Lycan’s Revenge: Making of “The Last Extinction”


Watch the chapter video from Chapter 9, now on our YouTube channel.

(from Chapter 9)   “What is it?” Dean said.

The scientist stared back at him. “They’re going to catch the last one,” she said.

“That’s impossible,” Manuel barked. “Run your numbers again, Felicia. There must be some mistake–”

But before he could finish, the birds that had been circling the boat all morning landed on the sea surface and a fog blew over the boat.

Dean looked over the rail. Rising out of the water, ten feet below him, was a magnificent specimen: a scalloped hammerhead shark, eight feet long. Its odd-shaped head beat against the steel hull of the long-liner as it came out of the water – a hook deep in its throat.

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This single painting created the ‘enhanced illustration’ for Chapter 9. Motion graphics enabled us to ‘move’ through the water, sinking past dozens of sharks and other sea creatures dead and dying on a long line.


What is ‘shark finning?’

Slicing the fins off sharks, often while they are still alive. The connective tissue of the shark fin serves as the main ingredient in a popular dish in some Asian nations, most significantly – China. It seems that the Chinese are eating shark fin soup more than any other people on the planet. Fins from up to 73 million sharks are used in shark fin soup each year, primarily to supply the market in mainland China.

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Shark fin soup served at a Hong Kong wedding.

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The dorsal fin from a blacktip reef shark.

A Recurring Theme
For me, it conjures up images of Great Plains buffalo hunters of the early 19th century when thousands of bison were shot and killed for nothing more than their hides. Whole animals skinned and left to rot on the open prairie. The indigenous people who lived and hunted there, the Plains Indians, looked upon these scenes with great sadness and incomprehension.

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Dead buffalo on the plains of Kansas.

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Impressive animals, icons of the early American West.

“The white ghost shows no respect for the buffalo, no respect for the Great Spirit,” they thought.

Little respect for nature.

The finning of sharks strikes me as one of the greatest tragedies brought upon Nature by man. I knew we needed to depict it vividly and with a feeling of deep loss.

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One of the most complex scenes in “The Last Extinction,” this is the deck of the shark finning boat from Chapter 9. Hundreds of shark fins hang to dry from the rigging, while birds feast on the carnage. If you look closely, you can see the bloody footprints of a big dog…or perhaps a wolf.


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to see Michael Hanrahan’s direction for this scene, passed along to Creative Director, Steve Buccellato. Steve then created these stunning storyboards which were then sent to the artists for layered illustration and later, animation.

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Here’s a sample from the iPad ‘enhanced version’ of “The Last Extinction.”

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Experience “The Last Extinction” yourself…

Visit www.lastextinction.com and download the enhanced ebook experience.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.