For the first month or so of active Ravenlaw production, color was an open question, so I completed eight strips without it. By strip nine, I was finally comfortable enough with a method and palate that I added coloring as the final step in the strip’s workflow. Color in Ravenlaw is quite simple, with largely flat pastel treatments and as few colors in each panel as possible. While pastels may seem like an odd choice for a comic with strong undertones of macabre horror, they’ve consistently presented themselves to me as the only choice for Ravenlaw–at least as long as the story is set in the 1920s. -e
“Now smile and listen close: If we play this right, you’ll get out of here alive and I’ll get in a whole lot of trouble.”
Maggie isn’t one of the three central protagonists in Ravenlaw and the Blood Cauldron, but the secret-laden girl plays an important role. If you’re thinking her costume in this concept looks a bit Victorian for 1920, you’re right; there’s a plot-driven reason for the outfit.
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Today marks about a month of initial production for my upcoming supernatural adventure strip, Ravenlaw. Here are some glimpses of artwork from the strip. You can see regular updates from my drawing board on Instagram.
Officially announcing the first episode of the supernatural horror/adventure comic strip, Ravenlaw: Ravenlaw and the Blood Cauldron. The episode consists of approximately 90 strips, to be published twice weekly beginning October 31, 2015. Production and publication pace may increase corresponding to Patreon support. Here’s a synopsis:
It’s December 1920, and alienist Doctor Ravenlaw follows a client’s madness into a dark web of macabre horror that is poisoning the pillars of New York society. Lives hang in the balance, but the doctor is hampered by two menaces: A cub reporter determined to uncover Ravenlaw’s secrets, and a right-hand-man hiding a crippling secret of his own!
One of the incentives I’m offering to supporters on Patreon is this high-resolution, printable set of paper dolls featuring three of the main characters of Episode One. A new set will be released with each subsequent episode as characters and time periods move on. These are some of the outfits you might see Ravenlaw and his associates wearing in the winter of 1920.
Miranda Daphne, reporter for the Empire State Review.
“The real story is Doctor Ravenlaw. Allen Quatermain’s got nothing on this gold mine. He’s somewhere between a quack and a cult leader; has a staff of nurses and assistants wrapped around his finger in this queer bungalow in the mountains. As far as I can tell, he syphons cash from wealthy patients and uses it to build contraptions so that he can experiment on vagrants.”
Anastasia is matron of a hospital for displaced children and its adjunct speakeasy.
This is a character concept from Ravenlaw a supernatural adventure comic strip set in the 1920s and currently under development. To follow Ravenlaw and support its development, visit my Patreon page!
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Aargos Ra is tortured by the childhood death of his sister, Trilany. Year after year, he labors to build a new body for her that will coax her consciousness out from the circuits of their home the ancient spaceship, Mammothess. But while each frame is more finely crafted than the last, Trilany’s ghost rejects them all.
Elsewhere in the room, a shrewish man carefully places an origami soldier into a neat row of counterparts, peering at the paper figures with tiny eyes set behind thick spectacles. This is “Morgo.”
MORGO: You have just wiped out the banker-speculators. Of course, it would have happened eventually.
RAVENLAW: You couldn’t sleep, Morgo?
MORGO: Sleep? During the storming of the Winter Palace?