Dash Shaw

COMICS & ANIMATION
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NEW BOOKS: Cosplayers and Doctors,
New School, 3 New Stories, and New Jobs.

Previously: BodyWorld and Bottomless Belly Button.

Recent Animations: New School, Seraph, and Wheel of Fortune.

dash (dot) austin (dot) shaw (at) gmail (dot) com
This is a page from an earlier draft of New School.  If you compare it to how it appears in the final book, there are many, many changes.  
The final page is in black and white.  Originally the whole book was in color, but I found that it got too confusing…  By having the color appear when Danny arrives at X, it eases you into reading the book and the color becomes, like The Wizard of Oz, a way of saying “we’re in a new place.”  
When I realized that the color would start on the island, that helped me realize that’s when my story actually started, so I drastically cut down all of the (pointless, really) stuff before that.  Originally there were 12 chapters, two more before the island.  I condensed the first 3 chapters into one and got to cut a lot of pages out of the book.  
In the pre-island pages the colors were picking up on “real” colors/shapes — the yellow bars at the top are from a road; the 3-color combination at the bottom half are from the palette of Taco Bells.  
The earlier draft pages are drawn larger, which (again) got confusing because the lines are thinner and disappear into the color.  The lines have to be thick for legibility, among other reasons.  
Also, Luke’s name was originally Will, but it got confusing to say things like “Will will be here?” so I changed it to Luke when I relettered the book.  
Anyway, this is probably TMI but maybe other cartoonists are interested.

This is a page from an earlier draft of New School.  If you compare it to how it appears in the final book, there are many, many changes.  

The final page is in black and white.  Originally the whole book was in color, but I found that it got too confusing…  By having the color appear when Danny arrives at X, it eases you into reading the book and the color becomes, like The Wizard of Oz, a way of saying “we’re in a new place.”  

When I realized that the color would start on the island, that helped me realize that’s when my story actually started, so I drastically cut down all of the (pointless, really) stuff before that.  Originally there were 12 chapters, two more before the island.  I condensed the first 3 chapters into one and got to cut a lot of pages out of the book.  

In the pre-island pages the colors were picking up on “real” colors/shapes — the yellow bars at the top are from a road; the 3-color combination at the bottom half are from the palette of Taco Bells.  

The earlier draft pages are drawn larger, which (again) got confusing because the lines are thinner and disappear into the color.  The lines have to be thick for legibility, among other reasons.  

Also, Luke’s name was originally Will, but it got confusing to say things like “Will will be here?” so I changed it to Luke when I relettered the book.  

Anyway, this is probably TMI but maybe other cartoonists are interested.

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