Chapter 6: It’s a Big, Big, Big, Big World

Posted by on July 19, 2012

This was the first time I drew a cover for a chapter before drawing any pages of the actual chapter.

Looking back, I should have made the shadow easier to spot. Many people missed it. I also should have drawn more objects around them to really give a sense of scale. Demetrius’ tweezers (which he never even uses in the chapter) don’t do the job well enough.

Chapter 5: I, Abomination

Posted by on November 27, 2011

It took me a while to come up with the cover to this chapter. At some point the image of Cass posing as Leonardo da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” popped into my head and I ran with it.

This is the first chapter of Phase Two, picking up the story only four days after the events of Chapter 4, but it was nearly two years in real time since the last page of Phase One had been posted on-line. During the hiatus I focused on my full-time job and struggled with various art projects. I didn’t want to restart UTC until I was sure I could make pages on a consistent schedule and had a definite plan for this part of the series. Finally, in November of 2011, I had a script ready to go and more confidence in my art, and the series was back on its feet (“hooves”?).

During the 23-month hiatus, many fans contacted me about when the series would resume. They were all very gracious, and the knowledge that there were people out there who were eager to read more stories helped me through some rough spots.

The “#350” after my signature was a little boast I included to commemorate this as the 350th printed comic I had produced in my lifetime.

Chapter 4: Day of the Dork

Posted by on April 6, 2008

This is the first cover where no member of the main cast appears.

This cover was designed for an anticipated hard copy printing of Chapter 4. It was put together in 2009 and added to the archive retroactively. Although there was never a stand-alone issue made, the image (sans-trade dress) eventually appeared in the UTC Volume 1 trade paperback.

Chapter 3: Mutation Fluxuation

Posted by on February 3, 2008

Chapter 3 is the first to be made entirely in page format.

This cover was designed for an anticipated hard copy printing of Chapter 3. It was put together in 2009 and added to the archive retroactively. Although there was never a stand-alone issue made, the image (sans-trade dress) eventually appeared in the UTC Volume 1 trade paperback.

Chapter 2: Get Your Freak Out

Posted by on November 5, 2007

This is the cover to Chapter 2. I wanted to come up with an image that didn’t give away Cass’ and Flint’s transformed appearances. After brainstorming a while, I settled on a photograph of the characters. It conveys a lot of ideas at the same time: The siblings’ relationship, the memory of good times, and the upside-down, broken frame giving the sense that their lives are changed forever.

This cover was designed for an anticipated hard copy printing of Chapter 2. It was drawn in 2009 and added to the archive retroactively. Although there was never a stand-alone issue made, the image (sans-trade dress) eventually appeared in the UTC Volume 1 trade paperback.