Hot Mess Mom Comic: Black and White Wednesday! #SpottingBlacks

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I truly love good black and white artwork. Al Hirschfeld, Hank Ketcham, Will Eisner, they may not mean much to some of you, but they were legends among artists and cartoonists. When cartoonists like me get together, we geek out over line, thicks to thins, and spotting blacks.

I like the color HMM comics, but I spend so much time on the black and white versions, that I think it’s a shame no one seems them. So, from time to time, I’m going to try and share those here as well. I hope you enjoy it!


I get by with a little help from my Friends….

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In the spirit of full disclosure, and giving credit where it’s due, this week’s “Meth Lab” strip wasn’t written by me. MOST of the time, the Hot Mess Mom Comic strips are written by my wife and I, or are taken from Hot Mess Mom’s FB, Twitter, or blog posts. Occasionally though, strip ideas are generated from other friends’ writings. This week’s episode was one of those.

At the MILFMarch this past Fall, I had the pleasure of meeting another blogger and friend of Hot Mess Mom, who calls herself “The Pirate Mommy”. We hit it off, and she was nice enough to let me use one of her posts as a Hot Mess Mom Comic idea. So this week’s strip is the second that was inspired by her. Check out her FB page or blog. You’ll love it!  http://thepiratemommy.blogspot.com


Hot Mess Mom Comic: Behind the Scenes










Where do the Hot Mess Mom Comics begin? Sometimes I sit down and start sketching on my computer, but lots of times, they start out in my sketchbook.  And they’re often PRETTY ROUGH. LOL. It’s all about the idea:



After I scan it in, I put the sketch on another layer in the software I use ( Manga Studio, for those who are interested), and get to work. After redrawing, inking, lettering, and coloring….






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