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Thursday, March 19th, 2009

So. You wanna take a look behind the curtain?

Even though this didnít work out so hot for the great and powerful Oz, Ian assures me that for us, itís a home run.

For starters, Iím going to give you all a peek into some emails between Vicki Tierney and myself that started the process of giving Lanceís cousin/foil a face to go along with the name.

And as a favor to me, if Ian asks, thereís nothing going on between Vicki and me.

Mike Leone
19 March, 2009

From: Vicki Tierney
Date: Aug 29, 2007 6:17 PM
Subject: This is not the subject you are looking for.


   I've started to play around with designing Zack. Really it's just a bunch of facial studies and drawing Jay Mohr (just for reference's sake) but I figured I'd share the sketches with you anyway. Hopefully you'll get a kick out of them. Nothing's final, I've just started messing with him, but I think I like the direction it's heading in.


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-Vickiís first impressions of Lanceís cousin/foil Zack


From: Mike Leone
Date: Sun, Sep 2, 2007 at 11:31 AM
Subject: Re: This is not the subject you are looking for.

Hey now Vicki.

   I have a few thoughts about Zack. I think his hair should be dark, it reinforced the Lance/Zach rivalry. I like the attitude and the expressions, but every time I've imagined Zack, he's had short hair. Kinda like Christian Slater on the poster of "Very Bad Things." Lance's short hair is functional, something that won't get pulled in a fight. Zack's short hair is a statement: "I'm better than you."



From: Vicki Tierney
Date: Tue, Sep 4, 2007 at 10:17 AM
Subject: Re: This is not the subject you are looking for.

Hey hey!

   Short "I'm-Better-Than-You" hair? Comin' right up. From reading the description I thought of Zack as dark-haired, myself, I just took into consideration that Lance was blonde (or light-brown, or whatever the ol' boy is) so maybe lighter hair ran in their family. I dunno. I actually have a sheet of tracing paper with black hair on it for the very first sketch of Zack I'd done because I didn't know what looked better. Personally, I agree with the use of light and dark to emphasize the rivalry. I'll shoot a few sketches over soon.

   Just don't let Ian know that I'm e-mail cheating with you- he'd be crushed.

Take care!

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-Vickiís 1st attempt with dark hair. Itís almost there...

-Thereís the face that has so frustrated Lance.


Thursday, March 12th, 2009

A Helpful Guide

Well the FLB factory is in full gear cranking out issue 2. And yeah I know, we promised previews. They're coming! But in the meantime we've found some colleagues to help you with other potential hazards in the workplace.

If you had Lance's bosses, you'd want all the help you could get. But taking out your employer is not something you can just pick up in a night-class. Fortunately, author and illustrator and friend of FLB Graham Roumieu (best known for his Bigfoot series) is here to fill that gap. His new book, 101 Ways to Kill Your Boss, offers up plenty of tricks, tips and traps to sort out even the wiliest employer. This information is out there now, man. It's up to you how you use it! Definitely a go to guide for our guy, and maybe it'll help you with your next raise negotiation too?


Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Goin' Back to Kali!

Issue 1 Found here!

Hey there. Welcome back to FLB. While Lance's first adventure in the world of work there's plenty more to come. We're getting geared up for Issue 2, but in the meantime we'll be sharing with you some of our outtakes, behind-the-scenes images, and concept sketches that popped up along the way.

This week we're starting with a look back at the beginning, of Issue 1, Freelance Blues: Goin Back To Kali, which you can read in it's entirety. Thrill to twenty-pages of on-the-job mayhem, featuring call-centers, cockroaches and one out of control incarnation of destruction. You can also click on the comics icon's on the right to check out our Preview-Mini, following Lance's work as a Freezer Banger at a frozen foods grocery store.

And then next week! Previews begin!


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