Okay so you know the drill, illustrate in comic book format the 100th page of the book I’m currently reading as per the Page 100 Project.
So this was interesting because the book Aliens: The Labyrinth by S.D. Perry is based on the Dark Horse Comics Aliens Labyrinth mini series which I thought I had read but I came to realise that I had only read one part of it and not the part that I had to illustrate. Actually I thought the completely wrong book was the base of the novel until I read it so happily I was not bound by my preconceived images of the characters.
Now here is my page:
I took some artistic licence with the first panel because this is a standalone page I wanted everyone to know that this was an Alien related piece and needed to establish the xenomorph laying on the table. If this was part of an overall comic book the conversation would have started with a close up of the organ in question. Although now that I look at the original comic (you can see it down below) the first panel is very similar in that it’s the old guy pointing at the alien from off panel – just different view points!
In my piece I don’t think it’s established which organ they’re talking about either which is all good because I’m happy for you the reader to draw your own conclusions and imagine whatever disgusting organ you can from the mess.
I’ve also left the faces devoid of colour on purpose as I remember some old horror comics that were reprinted cheaply and the printer obviously only had a couple of colours to work from and left all the skin/eyes without colour which really stood out in my mind.
This was a really wordy page and I leapt into the script a little too quickly and carelessly but overall I don’t think it really detracts and besides this is more art than commercially polished
I don’t have a text version of the book to reproduce here so I thought it might be fun to look at the original artwork from the comic book on which the novel was based:
The next book I’m reading is non-fiction so this should prove interesting for the next page.