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So collectivization plus the onset of the great depression is not a great combination. I wanted the right style of farm architecture, the right model of Fordson tractor, and even the right cut for a “decommissioned” White Army field cap. … Continued

Hunger Pains

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Tried some new things with lighting and shading in this one. Well, it’s not a NEW technique, but one I haven’t tinkered with in a while. Basically, I create a hue/saturation layer over the flats, darken everything, and then use … Continued

The Slip

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Spent a good number of hours on this one. Decided to push the realism on the details of the uniforms, and develop some new backgrounds. For a while I’ve felt like my depictions of the town, Stołpce, were lacking. After some … Continued

Economics Lesson

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I was finishing up my “clean-up” layer, and was about to start inking. Then I took a look at what I had, and liked the sketchy energy of it. I was reminded of the sketchy quality of some of my … Continued

Pushing Luck

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Masha refuses to take Rudek’s hint and keeps hanging around headquarters–but Czerep is onto her. She’s usually a step ahead, but looks like the lieutenant has a kind of dizzying effect on her. Partially from laziness and time constraints, and … Continued


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Oh dear. I’ll give Masha this at least–she has the imagination of a true bureaucrat. I wanted to push to the limit the pencilled backgrounds and go for a real storybook illustration vibe. I drew a truck that I later … Continued


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Bzik would have his protocols hardbound. I tried a couple things in this comic. The background is one continuous drawing, with a fisheye perspective; each panel uses only one section of the whole drawing. So, if this were animated, the … Continued

Mashed Potatoes

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Yep. I did it. I did the eyeballs-in-the-dark gag. My life feels strangely complete somehow. Also, I really like how the “in the dark” lighting of panels 1-2 came out. I created a mask, and lowered the saturation and luminosity … Continued

Friendly Advice

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I’m trying out subtitles on this comic. In previous episodes featuring Belarusian, readers were likely to ask for translation. There are a couple different ways to handle that, but I figured I would see what it looked like to do … Continued

A Memory

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Rudek? …. Rudek? The trouble with PTSD is you never know what can trigger it. The question is, what aren’t we seeing in panel 5? Continuing with my experimentations on the background art here. I tried watercolors, and didn’t quite … Continued

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