Our sixteenth strip introduces a new character who will become our “Sith”.
Doug actually came up with the idea to have a “Sith” character. After I showed him the first “Jedi/Wizard” concept, he suggested a spin-off series that followed the Jedi as they fight this Sith character. The spin-off never happened, but the characters remained in Thornsaddle.
Our thirteenth strip is about having a good time :)
FUN FACT (CONFESSIONS EDITION)
When Doug sent me the panels for this one, he suggested that it could work without dialogue. I agreed, and for a few days I wrestled with whether or not to include the song they sing. Obviously I put it in, but now that I look back on it I wish I hadn’t. I mean, I think it works either way, but it would have been cool to do something a bit different.
Our eleventh strip was arguably our most popular one. People just love that horse.
The professor’s name (Butch McMann) came from a friend of mine who was trying to come up with the most masculine name for herself. This was way before Thornsaddle was even an idea. I liked the name so much that I remembered it and eventually
stole lovingly gave it to the Professor of Magical Creatures.
Our tenth strip deals with the dangers of apparating that no one seems to care enough about.
Sometimes I send Doug a script that isn’t polished, but contains the basics of what it eventually needs to be. Information like the setting, who is talking, and what they are doing. So Doug sent me the panels based on my “first draft” and then I changed the dialogue once I needed to put the strip together. For fun, here is the original script:
Our ninth strip introduces the ghost town of Rattlecrow.
Guess who read a bunch of lettering articles before doing this strip?? This guy!! I’m posting the links for them below. They were incredibly helpful and interesting.
Our eighth strip is another one in a long line of “quidditch is dangerous” strips.
It’s impossible to see at this size, but Jack is wearing a “Bunyan Oxen” quidditch jersey. Doug puts in a lot of these “hidden art” goodies that are perfectly viewable at the size he draws them which is 2000 x 2000 pixels. But when I shrink the comic down to 925 pixels wide, those details get lost.
Our seventh strip shows how the wizarding world is just a little bit different.
This is the first strip we created with our more streamlined system of Doug sending me panels and me arranging and lettering them. The word balloons were created in Photoshop because I didn’t know what the hell I was doing. Thankfully it only takes me two issues to discover the power of Illustrator.
Our sixth strip is actually the first Thornsaddle strip I wrote. In fact, it wasn’t really a “Thornsaddle” strip yet. I just thought that it was a funny idea. Eventually the idea evolved into placing it into an American wizarding school. I sent the script to Doug, who expressed interest in the project, and he sent me this. Notice the little sound effects for the cell phone. Wonderful.
Like all the strips so far this one was written by me, but it was drawn, colored, lettered, and arranged by Doug. That didn’t last though. How it would work is I’d send Doug a script and he’d send me a comic completely put together. Unfortunately, I would constantly ask Doug to add/remove/change words or punctuation. And that wasn’t really a good use of his time. So for the future strips we decided that he would just send me the art, and I would letter and arrange it into a comic strip. That’s why you’ll see the lettering and word balloons evolve (hopefully for the better) in the coming strips.
Our fifth strip contains the first drawing of Tom, the student with the glasses. I liked his look so much that I made him Jack’s best friend.
FUN FACT #1
This strip was created before the final Thornsaddle crest, the symbol you see on all of the banners, was created. Originally it was a crude drawing (lol, sorry Doug). But he translated it into the much nicer crest we have now and I went in and replaced them with the newer one.
FUN FACT #2
The punchline was taken from the film Life of Brian.