Before he wrote Old Boy or Astral Project, Garon Tsuchiya (aka “Marley Carib”) put together boxing stories for realist artists like Ryōichi Ikegami and Jirō Taniguchi. This is the earliest of those, a reggae-inflected tale of a losing fighter with a killing spirit caught up in episodic international blood sports.
(Blue Fighter, Jirō Taniguchi, written by Garon Tsuchiya, c. 1982)
Top 5: Lettered thumbnails, published by Pádraig Ó Méalóid’s on his blog Bottom 5: Finished artwork published by SubMedia Magazine #1
From the outset, Sienkiewicz locked himself into a demanding and expensive artwork development process he had never attempted before: thoroughly thumbnailing Moore’s densely nuanced scripts, extensive use of a large group of models for reference, and the painted photo-realistic artwork. Keeping this up for twelve 40-page issues would be challenging under even optimal conditions.
But between issues #2 and #3, life happened: Sienkiewicz was going through a breakup with his girlfriend, his mother passed away, as did two of his models, his main model got married and moved away, and even one of the child models went through a dramatic growth spurt to a point where he no longer looked like a child, as well as the infamous falling out with his assistant, Al Columbia. Sienkiewicz’s well-being spiraled downwards right behind the time and money. And while he completed issue #3 in a slightly different style, he had to resign the project.
I felt awful, I felt I let Kevin down, I let myself down, I let Alan down. Much later, I called Alan and basically apologized, not for what I went through, which was real life, but far how, in jeopardizing the project and all. Alan was very generous, a total gentleman. There is no acrimony with anyone, except those who were responsible for spreading the rumors.
— Interview with Ashley Wood, SubMedia Magazine #1
It remains one of his greatest regrets of his career and has often commented that “a day doesn’t go by that he doesn’t think of wanting to finish it.”
Just as everyone else i like the prophet series and really admire all of its creators. Started this one long ago. Want to change every detail but i i’ve been asked by a friend to finish it. So here it is.