The idea for my finale major project is a comic book series based in the horror universe, I thought that people don’t find anything to do with horror as funny besides people who love anything scary. When you think it through there are a lot of jokes and puns that actually don’t make them scary at all and thats what I want to create and series of comic books that are theme horror for horror lovers, with puns and jokes and references to other things horror like, horror classic, modern horror films, creepy-pasta, urban legends and serial killers. so everything is based on what people have been terrified over the years with humour but not changing the way the they are so it’s them being them self but having a little fun and an adventures. This idea is for people who enjoy horror and all things scary with humour for them to enjoy.
I got inspired by an artist Amy Mebberson who create the pocket princess which is a fan comic of the Disney princesses living together, and learning to live with one another through various scenario that makes the characters relatable towards one another, the fan comic has no plot and doesn’t seem to have a story which is why I’ve chosen this as my inspiration for my final major project.
These are examples of the pocket princess which is the kind of style of comic that I want to do for my final mayor project, so the comic will be similar to the pocket princess style but instead horror film characters and of course a different theme but this is the inspiration for the final major project.
Comic digital draft
note grammar hasn’t been check in this
These are digital drafts of the comic strips that need to be re written, maybe next time don’t do digital work without the grammar checked.
these are samples of the colour wheel used for the characters colour affect
A comic book or comic magazine is a publication that consists of a comic art in the form of a sequential juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes. Although comics has some origins in 18th century Japan and 1830s Europe, comic books were first popularised in the United States during the 1930s. The first modern comic book, Famous Funnies was released on the United States in 1933 and was reprinting of earlier newspaper humour comic strips, which had established many of the story telling devices used in comics. Comic books are reliant on their organisation and appearances. Author largely focus on the frame of the page, size and panel positions. These characteristic aspects of comic books are necessary in conveying the content and messages of the author. The key elements of comic books include panels, balloons like speech bubbles, text lines and characters. Text speech bubbles are used for convex containing information that are related to a character.
Horror films classic and modern
- Halloween 1978/character
On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his seventeen year old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for fifteen years. But on October, 1978 while being transferred for a court date, a twenty one year old Michael Myers steals a car and escapes Smith’s Grove. He returned to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, lllinois, where he looks for his next victims.
- Psycho 1960/character
Phoenix secretary Marion Crane, on the lam after stealing $40,000 from her employer in order to run away with her boyfriend, Sam Loomis, is overcome by exhaustion during the heavy rainstorm. Traveling on the back roads to avoid the police, she stops for the night at the ramshackle Bates Motel and meets the police but highly strung proprietor Norman Bates, a young man with an interest in taxidermy and a difficult relationship with his mother.
- The Exorcist 1973/character and location
One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan starts acting odd, levitating, speaking in tongues, her worried mother seeks medical help, only to hit a dead end. A local priest, however thinks the girl may be seized by the devil. The priest makes a request to perform an exorcism and the church sends in an expert to help with the difficult job.
- The Shinning 1980/character and location
Jack Torrance becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy and his son Danny, who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s darkest secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorising his family.
- The Blair Witch Project 1999/location
Found video footage tells the tale of three film students Heather, Joshua and Michael who’ve traveled to a small town to collect documentary footage about the Blair Witch, a legendary local murderer. Over the course of several days, the students interview townspeople and gather clues to support the tale’s veracity. But the project takes a frightening turn when the students lose their way in the woods and begin hearing horrific nosies.
- A nightmare on Elm Street 1984/character
In Wes Craven’s classic slasher film, several Midwestern teenagers fall prey to Freddy Krueger, a disfigured midnight mangler who preys on the teenagers in their dreams — which, in turn, kills them in reality. After investigating the phenomenon, Nancy begins to suspect that a dark secret kept by her and her friends’ parents may be the key to unraveling the mystery, but can Nancy and her boyfriend Glen solve the puzzle before it’s too late?
- IT 2017 and 1990/character
In 1960, seven preteen outcasts fight an evil demon that poses as a child-killing clown. Thirty years later, they reunite to stop the demon once and for all when it returns to their hometown.
- The Conjuring 2013/location
In 1970, paranormal investigators and demonologists Lorraine and Ed Warren are summoned to the home of Carolyn and Roger Perron. The Perron’s and their five daughters have recently moved into a secluded farmhouse, where a supernatural presence has made itself known. Though the manifestations are relatively bengin at first, events soon escalate in horrifying fashion, especially fashion, especially after the Warren’s discover the house’s macable history.
- The Babadook 2014/location
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
- The Texas chainsaw massacre 1974/character and location
When Sally hears that her grandfather’s grave may have been vandalised, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin, set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family’s old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazy, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw wielding Leatherface, who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.
- The evil dead 1981/location
Ash Williams, his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read out loud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed and mist make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, first of Sam Raimi’s trilogy.
- Jaws 1975/location
When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn overrules him fearing that the loss of tourists revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper and grizzled ship captain Quint offer to help Brody capture the killer beast and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.
- The descent 2005/location
A year after a severe emotional trauma, Sarah goes to North Carolina to spend some time exploring caves with her friends; after descending underground, the women find strange cave paintings and evidence of an earlier expedition, then learn they are not alone: Underground predators inhabit the crevasses and they have a taste for human flesh.
- Saw 2004/character and location
- Jigsaw – Saw(puppet)
Billy is a puppet that has appeared in the Saw franchise. It was used by John Kramer to communicate with his test subjects by delivering recorded messages, often appearing on a television screen or recorded tapes.
- Norman Bates – Psycho
Norman Bates is a fictional character created by Robert Bloch as the main antagonist in his 1959 novel Psycho; portrayed by Anthony Perkins in the 1960 version of Psycho directed by Alfred Hitchcock and the Psycho franchise.
- Hannibal Lector – The silence of the lambs
Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. Lecter was introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer.
- Leatherface – The Texas chainsaw massacre
A violent teen and three others kidnap a young nurse while escaping from a Texas mental institution. Pursued by a vengeful sheriff, the disturbed young man embarks on a murderous rampage that shapes him into a legendary killer known as Leatherface.
- Jason Voorhees – Friday the 13th
Jason Voorhees is the main character from the Friday the 13th series. He first appeared in Friday the 13th as the young son of camp cook-turned-killer Mrs. Voorhees, in which he was portrayed by Ari Lehman.
- Freddy Krueger – Nightmare on Elm
Frederick Charles “Freddy” Krueger is a character of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street as a burnt serial killer who uses a glove
- Michael Myers – Halloween
Michael Myers is a fictional character from the Halloween series of slasher films. He first appears in John Carpenter’s Halloween as a young boy who murders his sister and then, fifteen years later, returns home to murder more teenagers.
- Pennywise – IT
It is the title character of Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel It. The character is a malevolent entity which preys upon the children of Derry, Maine, roughly every 27 years, using a variety of powers.
- Jeff The Killer
Jeffrey “Jeff” Woods (also known as Jeff the Killer) is the titular main protagonist of the Creepypasta of the same name by the brother of GameFuelTv, who loses his sanity and begins killing to satisfy his homicidal urges.
- Eyeless Jack
Eyeless Jack is the titular main antagonist of the Creeypasta of the same name. He is not given any origin, and while fans have written many of their own, there is no confirmed origin of Eyeless Jack. He is a serial killer, but his goals, origins, motives, age, nationality, true name, black blood and supposed ability to see and stay alive with presumably no eyes are never explained.
- The Rake
During the summer of 2003, events in the northeastern United states involving a strange, human-like creature sparked brief local media interest before an apparent blackout was enacted. Little or no information was left intact, as most online and written accounts of the creature were mysteriously destroyed.
- Laughing Jack
Laughing Jack is the titular central antagonist/protagonist of the creepypasta story of the same name and its prequel, The origin of Laughing Jack. He is a sinister supernatural clown, often posing as an imaginary friend to his victims, who gleefully guts people alive and usually their disembowelled organs with candy.
- Ticci Toby
He is a tragic boy who was born with several mental disorders and was constantly bullied until he went insane and killed his father. He was found by Slender Man and serves as one of his Proxies.
- Smile Dog
Smile Dog’s story consists of a classic horror set-up – an amateur writer visits the house of a lady who supposedly has a story for which he can borrow from. Rather than speak, however, the lady has locked herself up in her room, crying and ranting about nightmares and visions and various other problems. All of these center around a floppy disk she had been given that contain the image smile.jpg – which is smile.dog. Other cases of this have cropped up
- Bloody Painter
Helen Otis or Bloody Painter was once a loner at school who became a victim of bullying. Before going insane, he was a loner. No one wanted to be friends with him, which he was fine with. The only thing he cared about was his drawings. After people framed him for stealing a watch he didn’t steal, he started being bullied, which didn’t both him. He snapped after his friend Tom fell off the roof and people started to bully him more.
- BEN Drowned
BEN drowned or Haunted majora’s mask, is a well known creepypasta created by Alex Hall, also known as “Jadusable”. The story revolves around a majora’s mask cartridge that is haunted by the ghost of a boy named Ben. Analysis and updates on a possible addition to the story from the original author can be found on the Jadusable.
His first appearance is at the beginning of the series in multiple tapes where it is shown that he is the main character for Marble Hornets, but is consistently annoyed and confused by Alex’s attitude. When the tapes that Jay got from Alex end, it was unclear as to where Brian was or what happened to him.
Tim Wright is one of the main characters of the Marble Hornets ARG and was a friend of Brian, one of the missing cast members, and also the personae Masky. He appears frequently and to date is one of the most mysterious characters in the series. Because of a chain of events that occur later in the series, Tim eventually becomes the central point of view.
Serial killers character/bio
- Zodiac Killer
The Zodiac killer or Zodiac was a serial killer who operated in Northern California from at least the late 1960s to the early 1970s. The killers identity remains unknown.
- Ted Bundy
Theodore Robert Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, burglar and necrophilia who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier.
- Jack the Ripper
Jack the Ripper is the best-known name for an unidentified serial killer generally believed to have been active in the largely impoverished areas in and around the Whitechapel district of London in 1888.
- Aileen Wuornos
Aileen Carol Wuornos Pralle was an American serial killer who killer murdered seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990 by shooting them point-blank range.
- Jeffrey Dahmer
Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer, also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal or the Milwaukee Monster was an American serial killer and sex offender, who committed the rape, murder and dismemberment of 17 men and boys from 1978 to 1991.
- John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy Jr. was an American serial killer and rapist. He sexually assaulted tortured and murdered at least 33 teenage boys and young men between 1972 and 1978 in Cook County Illinois.
- H.H. Holmes
Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as Dr. Henry Howard Holmes or more commonly known H.H. Holmes, was an American serial killer of the 19th century.
Scary urban legends
- The Clown Statue
The scary clown statue story is an urban legend about a babysitter who finds herself alone in the house with a creepy statue of a clown. Some people believe that this is a true story, but in reality it’s just an urban myth.
- The Roommate’s Death
Two roommates remain at their deserted college dormitory over a holiday break. One of the girls goes out on a date that evening and the other one turns in and goes to bed before her roommate returns. Later that night the sleeping girl is awakened by gurgling and scratching noises coming from outside the hallway door. Frightened, she locks the door and cowers inside the room until morning. When the girl finally opens the door and ventures outside, she discovers the bloody corpse of her roommate in the hallway. The murdered girls throat and she had bled to death in the hallway while clawing at the door.
- The Vanishing Hitchhiker
A man turns to bid his unusual hitchhiker goodbye and discovers that she had disappeared from the car. He later learns that his mysterious passenger died several years earlier. Vanishing hitchhiker stories as we now tell them date to the turn of the century, but their predecessors go back centuries before that, As time rolled on the wagons and horses of older times transformed into the cars of today.
- Killer in the Backseat
A good Samaritan warns a female driver about the armed and dangerous man hiding in the back seat of her car. Stories about a stranger slipping into the back seat of a solo women’s car, presumably with ill intentions have been circulating in various forms both on and off the internet for many years.
- Bloody Mary
Bloody Mary is a folklore legends consisting of a ghost phantom, or spirit conjured to reveal the future. She is said to appear in a mirror when her name is called three times. The Bloody Mary apparition may be benign or malevolent depending on historic variations of the legend.
Examine three characters from different horror films that you have chosen and answer the following questions: Jason, Freddy, Norman, Pennywise
What do you feel are their defining characteristics?
How do the creators ensure that you are connected to the character?
Is you you character a stereotype or has some time gone into developing the character?
How successfully does the character fit into their world?
How would you approach your own character design, how do you plan to make sure your character / world interact together coherently.
Come up with a few examples of “Bad” character design and why do these characters not resonate with you? is that bad character design intended? Does the lack of connection with the character affect you relationship with the end product.
Timothy Walter “Tim” Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer and animator. He is known for his dark, gothic, eccentric and quirky fantasy films such as Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990), the animated musical the Nightmare before Christmas (1993), the biographical film Ed wood (1994), the horror fantasy sleepy Sleepy Hollow (1999), and later efforts such as Corpse Bride (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Dark Shadows (2012), and Frankenweenie (2012). He is also known for blockbuster such as the adventure comedy Pee-wee’s big adventures (1985), the superhero films Batman (1989) and it’s first sequel Batman Returns (1992), the Sc-fi film Plant of the Apes (2001), the fantasy drama Big Fish (2003), the musical adventures film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and the fantasy film Alice in Wonderland (2010), which garnered a worldwide gross of over $1 billion.
Burton has worked repeatedly with Johnny Depp, who has become a close friend of Burton since their first film together. He has also worked with musician Danny Elfman, who has composed scores for all but three of the films Burton has directed. Actress Helena Bonham Carter, Burton’s former domestic partner, has appeared in many of his films. He also wrote and illustrated the poetry book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories , published in 1997 by Faber and Faber, and a compilation of his drawings, sketches and other artwork, entitled The Art of Tim Burton, was released in 2009. A follow-up to The Art of Tim Burton, entitled The Napkin Art of Tim Burton: Things You Think About in a Bar, containing sketches made by Burton in napkins at bars and restaurants he occasionally visits, was released in 2015. Both compilations were published by Steeles Publishing.
Burton wrote and produced although he did not direct because of filming Batman Returns, the movie is known as The Nightmare Before Christmas (1992) for Disney, wait Disney, Disney the happy child and family friendly of fairy land released this movie, I don’t think I can get over this I mean The Nightmare Before Christmas is pretty scary when you think about it but of course when your a child you don’t think about it with all the singing and of course Christmas involved, it’s not a surprise that since Tim Burton is known for making very….very…..very dark movies, when I first saw this movie I actually thought “is this really a kids movie” but it’s didn’t bother me anyway back to the thing, originally meant to be a children’s book in rhyme. The film received positive reviews for the stop motion animation, musical score and original storyline. It was a box office success, grossing $50 million. Burton collaborated with Selick again for James and the Giant Peach (1996) which Burton co-produced. The film helped to generate a renewed interest in stop motion animation.
Corpse Bride (2005) was Burton’s first full-length stop motion film as a director, featuring the voices of Johnny Depp as Victor and Helena Bonham Carter as Emily in the lead roles. In this film, Burton was able again to use his familiar styles and trademarks, such as the complex interaction between light and darkness, and of being caught between two irreconcilable worlds.
A comic strips is a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humour or form a narrative, often serialised with text in balloons and captions. Traditionally throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, these have been published in newspaper and magazines, with horizontal strips printed in black and white in daily newspaper, while Sunday newspaper offered longer sequences in special colour comic section. With the development of the internet, they began to appear online as webcomics. There were more than 200 different comic strips and daily cartoon panels in American newspaper alone each day for most of the 20th century , for a total of at least 7,300,000 episodes
Strips are written and drawn by a comics artist or cartoonist. As the name implies, comic strips can be humours (for example gag a day, strips such as Blondie, Bringing up Father, Marmaduke and Pearls Before Swine).
Starting in the late 1920w, comic strips expanded from their mirthful origins to feature adventure stories as seen in Popeye, Captain Easy, Buck Rogers, Tarzan and The Adventures of Tintin. Soap-opera continuity strips such as Judge Parker and Mary Worth gained popularity in the 1940s. All are called, generically comic strips, though cartoonist Will Eisner has suggested that “sequential art” would be a better genre-neutral name.
In the UK and the rest of Europe, comics strips are also serialised in comic book magazines, with a strips’s story sometimes continuing over three pages or more. Comic strips have appeared in American magazines such as Liberty and Boy’s life and also on the front covers of magazines such as the Flossy Frills on the American Weekly Sunday newspaper supplement.
Jamie Christoper Hewlett is an English comic book artist and designer. He is best known for being the co-creator of the comic Tank Girl and co-creator of the virtual band Gorillaz.
Through his career as a designer and a comic book artist, Hewlett’s works have contained a diverse selection of influences from a variety of many different artists.
In a 2013 interview with Consequence of Sound, Hewlett stated that his primary influences were the works of cartoonist such as Mort Drucker, Carl Giles, Jack Davis and Ronald Lowe. In a 2012 inrerview
James wan is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer. Wan is widely known for directing the horror film Saw(2004) and creating Billy the puppet. He has also directed Dead Silence and Death sentence (both 2007), Insidious (2011), The Conjuring and Insidious (both 2013), Furious 7 (2015) and the Conjuring 2 (2016) with the upcoming Aquaman (2018).
Wan was born in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia and is of Malaysian Chinese descent. Wan and his family moved to Perth, Australia when he was seven. He attended Lake Tuggeranong College in Canberra, before moving to Perth as an adult. Wan relocated from Perth to Melbourne, where he attended RMIT University.
So designing comic strips was going to be something different for me, I had never created a comic strip before. So this was a challenge not a massive challenge but something new to try. I wanted to do horror movies because I’ve loved horror movies for years and I was thinking for my final major project was comic strips on horror film character. I got the idea from an artist who made a series called pocket princess which is a Disney princess living together and so for my comic strip famous horror movie character are living together learning to put up with living together. This in a horror theme with a comedy vibe or a lot of reference on horror movies, I want to open people eyes to the world of horror movies that it’s not just all scares that there lessons and a funny side to it.
I was going to choose a lot of horror film character like Freddy, Jason, Michael, Leatherface, Chucky, Norman and many more but due to timing and character developing would take long, so my plan is to stick with three character with some other characters but only for a couple of comics, I find that after developing the characters on my sketch book it was the right choice to go with three characters which were Freddy, Jason and Norman personally my favourite characters, mostly Jason. At first all their sketches were kind of terrible but then they actually got better after continuing with drawing different styles of drawing. Drawing any style of character of the same one it became easy to find the correct drawing style for the comic strips. Once that was done then it was time to do head movement which was drawing their heads in different angles, up, down, looking to the left and right all angles at 180 degrees and to see how their expression would look minus the fact that Jason is wearing a hockey mask so there not a lot of face expression on him, Freddy and Norman will be easier as they actually showing their faces. Originally it was suppose to be Leather-face, Michael Myers, Chucky, Freddy, Jason and Norman but due to space and drawing I decided to stick with three characters and I know I made the right choice.
When it came to bringing the colours to the character to life, I collect a lot of images from the horror movies and collected the colours I need to fit all the character colour choice. Giving that the comics were about horror movies the colour theme has to be dark colours, the theme of the comic is dark but has a light story to it nothing too dark themed, practically kid friend. The colours from the images I collected to find the colours I needed for each characters, Freddy was harder to do due to the skin, making the skin like burn looking skin. What I did was make a dot affect on the skin using darker shades to show different layers of the skin colour to make it clearly shown he burned on his face, I did the same affect on on his glove as well with his claw. Norman and Jason weren’t as complicated as Freddy as they have normal colour forms, nothing extra to add onto just simple colours. I was debating whether to add shading to the comic strips but I was worried that the shading would create a much too series look and that would create the wrong impression that instead of not trying to be scary it could make it look a little too scary. But over all the colours and the lay out came out much better then I expected.
Creating the comic strips wasn’t as challenge as it seems, due to losing some time on working on the project, that I didn’t have a lot of time to do the comic strips I originally had 20 comic strips in my sketch book but only 18 manage to get done on digital, and matter on displacing them we had to cut two out of the display board so that it looked more even and balanced having 18 created an odd number making the display-board look uneven and a bit messy given the space I had so that was disappointing. If I had the chance to do it all again I would finish all of those 20 comic strips then it would be complete and it would look so much better, although I’m happy with the results of the comic strips. The colours came out the way I wanted, the story went well, my drawings have improved so much, laying out came out better. The comic strips is a telling of horror film characters living together through various scenario and even holidays.