contract to develop the web comic, Monsterplex, for Zuda/DC and in return we would receive money and fame. Well, at least money.

However, a few months later DC dropped Zuda and 95% of all the web comics that were a part of the imprint. Let us all cry in unison now. Bwhhaaahaha!! But, it didn’t end all bad. DC bought out our contract to make us go away quietly AND we got to go to San Diego Comic Con for three years for free. Cool, huh.

So, in light of the two year anniversary of my first and only professional comic creating gig, I thought I would swipe an entry from our Monsterplex blog that we used to promote the comic during the contest. This one is showing how we create a page for the comic  going from the script to the final page.

Brock originally came up with the concept of Monsterplex and he was also the script writer. We both developed the characters and I actually got to contribute some plot ideas that Brock was happy to incorporate. But, my main job was to do the artwork and the layout of the comic. We then enlisted an ally of Brock’s named Mike Devito to do the colors.


-Page 5 Script - 

1- Ryan helping Lina up, who is none too pleased.
You mean you don’t

LINA (coldly)
Why don’t you
explain it to me?

2- Ryan escorting Lucy and Lina through the theater. Ryan is sweating bullets. We see some beetles crawling on the wall nearby. This is the mighty exposition panel. Panel doesn’t need to be very large, but I need some space for the dialogue.

Happy to oblige!

Here at Corman Cinemas
we cater to a very specific,
thrill-seeking clientele.

We pride ourselves on
the chillingly authentic experience
only we can provide.

We don’t just exhibit
monster movies, we show
you real monsters!

3- This is the showcase of this page. Panel 3 is really a series of 4 panels as Ryan and the ladies walk by the four posters outlined below. The posters themselves are free-floating on the page, like panels. Ryan, Lina and Lucy walk by the posters. (See SuperFogeys 45 from Chapter 2 to see how I did a similar thing—though I would not recommend going full body shots on our trio, from about the chest up should do it.)

panel a – “It Came From the Back Nine” – Show the swamp monster from page 4 terrorizing golfers. Tagline: They Never Should Have Gotten a Hole-in-One.

panel b – “Aunt Attack” – Show aunt wielding a knife and scaring kids. Tagline: Where’s the Fun Uncle When You Need Him?

panel c – “Beetles in the Breadbasket” – Show Beetles spilling out of breadbasket on fine restaurant table, much to the horror of the couple in formal wear sitting there. Tagline: Shh! This is One Ingredient That Should Stay Secret!

panel d – “Vampire Love Boat” – Show a Titanic Poster spoof with Vampires. Tagline: Love. Blood. Boat.

Imagine watching a vampire
on screen, even as you avoid
him in the aisles!

At Corman Cinemas
we import monsters
of only the highest quality from
the lowest of dimensions.

Our mission is to turn your
hair white with fright, all
within a safe and controlled

I ate a bug!

4- Ryan and the ladies at the door to “Vampire Love Boat.” Ryan is reaching for the door, as though he is about to open it. Let’s be sure and see the marquee above the door or the poster or something, if possible.

Yes, well, I won’t say we
haven’t had some…issues

No worries!
Our staff is well-trained and
I doubt we’ll be seeing
any more trouble today!

5- Same as 4, but now the door has flown open and a stream of vampires is rushing out of the auditorium, completely obscuring our view of Ryan and the ladies. Vamps shouldn’t be in tuxedos, ala Dracula. Should be more pedestrian looking. Like a modern gang with fangs, pointed ears and the same reversed-out look to their eyes that Priscilla has.

-End Script-

Now the idea here is to take his script and draw a comic around it. Sounds easy, I know and I thought it surely was. However, it proved more difficult than I imagined, in large part because I was a complete novice to the comic-thing. I don’t really even read comics anymore let alone analyze how they are put together. So, Brock and I would go back and forth often until his vision of the script was realized. So with that in mind check out the process of pencils to ink.

First attempt. The page was lacking something and Brock felt it was the posters that the trio were walking past. So, back to the drawing board..


2nd attempt. That did it. Just putting the posters slightly askew made it feel more like the trio was walking in an abstract space instead of past a boring wall. It gave Ryan's monologue kind of a "montage feel."


Refinement. I'll let Brock boast of my approach: "Here Dave is fleshing out his layout. It always amazes me how rough his pencils are in light of how exacting the inks are."


Inked Version. Now to be sent to the colorist - Mike Devito.


Final Version.


That’s it. Easy, huh? Well, it was definitely a fun run for me. So, I’m sure you’re asking yourself “Whatever became of this awesomely talented trio of boys?”. Thanks for the compliment and allow me to retort.

Brock has another web comic that he has been doing long before Monsterplex came around called Superfogeys. Check it out, it’s quite good. He also has just finished a memoir … yes a real book not a comic. As you can see, Brock has got a little bit of talent in him.

Mike Devito is the founder of Th3rd World Studios which hosts some great web comics, including Superfogeys.

I, David Schlotterback, am currently writing this blog. Oh and I run a little company called California Dingo. I also collect rubber duckies and love to watch paint dry.

Thanks for checking out today’s post and tip-toeing down memory lane for little ol’ me. I’m much obliged.

Till next time…

David (Cali Dingo)



San Diego Comic Con 4 (Le Finale)

Okay, the long anticipated finale in the ongoing saga of my quest to SDCC is coming to an epic end in today’s post. Well, maybe not epic, but an end nonetheless. These are random pics I snapped while walking the convention center and I felt they just didn’t fit in any particular category. So, without further ado… SDCC-Randomness.


Angry Birds 1

Angry Birds are everywhere. When you press a button on some of these they played that cheering noise the birds make in the game. Pretty cool.


Angry Birds 2

More angry birds.


Batman Comic

I bought a poster of this while at SDCC. I would trade that any day for this.


Captain America Comic

Another one I'd like to have.


The poster for the Captain America movie. It has that old action movie feel to it. I love it. Classic.


Charlie Sheen Mask

A Charlie Sheen mask. I just thought it was too asinine to pass up a snap.


Chris Reeves

Awesome Chris Reeves Superman statue. The likeness is impeccable.


Chris Reeves 2

A close up of the face. I wish I could hold the camera still for these!



Every Comic Con blog has a picture of this He Man statue. So, I figured I would join the crowd. I never really was a He Man fan, I was more into Thundercats.


Archie KISS

Had to snap this one. Archie covering KISS. Nice.


Makeup Artist 1

A makeup artist demonstration. They had 3 other people being made up, but this was the coolest. Very interesting watching them do this. Takes a very long time.


Makeup Artist 2

A little bit closer. Quite a talent.


Makeup Artist 3

And.... another shot.


Han Solo

Good ole' Han Solo frozen in carbonite. It must always be represented at geek fests.


SpiderMan Statue

The picture does it no justice. In real life this looked quite cool.


Spiderman Comic

I want this even more than the other two. Oh how I want this...


Star Wars Car 1

Thought I would finish off with this talented individual. A comic book artist drew and inked a Star Wars theme on a car that was being raffled off.


Star Wars Car 2

It was amazing watching this guy do his thing. Incredible talent.


Star Wars Car 3

An "action" shot! Just using a Sharpie, I believe.


Star Wars Car 4

Better view of the side. Must have taken him all day. I would imagine he'd have cramps in his wrists and fingers.


Well, that does it for the Comic Con posts. Hope you enjoyed and I will be attending at least one more time which will be next year, thanks to DC Comics! My free registration will expire after that.

Till next time…

David (Cali Dingo)

San Diego Comic Con 3

Hello again!

We are continuing our coverage of the San Diego Comic Con with this post solely dedicated to all the interesting, outlandish and sometimes pointless costumes I came across while roaming the convention center. There are quite a few photos so I’ll keep the preamble to a minimum. A fun aspect of attending SDCC is being able to see all the hard work and creativity that some people put into their costumes. There were plenty to go around and I tried to snap as many as possible. I heard about several celebs walking around in costumes, but alas, I came across none..at least that I know of.

Without further wait time.. SDCC Part 3: Cosplay!


Batman and Girls

Great Batman costume. I think I saw him last year. DC hires professionals to walk the aisles and I think he's one of 'em.


Batman Cast

The Penguin costume really intrigued me the most of this lot.


Boba Fett

There's always an excellent Boba Fett lurking around somewhere. I found him.


Captain Amercia 1

Of course, with the Captain America movie coming out that weekend, there were plenty of Captains running around that week.


Captain America 2

Interesting version.



This guy just ran around scaring people. It was fun to watch.



Some old school Scooby Doo for ya.


Dr. Girlfriend

Dr. Girlfriend from my favorite cartoon ever...The Venture Bros.


Gene Simmons

Gotta snap a pic when you see Gene Simmons coming at ya.



There's always a Harlequin. Her's was well done.



This guy put in some serious hours on this costume. Very cool. All the legs moved as he walked.


Invisible Girl

Invisible Girl. I have no idea what she's holding in her hand. She's plugging something for herself.


Princess Leia

She couldn't get far with all the picture taking going on. I doubt she made it in.


Planet of the Apes 1

This blew me away! Best I saw that weekend.


Planet of the Apes 2

Had to take another snap.


Red Skull

The Red Skull...due to Captain America coming out that weekend.


Sucker Punch

Sucker Punch.


Random Superheroes 1

Several random superheroes.


Random Superheroes 2

Well done...well done.


Random Superheroes 3

I have no idea if these are characters from any particular books/shows or if they just made them up. At any rate, their costumes were worthy of a snap.


Tony Stark

Very good Tony Stark I saw on Preview Night. Almost looks like Stephen Malkmus.



Rorschach from Watchmen.


Wonder Twins

Excellent tribute to the Wonder Twins. Too funny!


Well, that does it for this post. We have one more coming that will encompass just the random cool things I came across and couldn’t figure out what category to put it in. So, until we meet again…

David (Cali Dingo)

San Diego Comic Con 2

Hello All,

I am back with Part 2 of our saga: Adventures in Comic Con. This time I will be sharing photos of all things related to Movies and Television. They had a lot of very interesting props from the actual T.V. and movie sets, not to mention just a few cool sculptures and whatnot that are related to television shows and movies. I obviously was unable to hit up every display, but I found a large selection during my meanderings of the convention center that I thought were quite interesting and just generally worth a click of the camera. So without further ado…So without further ado…. SDCC Volume 2: Television and Movies!


An Avengers display. They gave out all sorts of swag related to the upcoming movie.


Back to Future 1

The Back To The Future car. I love these movies and it's mostly because I love this car.


Back to Future 2

Here's what they had inside the car. Some props used in the movies.


Back to Future 3

Another view of the inside. Just behind the seat you can see the glow of the flux capacitor.


Back to Future 4

The plutonium. It's amazing how detailed the props are in these movies. Very cool.


Back to Future 5

The rear of the car. Great display.


Star Wars

R2D2 and C3PO display. And some random guy I caught while snapping the photo.


Joker Outfit

The outfit Heath Ledger wore as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Once again, the eye for detail when they make these things is stunning.


Green Lantern 1

The lantern used in The Green Lantern.


Green Lantern 2

I thought it was worth a try to power up with the lantern. However, I forgot I must use the ring. Oh, well.


MIB Bike

A bike that is from the upcoming MIB3.


Night Owl Mask

Night Owl mask from the Watchmen movie.


Pan Am TV

Booth for the upcoming Pan Am T.V. show. I just find it interesting how Mad Men has made the jetset era a little more nostalgic for people.


Superman Newspaper

The newspaper announcing Superman's return in Superman Returns.


Watchmen Photo

I love this photo. It was used in the movie Watchmen. Very neat.


Well, that is it for now. Part 3 will be coming soon.

Till then…

David (Cali Dingo)


San Diego Comic Con 1

Hello All!

It took me quite a while to compile all the photos I took during my visit to the San Diego Comic Con and piece together the best (or better ones at least) to share on the Cali Dingo Blog. But, I did it! And…by slowly rolling over each photo it allowed me a chance to relive my great experience down in San Diego. I not only spent time at the convention itself, but I (and my lovely wife) took time to indulge in the beautiful city of San Diego itself. Boy, what a great time and what great weather! I want to move down there, that much I’ve decided. Now just need to find the logistics to make it work. :P

At any rate, there were waaaay to many photos for one blog post. So, I broke up all the photos into selected categories and will be posting those categories over the course of the next few or more days. This categorizing is very untypical of a non-A Type personality such as myself. So a comment or two to acknowledge it was worth it, would make Cali Dingo smile. :D

So without further ado…. SDCC Volume 1: The Overall Environment, Superhero Monster Trucks & The Sole Celeb I Found.

Shuttle Ride

Shuttle Ride to the Convention Center



Local Hotels & Businesses Change Their Decor For SDCC.



The Line To Get Our Badge.


Outside After

Outside It's a Mad House. I Couldn't Find Myself.



Got The Badge. I'm a Pro! Thanks, DC Comics!


ThunderCats Bag

I Was Hoping I'd Get This Bag. I Was A Major Fan As A Kid.


Welcome Sign

The Welcome Sign.



Local Businesses Revamp Their Decor. Pretty Cool Sight.


South Park Balloons

South Park Balloons. Nice.



More Revamped Buildings.


Wolverine Car

Wolverine Monster Truck.


SpiderMan Car

SpiderMan Monster Truck


Iron Man Car

Iron Man Monster Truck.


Captain America Car 1

Captain America Monster Truck.


Captain America Car 2

Captain America Monster Truck.


Sergio Aragones

Sergio Aragones from MAD Magazine. The Only Celeb I Came Across. LOL.

Well, that’s it for Volume 1. I’ll be back again with Costumes, Movie Props and more!

Till then…

David (Cali Dingo)