First Draft Done!

August 26, 2009


Excerpt from Uncle Al's Journal

Excerpt from Uncle Al's Journal



The pencils came in last night. The first draft of the Missoula Flood story is done! All of the illustrations and the story are now done to the first round of completion! What a landmark day around here.

I feel real proud at the moment. Like a papa with a new baby. Looking into the future I predict wild success for this project. I mean, what could be cooler than natural history comics? Nature? Totally awesome, the source of inspiration for artists, scientists, poets, children, and philosophers for thousands of years. Comics? The most portable medium for conveying stories through images and words. Both sides of your brain work at the same time. The left brain is satisfied by reading the words and the right brain is pleased by the illustrations. Bring it all together? Solid gold.

This team has been great to work with. Erica has been wonderful with her editing, co-ordinating, and wrangling and most recently, her coloring of the inked pages. Chris has been amazing with his punctuality in creating beautiful illustrations and bringing to life the story that was devised for him. For someone who knew very little about the Missoula Floods, he sure did an awesome  job with the subject.

I get to direct these folks. I hold the vision of the story, create the plot, devise the characters, hunt for the reality details, conjure the fantastical elements and cut the paychecks.

Dustin is hard at work on the website, which is soon to come. He’s been great to work with too and when the site is done, I’ll sing his praises more.

Oh yea! Today is a good day!



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