Jay Kelley's "The Brother" pg 2-3, art by Samax Amen
The Brother is a super-powered African time traveler who considers himself the guardian of the African Diaspora. According to Jay, his chief inspiration in creating the Brother was Doctor Who. As someone that has never watched Doctor Who, my take on the character is inspired by a cross of Cornell West, Shaka Zulu, and supernatural pulpish superheroes like the Phantom Stranger and the Spectre. Run Alonzo, Run is our 16 page introduction to the character, but it's not an origin story. By the time the story opens, the Brother is already known as a force to be reckoned with... feared by authorities and criminals alike.
I drew the first page of this story with traditional tools, and the second page (top) was made as sketches that I combined and finished in Photoshop. Page three was drawn straight into Photoshop on my Cintiq.That third page took about nine hours total, which for me is pretty fast. So let's cross our fingers and hope that this means I will get faster and faster at drawing comics digitally!
We have some very cool plans for The Brother that we'll be announcing soon enough, but for now, I'm just concentrating on getting pages done.
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