Good grief, that’s been a manic few days, hasn’t it? Incredibly, the Book of Life has rocketed to 189% of its target with just 38 hours left on the clock.
This month on Kickstarter has been unbelievable. I would have been happy to reach 100%. I planned for that very eventuality, assuming we’d not go a penny over our target. £6,000 to unlock the “Lost Issue” of Afterlife Inc. seemed insurmountable, and when we hit it I felt for sure that we’d finally plateaued. But over the last few days we’ve experienced another, completely unexpected, surge in interest, so much so that our ultimate stretch goal – £7,000 for the Afterlife Inc. game – actually seems obtainable.
Can we do it? Can we hit 200% and make the game a reality? We’ve achieved so much so far that anything from this point on is just icing on the cake. If we hit 200%, that would be amazing. If we don’t, we’re already in a position to print TWICE as many copies of the Book of Life as originally planned, not to mention the bookmarks, ID cards and lapel badges, and digital copies of the “Lost Issue”. Believe me; I’m more than happy with how things have turned out. Thank you all for making this possible. Your support has been incredible.
But with the Kickstarter counter now ticking away the hours rather than days, I’ll have to hurry if I’m to fit in another interview with one of the artists who helped make the Book of Life a reality.
Del Borovic is another one of my oldest collaborators. We first worked together on the Harvey Award nominated ‘Uniques Tales’, having been introduced by series creators Comfort Love and Adam Withers. Later, when gathering the stories that would become Afterlife Inc. volume one, Del was one of the first artists I turned to. Her work on ‘Elementary’, which saw Lux team up with none other than Sherlock Holmes, remains one of my favourite pieces of Afterlife Inc. art to date, both for its elegantly realised vision of the Empyrean and the deep emotional resonance that only Del could convey.
It’s an honour to feature Del’s work in the Book of Life, and a great pleasure to hear from her today. Thanks Del. Over to you!
Who the hell do you think you are? (Afterlife pun)
I’m Del Borovic, orange-lover and total nerd. I’m a current resident of Cleveland, Ohio (the other hellmouth) and graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design with a BFA in comics. I’m a Sagittarius.
What do you do when not working for Afterlife Inc.?
Currently I’m an IT-person by day, manic freelancer by night. I am constantly working on commissions and personal art projects. I fill my life with things creative and geeky and am an avid cosplayer!
How did you come to work on the Book of Life?
I worked as the artist with Jon on Comfort Love & Adam Withers’ Uniques Tales short ‘The Existence of Angels’. He was a joy to work with, and I jumped at the chance to get to do more artwork supporting his amazing prose when he asked me.
(Del was the first artist I ever had the pleasure of working with on a comic. Seeing a story of mine come to life was a dream come true for an aspiring young comic guy. I’m eternally grateful to Del – and her amazing artwork – for making that possible. In many ways, Del was the enabler that allowed Afterlife Inc. to begin. Thanks Del! – Jon)
What are you currently working on?
Just now finishing up another comic – I really enjoy doing these short anthology works! Besides that, always juggling private commissions, convention appearances and personal art. I’ve been working with my awesome partner on a new noir/pulp era comic series, so I’m really excited about that!
What inspires or influences you?
All artwork to me comes from an emotion of a character; and trying to capture that spark of life is what I chase after most. What inspires me: mood music, good movies, compelling video games, great writing, and especially my girlfriend. The most influential artists to me are Adam Hughes and ‘Berserk’s’ Kentaro Miura – I’m always inspired after seeing their works.
What was your first comic experience?
The first comics I can remember reading were the awesome ‘Battle Angel Alita’ graphic novels by Yukito Kishiro that I found in my local library. Admittedly I was a bit too young for them, but I fell in love! I’ve always enjoyed doing art, and realizing that you could combine art and stories was something I never looked back from. That only grew stronger in college, and it’s still the medium I prefer most.
What does the future hold for you and your artwork?
Lots, I hope! I’m always open for freelance projects large and small! I hope to keep doing a lot of comics and illustration work in the future. Also excited to draw up more of my own stories and characters and put them out there for people to enjoy!