Ryan Sook Brings Kamandi to Life

Ryan Sook, artist on the outstanding Kamandi strip, was kind enough to take time out to chat with us about the book this week and how he thinks the whole project has come out.

Newsarama: The strip seems to quite obviously reference the old Prince Valiant strips by Hal Foster and John Cullen Murphy. Was that your idea, or Dave (Gibbons’), and how the process come about?

RYAN SOOK: That was Dave’s idea, actually. What he said to me was, ‘I want it to look like the old Prince Valiant strip!’ He said he wanted a title bar and one or two big flashy images in each page. And, he mentioned the old Japanese wood block prints [such as the ukiyo-e art of Utagawa Hiroshige] for a palette. I was familiar with Foster’s work, but I didn’t really need a lot of reference work; I just kept it in the back of my mind when I drew the strips. We went from there.

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1 Response to “Ryan Sook Brings Kamandi to Life”

  1. 1 Doc Thompson April 11, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Doc Thompson Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    April 12th, 2010 at 3:30 am

    But that’s the point: too many of the strips completely miss the point of the single page storyline. Instead of telling a micro story on each page, they read just like the first two pages of a normal 22 page comic.
    Actually,they would need to serialize each comic like Prince Valiant.The reason the short story format is practacully dead,is often bad writers create shadow worlds,that might be suitable for a short story,but do little help better characters and create world building.Writers now would rather,if they are smart write a long novel lenth story or a series.Short stories are a format left in the past.Even comics now need to serialize their material to fit larger story arches.Wendnedays might need to re-think this format.

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