Issue One Cover

July 14, 2018 in Issue One
Issue One Cover
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Author Notes:

MattSchofield 14th Jul 2018, 6:01 PM
UPDATE [9/17/2021]: I'm updating the first few pages of this issue in preparation to print some copies, and this is the first thing I have "remastered". I am by no means an experienced digital painter and I was certainly feeling my way through the coloring process as I went. I definitely think it's an improvement on the old one.

Since I started showing the comic to people, a lot of them asked “Are you going to color it?” I had initially thought maybe I’d print up a few photocopied mini-comics in black and white and so I’d never really given any thought to what colors Steamroller Man’s costume would be! I started to think of steamrollers and other construction equipment, caution tape, traffic signs – anything that said “WATCH OUT!”

I decided to color the cover to this issue as an experiment. I wanted to create a very retro feel, something that looked like a comic you found at a garage sale.


Trickity 10th Feb 2020, 10:39 AM
Amazing cover lol
MattSchofield 10th Feb 2020, 11:08 AM
Thanks! Glad you like it!
mightguy15 9th Mar 2020, 10:34 PM
You did a very good job making this look as 60s as possible. You even included some wear and tear lines! That's some impressive attention to detail my man!
MattSchofield 10th Mar 2020, 4:50 PM
Thanks! I wanted it to have the look of a vintage comic like the ones I would find at second-hand bookstores as a kid!
Mrremoraman 17th Mar 2020, 7:12 AM
Man I LOVE these covers! You do such a great job with them!
MattSchofield 17th Mar 2020, 8:36 AM
Thanks very much! I love the look of vintage comic book covers, and definitely want to capture that for Steamroller Man. Each webcomic "chapter" is planned like an issue of a physical comic, and will start with a new cover illustration!
Chuck Dixon 14th Aug 2020, 3:39 PM
THIS is brilliant! My new favorite comic! Well, second favorite comic.
MattSchofield 15th Aug 2020, 7:17 AM
Wow! Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it!
skowog 16th Nov 2020, 10:38 PM
Terrific! I've gotta know how you did this effect! I've got a cover I've been working on in Clip Studio that could really use those wrinkles!
MattSchofield 17th Nov 2020, 2:06 PM
The wear-and-tear lines were drawn on using a Frenden FX brush - unfortunately I can't remember exactly which one, but I basically made the brush tip a really small size, and used a color that was similar to yellowed, aging newsprint. I looked at an old comic for reference to see where the paper was the most worn.
skowog 21st Nov 2020, 11:25 AM
Thanks for the tip!