Archive for December, 2009

Hell, Inc. Production Diary part 3

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

I haven’t done as many of these as I’d have liked to by now. I was going to last night, but then I got distracted by learning how to work the book layout program I got. I need to print some test pages to make sure I’ve got the margins right, but so far I seem to be getting the hang of it.

This here’s a panel from page 2. It was used as part of a piece I wrote for the U of A Gateway about 24 Hour Comic Day. It was originally intended as a big reveal, but I quickly realized that it wasn’t much of a reveal, since I never really tried to hide the fact that the characters were demons. Actually, it’s the first thing I mention any time I describe the series to somebody. So it’s not so much of a reveal as a really intricate panel where a demon tries to brush his teeth and put on pants simultaneously. It involved me standing in front of a mirror holding one hand up like I was brushing my teeth and then pulling my pants on with the other hand to figure out what it would look like. I’m sure if anybody else was awake I would have looked like a complete jackass.

Hell, Inc. page 2 panel

Hell, Inc. Production Diary part 4

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

I’ve been super busy the last week and a half or so and have kind of neglected the production diary a little bit. And the actual layout work for the book, although part of that was because it took me forever to learn the software and figure out how to set the pages up just right. But last night I drew the cover, so here it is!

Hell, Inc. Cover

It’s pretty simple, but I like how it turned out. Especially considering that covers are not my strong point. At all.

In the last production diary I talked about how originally I wanted it to be a big reveal early on that Doug is a demon and works in hell, and how I realized that wasn’t going to work because I gave the whole thing away in the premise. This cover kind of fits with that, since there’s really no way to hide the fact that Doug is a demon and works in hell when he’s on the cover and the title of the book is Hell, Inc. I guess it could be done, but then nobody would buy the book.