Sunday, 1 December 2013


Here's a page I drew for "Killing Joke". I drew what was in the script. That's my job. I was asked to tone it down a bit. I don't know how the person who posted it got this image.

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  1. That´s an original page, mr. bolland? it seems like a xerox copy. greetings.

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  2. Brian, is the original still in your possession? Ed

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  3. I have no pages left here from Killing Joke. Someone made me an offer I couldn't refuse for the last few. After I'd started drawing the first few pages the format was changed. Someone made stats of the pages so far, pasted them on to the art boards and I added an inch or two of new artwork to top and bottom. I still have them but they're mostly stats. The panel that replaced the topless shot of Barbara was pasted over the top of that shot. Someone must have removed it.

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  4. Oh, now i notice the difference between this and the censored version. I don´t find that panel much more disturbing than the published version. That´s a terrible scene.

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  5. I wish D.C would also publish B&W versions of their graphic novels. There is a lot to be said for the B&W comic. I think the above picture shows that well. Sublime.

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  6. Sorry to post this here but I didn't see anywhere else to post it. Do you still have the masters for Legends of the Dark Knight #50? That cover with Joker and the cat smiling is one of my favorites of all time.

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  7. Hi Brian- No idea how to contact you otherwise. One question- is there a reason you use the pencil tool instead of the brush tool in Photoshop? To each his own, just curious. Also, have you tried Manga Studio? It's phenomenal for inking. Cheers.

    -Andrew Trabbold www.andrewtrabbold.tumblr.com

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  9. (I tried to correct the above coment and ended up deleting it. Here's what I intended to say:)

    Andrew. I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner. I don't check my blog very often. Sounds as if you were having a very quiet Christmas day.

    I use the pencil tool as opposed to the brush tool because the pencil tool is not "anti-aliased". (Ghastly expression!) It means that every pixel that I draw is black. To make a black brush-drawn line look smooth some of the outer pixels are various shades of grey. With the pencil tool, if I draw a freehand circle I can select the paint bucket and fill the enclosed shape with black. If I did the same with the brush there would be an untidy ring of grey pixels between the brush line and the filled-in area.

    I have Manga Studio. I tried it once or twice. I hear it's very good. I've tried a number of applications - like Google Sketch-up. My problem is I can't be bothered to learn how to use these things. And having used them I can't remember how I used them the first time. Photoshop may be imperfect but my fingers fly over the keys the way my foot hits the brake and the gas pedal in my car, without thinking about it.

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  10. Fair enough. Regardless, you're covers are striking using what you use so, i agree, why change it? I have to say, you're art book is one I continually look back over, again and again. Great stuff.

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  11. Brian, I saw some of your original art in the early nineties during a con in Philadelphia. The material consisted of mostly your Animal Man original art with some of the older Eagle reprint covers as well-- seeing those originals literally changed my life. Unfortunately, Killing one art was scarce even back then… You mentioned a change in format, I presume that the book was originally going to be European format (3/4 ratio) and was changed to traditional American comics 2/3 ratio?

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  12. I meant to say "Killing Joke art was scarce…"

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  13. brian. big big fan of your work. next to your work on Camelot 3000 killing joke is my all time fav. I read in this thread above, that you still had stat,s to the book. I would really be interested to getting a few for studying as iam an artist my self. as I would never be able to afford a original page unless I win the lottery. lmk thanks. larry;]

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  14. Hello Mr. Bolland, my name is Uriel Fernandez. I am a senior at Cholla high School in Tucson, AZ. I am currently enrolled in the International Diploma (IB) Program, a rigorous course that helps high school students prepare for college and its rigorous work. As a requirement of the program, students must submit a 4,000 word essay on a topic of their choosing. I have chosen to write my paper on you and Alan Moore's graphic novel, The Killing Joke. I chose this story because it is simply a phenomenal piece of writing and art that deserves to be analyzed. I am writing this message to simply ask you what is the significance of the gradual inclusion of the color red in the flashback sequences in the novel? I am using the Deluxe Edition of The Killing Joke, and I had noticed this recurring element when reading through the novel and I know that the original printing of the story did not have this, so it made ponder as to why you added this color to the objects in those sequences. Please feel free to contact me at my email address, arkhambat@gmail.com, at any time. It would be very helpful to me if you shared some insight. Thank you for reading this.
    - Uriel Fernandez
    PS I apologize if contacting you through this site was rude, I was not able to find any information online on how to contact you formally.

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