Saturday, February 24, 2018


I have so many field notes, photos and sketches, I decided to make a cover sheet  for them.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Thunder Rider Comic book Progress update
Recent photo compared to how the tower must have looked.
Building S84 was the Operations Building at Hickam field on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. There is only one photo taken from miles away in black and white. Its poor quality does not show much, but it is obviously under construction and missing some features. I had to base my drawing mostly on written records.

Here are a couple pages that are about half done. The inside cover and first inside page are a spread.
The first page is usually called the splash page. It is supposed to set the stage for the comic and introduce characters.

Our hero, Captain Chuck. Is not on the splash page.
 Instead, I thought I'd show Chucks Dad reading about the Perl Harbor Attack while talking to Chuck in the next room (and on the next page). I still have to add text, bombs dropping, and explosions. The fleeing soldiers are just sketched in and need a lot of work to give the scene energy and action.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Fighter Pilot

I decided to try my hand at creating a comic book for my grand-kids. My goal is to have 22 pages printed on my 11 by 17 printer  so it folds to a standard 8-1/2 by 11 inch graphic novel.
I want to tell the story of my dad and his adventures during WWII.  I hope to convey the challenges and accomplishments of the greatest generation to my grand-kids by telling stories about their family members. I hope they form a personal connection to history.

I have no idea how long this will take. I have a few pages almost done. This one is the first that seems to be coming together. I'm not much of an artist. So choosing colors and layout is a learning process. I'll probably change this page several more times before I am satisfied with it.

One of the planes my dad flew was the P47 fighter made by Republic Aircraft Co, in Long Island NY. But... his dad worked at Douglass Aircraft company in Ohio. My grandpa was not at all happy about his son flying a competitors plane.
I'm struggling with putting this whole story together and giving it a sense of adventure that will keep grand kids interested.

I suppose my own kids will find the story interesting and help the grand-kids learn a little history.

Below is not a page in the book. Just some of the scratch area in Image Composer that shows how I did the drawings and a couple of dads old 35mm slides that served as guides for my drawings.

If you have done any stories written for children about their ancestry, I'd love to hear about them.