We (the writer Ehud Lavski and the artist Yael Nathan) started making short comics and putting them on the internet a few years ago. So far, over 20 million people have read our pictures, which make a lot of people feel very strongly.
Working closely with someone to make art is always hard, but the fact that we’ve been friends for a long time makes it easier. We always have different ideas, but when we do, we talk about them so we can see things from the other person’s point of view. We’ll always choose a story for our scary comics that we’re both really interested in. This is what keeps us interested in every new story.
These short scary stories get their ideas from everywhere. Some look like they are complete. Some start in dreams. Some from bad dreams. When I can’t get an idea out of my head, I know it’s time to turn it into one of our dark comics.
Here are our most recent projects. Like many of our horror stories, the three of them are kind of like fairy tales: a jazz singer who makes it rain when she sings, a strange tattoo artist who will give you a tattoo that will change your life, and an old man who might have a time machine in the guest bedroom. The scary stories are all very different, just like children, but we love them all the same. We can’t wait until they are all in the book with their brothers and sisters.
We hope you’ll like them a lot. Check out our comic book collection on Kickstarter if you like our unique ideas.
The Tattoo Artist
Ehud: I start writing with a bunch of sloppy, handwritten notes. Then I use FINAL DRAFT, a program for making scripts, to turn them into a story.
Yael: Then I draw the frames on an iPad to see how the story goes. Once we’re happy with the shape of the story and the twist, I use ADOBE PHOTOSHOP to draw, write, color, and add letters to the comics.
Ehud: I get ideas from a lot of different people. But if I had to figure out how our books were made, Neil Gaiman, Guillermo Del Toro, and Junji Ito would be the most important people to look at. Creators who can find things that are both beautiful and scary in every part of everyday life
Yael: I follow almost all illustrators online on some site or another. I enjoy seeing people make beautiful things. But Claire Hummel, Miki Montlló, and J.A.W. Cooper are the people who have influenced me the most.
Kurzweil’s Time Machine
The book is a special Hardcover that has all 15 comics stories we’ve made in the last three years. We did everything we could to make it the prettiest book we could. The people who read Bored Panda have been very positive about our scary pictures. We want to make a book that they’ll be excited to hold.
We are just getting started. We want to tell a lot of different stories, some short and some long. Making these pictures is the most artistic thing that either of us can do. We’ll be happy making them for the rest of our lives.
We have plans for two visual novels that are long enough to be books. We want people to be able to read our comics for free, which is a problem for us. So, we (and a lot of other creators) have to figure out how to make a living without making our readers only those who can buy art. It’s a tough problem, but one that needs to be solved.