First, let me say that I love to sleep. I might even go as far to say that lately, I’ve use my bed as a carrot to get through the more tiring of days. Putting a heated mattress pad on the bed has been like heaven. (Ten minutes on high right before bed, then turning it off makes for a long sigh of pleasure when you slip between the sheets.)
Okay, now that I’ve got your attention. 😉
But last night, I went to bed wired because I got the okay from my Del Rey publisher to show you an early page from the graphic novel. She was reluctant at first, because it’s going to be summer 2011 before it will see the light of day, and I agree that it’s way too soon for teasers, but OMGosh, I really like what is going on, and I had to share it with you, and after hearing the downright pleading in my voice, she gave in and we agreed on a page.
Our pencilest is Pedro Maia, and I am totally wowed by what he has done with my awkward first attempt at a script. I wanted to work with him because I was blown away by his facial expressions as well his fabulous cityscapes in his samples. I was also impressed when he took my sketchy description of what it looks like when Ivy vamps out, and evolved it into this breathtaking visual moment that I just stared at and shouted, “That’s it!” and pretty much danced around the room. The page I have for you doesn’t show Ivy vamping out. (There is a series of two pages in a car that I just stared in awe at.) You’re going to have to wait. But go beyond the cut for the bigger picture to see the first glimpse of an angry Ivy and a frustrated Rachel on their first run together. Neither one is in a very good mood. (laugh)
There is no possible way in creation that Rachel and Ivy are going to look as everyone pictures them in their mind. But the expressions, the movement, the soul of these two women are here, and I am . . . happy.
Larger picture beyond the cut.