Free Comic Book Day ’11 showcased an 8 page preview of Loose Ends, writer Jason Latour described the eight pages as “…it’s all mood.” Loose Ends is a four part mini series beginning in July. The eight page preview, released in May, was hard to put together. Latour, who spent Free Comic Book Day sketching and signing in front of a Charlotte, NC comic shop, said that they didn’t want to give to much of the story away in the preview. The first eight pages are setting up the mood and the background needed. The story really starts in the first issue after the first eight pages, according to the writer. “There’s a twist,” Latour said over and over again throughout the day.
Jason Latour, a Marvel artist, wrote Loose Ends, being published by 12 Gauge Comics.
The official description reads:
No one seemed to notice Sonny Gibson as he stepped back into ‘The Hideaway’; a dusty little honky-tonk nestled off the Carolina highway. But before the night was over, Sonny would be on the run. From the law, from the criminals, even from himself.
LOOSE ENDS is a gritty, slow cooked, “southern crime romance”, that follows a winding trail down Tobacco Road, through the war torn streets of Baghdad, and into the bright lights and bloody gutters of South Florida…12-Gauge style.
It is fitting that Latour was sketching in front of Charlotte’s largest comic book shop. He said that the mood establishing eight pages takes place basically in west Charlotte. The geographically minded reader will notice signs for hwy 16 and a map of Charlotte in the first pages.
Latour’s FCBD sketches were averaging about an hour a piece. I watched him slave over how to swing Thor’s hammer and position the nose in Wolverine’s sniff. I had Latour sketch me a biker just to give him a break from the Marvel superheroes. Even on the cartoony biker he paid careful attention to every detail. I can see why he says as an artist he only produces about three to four pages a week.
Matt Williams, colorist, was also on hand at the Charlotte Free Comic Book Day. He was signing copies of his recent Thor/Captain America book and drawing cartoony sketches for the kids. Williams looked over the first eight pages of Loose Ends and questioned the flash back coloring. He liked how it was executed although in only eight pages it seems odd. The effect will read clearer in July when the first issue hits the comic shop shelves.
Williams praised the art work of Chris Brunner. Latour said that he has known Brunner for a few years and it was great getting to work with him on this project.
Chris Brunner was also on hand sketching at the same Charlotte comic book shop. Brunner was set up around the side of the building. Being familiar with West Charlotte, I asked him what he used as visual reference on Bobby’s Hideaway, the honky tonk in the eight page preview. Brunner said he pulled from images of bars all over the country and cobbled them together. The rest of the locations in the mini series are based on real places in the right spots as the story moves south. Most of the first issue takes place in and around Bobby’s Hideaway, “I needed a space I could control” Brunner said.
Brunner used copious visual references on the locations to nail the details. That work pays off in the eight page preview.
I asked Brunner for a sketch of a biker that would fit into Bobby’s Hideaway, the opening world of Loose Ends. This also made him pause from his superhero sketching and think for a moment. Before he started he said, “I can’t draw the motorcycle.” In the end Brunner produced a completely polished biker in a bar by the pool table [see below]. He should draw more bikers because this one turned out well.
If you missed Loose Ends on Free Comic Book Day then check it out in July when this four part mini series, with a twist, begins. Or if you wan to check out the full uncensored (language) version of these eight pages be sure to check it out as well. The language was altered to put together the FCBD version. Oddly, the language had to be altered, but on the flip side I.C.E.’s eight page preview has a beheaded corpse. Interesting. Check out more information from 12 Gauge Comics and keep this on your pull list.