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About the Project

An unofficial, fan-made graphic adaptation of "Myst the Book of Atrus" by Rand and Robyn Miller with David Wingrove.

Prequel to "Myst" (1993), the best-selling PC game created by Cyan, Inc (now Cyan Worlds, Inc). Characters and story used with permission.

Story: Atrus and his grandmother live alone in the middle of the desert. His grandmother excites him with stories about the D'ni, a race of people who lived long ago. Atrus' father, Gehn, comes to claim Atrus and share with him the amazing power of the D'ni. When Atrus starts to question what he's been taught, how can he find out the truth?

Motivation for the project:

"Myst the Book of Atrus" is, and will always be, my favorite book. I read it when I was twelve years old. Many of the themes in the story - e.g. science, mindfulness, parent-child relationships, feeling trapped - are ones that feel as important to me now as when I first read the book.

When I was twelve, I started drawing a page-by-page translation of the book into comic form. I drew it in a marble composition notebook with a #2 pencil. I got through about half of the book before I stopped. I can't find the notebook anymore, sadly, but I certainly remember my time working on it with fondness.

Since then, I've been working on other original stories for comics and animation. But I keep thinking about Myst! I can't get it out of my head. I've been working on a film script adaptation for the past several years. I've decided to take that film script and turn it into a comic book. Instead of the marble notebook, I'm going to use Photoshop. My goal is to focus on the story and produce page quickly, so the rendering will be fairly rough and loose. I think I'd learn a lot about drawing and storytelling by doing it, and it'd be a good excuse to think about Myst.

Myst fans, I hope you like it. It's not a straight up adaptation; it's changed in big and small ways that emphasize parts of the original story I personally connected with. For people who haven't heard of Myst, I hope you'll enjoy it to! You shouldn't need to know anything about Myst the game or the book to understand it.

That's my story. I hope you enjoy it!