Feb 14 2010

“The Taxman Must Die” Sample Pages

The Taxman Must Die is a wacky mix of an office comedy and a police thriller. Two unlikely investigators –an accountant and a mutant alligator–have to save the world. From themselves, mostly. Here’s the scene where the two main characters first meet! If you like the pages, please sign up for the raffle for a chance to win a free, signed copy when it comes out.

As always, if you’re interested in the story, please sign up for the raffle and you may win a free signed copy when it eventually comes out.  (The more people sign up, the easier it will be for me to show publishers that many readers are interested in the story).

27 responses so far

27 Responses to ““The Taxman Must Die” Sample Pages”

  1. B. Macon 14 Feb 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Okay, here’s the short version of the coloring problem we were facing. Emily and I were working in CYMK Colors, the default coloring system of Photoshop. However, the web applications I work with prefer RGB coloring. Uploading CYMK works distorted the colors when viewed online, causing radioactive monstrosities like I linked to before (e.g. instead of being grass-green, the alligator was neon lime-green).

    The solution was extremely simple. In Photoshop, go to Image -> Mode -> RGB Color. 20 seconds.

    However, publishers prefer CYMK colors because that works better for printers.

  2. Lighting Manon 15 Feb 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Looks amazing, guys, great job. Top 97% of submissions for your given week, I betcha!

  3. Lighting Manon 15 Feb 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Oh, forgot to mention that I’m glad you guys got the trouble worked out. Computers are kooky and like to invent bizarre horrific but somehow exceedingly small problems

  4. Crystalon 12 May 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Wow, this is really good!

  5. B. Macon 13 May 2011 at 12:55 pm


  6. NicKennyon 18 Jul 2011 at 8:46 am

    Awesome stuff B.Mac

  7. B. Macon 18 Jul 2011 at 9:31 am

    Thanks. Please feel free to sign up for the raffle if you have not already.

  8. Grenacon 18 Jul 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Love this.

  9. Aj of Earthon 05 Aug 2011 at 5:10 pm


    This was great. Really dig the art and the dynamic between these two is hilarious.

    “Tests are inconclusive…”


  10. Maelstromon 26 Oct 2011 at 4:23 am

    Whoa, this looks great! I can’t wait to read this
    when it comes out!

  11. B. Macon 26 Oct 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Thanks. I’ll let you know when it comes out.

  12. BRETTon 26 Oct 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Excellent job B.mac! Very professional and hilarious to boot.

  13. Alon 06 May 2012 at 7:58 am

    What font are you using in “The Taxman Must Die”?

  14. B. McKenzieon 06 May 2012 at 9:38 am

    I didn’t do the lettering, sorry.

  15. Dr. Vo Spaderon 22 Oct 2012 at 3:29 pm

    @B. McKenzie,
    …I know you’ve posted the answer to this somewhere, but I just can’t find it. When do you think “The Taxman Must Die” will be published (or finished)? Saw that you’ve gotten further on the anthology, love the cover by the way.

  16. B. Macon 22 Oct 2012 at 3:56 pm

    DVS, I don’t really know. I think that’s mainly a question of how quickly a publisher says yes.

    PHASE 1: Revise, submit, revise and resubmit until a publisher says yes.
    PHASE 2: After a publisher is interested, I think we’d have the first issue on shelves within 6-12 months.

  17. Amaranthineon 03 Nov 2012 at 8:15 am

    Looks very entertaining so far, something I would for sure read, I definitely look forward to seeing the finished product 🙂 I live in Australia, no American Aligators here! 🙁

  18. Katharinaon 16 Feb 2013 at 10:36 am

    As I was reading this, I kept expecting the Alligator to say “MURICA” or something like that. 😛 I loved all the humor, and I’m pretty excited about reading the full thing when it’s published!

  19. B. McKenzieon 16 Feb 2013 at 2:47 pm

    “I loved all the humor, and I’m pretty excited about reading the full thing when it’s published!” Thanks! You can sign up for the email list/raffle here–I’ll send out an email reminder when it’s ready for purchase (and one person on the list will win a free signed copy).

  20. Nayanon 28 Feb 2013 at 3:14 am

    Once I saw another page of your comic book while going through your articles. I think the page showed a car explosion. But the artwork of these pages is significantly better than that of that single page.

  21. B. McKenzieon 28 Feb 2013 at 5:17 pm

    “But the artwork of these pages is significantly better…” Thanks! This artwork was executed by two different artists, Rebecca (pencils and inks) and Emily (colors). The mockup of the car-bombing was done by a different artist in a different style.

  22. CCXon 06 Feb 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Oh man, this is awesome. Good luck getting it published! I loved the door that said, “Only alligators, friendly humans beyond this point. No Canadians.” 🙂

  23. Delphineon 02 Aug 2014 at 7:06 am

    why did you choose to draw comic rather than write?

  24. Delphineon 02 Aug 2014 at 7:07 am

    *chose=.= Is drawing comics easier than writing?

  25. B. McKenzieon 02 Aug 2014 at 2:50 pm

    “why did you choose to draw comics rather than write?” Pardon? I wrote these pages, but did not illustrate them. I am not an illustrator.

    “Is drawing comics easier than writing?” Reaching professional-grade in either will take years of practice and I’d only recommend either if the prospect of spending thousands of hours on it sounds manageable.

    That said, my mostly uninformed impression is that it’s easier to find work as an artist (in part because publishers can evaluate prospective artists more easily than writers).

  26. Anonymouson 19 Mar 2020 at 12:42 pm

    I would totally buy this- is it available on amazon/similar?

  27. B. McKenzieon 24 Mar 2020 at 6:00 pm

    No, but I did post a script of the first issue.

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