Devil Dice cover showing miniature figure of main character Jimmy holding a sword

Devil Dice Comic Traditionally Penciled, Inked, and even Hand Lettered

Panel 1, Mother telling son, Jimmy, Now don't let me find out you spent the night worshipping the devil with Dungeons and Dragons!" and Jimmy responding "We Won't!" while he runs to join friends in a van. Panel 2 shows the kids making fun of Jimmy's mother and jimmy laughing and joining in. A mysterious figure driving laughs meniacly while saying "Why Yes, Kiddies! Jimmy's mother is a square!"
Panel 3, Kids descending into a scary basement with the mysterious figure calling out from behind "Watch your step kiddies! Wouldn't want you missing Dungeons and Dragons! muh-haha" with Jimmy excitedly responding "D&D? HECK YES!" Panel 4 the mysterious figure is a horrifying crypt-keeper-like Dungeon Master saying, "Jimmy, your time has come! Roll for initiative with... The Devil Dice!"
Panel 4 shows Jimmy having rolled a 1 on a 4-sided dice and shouting "Oh Snaps! Crit Fail!" the DM laughs and says "You know what THAT means!" with Jimmy's friends shouting in unison, "Ritual Suicide!". Panel 5 is a cemetary, Jimmy's mother is in tears and the DM is on the ground sad staring down at a casket. In the background, an anthropomorphic Triceratops can be seen talking to a priest saying, "Don't worry padre, I'll talk to her"
Panel 7 has Doug the Triceratops telling Jimmy's Mother, "Do you remember the Lesson's Maud'Dib learned on Arrakis? A Man's flesh is his own; the water belongs to the tribe." an editor's note says See Dune 1984 film, Jimmy's Mother responds "So someday we'll all join The Maker's water! and she seems happy. Panel 8 is a message to the reader, with a picture of a desert Sand Worm with the quote from the book Dune, "Bless the maker and all his water. Bless the coming and going of Him. May his passing cleanse the world." Dune, Book One. Beneath is a message "The Kwisatz Haderach says there is only ONE way to salvation! Trust your god emperor!" end of comic

Devil Dice Finished!

I spent the last month, on and off, traditionally penciling, inking and even hand lettering the Devil Dice comic. It was the first big illustration project I worked on since finishing the Jack Kirby Drafting Table. Y’know, not counting that awesome Space Chicken print.

Each panel is inked using a combination of pens and a lot of Speedball Super Black India Ink and high-quality Strathmore 400-Series Watercolor Paper.

I made the Devil Dice comic with the intent to print them in the style of a Jack Chick-style evangelical-christian religious tract. They look absolutely awesome and I’ve set up Devil Dice Comic Tract Bundles over on the shop!

Printed and folded booklets of the jack chick tract styled comic Devil Dice
Fresh and ready to be handed to unsuspecting children and left in bathroom stalls the world over!

Why Traditional?

After making the Jack Kirby Drafting Desk I wanted to work on something the same way Jack Kirby would have done at his own desk. Turns out it was a lot of work.

Kirby worked on 12 inch by 18 inch bristol board that would have been common fro that comics era, and his publishers would have done a 50% reduction for print.

With a little bit of sleuthing, I was able to determine that Jack Chick *also* worked at double size and did a 50% reduction.

I knew the finished comic size of a Chick tract was 5 inches by 2.75 inches. That gave me a work area of 10 by 5.5 inches to do my pencils and inks.

Unfortunately

I made a mistake that I didn’t notice until a month later while I was setting up everything to print.

That 5 x 2.75 includes a quarter-inch margin around the page! I used to work in a print-shop, and it completely slipped my mind that to include it.

Meaning:

When I was ready to reduce everything by 50%, I noticed it would need the extra space for printing around the edge… which meant I’d have to reduce it just a smidge more to get everything to fit.

This meant the text is a little smaller than expected, but overall it’s very close and still legible.

But…

Considering the amount of time and effort I put into this it was frustrating to know I only got it 99.99% correct!

Oh Well

I mean, let’s be honest, Jack Kirby didn’t knock it out of the park on his first shot did he? He probably did. Apparently he could knock out up to 3-6 fully inked 12×18 pages a day depending on his workload.

That man was a machine.

What’s Next?

I want to do a write up for the Jack Kirby Drafting Desk because it was affordable, I learned a lot, and I feel others would want to see. Not to mention it’s awesome as hell.

But first:

I need to finish the How to Stream on Twitch and Succeed book!

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