Abandoned Projects: Drawn Silly

Oh boy this is an OLD one.

Today’s project feature is my (very) old journal webcomic, Drawn Silly.

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Way back in 2010 (oh god that was four years ago as of today)…

As I was hanging out with the college Cartooning Club and talking about webcomics and the possibilities within them, I started to wonder how I could get into this webcomic thing.

At the time, journal webcomics were either emerging or had been around for a short time, and I went, “Oh I could do that!” So I did.

I liked this project so much at one point that I made prints of one of my favorite pages:

Click the image to get to the page where you can get a print of your own. (YAY subversive advertising)

The problem? I never updated it consistently.

It also got to a point where I wasn’t excited to work on it, and I felt like I had nothing new to share. That, and college got more intense and there was some personal drama going on with one of my ex’s.

So I stopped the project the semester after I started it.

HOWEVER…

Within the last few months, I’ve been considering getting back into journal comics, but making the art WAY simpler (i.e. no markers or colors, so I can more easily update daily).

Though I won’t lie, I’ve been considering starting it again, largely because my older sister is encouraging me to do it if only so she can co-star in it. For a while the project was called Adventures with a Bipolar Sister.

Over time, her diagnosis changed from being Manic Depressive to having Borderline Personality, so that title fell by the wayside.

If I DO move forward with the idea, we both decided it should be called Adventures in Adulthood, because adulthood is FRACKING WEIRD and I want to have as much fun with it as possible.

I still really want to make it. Would you read it?

Abandoned Projects: Nautilus & Riley

This project will be on the shelf for a short time because I still want to make this.

The project highlight today is called Nautilus & Riley.

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In the not-too-distant future, a scientist builds a combat-model android, codenamed Nautilus. The scientist’s daughter, Riley, has watched the development of Nautilus throughout her life and slowly develops a crush on him (mostly because her father doesn’t let her go outside the house all that much). By the time he’s done, she’s 18 years old and incredibly desperate for a companion, so she steals Nautilus out of her father’s hands as often as she can.

(I’m going to spoil the story for you because the story is incredibly short.)

As Nautilus and Riley spend time together, her feelings intensify, though Nautilus (being an android) is pretty sure he cannot feel love, even though he cares about her.

However, they both are in the scientist’s lab one day when the scientist is not there. Riley starts digging through the files on Nautilus out of curiosity. So she’s digging through them when she discovers that Nautilus was, in fact, human once, until the scientist got him and made him into an android. The reason Nautilus doesn’t remember any of this is because his mind was completely reset.

Even worse, the scientist plans on using the notes he made while constructing Nautilus on a new project – turning Riley into a cyborg.

The scientist barges in and sees what Riley is doing. He (of course) gets furious and goes to kill her. Nautilus gets in the way and the scientist and he end up killing each other.

And Riley gets to live.

The biggest question with this project is “How do I make this story?”

Will it be a wordless comic? Or a picture book-like story? Or what?

I feel pretty comfortable with the story itself (though when I look at it I want to tweak a few things), but I still don’t know how to tell it.

Until I figure it out, this project will be on the shelf.

But what do you think? Do you like the story or not?

Abandoned Projects: Catalyst

This project has been shelved, retooled, and shelved again, and I don’t know when this will be finished.

In all of its iterations, it’s gone by the project name Catalyst.

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In the oldest iteration, the story followed a teenage girl named Kaitlin. She thought she was a human being but it turns out she’s an android developed by a tech company as part of a larger, more sinister plot. So she escaped the company and went out into the world to hide from them.

In the second iteration, she was joined by a larger man named Striker, who had a similar back-story.

I wrote an eight-page mini-comic as a prologue to this, which you can read here.

In the third iteration, the story was retooled completely, became a short story, and got set a couple hundred years into the future. In this story, a society evolved in which androids were all created to be gladiators who fought for human entertainment. Kaitlin is one of these androids.

The reason I changed it was because when I told a few people the first iteration, I got mixed reviews. A friend of mine went, “I LOVE IT,” but my sister was like, “This sounds absolutely stupid and cliche. Did you rip off an anime for this?”

So I shelved it, until within the last few months there was a call for short-story submissions for a comics anthology.

I tried REALLY hard to rewrite this into a short story, but no matter how many times I wrote the thing, I felt like it wasn’t working. I still can’t really place why.

In the end, I shelved Catalyst again and just made a new comic for the anthology. It worked out in the end. (Well, not for Catalyst, it didn’t.)

I think Catalyst is just going to stay on the shelf until I decide what to do with it (or anybody out there wants to help me edit it into submission).

Abandoned Projects: Greta’s Story

This is a big one for me. It’s a bigger thorn in my side than even The Legend of Jamie Roberts.

This comic I’ve shelved has the working title of Greta’s Story, or Imaginary.

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Greta is a 13-year-old girl who’s forced by her mom to go to summer camp. She absolutely hates it there, but at least her hatred is shared with another girl named Rona. They both start to run off and avoid the counselors and fellow campers every chance they get.

Well one day Greta spots a shadow with eyes. As it deliberately runs away from her, she chases after it until eventually, it leads her to a portal into another dimension. She tries to avoid it but she falls in accidentally.

Through the portal she is led to a series of doors set in tree trunks, and each door leads to another world with even more tree doors. In a series of events she encounters a river of blood, zombies, mermaids, and a cat-like serpent creature she calls a Wachumacallit who follows her around and can change size every time it hiccups.

Eventually she encounters a group of fighters who are part of a resistance movement against the Queen of Crows.

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The Queen of Crows is a tyrant who got her throne by murdering 5 of the 7 Royal Families. Of the two who survived, one family escaped into Greta’s world, and the other stayed behind to fight.

Will Greta ever be able to make it back home? Does she WANT to?

Ok, so there are a few reasons this project got shelved.

1. The project got TOO DAMN BIG. The place that Greta falls into is Imagination itself, which encompassed anything and everything imagined by humanity. At one point in the story Greta literally falls into hell. There were so many characters and so many worlds that it was hard to tell where to draw the line between “This is for Greta’s story” and “This is an idea I want to make into its own story.”

2. The story got too complicated. I’ll spare you the details, but there were realizations of one’s destiny for at least three cast members, not counting all the history that lead up to the Queen’s taking of the throne.

(I actually made a mini-comic all about how the Queen of Crows started the path of evil. You can read that here, though admittedly there’s not a lot of evil in it until the end.)

Plus the shadows had powers of their own or were tied to royal bloodlines or ate people. It got weird and inconsistent.

3. Greta. There were several points in the scripting of the story that I HATED her. That’s not a good sign to me. When I’m writing I HAVE to be invested in the main character in some way, but every time I thought about writing her I went, “Oh Christ on a Cracker she’s going to be obnoxious and not in a charming way.”

This project will be on the shelf for a while. There’s even a strong possibility that it will never be made (which is a shame, because there were some concepts in there that I liked).

We’ll see…

Abandoned Projects: Auxaton

Time to talk about another abandoned project…

Today’s feature is unique in that, unlike the other abandoned projects I’ve blogged about so far, I want to pursue this one! At some point…

Today’s feature doesn’t really have a working title, so I’m going to name it after the main character of the story: Auxaton.

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Auxaton is a Mountain Ridge elf and a priest. His matriarchal society worships the Goddess Ahyahweh, whom Auxaton devotes his life to.

Things were fine for a while until a band of humans came in, attacked his town, and kidnapped a great many of the people there. Even though Auxaton was trained for combat, he was overwhelmed by the band of humans and taken captive.

As the humans lead them away, Auxaton discovers that they intend to sell the elves into slavery, and in particular they intend to sell him as a breeder slave. This goes against his vow of celibacy, so he escapes the slavers with a handful of his comrades and they make their way back to their town.

However, the town is ruined. When his companions leave him, Auxaton receives a vision from the Goddess Ahyahweh to go into the world and rescue the rest of the Mountain Ridge elves, so they may rebuild and renew. And so he goes out into the world to fulfill his mission.

I’m still totally hooked to this idea, and over time I’ve developed a couple more characters for this story, illustrated here:

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I’m eager and excited to do this, but this project has been shelved for close to two years.

Why?

Work Drama.

At the time I created this idea, I was a caricature artist in an amusement park (I would list where, but for legality’s sake, I won’t). Except by then, I didn’t like the job at all for reasons besides the art-making, so I tried working in a different department. It didn’t help.

What made it worse? It became slow season and our hours were cut to where all of us worked weekends-only.

By then, I was stressing and freaking out that I wouldn’t be able to pay my bills or have an apartment. I called up my family to talk about it and we decided that it was best that I leave the job and go back home.

So I did.

I shelved this story idea until I could get to a point where I could script it out, develop it more, and then pursue it.

This story is still a seed. It hasn’t been scripted, except for a three-page writing exercise to set the tone for it. Also, there aren’t that many characters to populate it yet.

When will it be developed?

I don’t know.

I gotta finish a few more things first.

But once I do…