Writer Ehud Lavski and illustrator Yael Nathan are a pair or artists that began creating short and spooky comics that might just give you chills.
The duo has been friends long before they were artists.
“There are always differences of opinion but when there are, we talk through them to see the other person’s perspective,” says Yael. “When choosing a story, we’ll always pick one we’re both passionate about. That is how we continue to be excited about every new story.” Their ideas come from everywhere. They both stated that whenever an idea burrows into their head and refuses to go, that it’s time to turn it into one of their stories.
See their recent comics below. The three of them (like a lot of our stories) are fairy tales in a way: a jazz singer that makes it rain when she sings, a mysterious tattoo artist that will give you a tattoo that’ll change your life, and an old man who might just have a time machine in the guest bedroom. Just like children, these stories are very different from each other, but we love them all equally. We can’t wait for them to join their brothers and sisters in the book collecting all of them.
The Tattoo Artist
“When writing, it all starts with a bunch of messy, handwritten notes. Then I turn them into a script in FINAL DRAFT, a screenwriting program,” says Ehud.
“I then sketch the frames on an iPad, to see how the story flows. Once we’re happy with the form of the story, I pencil, ink, color, and letter the comics in Adobe Photoshop,” says Yael.
“There are many people that inspire me. But if I have to chart the DNA of our comics, the biggest inspirations are Neil Gaiman, Guillermo Del Toro, and Junji Ito. Creators who are able to find beautiful, fantastic and horrific things in every corner of everyday life,” says Ehud.
“I think there’s hardly a single illustrator I don’t follow online on some platform. I love watching people create beautiful works. But my biggest inspirations are Claire Hummel, Miki Montlló, and J.A.W. Cooper,” says Yael.
Kurzweil’s Time Machine
The new book will feature all 15 comics they’ve created over the last 3 years and will be available in a hardcover.
Check out their new comic collection on Kickstarter.
“We pulled all the stops to make it the most beautiful book we could,” the artist said. “This is just the beginning for us. We have quite a few stories we want to tell, some short and some fairly epic.” The duo says creating these comics is the most artistically fulfilling thing for both of them and they’ll happily spend the rest of their lives creating them.