This page opens the book so we wanted something special, something that would really knock the reader outta their seat. One of my favorite elements from the rest of the book was the zombie circus midgets, so that seemed like a natural jumping-on point.
I knew we were on to something when the ‘tiny hand from the grave’ idea made artist Larkin Ford and myself burst out laughing. Larkin also wanted the skull explosion to be hyper-detailed and put a ton of time and love into the panel. Jason Strutz, the series colorist, came in with the beautiful final touches on this one, and you can see every piece of the little zombies head in the freeze-framed gore.
Page 2 sets the tone for the rest of the book. It’s the story of two best friends, Gabriel and Mr. Whispers, and the way they deal with this insanely bizarre hand that life has dealt them. There are so many more levels to the book, the search for Gabes father, the struggle to make the right decisions in life, but the heart and soul of the story is the friendship between Gabriel and Mr. Whispers and how they affect the people they meet.
It was important that early on we show you who these guys are, especially when dealing the abnormal mess that is to come in the rest of the series. Although this strangeness is relatively new to them, they always take it in stride. Granted we are talking about a talking kitten here, but to Gabe and Whispers they’re just two good friends on an adventure together. They might initially be taken-back or shocked as new situations present themselves, but they acclimate hilariously quickly. Ehmm Theory is the story of best-friends on a journey that you’ve always wanted to take with your best-friend.