Kody’s Production Blog

  • Some thoughts on magic.

    Comics, games, stories, apps, animation, movies. We fall in love with these things because to us, they’re magical. Here’s the bad news. If you choose to become a magician, to create the things you love, that magic will no longer exist. It’s gone—Completely and forever. 

    You quickly find out that what you thought was magic was actually smoke, mirrors, and deception. The illusion is wrapped in duct tape, rubber bands, and a rabbit stuffed inside a bag somewhere under the table. If you choose to become a magician, you’ll never enjoy magic the same way again. But I’ve got some good news. The good news is that there’s a better kind of magic. The magic of process. Figuring out how to hide that rabbit, that’s the real magic. That’s the magic that only magicians get to experience. 

    The creative process. That’s your magic.

  • Kody’s San Diego Comic-Con  schedule

    I won’t have a table this year at SDCC, but you can find me in a few different spots from July 9-12. 


    2pm–2:45pm — PANEL DISCUSSION
    Room: 23ABC
    Image Comics: Where Creators Own The Mainstream — The mainstream is whatever we want it to be. Killer robots, ghosts, absurdist comedy, and space adventures aren’t niche, but in comics, we sometimes treat them like they are. In reality? They’re as mainstream as anything else, thanks to their wide-ranging appeal and the astonishing execution from Kody Chamberlain (Punks), Keenen Marshall Keller (The Humans), Chip Zdarsky (Kaptara), Marjorie Liu (Monstress), Alex Grecian (Rasputin, and Michael Moreci (Roche Limit). Come find your new favorite comic.
    —> This one should be a blast, a great topic with some of the most underrated talent in creator-owned comics. Don’t miss this one —Kody 

    4pm–4:45pm — BOOK SIGNING
    Booth: #1918 
    PUNKS signing with CBLDF
    EVERY RULE OF THE COMIC CODE WILL BE BROKEN IN THESE 32 PAGES. To say thanks for the assured mutual destruction, 20% of all profits will be donated to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Help support an amazing cause and be seduced by the innocent. Or corrupted by the corrupt. Either/or. —> A great cause, and a great group of people. Don’t miss it! —Kody


    10am–10:45am — BOOK SIGNING
    Booth: #2729
    PUNKS signing at the Image Comics booth
    —> Drop by, get some books signed, and let’s talk comics!

  • Writing when you’re an artist.

    Finding time to write when you’re a full-time comic book artist can be VERY difficult. Finding time to proofread and edit that writing is no easier. Here’s one of my time-saving tricks some of you might find useful.

    I often proofread outlines and scripts by ear while I’m at the drawing table by using Apple’s SPEECH feature. It’s in SYSTEM > PREFERENCES > DICTATION/SPEECH.

    You can “Select All” to hear the whole thing, or select specific portions of text. Creating a key combination is handy so you won’t have to bother using the menu.


    If I’m not able to be in the office at all, perhaps on the road or even working in the yard, I’ll export the audio to my iPhone as an MP3 file by selecting all the text and using the SERVICES dropdown menu. I find if I export my script as a PDF and then create the spoken track from Previews, it reads a little cleaner.


    If you’d like to make use of the handy speed adjustments, a quick way of doing that is to use the AUDIOBOOKS tag in the “Get Info” option inside iTunes. Upon playback on your iPhone or iPad, you’ll see the “1x Speed” option a the bottom of the player. 



  • Glen Orbik - R.I.P.

    Just saw the news about Glen Orbik’s death. Only 51 years old? Horrible. I always loved his cover work, and his 50+ page DRAW tutorial with DRAW! Magazine is an absolute treasure. 

  • Masking fluid for inking

    I love collecting and studying original art, it’s one of my favorite things to do at conventions. Most Sunday afternoons, you’ll find me browsing original art for hours a a time. It bums me out when I see older pages with flaky whiteout, Prowhite, etc. that’s slowly crumbling off the page.

    To avoid this problem on my pages, I use Masking Fluid. It’s specifically a watercolor technique I’ve adapted to inking comics. First, you pencil the page, then use the masking fluid to ‘protect’ the paper to create all your white lines, textures, spatter, etc. There’s a clear version of the fluid and a slightly yellowish version that allows you to see it a little easier on the paper. Once you’re done and the masking fluid dries, ink the page as you normally would. Brush works best because pens have a tendency to peel up the latex. Once the page is completely dry, erase the pencil and the masking fluid peels up to reveal the white paper underneath. Give it a try if you’re prone to using white lines on your original part pages.

    Winsor and Newton Watercolor Masking Fluid.

  • Transferring some folders to my new hard drive, I don’t think I’ve ever posted these on Tumblr. Enjoy.