Five Years In The Making

P. CRAIG RUSSELL: Put the finishing touches on the final page of my comics adaptation of The Giver yesterday, a project that’s taken about five years (interrupted by The Graveyard Book). I don’t always work in sequence, so this final page is from Chapter 20. Working with Galen Showman. I did layouts, he did blue pencil ‘pencilling’ and I did pencil ‘inking’ and ink wash. The bicycle at the bottom is entirely Galen’s——he has a genius for meticulous mechanical detail. And aren’t I happy about that?

An Example Of True Collaboration

P. CRAIG RUSSELL: A page from the upcoming comics adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. An example of true collaboration. I scripted and designed the page. Scott Hampton did the art for the memory panels. Galen Showman ‘pencilled’ the rest of the page in blue pencil and I provided the finished pencil ‘inks’ and ink wash. Lovern Kindzierski added the color over Scott’s panels. The mono color is used in all the memory sequences to differentiate the use of color from the last three chapters that have full inks and full color.