Wednesday, August 31, 2011


JOE: Early on I was debating whether or not the Wolverines, the war band of orcs that Stan's series centers around would wear helmets. I did quite a few drawings of orcs with different types of protective headgear, but nothing really stood out for me, plus I wanted the reader to be able to tell one orc from another. So here are some orc helmet designs that were never used.

STAN: It’s strangely comforting to know that artists come up with concepts that ultimately don’t get used. Writers commonly do this as well. I’ve often cut sentences, paragraphs and chapters; even characters and whole sub-plots. Much as you might like an idea, or think you’ve produced a pretty decent piece of writing, if it doesn’t further the plot it has to go. Sometimes you just have to kill your darlings, as Stephen King memorably put it.

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