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16 July 2005

Oh cruel inspiration! Why must you come to me when I?m already so laden with things to do, things to make? I woke up recently with a great, if highly disturbed, idea for a new comic, but I fear I?ve neither the time nor the amount of visual refinedness to pull it off. Captain August I can manage fine, but the graphic quality I want this story to have requires something completely beyond my skill.

I?ve never made any presumptions on the confines of my ability to create graphic images. Though adequate to create a multitude of comics as I please, there is a limit to what I can establish within a reasonable amount of time. So I?m musing about finding myself someone to do the art for me. I want to write this script because it?s something nice, original, disturbing, postmodern. But another must draw it for me. I need a talent. Someone excelling at rendering art, but in need of a compelling story. Someone with a healthy work ethic, who doesn?t drift on frilly winds of ?no inspiration today?, but able to get out pages in rythmic fashion. Someone able to create the most dazzling of images, but lacking the skill to craft a tale around them. Or, maybe just someone I can intoxicate well enough with this idea to work alongside me.

I don?t know yet how long it?s going to be; could be one, could be many books. I haven?t figured out the story well enough for that. But the premise is already there, and it?s oh so begging to be made. I won?t tell exactly what it is, for that might hurt it, but I?ll say this: it?s got plenty of space, plenty of ships, plenty of characters and plenty of violence. A space opera you might say. But a very nasty one. Nasty things happening. Nasty people. Nasty wars.

Who, oh who, will help bring this child onto the world?

Roderick.