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A rough and tumble thumbnail sketch book for the cartoonist or designer on the go.
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 Hi, I’m Jeff McComsey!

I am a cartoonist making comics for the past 12 years. In the past you helped me print a mess of these Thumb Books for a lot of cartoonists, designers, students... and, well I ran out of them.  Thusly I'm here to do it again!

WHERE IT ALL STARTED:

Like most cartoonists and comic artists, I did my thumbnails on loose paper and I would inevitably lose them in the sea of paper in my studio. My initial solution was an improvised thumbnail template stapled together. I’ve been refining Thumb Book over the years and this will be the third official printing.

SPECS:

The THUMB BOOK is 4”x 5.5”and is currently 60 pages.  

-Designed to be a pocket sized sketch book with a template on each page that corresponds to the layout of a standard comic page. Originally created to help me keep all my preliminary work in one spot, I also like them because I can grab a script, pencil, Thumb Book and hit a coffee shop if I need a change of scenery.

WHAT'S NEW:

SEQUENTIAL ART TEACHERS:

In addition to working in comics, I am also an adjunct at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. In this coming Fall semester I’ll be teaching a Sequential Art class and I want to incorporate these sketchbooks into the curriculum. If this campaign is successful, I’ll be providing all 20 students with THUMB BOOKS.

-If you teach a sequential art/comics based art class and think these books could be helpful for your students, please shoot me a message.

Pics from my original Thumb Book design before incorporating the grid.

HOW I USE THEM:

Once I have a script in hand I do small breakdowns four up on the Thumb Book page. After that each breakdown gets taken to a full (Thumb Book) page layout. I try and make those thumbnails as tight as possible. I then scan those thumbnails and enlarge them to begin the penciling stage.

BREAKDOWNS

Once I have a script in hand I do small breakdowns four up on the Thumb Book page. Here I'm mostly focusing on leaving enough room for lettering and making sure speaking order is reflected in layout.

THUMBNAILS

After that each breakdown gets taken to a full (Thumb Book) page layout. I try and make those thumbnails as tight as possible. I then scan those thumbnails and enlarge them to begin the penciling stage.

SCANS

Once I scan in my thumbs and make a spread out of them, I'll share them with editorial or any other creative partners on the project. This also let's me look at stories as a whole and see if I'm repeating a layout too much.

There are more than a few steps between these two, but I like to figure everything out compositionally in my Thumb Book before hand.

REWARDS:

In addition to offering the Thumb Books I'm cracking open my original art vault for rewards. Original art reward backers will receive THREE pages of original 11x17 original art. I'll be pulling from SMEDLEY, HONCHO, SON OF HITLER, FLUTTER and a few other shorts.

I'll also be offering a limited Post-It note commissions!

Risks and challenges

Very excited to see who outside of comics connects with the Thumb Books and what uses they might them to.

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    3 THUMB BOOKS

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