Thursday, February 25, 2010

NHL Hockey Action in March's NetTrekkers Comic

NetTrekkers - Original inked comic art featuring NHL Hockey action
NetTrekkers - Original inked comic art featuring NHL Hockey action

Above is a snapshot (or should I say "slapshot?") of the original comic artwork for next month's NetTrekkers comic. In this episode, the kids take part in an NHL hockey game ... Actually, it's a Stanley Cup playoff match featuring the Montreal Canadiens vs. the Vancouver Canucks!

For those who enjoy the comic creation process, I do my rough pencil work and inking on sheets of Strathmore Smooth Bristol board (300 Series). Each page measures 11"x14," although the comic is sized to be printed on regular letter-sized paper.

The following is a scan of page 2's original rough pencil layout. Normally, I leave a tiny margin around the entire page, but you may notice that I've drawn the Stanley Cup right to the edge. This was done intentionally so that I could crop the image and allow it to "bleed" (i.e., be printed right to the edge of the paper).

NetTrekkers - Original rough pencil sketch comic art featuring NHL Hockey action
NetTrekkers - Rough pencilled comic page layout.

Personally, I'm not a huge hockey fan, but this particular episode was really fun to draw because it had several action sequences. I know, I know ... How can I be a proud Canadian and not enjoy hockey?!

Well, I don't mind watching it when a championship is on the line. Speaking of which, Go Team Canada!! for tonight's Women's Olympic Gold Medal!!

NetTrekkers - Full Colour Comic Page - CLICK TO ENLARGE!
NetTrekkers - Full colour comic page.

The full colour final art for this comic will be published in the March 2010 issue of The Canadian Reader from LesPlan Education Services Ltd.

NetTrekkers - Full colour comic pages featuring NHL Hockey action
NetTrekkers - Full colour comic pages featuring NHL Hockey action.

Attention all Canadian elementary school teachers ...

Classroom sets of NetTrekkers Comic Yearbook - Book #1 are now available for ordering from LesPlan Educational Services Ltd.

Now you can help inspire and develop student literacy using a fun and exciting comic book that's all about Canada!

Click here to download a brochure (PDF format).


Stay TOONed!

- Mike Cope

1 comment:

  1. These drawings are really fun Mike...but no Boston Bruins?!

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