The Making of My Handmaid's Tale
 
I was commissioned to make a 14-panel wordless comic based on episode 4 of the new television series A Handmaid’s Tale. 

When I was approached about this project, I was intrigued. I was excited to see the show, and felt honored to get a sneak peek. (It's really well done! It made me cry--a lot!) Also, it's been a long time since I've attempted to make a wordless comic (seriously, like twenty years), which is not easy to pull off. Add to that a tight deadline (a week), and this was quite a challenge. And I love a good challenge.

Step 1: Get inspired

I have no shortage of inspiration in me, and A Handmaid’s Tale was certainly inspirational in many ways. But you know what? Being inspired-on-demand is not easy to do! I ended up watching my episode four times (and watching the prior ones twice) and going for lots of long walks.

Step 2: Brainstorm

 My assigned episode involves passing notes on to future readers, which is something I think about a lot as an author. You never know who will read your work down the line.

Step 3: Lay out the story

It's a puzzle!

Step 4: Pencils

Step 5: Inks (see video above)

Step 6: Coloring (not pictured, since I colored it all on the computer, which is boring to look at)

Step 7: Ta-dah!

Here is the comic:

Step 8: Whoops!

Turns out there was a misunderstanding regarding sizes, and the comic was supposed to be vertical instead of horizontal. Which meant I needed to do it all over again! Luckily, they gave me some more time. During the revamp, I ended up experimenting with some new styles. Here’s an example of the changes I made.

Before:

After:

Different, huh? But its heart remains the same.

You can see the final version of this comic as an Instagram Story or soon on Facebook (mobile only).

Thanks for reading!

Love,

MariNaomi