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.
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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?
An exterior model of Monument Hill Lunatic Asylum built in Sketchup. Whenever possible, I like to build models of central locations and important objects in a story as I develop it. It helps me solidify aspects of the story in my mind and provides a useful library for artwork later on.
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This is a concept for the third panel in Ravenlaw’s triptych of main characters. The most mundane of the three, he was among Ravenlaw’s earliest patients–a veteran who returned from the Great War crippled by shell shock. Fiercely loyal to the mysterious doctor who returned him to sanity, he now is employed by Ravenlaw as a driver and mechanic. I’m still trying to settle on a suitably red-blooded pulp name for the fellow. -e
An exploration of a simple Art Nouveau-inspired motif. Ravenlaw takes place in the early 1920s, when (very broadly speaking) Art Nouveau was ubiquitously popularized and edging into Art Deco. For this drawing, I abandoned Manga Studio’s line correction and went for an intentionally rough outline. Not sure I’m happy with that approach. -e