Final pages of Counter Attack on my desk.
The last step that I do on paper is painting the cover. I sketch it out in pencil on a sheet of printer paper first. Then I tape it to my lightbox and paint over it on a sheet of hotpress watercolor paper that is taped on top of the sketch.
I was rather frustrated with my painting for the cover because I couldn't find the same paper I'd used for the previous ones and this paper reacted differently than I expected. But I'm including the process photos because in the end I think they look fine in the final prints. After the colors are done, I use a brush and India ink to outline it and write out the title on a separate piece of bristol board.
I scan in the art, make any fixes in photoshop, save each image as its own page, bring them into Indesign and export them as a .PDF. Then it's off to the copy shop with my PDF on a memory key! I go in the next day to look at the proof, make any changes if I need to and order the final copies. About a week later, I've got my finished comics! Fidget displays a copy of Counter Attack #4:
Only a week left until MoCCA! Allan Norico and I will be at table H7! I'll post a handy map next week.