New Header & Progress on Storyboards

If you come by often, you might have noticed we have a new header. The old one was a slice across the book cover from The Storyteller. The new one is showing off our manga-style portraits recently done by Connie. Cool, eh? She did these for the bios in The Black Box. That’s Connie on the left, KV on the right with the Very Wicked Dog. We’re dressed for adventure, but still not very far from our computers. It was easier in the old days, when all you needed to tell stories was a harp. Or a lyre. Or, in Moth’s case, a couple of swords, a bear-demon with an axe, and a tendency to assassinate old comrades-in-arms. Still, none of that required sticking close to a wall outlet.

Neither of us can play the harp.

Or, for that matter, the Anglo-Saxon lyre. (On which I’ll be posting in the “research” category shortly.)

Back in the real world, this fall’s schedule calls for us to get a set number of pages done in final form. This will let us work out all the hitches in our process and figure out the most efficient way of working. Right now I’m writing up what I call stage directions for about a dozen pages. I’ve been using the note function in Photoshop to stick notes all over my storyboards, but that ends up being cluttered and confusing. Much cleaner and simpler to have a page commenting on anything that needs commented on, rather than to have the artist always opening and closing notes to see if any of them explain what the squiggle apparently emerging from someone’s ear is supposed to signify.

The Black Box, with cover art by Connie, is now slated for a January 2011 release.

About K.V. Johansen

The author of Blackdog, The Leopard, The Lady, and Gods of Nabban, epic fantasies from Pyr, I also write for teens and children, including the "Torrie", "Warlocks of Talverdin", and "Cassandra Virus" series, and the "Pippin and Mabel" picture books, as well as a couple of short story collections and two works of adult literary criticism on the history of children's fantasy literature. I have a Master's degree in Mediaeval Studies, and read a lot of fantasy, science fiction, and history. Blog at
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