A self contained short story for all those things that go bump in the night and those of use with overactive imaginations. Don’t turn out the lights…

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Above from left-to-right: the original cover (published June 2011), a new cover for a yet-to-be-released print edition and a promo piece for Halloween, October 2012.


The SHADOWS story had been percolating in my head for a while and was really inspired by Becky Cloonan’s WOLVES. I really loved the artwork and story, the pacing and just the overall simplicity of it all. It was just so well done I wanted to try to bring that to my work somehow and SHADOWS was born out of this.

SHADOWS was also the birth of the page-a-day idea that later became my 29 Day Comic Project. I read WOLVES in early September 2011 and then wrote and thumbnailed SHADOWS in about a week after that. At that time my idea was to produce a page a day and then post them all in time for Halloween but life and work got in the way and I just couldn’t get it done in time. Flash forwards a couple of months to January 2012 where I started to pencil the first pages.

Overall, I am really happy with how the whole thing has turned out. The story is exactly the type of thing I wanted to write when I first began work on this OTV Project and the art starts to play with some of the ideas that I’ve had for a while.

SHADOWS was released on Comixology on July 18, 2013 with a new cover using the 2012 Halloween promotional art from above and is on sale now. You can buy a copy through their app or online here for only 99? (search of On the Verge or Jason Smith to find it through the app). I wrote up a short piece announcing the release that you can read if you’re interested.

“This is an intelligently drawn book about things that go bump in the night.”

SHADOWS has been review a couple of times. You can check them out here:


Originally posted to the OTV Facebook page, here are some progress shots for the cover painting of the original cover – from the initial ink drawing to the final Photoshop edits and design. The painting is mixed media (ink, acrylic and pastel) with torn paper, modeling paste and gesso on watercolour paper.

Step 1 - ink drawingThe start of painting... building texturesInitial pass with paint - spotting shadowsMore spotting shadows...Defining edges by adding in some ink linesBuilding the backgroundAdding in colour to the characterMore colourAdding in highlights and tightening up the colourFinal print stage... peel off the tape mask and revealDigital effects added in with Photoshop and it's made black & white to match the inside artFinal cover image and typography