About the Story
|format: graphic novel|
length: 2 volumes (original go); 42 pages of new draft
when: 3/7/08-11/28/08 and 9/8/12-present
best part of the process: beautiful lines in the original
worst part of the process: out-of-control story
In a complicated world with vivid, beautiful images, the players of this story must struggle to find where they belong.
CommentaryThe story itself became a huge mess by the tragic conclusion of the second volume. However, this manga is the last I ever did (aside from tinkering with Redefining Evil) and it shows. The art, while still pencilled, is incredibly whimsical, with long sweeping lines and tiny details and elaborate scenery.
I took another shot at this story beginning in the summer of 2012. In the fall, I started a hand-inked and computer-colored rewrite of the manga after getting halfway through a novel adaptation and realizing that it was a terrible novel compared to its strengths as a graphic novel. I got 46 pages into the graphic novel and set it down in order to focus on the last semester of my undergraduate. When I picked it back up again, I realized it's not a style I want to work in
right now, as I prefer being very free and loose with my art. The completed pages can be found here.]
After graduating, spending a year in grad school, and then ending up back with one job (at a high school, which I think helps my comic book mentality), I picked Cadence back up again. I've done 12 pages since the last time I worked on it. As long as I can keep it up now that I've added job #2 to my life, it should be cruising right along.