The Life Of Mann
The Story Of Mann
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__SEE THE MAKING-OF CHAPTERS [01] [02] [03] [04] [05]

__CHAPTER 5 - The King of Losers
__art by Christian Korherr, story by Norbert Tomasi
_Introduction by Josef Lee, Creator of The Life Of Mann

After a long wait, Chapter 5 is finally out. I was regularly updated on the progress and has been eager since day one to see the end results.

Few months back when Chapter 2 first debuted, I received an email from two very enthusiastic Austrians who professed their interest in the project. Below was the email from Christian Korherr and Norbert Tomasi:

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Hi Josef,
me and a Norbert Tomasi are two guys from Austria who would like to continue a chapter of Life of Mann. Norbert is a writer who would sign responsible for the story. I would do the drawing. Basically I work as a freelance graphic designer, who has done so far nothing specific in the field of comic strips. Just illustrations have become a big love in my recent years of work. I attached some posters I did for mainly cultural events and some free work to get impression, what the style looks like - so far. Don't ask me how it will work for the Mann, but me and Norbert would be keen to see what will happen.

Congrats to this idea and all the best from Austria,
Christian & Norbert

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Christian and Norbert were the second to write in to me to volunteer as artist / writer. When I first saw the illustrations done by Christian, I knew immediately that I must get him to do up one chapter of Mann. Like me, Christian was more of a designer than an illustrator, meaning his approach to comics will be vastly different from a typical illustrator or comics artist.

_________________________________Sample Artworks from Christian Korherr

I was very excited to see how such a graphic style will translate into the story of Mann.
The unique drawing style will definitely stand out on its own amongst the other chapters. Furthermore, theirs was a collaborative effort that was in line with the aim of the project - to see how a single idea will evolve when passed through the hands of multiple creatives.

And true to my expectations, Christian and Norbert gave me five pages of pure graphic masterpiece, the darkest chapter ever in The Life Of Mann, and a plot twist that spelled the End of Mann, yet also a New Beginning.

Here's the original synopsis for Chapter 5 which I received from Christian and Norbert. I was already a fan after I read it:

"Mann and St. Elvis have escaped the guards on their vultures but the guards know how to deal with it, they're really cool about it. One of the guards looks up and activates a tool on his gauntlet. High in the sky the vultures blow off in a big explosion. The massive body of St. Elvis saves him from major injuries but Mann falls badly injured towards the ground. St. Elvis starts a suicide nosedive to save Mann while innumerable flashbacks are whizzing through his mind. How often would he fail again? As a guardian angel he proved to be quite a loser. Three famous people have already died because of his incompetence (Franz K., Che G. and John L.) and he could help none of them. They all died because he was unable to do a prober job. As a singer he might have been The King, but as a guardian angel he was the blind one amongst one-eyed beggars. Still nosediving like hell towards Mann, he thinks to himself "Not this time, not again." But, Mann hits ground anyways. Blood is dripping from his nose and sea of red starts spreading out from underneath him. In the background you see a deeply dejected St. Elvis."

_Storyboard Sketch

_Detailed Storyboard for Photoshoot

_Photoshoot for Creating Artworks
Christian's method of illustrations require the use of lots of sample photographs, acting as base for his drawings. Below is the description of his process:

"What I can tell you already now about our approach is the following. Our chapter will be really simple in regards of background details. I'm not a drawer as you guys, who are able to do something from the scratch. Do to my illustrations I need real pictures. When we've the story and its storyboard, we'll have to photograph the single parts of the story in real. We'll stick all together to final proportions and arrangements and then I'll start the pre-drawing by hand. This goes pretty easy. The works starts with drawing every curve and anchor point in freehand. To cut it down, to finish those chapters in 4 weeks, we'll save background details whereever it goes and concentrate on the characters. At the most full body illustrations and for sure more big close-ups of Mann and Angel."

To cut the long story short, Christian and Norbert pull together some friends and arranged a photoshoot, based on their storyboard.

"...the three people I asked for realizing this project as me and Norbert imaging it, are in and very enthusiastic about it. Basically I've found two guys who will act as Man and St. Elvis and a photographer who's responsible for the lights, shadows and producing the base for my drawings."

Credits go the the following amazing talents:
Mann ------------------------- GC
St. Elvis ---------------------- Alex Jochtl
Che Guevara --------------- Manuel Schilcher
Franz Kafka ----------------- Norbert Tomasi
John Lennon ---------------- Christian Korherr
Photographer --------------- Michaela Riess


_Photo Montage - Final Layout and Characters Poses / Expressions

_Creating the Hell Guards

From the final pages of artwork, few can tell the amount of effort that actually went into creating the Hell Guards. Christian found a friend who had previously modelled an orgre that was never used. The modelled was hence refined upon and modified to become the present Hell Guard as can be seen below.

The model was then posed and traced in the same illustration method as the photos.

__SEE THE MAKING-OF CHAPTERS [01] [02] [03] [04] [05]

The Life Of Mann is a global collaboration in creative storytelling. Every 5 pages of the story will be attempted by a different artist/writer. There are no restrictions to the style of drawing, direction of story, or way of presentation. However, the story must CONTINUE. Characters can be included or excluded along the way, but the story must always revolve around the central character - Mann.


Email to volunteer as an artist/writer. Enquiries and feedbacks are most welcome.


> chapter 1 (pg 01 - 05)
by Josef Lee
> chapter 2 (pg 06 - 10)
by JunMing
> chapter 3 (pg 11 - 15)
by Josef Lee
> chapter 4 (pg 16 - 20)
by Kunal Kundu
> chapter 5 (pg 21 - 25)
by Christian Koherr +
Norbert Tomasi

> chapter 6 (pg 26 - 30)
by James Tan

> chapter 7 (pg 31 - 35)
by Jacob Mallach +
C. Edward Klink

> chapter 8 (pg 36 - 40)
by Barbara Zucchi

> chapter 9 (pg 41 - 45)
by Jessica Eriksson
> chapter 10 (pg 46 - 50)
by Romolo Eduardo
> chapter 11 (pg 51 - 55)
by Wolfgang Hauer +
Caroline Hofer

> chapter 12 (pg 56 - 60)
> chapter 13 (pg 61 - 65)
James Reed
© josef lee 2008