Art director Cynthia Hoffman asks: "Why don't we do a comic with 'the tax fairy'?" Dorothy sketches this out, and we're off.
We start with a way-too-long script.
Well it's organized a bit better, but still far too long.
Dorothy and Cindy block out some panels...
The script isn't solid yet, but Dorothy ain't waiting. She gets her ideas on paper. And they're all God Damn Fantastic.
Well, should look pretty much like this.
Inking begins; it's not necessary to draw all the panels contiguously, since they're all going to be composited in Photoshop anyway.
And we're inking....
...inking some more....
Et voilà, comic strip magic!
Gather round frail computer folk and hear the tale of how Businessweek pressganged the inimitable Dorothy Gambrell into making a two-page spread comic about taxes. It turned out uh-mazing thanks to her, and we promised it wouldn’t happen again soon. It’s a real pain to do these. But oh man it looks SO DAMN GOOD
—Evan Applegate (who wrote the thing, but, who cares that’s like 5% of the labor)