After many tries I found my happiest method was to compose Twain pages in small thumbnails. At this tiny size I don’t get fussy about details, and stay focused on page design.

And then I pencil out the pages in letter-size. Any bigger and my characters feel a little clunky and I get inhibited. There’s something to be said for exploring till you find a drawing size that feels right. 

The other thing I love about doing these first two steps this way is that I can do them anywhere. Like here on the train ride in to Manhattan before I start my day at First Second. 

In the background is the Palisades, across from the town of Hastings. Amazing granite curtain that defines that stretch of the Hudson. 

Technically, the Hudson is a fjord, I think.