Mark Wheatley drawing ‘Lone Justice: Crash!’ video

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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17 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    That is so incredibly cool! Thanks Mark and Comicmix for posting that.Just don't ever try and make animated comics. Those things suck. Do behind the scenes videos, tutorials like this one.!

    • MARK WHEATLEY says:

      Weeeeeeellllllllll – tomorrow Glenn will be posting the LONE JUSTICE: CRASH! trailer. And that's kind of a CLUTCH CARGO style animation. But I do agree with you. I've tried my hand at animated comics and it always creates a confusion in my mind as I work – how far do I take it? As a reader I can sometimes enjoy it – but usually it is just a distraction.

  2. Russ Rogers says:

    Lone Justice ROCKS! Great video. A well made tutorial. Did you catch that crazy soundtrack? Smokin'!(But shouldn't REAL India Ink be imported from India? If it's imported from Japan, then it's Japan Ink!)

    • MARK WHEATLEY says:

      Good point about the ink. A point that my wife brought up at the World Premiere of the video (here in our living room, as we were walking the red carpet). And the answer is – the essential ingredient that goes into India ink that we use today does not come from India, it comes from Vietnam. We once could buy real India ink here in the US – but the Vietnam War caused an embargo in the US on any imports from Vietnam. So for several decades our indigenous ink producers have used alternatives and substitutes that have resulted in really awful ink. In Japan they have not had to deal with the embargo and their ink is still first rate stuff.Don't get me started on the problems finding good paper.

      • Russ Rogers says:

        Very cool bit of trivia. Here's a similar story. Did you know that Shellac is made from the shell of the Lac Beetle? I'm serious. During WWII, there was a shortage of Shellac, because most of it had come from Japan. At the time, records were mostly made of shellac. So if there was a HIT record, producers would go out and buy up other records in the bargain bins, recycle them and press the HIT!

        • MARK WHEATLEY says:

          Just think of all the comic books we would have to grind up to make LONE JUSTICE: CRASH!And, of course the essential India ink ingredient that I was talking about is shellac.

          • Russ Rogers says:

            OK, I may have misspoken when I said that most shellac came from Japan. But it did come across the Pacific and WWII made for shortages! The rest is mostly true. And it's funny that shellac is the essential Japan Ink ingredient!I like that these small bits of shared trivia, these small asides, will drive this conversation up the charts as one of the most ACTIVE CONVERSATIONS! I can take perverse pleasure in some very small things.

          • MARK WHEATLEY says:

            Yes – in spite of the fact that this conversation is taking a shellacking!More trivia – during WWII my dad was a Merchant Marine and was responsible for hauling fuel to the US fleet and then bringing back needed goods to the US. I wonder if he was hauling any shellac?

  3. Marc Alan Fishman says:

    Hey Mark, I work very much in a similar fashion. I was lucky to get my hands on the cintiq (the small 12 inch one) to do the basic "pencils" by hand, and then I ink and color using the normal intuous just like you. So it would seem, we work basically the same way. Love the book so far. I'd love to show you some of what we're doing in my neck of the woods sometime! Keep it up!

    • MARK WHEATLEY says:

      I've been tempted by the Cintiq. If it didn't have a high price tag I would have gotten one. But whenever I start making my "cost justification study" I keep coming back to the fact that I'm very comfortable with the Intuos. Now – if I was going to try to justify getting a Cintiq – it would have the best chance for me in the painting end of the process.So, I'm curious – why not just do all the steps on the Cintiq? Why switch to the Intuos?And if you want us to see what you're doing – just post a link to a gallery.

  4. Marc Alan Fishman says:

    Ahh, well, we kinda sorta want to keep our work "private" for the time being, but please don't hesitate to send me an e-mail ( so we can send you a little bit of what we do. I bounce between the intous and and cintiq mainly because of speed. When I want more control for penciling or inking something meticulous, I'll use the cintiq… But for making flats, coloring, etc… I tend to still bounce between a mouse and the pen, making it easier for me on the normal tablet. I got the Cintiq (the small one) through my work, and I find that the canvas is very workable, but I still like to color on my bigger flat screen on the desk.

    • MARK WHEATLEY says:

      Okay – that makes sense about the bigger flat screen.Insight Studios eMail is set to filter out any attachments from people we don't work with. And in fact – most of our people no longer eMail images. We all use services like Anyway – if you want to post your work somewhere, I'll be happy to take a look.So – you're working on staff as an artist or designer for someone?

  5. Marc Alan Fishman says:

    I have a day job as a graphic designer for a large e-retailer. But at night, I work with my studio, Unshaven Comics. I write, draw, color, design, you name it. We have one book out in the marketplace (through a small independent publisher here in Chicago), and are hard at work on some other new and exciting things. I will probly post some sketches and other fun things on our site soon, and when I do, I shall pester you all about it!

  6. Marc Alan Fishman says:

    Whoa, free plug? Thanks Russ. :)

    • Russ Rogers says:

      There ain't no sense in just talking about it, when it's just so darn easy to create a link! And you are most welcome. :)