The image above is the cover for Cy-Boar issue #1, the beginning of this series. I first drew a cover for this story way back in 1989, before drawing the story. As I gradually drew this tale, the I got a little better. So, after I was done with the final page, I thought the original cover looked terrible. So I drew this version. Years later, in 1999, I was involved in an internet comic book company that wanted to publish Cy-Boar online. At that time I reworked and revised this cover image. Unfortunately, that company fell through and Cy-Boar never made it online…. Until now.
This site will chronicle my Cy-Boar series of comics. As I mentioned above, I started drawing this character and his adventures back in 1989, when I was a sophmore in High school. At that time, I had been drawing a Ninja Turtles based comic for my friends called “Trans-Dimensional Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. A bunch of my friends were interested in drawing comics at the time. My younger brother and one of his middle school friends came up with a 6 page story about this “Cy-Boar” character. FOr some reason which I now forget, I thought it would be a good idea to redraw their story and expand upon it.
After I drew that first story, I kept drawing Cy-Boar comics through the rest of high school years, through college and into the present. These stories are usually a sideline to whatever else I am doing in life. Usually Cy-Boar’s latest adventure is relegated to a sketchbook that I only work on when I’m in an airplane or on a roadtrip.
This site will collect all of these Cy-Boar tales, in full color for the first time. I will also rework the text and lettering to make it all easier to read.
Please check back here every THURSDAY and come along for the journey!
-Lou Graziani 2-05
Posts Tagged ‘farmer’
Panel 1: Look at the perspective in this house. It’s pathetic! Either this old guy lives in a house that should be condemned as unsafe, or I needed to seriously improve my use of perspective.
Panel 4: Someone commented that getting hit in the legs like this would probably kill the farmer. What do you think? Is a small boar really that dangerous?
Panel 5: This is easilly the best-drawn part of this page. It is another one of the frames that I added years later.
-Lou Graziani 3-08-05
Considering that I drew this page a long time ago, I’m pretty happy with the way the farmer looks. The coloring, which I recently added to this page, looks OK, but better on some moniters than others. It is supposed to look like night, but on some screens it just looks blueish. I’ll keep working on it.
-Lou Graziani 3-09-05
This page has a lot going on. I don’t think you will see many comics with four scenes and one time lapse sequence all on one page! I’m not saying that this is necessarilly good storytelling, but pacing is a big issue to me. I like to keep things moving. I’ve read lots of other comics where page after page, nothing happens. As you’ll see, Cy-boar isn’t like that. The pacing will usually be more reasonable than this, once I get past these first origin sequences.
I am uploading this weeks pages from my office. I am having major problems uploading from my home computer. The Tech Support guy for my ISP said that we have a weak signal. (Which means that I can SOMETIMES get online VERY SLOWLY.) It’s possibly ice or corrosion on our cable. I checked out my connections, but didn’t see anything out of the ordinary. They will send out a service tech on Tuesday, so hopefully it will be all straightened out before my next update.
-Lou Graziani 3-10-05
Do you remember the scientists on this page from issue 1? Apparently these same guys with the tan jumpsuits still work here after all these years from the time that Cy was discovered as a wounded boar, until now. Secret projects must not offer very many promotions!
Other things to notice:
• I’m using a new font now. Hopefully it will be more legible than before. Special thanks go to Blambot fonts.
• I changed the background color around the art. Does white looks better than grey?
• I did some “fan art” for Antique White House (That comic about an alternate universe Kennedy). You can see it here…
Antique White House Fan Art
-Lou Graziani 7-28-05
I finally got this update done a little late in the day. (Lunch time, rather than the usual morning update). But it is one of the longest pages. I added an extra panel to the bottom that wasn’t in the original strip…
-Lou Graziani 8-25-05
Support the Hurricane Katrina Victims!
I’m sure you’ve all given to charity by now, right? If not, there are still lots of people in need. The image below was drawn for a “Charity Webcomic Telethon” on another site, but I apparently submitted it too late, so I at least figured I could at least post it here.
Don’t you hate it when you’re just drinking some Chardonet with your daily paper, only to be rudely interrupted by some nut wearing a mech suit and vowing revenge? I know I do…
If you notice, the farmer wields a pneumatic retractable pitchfork and double barreled “fission” shotgun. He’s gotta have appropriate weapons, right?
I’ve added some great links to this site that you’ve gotta check out:
On my links page, you can also find new links to:
FABRICARI – Another comic about cyborgs with beautiful art. If you enjoy Cy-Boar, then you’ll REALLY like this one.
24 and a half Water Street – A well written comic strip drawn in Flash, with a continuing story.
-Lou Graziani 9-15-05
Squirrel is back. When he left Cy-Boar a few days ago, you knew that he’d be back, right?
Check out the new banner at the top of the page. Eyeskream, a collective of web-comic creators which I am a member of, will be holding a special event: “Web Comic Swap Day”. Each of the participating comics will post an update on October 23rd created by someone else. So I will be drawing some other webcomic, and someone else will be taking on Cy, for that day. This will be fun!
The Tagboard has been acting strange lately, with some sort of Spam attacks. I’ve done my best to keep it clean, but there is some vulnerability that I still need to fix.
-Lou Graziani 9-22-05