The Prison Sheet

When I.N.J. Culbard says he's been in Baker Street, what he really means is...

Did you think that being a comic book artist was all fun and games? Think again! What you can see above (and bottom) are pictures of I.N.J. Culbard’s so called “Prison Sheet” for his forthcoming Sherlock Holmes graphic novel.

When we ask him “how’s it going?” or “how many pages do you have left?” an accurate answer would often be more time consuming than is strictly productive. This is where the “prison sheet” comes in handy. Primarily used as a record of work just for himself, it can also be used to give us a quick update on progress. As each panel and page is inked and coloured, he shades it in blue on his flatplan.

"Where's he upto, Holmes?" "Pencils or inks?"

As a quick response, it’s really effective. As you can see from the sheet we received this morning (below)… he’s almost finished! So that means we’re on schedule to publish Ian Edginton and I.N.J. Culbard’s fourth Sherlock Holmes adventure The Valley of Fear on 19th May. That’s on top of Culbard adapting and illustrating At the Mountains of Madness, illustrating ‘The Dunwich Horror’ for our Lovecraft Anthology and illustrating The Sign of the Four all this year!

... he's been in prison.

But artists aren’t always so punctual… and following the popularity of the “10 things to remember when pitching to SelfMadeHero ” blog post, we’re toying with the idea of posting a “10 excuses not to give SelfMadeHero when you’ve missed a deadline” article based on real examples, but with names changed to protect the identities of the tardy. Would you like to read that? Well we’ll only post it if we get twenty requests in the comments of this post.

OK, visiting time’s over.

Back to your cells.

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4 Responses to The Prison Sheet

  1. Dillon says:

    I’d definitely like to read that.

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  3. Dillon says:

    Do I have to do this nineteen times now?