Llama on Lily: Congrats, Adam!

By Superherologist - June 2, 2009

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Last month we interviewed Adam Atherton about Lily of the Valley, his entry in DC Comics’ May competition for a contract with their Zuda line of webcomics. Guess what? Adam won! He beat some darn fine competitors like Sides, Beertown B’hoys (see our interview with creator Steve Bialik), and Amber Hale, Supermodel (the Action Flick Chick interviewed Amber’s team), among others.

We congratulated Adam, thanking him again for interviewing with us. Adam turned around and thanked us too by sharing some special pics which, to the best of our knowledge, you won’t find anywhere else yet.

Look at these sketches!

Lily, star of Lily of the Valley by Adam Atherton

Lily, star of Lily of the Valley by Adam Atherton

Thomas from upcoming installments by Adam Atherton

Thomas from upcoming installments by Adam Atherton

And here’s how a few of the images published in his Zuda entry looked before he finished them. Enjoy!

Those are some eerie looking birds, especially after Adam colored them.

Those are some eerie looking birds, especially after Adam colored them.

Excerpt from Lily of the Valley, page 1.

Excerpt from Lily of the Valley, page 1.

Seeing these heightened our awareness of how powerfully Adam uses color. Some comics need to be black and white, and others need full color. Some Zuda competitors make the mistake of going black and white when the readers tend to want color, while others who aren’t really colorists go to the other extreme by overdoing their colors. Adam has found an interesting middle ground. Rather than search for the words to describe, I’ll just suggest you look for yourselves.

You can also visit Adam’s blog for a peek behind the scenes.

Congrats again, Adam. As you’re going through creating page after page, we recommend this as Creator’s Rule Number One: Have fun.


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One Response to “Llama on Lily: Congrats, Adam!”

  1. Thanks again Papa Llama! Much appreciated. :)

    I think the sketches I posted on the Lily blog but the uncoloured page is not available to be seen anywhere else online, like you said.

    Thanks for all the kind words and the congratulations. And the rule you suggested is one I will certainly aim to keep in mind when making the following pages!

    Adam

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