Making Vertical Comics

I recently started sharing Anubis: Dog of Death on Line Webtoon, an internet comic portal.

We got a lot of praise, but there was one thing they wanted us to change about the comic.

They wanted us to make it vertical.

The idea would be that we could space the comic out by separating and enlarging the individual panels, so that it would fit Webtoon’s scrolling format, and so that people could appreciate the details more.

I asked John if he would be willing to start drawing the pages like that instead of in the traditional print-page format, but he felt that we would lose the dynamic composition we had.

So instead, I decided to make a Webtoons edit of each page John draws, and post both versions to Line Webtoon.

You can see those vertical pages by clicking this link!

I have also started a seperate comic on Line Webcomic for bonus and behind-the-scenes content for ‘Anubis: Dog of Death’ that we are calling Anubis Doodles.

You can see that by clicking this link!

I have also tried to post these comics to another internet comic portal called Tapas, but have seen much less success there so far.

Check out Anubis: Dog of Death and Anubis Doodles on Tapas!

Anubis Concept Art

God Anubis early concepts

These are some early pieces of concept art for the main character of Anubis: Dog of Death.


In Ancient Egypt, people often associated Anubis with jackals, due to their penchant for scavenging the meat of corpses in the graveyards, so John made our Anubis look much more like a jackal than most representations of the god, with much more fur than the smooth obsidian look he is often portrayed with.


Dog Anubis early concepts

I’m a bit of a Corgi fan and noticed that they kind of look like shorter, cuter Jackals. It’s a nice contrast from his god form being much bigger than a normal human to him having short, stubby legs in dog form.

– John Barry Ballaran


We did not have to change much from the very first pieces of concept art for Anubis.

The most important change was the addition of great big bushy eyebrows!

Eyebrows on a dog may be unrealistic, but we decided to value expression over realism.


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