The Redeemers #1, page 1 Sequential art, February 2013, Pencil, ink pens, Adobe Photoshop

The Redeemers is a story written by Eric Rampson and illustrated by Wil Brendel, independently published by Lonely Robot Comics. The story follows an up-and-coming Chicago rock band, the members of which all have supernatural powers and a desire to atone for their transgressions in their individual checkered pasts. They're out to try to save as many people as possible in the hopes of saving themselves. Along the way, they'll encounter crazed fans, bloodthirsty demons, deadly robotic assassins, and more!

In late 2012, Eric approached me with an idea to "remaster" the first issue of Redeemers, which, although aging reasonably gracefully, was still, artistically the weakest of the three issues completed at the time. It sounded like fun, so I began the process of revisiting the issue, making it more cinematic and better-drawn than before. This first page, I wanted to accomplish two things: 1) Better capture the tense excitement of the moments before a rock show, and 2) make the reveal more about the band in general, not just the frontman, Gabe. I feel that I was not only successful in these goals, but I also made the reveal itself more effective by lowering the camera into the crowd, putting the reader into the action.


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