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Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

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13 Responses

  1. Neil says:

    A nice start. This installment definitely needs to be read in two-page mode due to a few double page spreads/continuations. You might want to suggest that in the week one description.

  2. Todd says:

    That went nicely with lunch. ;-)Loved it, but a couple formatting comments.Two-page spreads, while a print staple (pun intended), aren't effective for webviewing on a standard-sized monitor. Probably should be in the Comic Mix design notes.Also wouldn't hurt to slap a "to be continued" on the last page. That I was absorbed enough to slap the space bar and wonder why it wasn't forwarding tells you Grell's still Grell, but it would make it easier on me.

    • Neil says:

      What do you call a "standard-sized" monitor? It looks pretty nice to me on a 17" monitor with a 1280×1024 setting.

      • Todd says:

        I'd shoot for the entry-level 15" monitor. Besides, to read the lettering, most people need to bump it up a couple sizes. You don't see the full-page, top to bottom and you don't see a spread.Remember, most people leave resolution at default settings.

  3. Gary Chaloner says:

    As Neil commented above…. great start! Nice to have Sable back in a big way… and the art and colouring looks sweet.The navigation combined with double-page spreads IS an issue. Perhaps the double-page spreads could be supplied as a single image file? Thereby sidelining any reader viewing problems.As to screen resolution etc… in my experience producing 'Will Eisner's JOHN LAW' for the web, there is no pleasing everybody… not even close. I assume that's why the Comicmix Reader has controls for punters to set the viewing at their own comfort level. There's no way that a webcomics publisher (dealing with a variety of formats like Comicmix will) can have a default setting that will match everyone's monitor and resolution settings, let alone their browser of choice.I've developed a simple artwork grid that allows for monitor proportioned art (say, 800 x 600 pixels or 900 x 650) that can then, with a minimum of cut'n'paste in Photoshop, be re-constructed to print proportions… without affecting story flow. I realise this doesn't help for issues upon issues of comics being published online that were originally drawn for the printed page… but maybe something like this could be a solution for the future with 'new' work?

  4. Elayne Riggs says:

    Wow, I'd forgotten how much I love Mike Grell's gorgeous art – and I second the compliment on Glenn's coloring! The thing is, though — the male characters are all dressed and clearly actors in their own drama, and the lone female character introduced so far is scantily clad, mostly in repose and exists more to be looked at than to be an active player? Seems a bit of a double standard there. I hope it evens out soon.

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      She's a supermodel. She's supposed to be looked at.Oh, all right, we'll bring out some of her character nuances next installment. But we're putting her in a slinky nightgown, just to show that we're not in complete thrall to the Friends of Lulu wing of the blogosphere.

      • Elayne Riggs says:

        FoL has a blogospheric ring? Why doesn't anyone tell me about these things?I was kind of hoping you'd go the way of "Okay, we'll make sure Mike shows more shots of Sable nekkid and in repose," to tell you the truth. :)

        • Glenn Hauman says:

          Nekkid Sable? Installment 6 or 7, I think– but he's somewhat, shall we say, active at the time. Think of it as a Christmas present.

  5. Marcus says:

    So nice to see that beautiful Grell art again.I do have to echo the concerns about the double-page spreads, though. And the lettering threatens to bog down the movement of the story at several points. Some pages are perfect while a few are a bit too chatty. And check out the girl's first line on page six: The balloon pointer is practically inside her mouth!

  6. Jens H. Altmann says:

    Why does that title sound familiar? Did Mike plan to present this story sometime earlier?Anyway. More Sable brightens my life. It was my favorite comic, with Grimjack and Groo, back in the 1980s.Now, if there could be more Starslayer…

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      Grell announced that Sable would return in Ashes of Eden at the end of Bloodtrail, the recent series published by IDW.

  7. Average Joe says:

    Chapter 1Who is the man in the white suit? He is never named in the enitre chapter. Not a good way to intruduce a character. Also, on page 5, shouldn't he be saying "It doesn't look like much now…" instead of "didn't"?