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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS - Day 9: In making DWTS, there was never any "throwaway art," as some prime examples of "cool" seemingly came from out of nowhere. A prime example is this sketch of Danielle and Michael that artist Guilherme Balbi (PREDATORS, SUPERBOY) banged-out during the process of development. While it was never used officially, the black-and-white image remains one of my favorite representations of the characters, even though less-refined than what their appearance would eventually become...

Wednesday, October 08 2014 08:32

31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: Subtle Differences

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31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS - Day 8: As has often been said, the Devil is in the details. I'm picky when it comes to my own creations, and the colors of DWTS were no exception, like this page from  DEATH WALKS THE STREETS #0. As Abaddon towered above the streets of New Marshall, flanked by two of his Locust-demon "Shadows," the color by the excellent Java Tartaglia (FANTASTIC FOUR, SUPERBOY) wasn't quite right at first... for me. Below you can see a before-and-after about how subtle differences make an impact...

31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS - Day 7: Drawing from the movies that inspired us, a few homages made their way into the DWTS screenplays and comics. Once of the most notable and obvious came within the pages of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS #0, a little nod to Fred Dekker's 1987 film, THE MONSTER SQUAD when Danielle and Michael came across a very angry Werewolf...

Halloween 201431 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: Day 6  - Not many people know this, but here in the archives is an unfinished book the the DWTS series... one that just needs colors and letters, and could easily be released. Eventually, the prequel mini-series will be completed and repackaged in one concise volume, but until that time, there is more to share. The three images below represent scrapped artwork for that next, as-of-yet unfinished book. Great artwork by Guilherme Balbi, but not right for one reason or another...

Halloween 201431 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: Day 5  - When the DWTS Comic Books first launched in 2008, the concept of a "Comic Book Trailer" was still sort of a new thing. We did pretty well with one that at a certain point was splashed everywhere - with multiple copies on different video platforms and websites. Now, I think the only remaining copy is on YouTube. I'm not super-fond of it in 2014, but I did another trailer in 2011 that I still think holds up. Check out the 2008 version below...

Halloween 201431 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: Day 4 - By the time 2008 rolled around, Ben and I were clear of the film deal and on our way to pursuing the comic book prequel on our own. Truth told, this wasn't actually the first time a DWTS comic had been in development. In the early stages of the film project, one of the "producers" paired us with another writer who was equally unknown to develop a prequel as well - then paired that with an art team that Ben and I didn't really have anything to do with. I'm not even 100% certain how that all unfolded, but no real comic book action happened until we took the reigns and made it so. Pictured below are five of the initial character concepts for Michael Labou, Danielle Dante and Malcolm McDermott (Dominick Savini is pictured above). Those who have read the comics will note the differences are pretty drastic, but some of the elements were retained as the evolved. More on that later...

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