Inking RSA #13

Here I am inking a panel for Ralph Snart Adventures #13 releasing this Spring. This issue will be the final part of the Origin Trilogy.
Inking panel two, page 17 of issue #13 of RSA. Yes, I've gone full nerd and labelled the brush for when I first started using it. Double-speed playback (I'm not that fast -- anymore.) Normally I'll use just one brush per issue, but have had a hard time finding a good brush so have gone back and used an array of older brushes for this issue. I've been inking so much lately, I've created a bulbous callus on my pinkie finger -- such are the travails I must endure!

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RSA #12 has released. This week I started working on the inks for issue #13. A little early, but I'm going to spread the work out over a longer period of time. Inks for the cover are done. If I get the urge, I may start writing #14, which will continue where the origin mini-series left off (maybe?), but I'll probably hold off until after the holidays.

Before the end of the year, I hope to have the Marc Hansen Checklist book completed. Been working on this damn thing for over five years now. It'll be more than a mere checklist but will be autobiographical in nature and have lots of artwork and pics, interviews, etc.

Ralph Snart #12 Now On Sale

Ralph Snart Adventures Vol. 8, #12

Ralph Snart Adventures #12

Story & Art by: Marc Hansen
Price: $2.25

The Origin of Ralph Snart Part 2
Ralph has his first venture into his fantasy otherworld and meets his fairy god lizard, while in reality, he's in a catatonic state and locked up in the Montgomery Home for the Really Insane. Color, 26 pages.

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Summer Inking

Here I am inking a panel for Ralph Snart Adventures #12 releasing this Fall. This issue will be part two of the Origin Trilogy. Took me about 20 minutes to ink that one panel, which is 1/6th of a page, so two hours to ink a page. So, I'm about as fast as I've always been, but it doesn't seem like it. Not a big fan of inking in the Summer because of the heat, so I like to get it done in the morning.
I'm doing these videos because over the years I've been asked how to ink (including a few pros). What I think they're actually asking is how do I ink in particular (not generally). Best way to show how is to observe and then practice yourself. When I worked as an apprentice at an advertising art studio, I would routinely, and was encouraged to, sit and watch the other artists work whether they were doing animatics, lettering, marker comps, painting, paste up or photo retouching. A few didn't like you to watch them. Maybe they felt inhibited, but more likely they didn't want to divulge any secrets (or just hated my company!). It was also advantageous to learn all aspects of the business.

Ah, Time


Thirty-five years ago the very first issue of Ralph Snart Adventures was released. Two months before that, I had had to change the name from Ralph Snarf to Ralph Snart or risk a lawsuit from Denis Kitchen. Three months before that, I had written and drawn that first issue in a roach-infested studio apartment in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. I was oblivious to the fact that at the time, it was one of the worst neighborhoods in Chicago — a destination for Eastern European transients controlled by a Vietnamese gang whose headquarters was just a half block away.

If I got flashed by a sex worker on my shortcut to the bus stop that would take me West on Devon to Larry's comic book shop, or if I had to walk down to the Thorndale El station because the Granville stop had a dead body on the platform, I thought nothing of it. Just seemed normal to me. Or at least normal RSA0101 for Edgewater. When I drunkenly threw a TV off a fire escape to explode in the alley below, no one batted an eye. Good ol' Edgewater! It was the kind of neighborhood Ralph Snart would have thrived in.

I had never done a comic book before that time. I had done plenty of comic strips, editorial cartoons for my college newspaper, and professionally cartoons for advertising, but I knew nothing about the comic book business. Before all this, I honestly had no idea that comic books were collected or had such throngs of fans or anything about comic conventions. I was totally naive and uneducated about the whole affair.

To do that first issue, I had to figure out a lot of things I knew nothing about. What size should the art be, what style should I draw it, how should I letter it, etc. I had to go out and buy some current comics to see what was being done. A lot of my decisions were wrong, but in the end what I finally handed in to the publisher was good enough for print. It would take me several years to finally put everything together, but by then it was too late; the comics industry would be shrinking and imploding.

When that first issue was printed, it was done the wrong size. A Chicago printer called Sleepeck did the printing, and for some reason had printed it approximately half size — like digest size. The copies were all destroyed, but I saw one of them — cute but ridiculously small. Do over! Aside; I've had a history with printers so, yeah, I wasn't too surprise my initial foray into the comic book industry started out messed up. Luckily it was redone and delivered to the distributors on schedule.

At the time I liked and respected the publisher of NOW Comics, Tony Caputo, and I still do. As long as money, privilege and favors aren't involved, he's a likable, gregarious and very smart man! The first moments, months and years of NOW were exciting and pure chaos as the Black & White Boom came and went. It was a special (and brief) time in the comic book industry, and I was lucky enough to be a part of it, which is cool. Of course, there are regrets but overall it was a magical, fun and creative adventure.

Fixed A Link

2006 interview...

Free Just Ain't The Same

An unlikely advertising campaign on Facebook is working in which Ralph Snart berates, insults and dares people to buy the latest issue of Ralph Snart Adventures. Since I don't care whether anyone even buys an issue of the digital comic series I've been doing for several years now, the campaign actually made sense to do. What's to lose? Plus it's fun.

Why don't I care? Well, I don't need the money, and I'm producing the biannual series for my own selfish enjoyment. If I have 100 readers, whatever. If there's 5,000, who cares. If some fans get a kick out of it, all the better. Although I don't need the money, the price (a pittance) weeds out the multitude of idiots that would just download something for free and not really care.

If a person takes the time to go through the motions of paying for the item(s) and then downloading, I figure they must actually want the comic. And really, most of the books are only a buck, and the new releases are only two bucks. Cheap!

The best thing about the campaign, is the bewildered fan boys who actually got upset by Ralph scolding and disrespecting them. They were genuinely confused who was insulting them; Ralph or myself. How dare me... or him! If you don't get it, you probably don't get Ralph Snart Adventures either.

Ralph Snart #11 Now On Sale

Ralph Snart Adventures Vol. 8, #11

Ralph Snart Adventures #11

Story & Art by: Marc Hansen
Price: $1.99

The Origin of Ralph Snart
Ralph Snart finally tells the whole story of how he came to be, and everything that led up to how he went totally insane. Part one of a three part saga. Color, 30 pages.

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Coloring Ralph Snart

Here I am coloring a panel for Ralph Snart Adventures #11 releasing this Spring. Adobe Illustrator is the software used. This issue will be part one of the Origin Trilogy.

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Almost done with RSA #11 -- four more pages to ink and 8 more to color. Need to give my hand a break from inking everyday before the tendonitis gets too bad. Not to mention the arthritis in my spine! During this break though, I'm back to writing the next issue #12 (part two of the RSA origin) -- about half done so far. That issue will feature Ralph's infamous cousin Bert (from Volume 3 issue 23) in his fantasy otherworld. In reality, Dr. Kreegon attempts to diagnose and cure his new patient.
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Marc Hansen
Marc Hansen
Cartoonist and creator of Ralph Snart Adventures, Weird Melvin and Doctor Gorpon. Hansen has done most of his work for NOW Comics, but has also done work for Marvel, Disney and Kitchen Sink Press.

Ralph Snart Adventures was published from 1986-1993 by now defunct NOW Comics, and was the longest running comic in the entire NOW catalog, selling an average of 50,000 copies a month during that nine year period. Over two million comics were published, and it was the first indy comic to receive the Comics Code.

Today, Marc Hansen publishes Ralph Snart Adventures as an ebook on a sporadic basis. Current issues are available on his webstore. Keep up with Ralph Snart on Twitter and Facebook.