With The Volstock Payoff reaching it’s conclusion, it’s time for our trip to Chapeltown. To prepare for that journey, I had to build a world and setting that hit the right notes. Above is a glimpse of some of that design work. Over on the Patreon site I’ve posted all the images I’ve come up with to set the table for this next story, and some notes on just why and how this next tale will be so pivotal for Mercy. If you want all the inside scoop on what’s ahead, I hope you’ll consider becoming a Patreon backer. The more of you who can support Trekker this way, the better I am able to produce the new stories. It’s a simple numbers game.
The design work is always one of the most fun steps in crafting a new story– everything is potential and promise. You are experimenting, free associating images, searching for a feeling and look that will match the tone of the tale you are telling. I try to approach it with a playful attitude. It helps to keeps me “loose”, and tends to lead to the most joyful discoveries.
I’m so excited for this next step in Mercy’s story. While we start off in the familiar streets of New Gelaph, before long, the trail leads us elsewhere. The scale will expand, stakes will rise, and Mercy’s journey of self-discovery will become richer, more intense and more explosive than ever. So strap on your shooting irons and get ready for a dust-up when Chapeltown hits the website starting next week!
Soooo many things going on in Trekker land these days! As The Volstock Payoff wraps up and I’m preparing to launch the next tale in just a couple weeks, I am also going back to the previous story, “Jekka” and preparing it for print. To help me with that, I’ve brought on board the very talented Shawna Gore as my editor/sounding board/coach. Shawna has a ton of experience through her years at Dark Horse comics and adds a deft, insightful touch to my work on Trekker.
I’ve always felt that every creator needs an editor, and in Shawna I have found an excellent set of eyes and hands that are helping me to keep moving Trekker forward with as much excellence as possible. Shawna’s feedback has included everything from careful proof-reading (and many of you who have spotted my typos, grammatical gaffs and spelling errors will know just how necessary that is!) to ideas on presenting the series effectively as I continue to have Mercy’s story evolve. The evidence of Shawna’s sharp input will be apparent when the next volume comes to print. In the meantime, here’s a taste of what it will include:The biggest, or at least most obvious adjustment is that we have decided to re-title the story. So, I have switched from “Jekka” to a title that will be more broadly self-evident as descriptive of the story: “Rites of Passage”. I will also, as I did with “The Train to Avalon Bay” be adding a few additional pages of story to fine-tune some of the tale’s pacing. And, with some extra coloring experience under my belt, I’ve gone back and touched up a few aspects of that as well.
While the next TPB is still a bit down the road, I did want to get the story re-titled here on the website as soon as possible to avoid confusion so far as I can. I’ll be shouting from the rooftops when the print version is ready to come out. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy the conclusion of The Volstock Payoff this coming Monday, and stick around to see where Mercy’s trail needs next in the story I’m calling “Chapeltown”.
More “Where Does It Come From” posts will be on the way–I know how some of you really like then. But first, a heads up! Convention Season will be upon us before we know it, and I’ve been able to line up some really exciting appearances for this coming year. Of course, I’ll be talking right here about each show before it happens, but initially, I’ve made a list of all my current 2016 appearances and put it in the monthly Trekker Newsletter. If you haven’t signed up to receive the Newsletter yet and would like the most reliable and timely way to receive all the important Trekker news, let me know and I’ll add you to the list.
Meanwhile, I’m keeping busy, busy, busy. Here are a couple of snaps from the inking steps of a page from the upcoming tale, just to verify that fact:And, speaking of which, it’s back to the board for me. Hope to see you at a convention down the road– but if not, we’ll stay in touch right here.
Well, Trekkerites, we’ve all (presumably) made it through our holidays and now have the long winter slog ahead of us. As always, I’ll do my best to keep things lively with each Monday’s new Trekker page in the hopes it will help us all make it through to the warmer, sunnier days ahead.
Over the holidays, I got to do some fun commissions including the above watercolor of “Mercy in Space”. And as we are currently following Mercy through a New Gelaph-centered crime caper this seemed a nice opportunity to remind us all that Mercy will indeed be getting back out into the stars in the tales to come. (And also to show off some watercolors that I’m pretty pleased with.)
I’ve always maintained that this series is intended to evolve and grow right along with Mercy. And her travels will soon become wider-ranging and involve higher stakes that ever before, as her quest for answers into her own past will lead her into deep and complicated waters.
But we’ll take it all one step at a time. First, we have to get Mercy out of her current mess with The Kid and the hostile streets of New Gelaph. That will be enough to keep us busy for a few more of these dark and wintery days.
Holidays are busy times, so I’m missing a couple of my semi-regular Thursday posts. Thought I’d just share this fun watercolor commission of Supergirl. Careful Trekker readers may recognize this pose from Mercy’s “Rules of the Game” story. That was part of the commission request, and made for a fun “translation” from Mercy-style action to that of Kara.
Also, it gives me a chance to put in a word for the CBS TV Supergirl series. This show gets all the big stuff right– Supergirl has charm, sincerity, just the right touch of awkwardness, a lot of smarts and a lot of heart. It’s tough, idealistic, aware and inspirational. It’s a perfect reflection of my own take on the character. I hope it flies high for a long, long run. Cheers to Kara, and Happy Holidays to all Trekker readers.