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Old school comics – Bethy Gloom

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Way back in the day I used to self-publish comics under the name Lucid Comics. From 1996 to 2004, I published somewhere in the area of 30 comics. Most of them other people’s work. It was a good (although often painful) learning experience. Looking back it was not the best use of my time, money and energy. But it is the path I went down. It definitely taught me a lot about people. Though I wish it had taught me more about drawing comics, HAHA!

One of the first comics I was able to actually finish as an artist was a book called Bethy Gloom. It was created by an old friend of mine, Rod Neely Requero, who is a genius at coming up with clever ideas. This story was about “a little goth girl that turns into a fairy princess.” The idea pretty much sells itself. But, other than a couple of mini comics, it never really came to be.

I was asked recently by an old friend to dig up some images from the book, but all I could find were a few beat up copies of the mini-comic. Since I am scanning the book anyways, I thought I’d share it with you all.

You can download the PDF HERE! (right click and save as to download)

I can still remember drawing every single one of these pages, where I was, who I was with.. sometimes even what I was thinking at the time. Lots of history in this book.

While I’m at it, I recently posted another “Old Sketchbooks video” The sketchbooks in this video are from a little after the time of making this first Bethy Gloom comic, and actually closer to the time of making the second (and last) version. Still, I find it insteresting to see all the sketches that went into making a book.

-Will

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