Daddy Lightning Preliminary Sketches and Ideas

I'll be posting the first bunch of pages again from Daddy Lightning here On Monday. First, some sketches and thoughts.

I wrote this book in the winter of 2009, when Rosalie was a newborn, mostly in the first few weeks of her life. Forgive my compartmentalizing as I talk about the process from 2 years ago as if everything now were normal.

I started with sketches. Just doodles, really from what I was feeling. Which was puzzlement, stress, hunger, and a maybe a sort of scrutiny from the moms of the world as I tried to enter their realm. You can see all that below.

sooner or later these sketches began to coalesce into some ideas for situations.

Including a little formal exercise I developed doing comic strips: posting an image at the top, imagining a before, an after, mixing with other random ideas and brainstorming other directions. This above became the swaddling contest at the center of the book.

Once I felt there was a series of situation and actions, or "bits" I chose the best ones, arranged them in a line and then planned them out as a 44 page book:

And began sketching:

The horrible chaos of the last few months has meant I can't even find my original sketches. I'm working from printouts and missing valuable notes I made to myself a year ago.

Oops- I didn't shove that word balloon up to the top.

I did not flip this

I did not pull back.

Here's a cover sketch.

The book is due from Retrofit April 1. More soon.


Jeff Mason said…
Your link to retrofitcomics is wrong. It should be:
Michael Avolio said…
Thanks for sharing this with us, Tom.

Michael Avolio

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