Dragonwolf webcomic page 3 of The Blackwolf Samurai part 1
And now we finally get a look at our hero, Dragonwolf, aka Akira Blackwolf, the half Japanese, half Mohawk Indian. Some people who have read this asked if what he was doing was meditating. The answer is yes, he is meditating. Not sure if that came across really well in the panel, but at least with his eyes closed, and being interrupted, you can tell he wasn’t just sitting and staring out the window.
I wasn’t really happy with the last panel of just his eyes, but it works for a black and white comic. When I tried coloring the page, it looks weird with nothing but a pinkish flesh-tone in that panel. I think some creative coloring techniques might help it a bit. I didn’t want to stray too far from Will/Bill’s vision of how he drew it. This was a big collaboration somewhat in the old Mighty Marvel style. I say somewhat because the traditional Mighty Marvel way was for Stan “the Man” Lee give a basic plot summary to Mr. Jack Kirby (usually), with the main beat points of what happens in the story. Mr. Kirby would then go draw the pages and give them back to Stan to write the dialogue.
What we did here was, I wrote the story in a prose style, including lots of description, then handed it to Bill/Will to draw it out. He made sure to leave enough room for dialogue bubbles, as you will see in future pages.
Did it work? To a point. There are some pages I think worked better than others. What would I do differently? Pare back on the dialogue a lot. Less is more.
Pencils by Will Ward
Digital inks and lettering by Timm Gillick
Written by Timm Gillick