This is How You Die: The Machine of Death 2. An illustration! /7/

Last year I got an opportunity to do an illustration for a story featured in (then titled) Machine of Death 2, the sequel anthology about a machine that predicts how a person will die from just a sample of their blood. The book was well received and it was pretty entertaining to read about how people went crazy from the vague clue about how they’d die.

thisishowyoudie.com

This is the illustration I did for the story “216“, written by Marleigh Norton (@marleigh).
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My thought process was pretty simple: putting all the elements that stood out in the story into the illustration. The number was a bit of a problem because I wasn’t sure if I should just use it right out or be more subtle. But I think in the end, I was happy to sacrifice subtlety for clarity. Having the number featured prominently served the story better

On the technical side, this was done with ink on paper; the actual size was 9×12″, with a final touched up in photoshop.

The thumbnails:

Fun fact: Malki actually picked the first thumbnail (the one with the characters running away from the number), but due to an *cough* error in communication I ended up doing the one you see now instead.

Order This is How You Die.

Some reviews:
A.V. Club
Publishers Weekly
Boing Boing

Kill Shakespeare: The Tide of Blood //

So Here’s what’ve been up to for the past few months!

KILL SHAKESPEARE: THE TIDE OF BLOOD # 1
Written by: Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col
Art by: Andy Belanger
Colors by: Shari Chankhamma ☜(゚ヮ゚☜)
Edited by: Tom Waltz
Published by: IDW Publishing

Yep! I’m a colorist for this 5 issues miniseries. It was easily one of the coolest job I got so far, thanks to Becky Cloonan! Andy Belanger’s art is beautiful and I was trying my best to make it pop.

Here’s so reviews so far:
Brokenfrontier
Part time Fanboy
Comics Bulletin
capelesscrusader.org
Comic Book Daily
Pop Culture Hound (podcast, Kill Shakespeare review starts at 11.45. 8 out of 10 for my last name pronunciation! XD)
Comic Bastards

And here’s doodle to commemorate the release!

John Scalzi: The churro waffle monster.
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I voted.
i vote
Quiver, Green Arrow’s sidekick & confidant.
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Jennifer de Guzman
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Happy New Year 2013!
ashe