Given the delay since I first expressed interest in pursuing this I thought I would power on through and complete a few more pages before hitting a nice page-a-week stride. So here’s page number 2 of EXOPLANATEER. (I’m running out of pens).
I have some friends who are basically just floating brains in tanks of preservative. One of these is my good friend Prof Andrew Rushby – who likes space so much NASA offered him the position of Supreme Overlord of Earth – and now he and two other knowledgeable heads in jars record a monthly podcast about exoplanets. It’s called Exocast and you can listen to the episodes here.
It’s so interesting that sixty story ideas simultaneously raced across my neurons like scalextric on nitrus oxide. One of the more robust crystallized in this image, which while unfinished (imagine a bang of space dust breaking the horizon) serves as an instructive point of germination for a travelogue of strange but mathematically probably exoplanets in a sequential format. In short, exoplaneteering.
The St Ivo School Art Department sketchbook I got from my girlfriend is now complete. There are good panels and there are bad panels. The second and third images are particular favourites.
All of this done, under duress, in between serving customers at a till. You’ll never know true pain until you’re interrupted during a magnificent flurry of cross-hatching by a wino only to flick the sketchbook away have made the ink run awry.
I may experiment with lettering but as I’ve said, this was all unscripted, spontaneous storytelling. You can make up your own mind.
Using an old unused sketchbook of my girlfriends to draw a little comic straight from the head when I get a few minutes to myself and when larger materials are unavailable. Will continue with page 7 when I get the chance.