I’ve had a science fiction idea for a novella or novel bumping around the back of my brain for about a decade now. It’s evolved a lot over the years, and about the time I started this blog and had a brief run of poem publications I started layering some inspirations from my academic life in Old Norse literature and Scandinavian Folklore into things. I’d been figuring I’d write it up eventually after finding some time to research the science-stuff (fantasy has always been more natural for me to write as a mythologist/folklorist, even if I love sci-fi). Never actually got around to developing it beyond some conceptual brainstorming, but about a couple weeks ago it suddenly occurred to me that this could be a decent webcomic–and doing it as a webcomic would take some pressure off as far as getting all the science “right”, since the fictionality and spectacle of it all is given more reign in visual media. Since I’m behind on posting this month (I’ve got things I want to post about, just no time before leaving on a trip this weekend), I thought I’d put up the visual brainstorming I’ve been doing so far, then after that some other sketches from the last 5 years that I think fall into the genealogy of this project when it comes to my own work. I hope you enjoy!
Then I started sketching out some test pages–hadn’t really developed the story too far yet, but enjoyed myself so much that I went and inked the pages. General story line is about what I have planned, but details are mostly just spontaneous ideas and I don’t know whether they’ll survive. The full awkwardness of my current ship design shows here, I’m afraid–will definitely need to work on that. The whole thing is pretty rough, and if I ever get a chance to actually develop this it final drafts will be done digitally and will be more more detailed and cleaner.
Those are the project-sketches I have so far. Following are some other bits of art that in some way precede this:
So there we go! After doing my three test pages I have to say that this project is feeling very doable–not sure yet whether I’ll actually be able to fit it in, but it’s fun to think about! And if you think it looks interesting you should definitely speak up so I know there would be an audience! The closest I’ve gotten to a serial comic is my Grim Bunny series, but this project would be a thoroughly developed, “traditional” webcomic. Hope I will get to do this eventually!