Three pages!

"What a never-ending corridor that was to be sure; it made one giddy to look either backward or forward. Here stood an ignominious crew waiting for the door of mercy to be opened, but long might they wait. Great, fat, sprawling spiders spun webs of a thousand years round and round their feet; and these webs were like footscrews and held them as in a vise, or as though bound with a copper chain. Besides, there was such everlasting unrest in every frozen soul; the unrest of torment.  The miser had forgotten the key of his money chest, he knew he had left it sticking in the lock. But it would take far too long to enumerate all the various tortures here."
Fairy Tales from Hans Christian Andersen, 1907

A little preview of three pages, taking place in this fairy tale's unique Hell:

In the center is the miser, described in the original, with the key that keeps him from resting. On each side are two sinners of my own invention: a man who left out love letters to his mistress, about to be found out, and a woman who had received beautiful flowers, just before her friend received even more beautiful flowers...the idea being that something related to their sin keeps each soul restless. Spo-o-o-oky!

Hell in this story is timeless, with souls from many different centuries coming together. While Inger's world is a sort of postmodern fantasy, what with the 19th century costumes with 1980's hairstyles and patterns, I wanted these characters to be a bit more realistic.

The Miser is based on this "Death and the Miser" painting by Jan Provoost:

The Liar is based on Pierre from BBC's War and Peace series:

And Envy is based on, well, all of Mad Men.

Have a great week!

Another Post at the Taipei Writer's Blog!

Comics: Part 2 is up at the Taipei Writer's Group blog! This one's about the huge influence film had on comics just as the two media were coming of age. There's a lot of great posts at the TWG blog, go check them out.  Here's the first part of my post:

There’s a whole new genre of films called “comic book movies”. You know: they’re those movies that don’t have Wonder Woman.

Newspaper comics predate cinema by a just few years. Check out this silent movie where the comics artist Windsor McKay makes “pictures that move” while his friends drink brandy and guffaw at such an idea:

A fairly clear line can be drawn between comics “before cinema” and “after cinema”...

Have a good week!