Well, the pencils are totally finished,
and the colors are now being completed - that's it for Behind
Thanks for checking out the progress and
concept art for Volume 2!
Pre-Orders are open now - follow the link
below! There will only be 300 limited edition copies ever made,
so if you want one, you should go check it out!
Thanks again to everyone who'd been keeping
up with the series - I hope you enjoy Volume 2!
10-18-07 - Dum - dada - DAA!
The cover of Chapter 6 is finished! Check
Also, the finalized release date for the
book is now set - and the pre-orders are being set up to start
soon! Check out the details in the news.
Also, a reminder to anyone wishing to win
free stuff - the Halloween Fanart contest entry deadline is just
over a week away - don't miss out!
It's a personal peeve of mine when a comic
book has a cover which depicts a really cool image - and then
the comic itself has nothing to do with what was on the cover.
So, if you're wondering 'Is there really drool all over Chapter
Yes. Yes there is.
10-5-07 - Why do I do these things?
Sorry about the late 'Behind the Scenes'
update everyone - don't worry, work is still progressing on the
books - that's partially contributing to why the update is late,
because I've been so preoccupied with artwork.
...Excellent cover... no one will suspect
my Tijuana rampage now...
More pencils! I just got through the craziest
crowd shots ever... With a good portion of sanity still in reserve,
although I need to stock up. Deciding to have a gigantic riot
scene is all fun and games until you have to actually DRAW it.
At several points during the process, I stopped and muttered,
why am I DOING this to myself?
The answer, of course, is because, oh yeah
- this is going to be awesome.
||You can actually
look at this scene and guesstimate the level of mental health I
lost while drawing it. It's fun, give it a try!
Look, Indigo exists. The story shall not
permit me to divulge more... But suffice it to say that she was
fun to draw.
9-19-07 - Thrills, Chills, and a lot
A lot of drawing is going on - Chapter
6 is now about halfway pencilled, so things are right on track
where they should be! I'm in the midst of some massive crowd scenes
which are gumming things up a bit, but boy, are they fun.
The closer the book gets to completion,
the more enthusiastic I'm becoming over the way it's turning out.
I'm getting very excited for the release date! My loved ones are
looking into various sedatives.
Check out some of the pics below - I have
to be careful not to show anything that gives away any story points
at this stage, which includes a lot of the more dramatic images,
so these will have to suffice!
||Some people in a
crowd at Anduruna's Harvest Festival - enjoying an unexpected surprise.
Mace, Whip, and Namah suddenly happen upon
the world's biggest banana.
9-5-07 - Pencils are off to a big start!
Progress is moving fast on the pencils,
already nearly 1/3 of the chapter is finished and in the scanning
I'm going to keep myself on a very strict
production schedule through September, so that I can be sure to
stay true to the November release date for the book. If I stay
very focused, I think I can hit that as a goal.
As I'm pencilling pages for Chapter 6,
I'll also be going through and beginning the shading for Chapter
5 as the colors get blocked in... Meanwhile, I'm going to try
my best to market another batch of Volume 1 books, so that the
overhead for the Volume 2 print run will be there when it comes
time to print. I don't have any conventions between now and then,
so I'll have to think of something else... A lot of things happening
at once - we'll see how it goes!
through the shattered remains of the antechamber from the fight
scene in the first book. I wanted to have a definite contrast between
her careless, haughty saunter and the others around her all hard
at work being productive in some way. Well, almost all of them...
Just added a splash of shading on this
to give it a tiny bit of atmosphere... The final coloring will
obviously be way cooler. It's a glimpse of the barren and twisted
landscape where the nightmares congregate... I developed a lot
of social details in this as it was drawn out. For example, Nabonidus
rules from a hovering platform of stone - which remains over the
only water source in the area. (Even monsters need water if they've
manifested a physical body). It's a symbol of his authority that
his minions have to cower below his throne to sustain themselves.
Also, lesser demons live out in the smaller stone dwellings, with
cookpots (and aging piles of grisly refuse), preparing meals in
servitude for creatures higher in rank than themselves. Various
nightmare overlords have their own individual castles dotting
the landscape around the lake - competing with one another for
size and dominance, but still with Nabonidus beyond their reach.
...In short, it's fun for the whole family!
Last Chapter of Volume 2 Begins!
Chapter 6 is off and running, the script
is completely finished up, and the pencils are moving through
the first scene - nothing scanned yet, but I should have some
sneak peaks up for you next week.
Looking at the story and writing overall
for the next book, I'm feeling VERY good about things... I think
the ending ties up the story elements present in the book well,
the characters are very true to themselves, the action is intense,
there's drama, adventure, danger, and humor... I can hardly wait
to finish this thing so I can sit down and read it myself. Yes,
I'm that cool.
Progress on the book is escalating pretty
rapidly due to some beneficial developements on other fronts,
so hopefully the whole thing should be available for sale in November
Well, stay tuned for another update on
Behind the Scenes in a couple of weeks!