Can’t Keep The Players Straight Without a Scorecard!

Which Marine’s been blown up by the Taliban?  Who’s been bitten by a Zombie?  Whose corpse has been left to be eaten by wild dogs?

Given the extraordinary number of characters in Graveyard of Empires Paul and I thought this would be helpful.  It’s planned to be a regular feature through issue 4.

Touching on my last post, you can use this with the 1st issue to play a little Where’s Waldo and find the Taliban hidden amongst the civilian populace.

If gambling weren’t illegal I’d encourage you all to place bets on who will live, die…and come back from the dead.  (I need to remember some time to tell the story I won money by betting - legally - on a TV show I knew the outcome of).

Before I admit to any felonies, big thanks to letterer/designer Thomas Mauer for making these “mugshots” even better than I envisioned.

EDIT: when I first posted this the 2nd page was an interior page and not cast members.  should be fixed now

Say Hello to the Rest of the GRAVYARD OF EMPIRES team, Part 2: Thomas Mauer.

Letters are the unsung heroes of comics.  Comic are words and pictures, but the only ones who seem to get the credit for the words are writers.  The only time most readers - even creators - notice a letterer’s work is when they screw up.

But here’s an art to juxtaposing words and images.  Balloon placement is key to storytelling.  The type or font often decides how we hear a character in a medium where sound is visual.

Digital tools have made lettering easier (or so I’m told), which makes Thomas’ hand draw balloons a work of art unto themselves.

I first worked with Thomas on “They Shoot Ponies, Don’t They”, a sepia-toned midget western drawn by Chew’s Rob Guillory for the first Popgun anthology that’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever worked on.

Since then he’s gone on to do many things.  Perhaps my favorite of which is Contropussy.

Why do I like that so much, besides the title?  Because it was co-created by Emma Caulfield, who played Anya on Buffy the Vampire slayer and for whom I harbored (still harbor) a bit of a crush.  And now I have an excuse to post a picture of her:

Before you accuse me of being sexist, let me point out that, given her Maxim shoot, this is was the least revealing photo I could find.

For more on Thomas and his work, check out his blog.

And at the risk of beating a dead horse…

…if you are in your comic book shop today, please pre-order your copy of Graveyard of Empires #1 today.