- Posted by Johanna on August 20, 2006 at 7:46 pm
- Category: Books and Prose
TwoMorrows has launched another magazine, Rough Stuff. It’s a spinoff from the same-named section of Back Issue, and most of the content is annotated sketchbooks.
I wish that this first issue was more than just one long ad for the Modern Masters series of books. Each artist’s section even ends with a plug for the corresponding title. All of those covered — Bruce Timm, Alan Davis, Art Adams, and more — have their own volume, although I don’t know whether the pieces included here are outtakes or reprints from those books, or material they didn’t have room for. Perhaps that was the only way they could get the magazine started, to go with content they already had access to.
In addition, editor Bob McLeod writes an editorial entitled “Tight Pencils: The Answer or the Problem?” Since he’s a professional inker, he argues for looser pencils that allow the inker to do more than just trace, saying that tight pencils look “overly controlled and stilted” and “squeeze inkers out of the business”. (Odd that he’s running a mag dedicated to pencil art, then.)
There is one very cool feature that I haven’t seen any other magazine do. It’s called “Rough Critique”, and it’s an invitation for readers to send in a sample pencilled page for analysis. I applaud those brave enough to participate, and it’s a good way for readers to see what a professional would say about their work.
There are good concepts here, and I hope future issues branch out in their coverage. Perhaps they could even include the work of a woman or two?