100 pages - October 2006
Spinning off from the pages of BACK ISSUE! magazine comes the second issue of ROUGH STUFF, celebrating the ART of creating comics! In issue #2, editor (and top pro inker) BOB McLEOD spotlights more NEVER-BEFORE PUBLISHED penciled pages, preliminary sketches, detailed layouts, and unused inked versions of art from throughout comics history! First up is a new, profusely illustrated interview with PAUL GULACY on his career, from his early work on Master of Kung-Fu, up to his current groundbreaking art on DC’s new HEX series! Then, we present lengthy galleries of work by fan-favorite artists FRANK BRUNNER, JERRY ORDWAY, and MATT WAGNER, who contribute commentaries on pencils, sketches, and more from some of their most beloved comics series—discussing what went right and wrong with it, and giving background information to put it all into historical perspective. Also: A pencil art spotlight on one of the most unsung creators in comics today, BRIAN APTHORP! A retrospective art gallery on the late comics legend ALEX TOTH! Plus: Before-and-after comparisons revealing how images changed from initial concept to published version, a look at oddball penciler/inker combinations, and more, all behind a new GULACY “Hex” cover!