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Joe is Japanese - pg 161 by Inkthinker Joe is Japanese - pg 161 by Inkthinker
Recently got approval to share a few pages from the Joe is Japanese graphic novel that I've been drawing for Humoring the Fates (that's the 2D animation studio where I spend my days) this past year.

This page is a bit of a montage, as the characters continue to party (and drink) at the club. I'm assured this is what a Japanese business meeting looks like. Can't say it's much different than most of the Western ones I've been to, except that there's less shouting here.


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Drawn in Manga Studio EX v3 on the Cintiq 18SX. ©2010 Humoring the Fates. Each page is averaging a pretty steady 6-8 hours from layout to finish line.
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leming400 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
nice, when is it due out and in what languages?
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I wish I knew what the plans are for distribution, but they don't tell me much.

As for languages, so far there's been an attempt to make it sort of bi-lingual, mixing Japanese and English depending on who's talking to whom. I don't know what they'll do if someone wants to publish it in France, for example... mix Japanese and French, I guess?
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leming400 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
thanks
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! I wish I could answer questions about the book more specifically, but my part of the project is somewhat compartmentalized. If I find out more I'll be sure to post it in a Journal or Art submission.
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Tregis Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Top notch !! The tie around the head is typical from these japanese meetings...after some beers and Sake.
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krisbowen Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the frames....gives the page an unusual flair and different for industry standard.
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!

This layout actually came from one of the writers, who composes his scripts as thumbnail sketches. I still do a lot of interpretation, but this method results in some interesting compositions.
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pixelsama Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Oooh, very impressive framing, that's a great idea you had and well presented too!
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Inkthinker Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, can't take much credit for the framing layout, that came from the writer.

We've got an unusual arrangement, where depending on which writer I'm getting script from that day, it either comes in a semi-traditional description/dialogue form, or as a visual layout with the action loosely thumbnailed and the dialogue on the page.

I've got the freedom to shift and recompose the page as needed to interpret the thumbnails, but when I get the layout scripted pages I usually follow what he puts down, especially when it's got a weird narrative effect like this.
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pixelsama Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Aaa righty. Seems like a very effective method. It's cool that one of the writers can do litle thumbnails to help with visualising the script. :D I can see that being quite useful.
It's come out well all the same. I like co-operative art works, like this and animation where loads of people can make something great by combining skills.
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