The Alloy of Law
, Brandon Sanderson's newest Mistborn novel, is out NOW!! Find it on the shelves, order it from your favorite book source, look for it anywhere Tor books are sold.
Check out my previous post for more on the project as a whole:
The Allomancer Jak story was a short bit that Brandon wrote as a pastiche/homage of "travelogue adventures" that appeared in real newspapers around the turn of the twentieth century. They share common seeds with classic "dime novels" and "penny dreadfuls", wildly exaggerated, semi-fictional (or entirely fictional) accounts of the adventures of real frontiersman in the American West.
My favorite parts of the story (which you can read in the broadsheet composition above, or better yet in the pages of The Alloy of Law
) were the bits that clearly illustrate our man Jak is not the most reliable of narrators, and I wanted the accompanying illustration to carry over that exaggerated heroism. I had a lot of fun with this one, even if I wasn't as successful at imitating period style in the details as I wish I had been. Excessive hatchwork does not cover up (or excuse) my illustrative style tropes.
Jak himself is a bit of Teddy Roosevelt and Wild Bill Hickock bearing a mistcoat and a dueling cane (this illustration also gave me the opportunity to slip in visual representation of those elements, both of which are described in the novel). He's intentionally so far over the top that he's heading down the other side.
I also like that Miss Dramali (presumably) isn't as helpless a damsel as she looks.
Entirely drawn in Manga Studio EX v.3 using a Cintiq 21UX. Full view or download to get a really good look at the details.The Alloy of Law
and The Elendel Daily
and its contents are ©2011 Dragonsteel Entertainment. Feel free to ask any questions you might have, and if I can I'll answer 'em!