Here are some thumbnail storyboards that I create to figure out the layout of each page for Freeway.
Each thumbnail is quite small and varies in size with the average size being 2.5 inches by 3 inches. They are also quite crude and quite cryptic but they help me to build the page and to figure out how many pages I need for each chapter.
Here is a detail of a thumbnail sketch of page 254 and the finished page.
One can see how different the finished page is to the thumbnail. In the thumbnail, I originally drew a few panels showing Alex freaking out as his car's dash warning lights come on. When I finally designed the original page I felt those panels slowed the action down so I got rid of them.
I was born and raised in Trail, British Columbia, Canada and started my art career at David Thompson University Center in Nelson, B.C. In 1981, I relocated to California to study at the California Institute of the Arts. After recieving a B.F.A. in Character Animation, I worked in the animation industry as a layout artist.
In the 1990's, I branched out professionally into adult-themed comics and graphic novels. My first,"Adolf Hears A Who" (1991), an eight page story was published by Fantagraphics Books in the anthology Pictopia. Fantagraphics later published "S.O.S."(1992), "Alex"(1994),"Why Did Pete Duel Kill Himself"(1997), and "Mail Order Bride"(2001). "Alex", "Pete Duel" and "Mail Order Bride" were also published in French language editions by Paquet Editions and "Mail Order Bride" was published in a Spanish language edition by Ponet Mon and serialized in Korean for Poptoon.
My latest book is "Freeway."
(All images copyright Mark Kalesniko unless otherwise stated.)