Written and Illustrated by William D. Hodge
Black & White
Page Count: 24
A little girl witnesses a battle between the Uncanny and The Thought Police over the life of a stranger. Is this just the wild imagination of a
child or the beginning of the unseen war against freedom and imagination? Living shadows, fractal ego traps and steam powered consciousness. Is The Uncanny a myth or legend?
The Uncanny Prologue is free to download via Comixology (very soon) or Wyldcard Studio´s website (http://wyldcardstudio.com/?page_id=86).
According to William D. Hodge this “is a super hero book. My take on a new age of super heroes. The difference with my approach is that each of the characters have achieved their abilities through physical or mental means. It’s a team book that will deal with a lot of different subjects. It’s tone and subject are similar to The Matrix (which is a huge influence along with Grant Morrison).
William D. Hodge has completed 7 issues (1 through 6 plus a Prologue issue) in total and a collection of issues 1-3. The books were published
through a print on demand site Ka-blam. All of the issues are on sale, and they stay on sale at indyplanet.com.
The Uncanny will be presented via Comixology and Wyldcard’s site on a weekly basis, with also an instant TPB-download of #1-3 if you do not want to wait that long.
Hodge’s art is a style which truly stands out and how he explains his approach, is like this: “The way I produce my art is completely digital. I
use 3d reference for my work. I create all of the people and most of the props and backgrounds. Sometimes I purchase backgrounds/digital sets. If I need something generic, sometimes it’s easier to just purchase instead of taking the time to create it. I set up the scenes, especially focusing on creating different and interesting lighting. Once I render the scene, I then draw and ink the characters, usually each on their own layer. The backgrounds, ie buildings and things like that, I do work directly over because there’s no need to set up the perspective and I don’t have to rule a bunch of straight lines. I experiment a lot. I use a lot of brushes with different textures and I’ve created a lot. When I draw a lot of the lines, I set the brushes differently to get different effects. Like I said, I like to experiment. I believe in using any tool that will help you achieve the look you want. When I used to ink on boards I used to use sponges and toothbrushes to get textures. The reason I work this way is because I want my stuff to not look like anything else out there. I used to draw from other people’s drawings in comic books. I used to use the same poses everyone else did. Now I create my own poses. I try things from different angles.”
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