My new project for 2014 is a new comic called Rock & Tin.
On a long deserted automated mining planet, two robots discover magic. But when they disagree on how it should be used, a conflict begins that could end their peaceful existence forever.
Rock & Tin is a new experience for me, since I am producing the comic in Black & White only. The constraints really make you work to make a page look good when you cannot lean on color and effects. This should be a smaller book than Marooned, I hope to have it complete in under two years.
Please visit the comic at RockAndTin.com
Happy Fall, everyone! It’s been awhile since I updated here since I have been so busy working on the Marooned books. But I wanted to give you an update on that project and talk about what else is coming down the highway, since many people have been asking me what’s next.
First, the books are off to the printer. I should be seeing proofs soon, and barring any issues, books will be printing. It’s all very exciting, and I can’t wait to get them in my hands, and yours, too.
Secondly, I’ve had some commissions and opportunities that sprung out of the Kickstarter campaign. Nothing I can talk about as of yet, but I will keep you posted.
Lastly, I’ve been able to do some work on my short story, “The Messenger.” I finalized the script, thumbnailed out the whole story (23 pages total), and am now in the process of doing a rough storyboard as a guide for the actual pages. This is the first time I’ve worked this way – and worked in black and white. it’s quite fun and I am excited about how it’s turning out. Below is one of the storyboard pages as a little teaser for you. Make sure you follow me here or at twitter/facebook (look under “Follow me” in the right sidebar) for further updates.
Marooned was my first real comic project created back in March, 2008. It became a popular science fiction/fantasy webcomic with a nice following, gathering over 1 million visits and 4 million pageviews (and counting) over it’s five-year lifespan. Marooned is the story of Captain John, an egotistical and self-centered space pilot, and his sidekick robot, Asimov. It’s sort of like Gilligan’s Island meets Lost in Space.
In August of 2013, Marooned was crowdfunded using Kickstarter and was funded at 252% of its goal. The money will be used to print the definitive graphic novel version of Marooned, along with a companion book “Spare Parts,” a 100-page book with all sorts of stories, fan art and comics that live in the Marooned universe.
Captain John’s journey begins by getting stranded on Mars, and finding out that the red planet is inhabited by Martians. His mission slowly unravels, and he begins to have all kinds of adventures, making both new friends and powerful enemies. One of his new friends is an orphaned Martian girl named Ril. Slowly John’s perspective on life begins to change, and the course of his ultimate destiny is changed forever as he is transformed from hopeless to heroic.
You can read parts of Marooned for free online at www.MaroonedComic.com.
My good friend Denver Brubaker, creator of “Tales of a Checkered Man” was also a fan of Marooned. He came up with a great idea to do a collaborative project using my characters, based on an idea he did in a guest comic that was published in my second Marooned book “Mars Wars.” While we both became far too busy to pursue the idea, he did produce the first page. The idea was he would do the art, and I would do the color work, while we would both write and edit the story. Below is the test page, showing Denver’s art and my colors.
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Mr. Ragnarasson isn’t exactly happy in his work.
I wanted to try my hand at a minicomic, and I also wanted to give some blackspotting a whirl. My good friend Steve Ogden has the original script for this story laying around, and when he offered it to me I jumped at it. Together we edited the story until it fit this format. This comic was first displayed at SPACE 2010, and later given away free to those who bought Marooned books.
Here is the story in it’s entirety. Enjoy!