The Devil and Jack O'Brien, a Graphic Novel by John Boveri

Synopsis

I'd give anything for her.
   Anything?

I'm sure you've read a tale or two about someone selling their soul for the girl of the dreams. It's not a new concept, but this time, it's different. Like Jack says in his opening monologue, "you'll have to trust me on this one."

You can have her...But she won't be happy—at least, not as happy as she could be.

Jack O'Brien would give anything for Helen Vandencourt, but when the Devil speaks these dark words, Jack is forced to confront the truth: that, somehow, the stakes are even higher than he realized.

The Devil & Jack O'Brien is a tale told in five parts. With occasional nods to the old legends and tales of the "dealing with the Devil" genre, it's a modern, dialogue-driven story with more than a few twists along the way that you won't see coming. Whatever you think is going on, probably isn't.

Just how far would you go for love?

Click here to read Chapter One Online!

Bloody Heart

Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd...Four is Hell.

The Creation

The Devil & Jack O'Brien is a passion project that began way back in 2008. While trying to hold down a full-time job and keep a semblance of a normal social life, I set out to tell a story that would require about 130 or so pages of art.

And I wanted it to be in full-color.

I'm an idiot.

First, let me say that there was a time it seemed like I spent all my free moments drawing Spider-man. Then came college. I discovered Photoshop; it blew my mind and I became a graphic designer. I drew less and less.

My friends may think of me as an artist, but, really, I'm a better writer than an artist…and I had a story to tell. After many years away from the drawing table, I returned and made a commitment, one that would last for a little over four years. I wanted to be an artist again, not just a graphic designer. And, of course, the fact that I was also a designer meant I could do every piece of the job (penciling, inking, coloring, lettering and final production). Ugh. Not to mention the initial scripting, proofreading, and setting up a website.

As I said, it was a labor of love. More than a few friends helped me along the way, modeling for me, and I'll be forever indebted to them for making funny faces and awkward poses at the camera on our lunch breaks.

I'm more critical than anyone about the art, especially early on, but I always believed that I had something special with the story. I printed the individual comic books as they were done and gave them out to friends. When people came clambering back to me, and grabbed me by the lapels, wide-eyed, screaming, "Oh my God, I have to know what happens next!", I knew I'd struck the right chord. Okay, that was a slight exaggeration, but a lot of people did say something very similar to me!

In the end, I hope you'll feel the same.

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5 Original Comic Books

The Author & The Artist

That would be me, John Boveri. As I said, I'm a graphic designer, and as a creative type, I've always felt that I was a Jack of All Trades (though, as they say, Master of None), and this project was the perfect convergence of all of them.

I live in the Boston area. You can find me on Twitter, on my own website, or at the collaborative design studio I work at with some fellow artists, Mile Ends. Also, The Devil & Jack has a Facebook page.

POSTED April 2014: Read an Interview about The Devil & Jack!

John Boveri

Press

I had the pleasure and the honor to be interviewed by Jennie Wood of 215 Ink, writer of Flutter, for the April debut of the full graphic novel at Boston Comic Con:

Interview with Jennie Wood

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