is the second comic by Jen and Psychobob and its first pages
were updated on Feb 20, 2004. Long before its pages were developed,
the author had been planning the story, conceptual art and
release of this webcomic for over a year.
is no way to explain the whole of the webcomic in simple terms.
The Webcomic explores the beliefs of the afterlife and how
individuals view their ways of living. At the same time, the
comic holds some deeper, simpler connections between the diverse
characters involved, the histories they hold and the philosophies
they share. Nevertheless, the webcomic may have many intricate
ideas to ponder about, but the main purpose of this comic
is to also entertain the reader.
used: Photoshop 6, Tablet, Micron pens, Col-erase Red,
Sumogrip pencil .5 and Manga paper.
used: The common fonts used are Letter O' matic (diologue),
Spill Milk, Wimp-out and Mouth breather.
How did Netherworld
used to be a project called "Australis" that was
a sequel to a story called "polaris" I've been conjuring
in my head in tenth grade. Polaris and Australis were two
stories that sorta modeled the visual world of Phillip Pullman's
"Dark Materials" trilogy. Over time, australis ceased
to be part of the Polaris story and developed into a story
of it's own: Netherworld.
the hell kind of webcomic is this?
is not a Christian comic, although there's a priest and a
bible. It is also not a ghost/gothic story comic although
it involves a haunted house. Its not a pirate adventure, although
it has pirates. And it is certainly not a fantasy webcomic
although its fantastic. Honestly, I can't fit it into a certain
genre becuase it plays so much from different genres, and
also has allusions to biblical passages, greco-roman mythology,
catholic history, philosophical ideals, the illuminati, some
cajun lifestyle, and yeah, voodoo.
make this webcomic?
of the daunting things about making a webcomic is that 1)
there's too many out there in the internet and 2) there isn't
any pay in webcomicing. But as a storyteller, I feel that
I need to display a plot worth telling where the webcomic
expresses how I feel about religion and the supernatural through
each of the characters. Also, I wanted to create an entirely
different webcomic compared to the usual humorous or narratives
out there: I want to make readers think about
the religious, philosophical and supernatural world around
them and have them learn something factual...all
in good fun and thrill.
Jen and Psychobob's religious ideology? (In case you're wondering)
whats my ideology? What do I beleive? I really don't know.
It's the reason why I'm doing Netherworld.This is pretty personal
comic to me, trying to balance the conflicting views of life
and afterlife in my head and trying to grasp at something
that might not be, but hope to be otherwise . I try to take
no partiality and try not to go against anyone's beleifs,
that is pretty much the problem with me; the avoidance of
taking sides. And although I have the backbone of the story
all planned out, anything can go. Overtime, this project will
develop and grow.
should the reader watch out for? (symbolisms and signs)
you don't know what's going on in the story, don't worry;
Its meant to be cryptic. Kudos if you have good knowledge
of the bible: you'll be able to figure some common christian
symbolisms throughout the comic: (Sheep, Water, Wood, etc.).
Also, the main characters themselves are symbols as well.
For example, Julius' life story symbolizes a general representation
of church and its history. Also, his relations and interactions
between him and Morgan makes a general summary of how atheism
and religion are "living together in the same roof".
Also, be aware of some hidden messages as you read the pages,
such as the messages that the household appliances foreshadow
the events to comes
I've said too much.
you really do research for this comic? And How much research
do you do?
it or not, I do TONS of research, both fiction. The occult,
exorcisms, demonology, catholic history, voodoo, Iluminati,
witchcraft, ghosts and hauntings...anything that will fit
in the realm of the Netherworld. I do a lot of research as
a way of inspiration, and give a scholarly perspective into
the story (Professor Katz). Also, beleive it or not, I do
research so that the comic is somewhat factual with religion
and occult. Reeling all of these fantastic topics seems farfetched,
but I'm always trying to keep it real somehow. For a list
of books and sites, see the links page.
are my photoshop brushes! Why didn't you credit me?
I use photoshop brushes that other PS sites offer (Antibrush,
Vered). In fact, I use way too many
of them and customize my brush pallettes constantly that I
can't keep track of who's brushes belongs to who. I do, however,
place all the brush links on my
screentonez page however. If you don't see your brush
site there, just let me know. (Yes, I do know what it's like
to have people use brushes without credit).
do you put your comic together?
I sketch out everything on manga paper and divide the page
boxes and sketch stick men 'thumbnails'. Then, I draw lines
with my ruler, then keep
sketching to frustration until those stick men guides become
defined (sometimes, I'll
use various templates if needed). I ink with a micron .005
pen, use a scanner
to scan it in (The larger, the better). Then, I clean up the
photoshop using 'levels' and the "highlighting' tool.
I Create layers and
use a marquee and Wand tool to create segments under the lineart
can shade. Finally, I flatten the image, resize it to a smaller
size (which looks much better) add effects onto it (Sound
bubbles/dialogue, Color balance cyan and blue, other photoshop
etc), add 11 pixel black lines to seperate the panels, and
save it as a
Didn't you do a webcomic called Terminal?
jen and psychobob
Favorite color: Green
you want to argue with me
terms of philosophy and theology...)
watches 4.5 hours of TV every week.
+ Fish's name is "Psychobob" out of Hitchconian
(or Alfred hitchcock's) honor.
+ has her bedroom walls painted avacado green
+ like many webcomic people, she's taking film/art as a major.
+ likes art museums more than Disneyland
+ must have ketchup with her omlette
+ gets three times more E-mails from E-bay than other e-mails.
+ Can't swim.