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Making Evil Podcast - Episode 4

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Nils-Petter Norlin and Nick Marino (that's me!) talk about the creation of Chapters 10-12 of The Evil Life webcomic, detailing Blarf's life on the farm, Hester's return to the marmots, and Gloom's soul-crushing day job.

We talk about our inspirations and goals behind these scenes, from subverting Superman to giving a talking marmot some serious page time to using real life at the office as fodder for Gloom's own struggles at work.

We also reveal some of our favorite tiny moments in these chapters, from pre-owned nails to Jerry shushing Hester to the sad toilet and lots more.

And then there's this...
...the digital collected edition of Growing Evil! It's a widescreen hi-res PDF that's packed with nearly 200 panels of humor, action, and slice-of-life supervillainy.

DOWNLOAD THE EVIL LIFE v1: GROWING EVIL [PDF, 155.7MB]
(right click to save... we wanted to make it available on Gumroad too but apparently you can't have a file be $0+ and over 25MB)

You can follow The Evil Life webcomic here on this site or over on Webtoon. The chapters covered in this conversation include 10: The Secret, 11: Above Ground, and 12: Daily Bind, and our second volume begins on Tuesday, January 14th!

Making Evil Podcast - Episode 3

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Nils-Petter Norlin and Nick Marino (that's me!) talk about the creation process behind Chapters 7-9 of The Evil Life webcomic, detailing our baby alien's arrival on Earth, Gloom's job interview, and Hester's confrontation with M.I.D. Knight.

We talk about shuffling our panels around to create the strongest possible storyline, hiding jokes in the background, Nils's excellent use of blood to aid the plot progression, and tons more about these latest chapters.

We also reveal Nick's secret cameo that Nils drew into the comic so long ago that now it looks like a completely different person...

You can follow The Evil Life webcomic here on this site or over on Webtoon. The chapters covered in this conversation include 7: The Gift, 8: Fight or Plight, and 9: Don't Look Down, and our tenth chapter will be out next week!

Making Evil Podcast - Episode 2

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Nils-Petter Norlin and Nick Marino (that's me!) talk about the creation process behind Chapters 4-6 of The Evil Life webcomic, detailing Hester Herman's monstrous marmot transformation and Prince Gloom's astral plane rendezvous with his parents.

The first 46 minutes of our episode are all about writing and drawing these chapters of The Evil Life, which included some of the earliest scripts and sketches from our collaboration. As we near the end of that conversation, we broach the topic of endings and specifically sticking the landing with a good ending (mostly cuz we're currently hard at work on the end of our top secret graphic novel about underwater koalas). After the end theme at around 46:30, we go on a Star Wars tangent and debate the most recent trilogy as we speculate on the franchise's ability to stick their own landing.

You can follow The Evil Life webcomic here on this site or over on Webtoon. The chapters covered in this conversation include 4: Feeling Fine, 5: Astral Pain, and 6: Side Effects, and our seventh chapter will be out next week!