As a kid, I never really got into comics. I didn’t have a local comic shop, and the stuff I saw on the racks at the Super America gas station looked really…dumb. As I got older, I started seeing more of them, but at that point I was spending all my money on gaming books. Somewhere in my early 20s, I discovered Transmetropolitan. Clearly, Warren Ellis was some sort of evil genius. I fell instantly in love.
And it turns out that I had missed a lot of really good shit. Even in the grown adults wearing tights genre. So, you see, I’m the reverse Jay Peters, who got into gaming based on superhero games. I got into comics because the only place I could buy games was in a comic book shop.
Now, crazy people all over the world are doing Nanographicmo, wherein we’ll be producing a 48 page graphic novel in 30 days. That’s 1.6 pages per day, no time off for good behavior. Clearly, we’re all mad. A lot of people heard about this through Warren Ellises’ blog, so he’s obviously put his sickness in a lot of people.
This is a good thing. Coffee sales will spike. Possibly booze sales as well.
I’m not an artist. I can draw a crude interpretation of a stick figure. I will be participating.
Instead of laboriously hand drawing 48 pages, I will instead use public domain and creative commons photos, and laboriously photo edit them. I have experimented, and found the style I like.
The story will deal with the privatization of space, and a group of people taking a shot at the moon. I’ll post pages here if I have time, inclination, and haven’t been arrested for stabbing people.
On a fun note, the project starts tomorrow, which is coincidentally the day I have to start moving all of my crap to the top of a goddamn mountain.