Hey followers! I become nostalgic every Halloween season for many reasons. Memories of dressing up in costumes, visiting haunted houses, and watching endless amounts of horror movies arise. In the nostalgia, another more evil memory rises again each year though. This would be the simultaneous creation and release of my webcomic prologue 21 UNDEAD back in 2008.
I started the project back in August of 2008 randomly one late night when I felt I wasn’t producing enough artwork at all that summer. All of my frustrations with standards, tools, and “professional” ways of making comics came out in a splatter of ink and multiple decapitations within the 16 pages that followed in the coming months. I ended up falling behind after the first few pages and I began drawing the pages each week and releasing them every Friday of that October until Halloween on the now defunct Literate Machine which was a comic downloading service that reached out to me and wanted my book up on their site.
In an age of rapid social media marketing, I have decided to self-release the old pages once again with bonus material over the next few days. I hope it will inspire others and rehash the feelings of creative freedom I experienced in myself while making the comic.
Please go easy on the old pages. They were done mostly in one or two days at a time right before deadlines. :D
- Jacob Santa-Cruz
From his studio in Massachusetts
This is a look at the unfinished Oogie piece I made last year. It features my illustration hung up on the fridge for proper photographing. No, I do not have a $2,000 large format scanner. No, I will not draw smaller. (Features the Magnet Gang)