Tuesday, July 17, 2012
What I've discovered about jobs over the years is that the more they pay you, the less they actually expect you to do. Working at HBO Animation was one of those jobs for me. So to fill up the extra time I started doodling a couple characters in my sketchbooks that I called Horatio and Zelda…and this eventually developed into Voodoo Mansion. As a long time fan of the horror and mystery short story, I wanted to do something along those lines. I also loved the concept of The Spirit, where the secondary characters were often the main thrust of the story. I wrote the first story (which is on our blog today) and then turned the scripting chores over to my partner Pete Ventrella.
This series really was fun. As I mentioned in a couple of places, I used the rougher, more spontaneous style that I used for storyboarding, working only with markers and rollerball pens. I was always happy with the results. While I've never had much ambition to do further stories with Lori Lovecraft, Voodoo Mansion is a place I'd always consider returning to.