Making Stinky Cecil: The Comics Process

Everyone has different ways of making a comic book. But all of us follow the same general steps to bring a comic book page to life. There are four main steps: Pencils, Inks, Flat colors and Final colors. I thought it’d be fun to show one page from the second book in the Stinky Cecil series, Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror, as it goes through this transformation.

Step 1: Pencils
Like most cartoonists, I loosely pencil each page of the book. This the “story” phase of the book where I’m figuring out how much text and art will appear on each page. Every page needs to have the right balance of text and art so that you move the story forward at a good pace. The goal is to have each page be visually interesting on its own, but to fit well into the larger story. The penciling phase is probably the most important phase of all.

Step 2: Inks
Inking is probably the most fun for me. This is the stage where I solidify the look of the characters and sharpen their facial expressions.

Step 3: Flat colors

I work with my friend Jose Flores on coloring. I send Jose the inked pages and he sends back flat colors. Basically this means that he assigns a color to each shape that I’ve inked. At this stage, the coloring isn’t final he’s just creating shapes to make the final color easier.
Flat colors

Step 4: Final colors

At this point I create the final look of the page in full color. I change the colors to match the rest of the book and I also add shadowing and texture. It’s really fun to see a finished page come to life.

Final colors

Happy comic book drawing and reading! 

Stinky Cecil Celebrates Earth Month

Operation Pond Rescue cover Author and Creative Director at Schulz M. Creative Associates, Paige Braddock, will be reading from her new graphic novel to celebrate Earth Month.

Released in February 2015, Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue is the hilarious tale of a group of amphibians (and one free-range hamster) who set out to save their tiny pond home from one very large steamroller.

Mark your calendars for the following
Stinky Cecil Earth Month readings on Tuesday, April 14, 2015:

9:00 AM PST
La Tercera STEM School
Petaluma, California

10:30 AM PST
Miwok Valley School
Petaluma, California

1:00 PM PST
Dunham Elementary School
Petaluma, California

4:00 PM PST
Petaluma, California

Stay tuned for more Stinky Cecil events on, Facebook, and Twitter. We hope to see you there!

Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue is OUT!!

Operation Pond Rescue coverKids graphic novel Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue is available for purchase today!

From the Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and Peanuts illustrator Paige Braddock and amp! Comics for Kids, Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue is the hilarious tale of a group of amphibians (and one free-range hamster) who set out to save their tiny pond home from one very large steamroller.

Here’s what adults and kids at heart are saying about Stinky Cecil:

“‘Sometimes big stories happen in small places’ and a big, fun, totally enjoyable tale happens right here in Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue. Paige Braddock has created a loveable cast of quirky animal pals in a very funny and environmentally-friendly adventure. I’m looking forward to the next installment!” — Patrick McDonnell, creator of “Mutts”

“The minute I finished reading this graphic novel, I knew I had a winning title in my hand.” — Esther Keller, School Library Journal

“Braddock’s expertise with the pacing of three-panel comics is on full display.” — Publisher’s Weekly

Recommended for kids ages 7 to 12 years old, kids are lining up to meet Stinky Cecil.

Schulz Museum SigningLumaCON signing

“Cecil is really stinky, but in a good way.” — PB