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A French graphic novel set in a sprawling, decaying city in the near future. The main character is a lazy bum who'd like to lie in bed all day and listen to jazz, but has to work several jobs just to get by.
One of these jobs is private dick, for which he's not qualified. He takes on a small case that turns out to be hiding something much bigger and gets in way over his head, getting drawn into an underground reality TV show run by some very sick people.
The lower, poorer levels of the city where the story takes place are inspired by the back alleys of Montreal and their pieced-together decrepit buildings and shacks, as well as Terry Gilliam's Brazil.
These are some of the first pages of the comic, as well as some process shots: character sketches, penciled pages, and rough pencil layouts. Everything was drawn and inked on paper, including black and white values with Chinese ink, then scanned and colored in Photoshop.
In the story the illegal reality show is filmed with tiny drones designed to look like mosquitoes, and the comic includes lots of macro views of the drones. I ended up building a blown-up scale model of a drone to photograph and compose into the drawn pages. The model is about 50 cm long, build from Sculpey, plastic, metal and actual 16mm camera lenses, and fully articulated and poseable.