Saturday, April 26, 2008


Fun fact: For a really long time, I wanted to become a professional comic book artist. And then I actually tried it. And it sucked. And I didn't want to be one anymore. Although I'm still working on sequential art, I've pretty much given up on the idea of professionally pursuing that field exclusively. It just hurts my brain too much. That said...

Decemberists Comic.

We were required to do a sequential art piece for one of my recent Narrative Illustration assignments. Choosing from a list of various songs, we illustrated the lyrics in comic book form. I chose The Decemberists' "The Bagman's Gambit" despite knowing nothing about the song or the band and desperately wanting to pick either the David Bowie or Morrissey song because I like them better. However, the opportunity to draw a hot super spy was just too good to pass up. Also, I had the chance to do wacky Alias-style costume changes. Bruce Lee jumpsuits? Gun-wielding geishas? Dr. Girlfriend-y assassins? Yes, please.

Plus, the coloring wasn't too bad on this one. I'm slowly becoming more confident in my digital work, so hopefully by the time I'm totally comfortable, I'll be able to color-correct like a master. That said, not everything is hot, so I'm only posting the second page of the comic.

Oh, and thanks to all the folks that stopped to chat with me during New York Comic-Con over the weekend. I didn't expect anyone to actually do it, so imagine my surprise when people recognized me and initiated conversations. Minimal effort on my part is always excellent. Thanks again, it really made my weekend.


  1. thats pretty awesome! WHat a fun assignment.

    The comic book world is like an ex-girlfreind who keeps calling. But who broke up with who!?

  2. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this song. The end is what really makes it. It's so heartbreaking. It's one of my all time favorite Decemberist's songs. Man. Great choice.
    This Too Will Pass

  3. I must tell you, Annie, your work has made a huge leap as of late. This is wonderful--I love it! I'm looking forward to seeing more from you.