Around Christmas 2007 I showed the script to my wife. She thought it was weird, but liked some of the jokes. The kind of impact I was after, I guess. The challenge now was to get the thing drawn.
I was still thinking about producing a “real”, physical comic. On paper. So I tried pencils and inks. Very traditional. Very slow. Even if you’re aiming at something quite rough and ready, it just eats your time. But I ended up with a few rough pencil drawings of the main characters, so I’d got a good idea of what I wanted them to look like.
I then had a go at some computer drawing packages, and a digitising tablet. Again slow. If I was going to do this, I felt it needed the momentum of regular episodes, and it needed to fit round a full time job and a life.
I picked up one of Frank Miller’s Sin City books in my local library. I thought all the black kind of absolves you of adding a lot of detail. And it would fit with that Hammett/Chandler feel to some of my dialogue. So, with my head full of old black-and-white movies, I started messing around with photographic images in Paint.
Paint is not the most user-friendly of packages, but it’s like having a go at fixing your house with a hammer, a saw and a big screwdriver. You can get results. Quick.
And presentation software. You know what I mean. It’s everywhere. With easy page turning.
Autumn 2008 and I was on a roll.