A special double sized final issue! 48 pages! After the disastrous results of the dragon hunt chronicled last issue, Sehven and Leeka find themselves at each others’ throats. Once the closest of friends, the two must now find a way to regain what was lost, or risk becoming the mortal enemies they were born to be.
Sehven lives a carefree life as a wheat thresher with his brother Clip. Seeking only to become a great dragonslayer to fulfill his lifelong dream, Sehv needs only to find a live dragon to kill, but in a time when dragons are thought to be long-extinct, this could prove to be much easier said than done. And then there’s Leeka, his best friend, and a self-proclaimed full-blooded dragon. But if its true, will Sehv be able to accomplish his goal through her?
I was instructed to have an Iron Man/ War Machine face off for the cover, even though in the actual story, they barely spoke to each other. The final printed cover cropped the image a bit, so we were more zoomed in to their faces.
Flats and retouches for my collab with Peter V Nguyen. Final size will be 12x18 so I moved Cyke and Jean in, made Jean’s head bigger and gave Cyke more of a neck, and redid a bit of Archangel. Usually I wouldn’t ever touch another artist’s linework but in this case I got the go ahead from Peter.
I never show works in progress but this is one of those rare cases where the work isn’t “secret.” I’ll have this finished with the final colors tonight.
Jova’s Harvest is my official followup to Feather, published in 2005 through Arcana Studios. With this book, I decided to really stretch the boundaries of what has been attempted with comic books and did it ENTIRELY IN RHYME.
Also, in terms of art, I changed up the delicate linework of Feather and used thick, more organic strokes. I also vowed not to use any blur effects like in Feather, opting instead to force myself to develop pure textures only. A lot of this texture work would see use in my future books as well, it was a great learning experience, and doing the book entirely in rhyme pushed me as far as I could go as a writer.
After doing Feather, I started doing a B&W mini called Shadowlife, about a knight in training who happened upon a training camp for vampires struggling to suppress their vampiric urges. This was potentially the start of a series of one shots that could later expand into a longer narrative, but ultimately, I did about 16 pages before I deemed it too early to be going back to B&W, since I had built up a reputation for full colored works for the previous 3 years.
I don’t know if I will ever finish Shadowlife, especially with the recent flood of cheap vampire stories going about now.