Breaking the 10 – miraculous medal

Here are two pages from our book BREAKING THE 10 from NBM Publishing in which the main character, David throws away his ‘miraculous medal’ to our lady in disgust (after the death of his wife and child).

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My own ‘miraculous medal’ was indeed given to me by my grandmother in Scotland after a trip to Lourdes, France – when i was about 18.

But dont worry, i did not throw it away. I use it as a keyring.

BREAKING THE 10

“Fresh, challenging and superbly enthralling, this is a book no saint or sinner should miss”

Get the book here folks:

http://www.nbmpub.com/comicslit/storyoflee/storyofllee_home.html

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The Cover of Love

At the moment I’m working on my fifth book in the ‘Discovery in Comics’-series: about Love.

The Dutch version will come out in February, and this is the time to frantically work on the last pages, promotional blurbs for the publisher and the finalisation of the cover design.

It all started months ago, when I thought I had a great idea that would convey both the loveliness of love as well as its darker connotations: a heart-shaped hole in the ground, with different fumes coming out… Here’s the sketch version:

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My colorist/husband Yiri and I then came up with three different color versions, which we presented to my helpful Facebook-friends:

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This was the winning design we settled on:

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As the months passed, this cover increasingly irked me, but I couldn’t put my finger on why. Then someone commented that they did not really see the heart as a heart-shaped hole, and that did it. Time for a complete revision.

I decided I wanted to incorporate some traditional “lovey” symbols – like hearts and roses. Roses with thorns, of course:

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And then I’d have the Loving Couple (me and Yiri) swing precariously over them-

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add a heart and some color, and this was the result:

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I felt good about this one for a few days, then I started to get annoyed by the anxious looks on our faces. Love is fun! At least, mostly. So the precarious swing went out of the window, and I drew us cozily snuggled together in a rose…

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Now ain’t that sweet? I added some bees and a ladybug, and the final result is this:

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There. This one’s probably going to be it – although you never know. At least it has that sweet & fun love vibe I was going for.

Whoever said that Love is a lot of work, was definitely not kidding! And that’s just the cover!

Breaking the 10 – the duck’s prayer

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I’m especially proud of this Duck version  of a well known prayer that I made for our book with NBM, ‘Breaking the 10’. It shows the lighter side of the book and Mr Black’s trademark sarcastic wit.

Check the book out here folks:

http://www.nbmpub.com/comicslit/storyoflee/storyofllee_home.html