Writing is a mysterious process for me. It always begins with an idea that springs from nowhere and then when I have a cast of characters they speak to me. I still write with a pencil and can't keep up with the dialog I hear. A lot of times they take me to places I didn't want to go and I have to go back and edit later but it's always fascinating hearing their voices.
The story "Meltdown!" I'm working on was originally written a few years ago for R. G. Taylor but he decided to do the above story instead. The story was printed in Negative Burn #21 and collected with some other great stories in a trade paperback collection called Growing Up With Comics. Rick is best known in comics for illustrating "Wordsmith" written by Dave Darrigo and "Silencers" with Mark Askwith but these days he's doing some fantastic landscape and streetscape paintings that can be viewed here. Check it out. It's well worth the trip.
This is a story about a CIA spy who has run into an old adversary or has he. Is there a plot being hatched or is it all in his imagination. Stay tuned. There's a few drawing mistakes but these can be fixed in the inking or not. Sometimes I leave them in if they're not too outrageous because I think it helps "animate" the illustration.
As I've mentioned before one of my favorite parts of drawing is doing roughs and doodles. I get to work on ideas and solve problems. They don't always pan out or get used but the process is like exercise. Gotta keep the muscle memory in shape.