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Hey Lark. I came to this comic a few days ago from the thread on MYSTcomunity. I just caught up today and I want to say that I think what you've done so far is wonderful. The art is gorgeous, the characters are brilliantly realized and I can't wait to see it finished.
I have a couple question though. Firstly I was wondering why you skipped the novel's original prologue. Did you just think the second opening was more atmospheric? Or are you maybe saving that scene for a flashback later?
Secondly on the subject of color. I love the black and white. Really. I just wondered if you would ever consider doing the occasional page in color. Not a lot, just when it would be mot effective. Like this other comic I read, The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal. It's about these two guys that go on a road trip (I won't link it because it's ... uh, *cough* occasionally NSFW) and it's in B&W too, except when they come across these fantastic landscapes and there's suddenly a page in color. I've seen you other comic (briefly, I haven't actually read it yet) and I know you can do color beautifully. But if you just want to do B&W that's cool too. If Cyan ever approves it for official publishing you could have someone else color the whole thing. I mean Jeff Smith did Bone in B&W for ten years and only had it colored for the collected editions.
Speaking of Cyan, did you ever hear back from them?
Sorry if this was too long, LOL.
Came across this last night as I was searching the "Myst" tag on Tumblr, this is all very well done! Can't wait to see it finished! I've only ever read Book of Ti'ana, so it's nice being able to continue on, and in a friendly comic form! It's awesome!
I know it's still really early, but I think once you're finished, me and the rest of the Myst fan community are gonna beg for the other books to be done! I'd love to see Book of Ti'ana! Keep up the great work for now! You got one more fan!
I think this "comic" book is great..I keep looking forward to the next chapters.
@Varsil: Hi Varsil! Thanks for writing! It's nice to hear that you're enjoying it :D
Why did I skip the prologue? No reason in particular. I was remembering that I actually skipped that part the first several times I read the book (I was not much of a reader at the time, I didn't know that a prologue was a part of the story!) I eventually discovered it after having read it several times. It was like finding a hidden gift under the tree! But in any event, I really liked the idea of starting with the traders, because they could really give the perspective of the desert as a harsh, forbidding place ... and then contrast that with the joy that Anna and Atrus still manage to find there.
That was a long aside. In any event, was there a particular aspect of that scene that you would have liked to have seen?
Color pages. I think about it occasionally. There may come a day when I make color pages, or rerender some in pages in color. For now, I'm really eager to keep making pages, to keep the story moving. Working in black and white means each page takes about 4 hours. In contrast, each page of the Seated Lady takes about 8-20 hours. It's exhausting >_<
I agree it is something I can think about for the future. These pages don't have to remain fixed. I think about the Bone example as well. Bone has a really great epic story. It did really well and then color was added later. Anyway, your interest in seeing more color is noted! :D
Cyan. When I first sent my proposal to Cyan, I got a email from Tony Fryman immediately. He said he liked it and wanted to discuss. Then recently we exchanged emails. It sounds like Cyan is doing some exciting things. This project may become a part of that! 0_0 I'm keeping my fingers crossed, nothing definite yet. :D thanks for asking!
@Ah'lex: You came via tumblr, eh? It's always nice to know how people find this.
I'm glad you like it! :D Stay tuned! More pages next week ^_^
So you are a big BoT fan? I recently reread it. I had only read it once (unlike BoA which I read many many many times). I made some notes of ideas of things that I really liked about it, themes I could play with. I don't know if it'll happen, but I hope so. I would enjoy making a BoT comic I think. :)
Can I ask, what do you like about BoT?
@miranna: thanks! :D
I should really be calling it a "graphic novel" but for some reason it's hard to say. It's sounds so serious >_<
@larkinheather: Thanks for the reply. It's awesome seeing amazing artists in touch with the fans :D
I think I would say what I liked about BoT was the whole introducing of the D'ni race to an outsider like Anna. I'm not exactly sure how to put it, but like when Ti'ana meets Aitrus and gets introduced to this whole new, advanced and very well organized civilization underground, it's amazing. And then even seeing her grow, learn, and establish a home in that civilization until its fall, makes it an epic tale I think.
So I guess in a nutshell, the whole history, the lifestyle of the D'ni and the origin of the main characters of the Myst series; down in the Cavern. That's what I love about it.
Hey, you know, I think something that would be cool of Cyan to support is you doing a little bit of other illustrative work relating to Myst too, for example, comics involving different Ages from the Myst games. To elaborate a little more, If you've ever played Riven, you could do a short comic showing a meeting between the Moiety Rebels and Catherine in-regards to overthrowing Gehn, something never really shown in the game.
But Whether or not you do anything extra besides work on this and (hopefully) the other Myst books, I think working with Cyan will give you both a whole new window of storytelling to give to the fans!
@Ah'lex: Thanks for sharing! :D What you say about BoT makes a lot of sense to me. I think it is very epic. I like how she starts out a stranger, feared and object of disgust, then becomes a prominent member of society. In BoA the conflicts are mostly interpersonal, but in BoT there's a whole society in conflict as well as the family drama. It would be an exciting story to retell.
That also would be cool, to do even more Myst projects. Moiety and Catherine fighting to overthrown Gehn, that's one I wouldn't have thought of. That sounds fun. I think I would enjoy doing random storylines like that. Like more about Sirrus and Achenar as kids, or Gehn leaving the cleft or something else totally crazy >_< Now I'm getting super ambitious. We'll see!!
Anyway, I would love if the comics could be a profitable part of the Myst brand! An endeavor that is good for Cyan, me and the fans all!
Thanks for the support Ah'lex!! :D
@larkinheather: I'm not sure if there's any one particular aspect of the prologue I miss. It's just that I did read it the first time I read the book, and for me that was always how the story opened. For some reason, starting a book about a character's life with said character's birth just seemed terribly appropriate. It's the only mention of Atrus's mother, (other than the holo-imager in 233) and seeing Gehn at nineteen would've been interesting. (In my mind he seems to be a perpetual old fart.) But more than that, Anna's failing to save Keta was apparently the final breaking point between her and Gehn, and I think that would have been an important thing to see.
I was also going to mention the whole Cleft/Star Fissure connection but then I saw in one of you news posts that you have plans for that later ;)
Back on the color thing, there's really one specific place I'm seeing it: the moment Atrus first sees D'ni. I just think it would have so much more impact to see The Cavern bathed all in shades of orange from the lake. Again, no pressure, just sayin'.
Though come to think of it, the moment he first links to Riven would be pretty awesome in color too...
But anyway those are both a ways off.