DOOM comics research

Thursday, April 1, 2010
Here are some preliminary sketches for VICTOR von Doom and some tibetan Khampas (warrior nomads).

Comics Excercise

The prospect of making a comics never occurred to me before, too long to draw, too lazy to commit, and most likely insecure about my style! But hey! New is good right?!...So as project, exercise of style, i decided to have a short pass at it. The idea is to illustrate one the most obscure past about a famous Villain: DR DOOM!
One of my favourite, and certainly one with HAS an origin that sparked my interest. A few googlely research later, i was drawn to the moment in his life where he wasn't the infamous Fantastic Four nemesis, but Victor Von Doom, recently expelled from university and disfigured (left cheek) by an unsuccessful experiment. From there, Victor travels to Tibet, meeting a wise man called Genghis, one the Immortal Eight, then sent to a monastery where, after taking control, he seal his fate by wearing the mask and armour that we all learned to love.
First part of the exercise, the meeting with Genghis.
I loosely started to sketch the pages with no script in mind but the general story. Dangerous, but let's see if can add some text and dialogue later on.
So here it is in a very rough nutshell!

Intro. First page. On the left side are some research for the first two pages set up. On the right, was my first pass for the first page. So far, i'm inclined to use the bottom right sketch of the left side. A simple front page, where we have some vulture chicks (yes, it's right there, with a gollop of imagination) on the top part of the page and a ram skull at the bottom.MMMHHH! Decisions! Decisions!...
Page 2.
Page 3 and 4. Arrival at the entrance of a walled cave. Yeah, now we're getting somwhere!
Page 5 and 6. Breaking the wall. Each strike brings more light into the cave. More is revealed...
Page 7 and 8. The breath of life.
Page 9 and 10. Bringing the Wise man back in the valley. Cleansing ceremonie.
Page 11 and 12. Victor Von Doom has a little thought for his mom before being summoned.
Page 13 and 14. Proper introduction to the Wise man, now in solemn attire. Presentation of the Sword.
Page 15 and 16. Flashback/ story of Genghis/the Wise man, and how he vowed to keep the Occident secured!
Page 17. Genghis presents the Sword to Victor Von Doom. A map is engraved along the Blade(design to come). May be a couple of pages will be added right after this. Victor needs to explain his back story a little, before taking off.
Page 18. And he does take off! Voila, the end!

All suggestions welcomed of course!