Monday, May 18, 2009


So. A few weeks ago I went to Comic Con in Denver, which was really geeky and totally fun. Before that, I saw the movie "Watchmen" and was really impressed, so I went and got the graphic novel, which was awesome. Having found myself in a writing job, I also find myself with little time or motivation to write for myself. As evidenced by serious slacking in the blog department.

My first idea was to write a story for a graphic novel and see if I could pitch it somewhere. But after writing to Dave Wolverton (aka David Farland who writes the "Daily Kick in the Pants" for writers, which is great), he said you have to be fairly well-established and then the artists will contact you. So I decided to come up with a graphic novel, or rather, a graphic flash fiction exercise and see if I could take it from concept to a final comic-book-looking type of product, doing all the steps (writing, pencilling, inking coloring) myself. Turns out I could! Not that it is the greatest story or art ever, but I am pleased that I was able to [here it is] translate an idea into an actual thing. With color. So, click on the images to see a larger version.


Tom Gordon said...

Heh... "hydrocarbon reclamation". So the station doesn't run on dilithium crystals, fusion engines, unicorn urine or any of the other science-fictional magic power sources, I take it?

That's AWESUM, Ben... I was wondering what you were up to, there. Keep it up!

Susan said...

I love the laqua and the quirky angles and views of characters and Titan. What comes next....????
You built a telescope and made a video and now a graphic novel...!

Anonymous said...

Do you know where the poem came from? One of my students brought it in as an example of a yuefu, but I cannot find it in any poetry database. Also, it doesn't even rhyme. It appears on a calligraphy web site, and the inscription on the calligraphy says it is a Han dynasty yuefu, but I'm wondering if he made it up.

Benjamin said...

Hi Anon
I assume you are referring to another post, but anyway, I really don't know where it came from. I came across it online, but I can't seem to find the source now. I did not see that calligraphy site until you pointed it out, but I suppose the guy could have made it up. But why not take credit for it?

I should point out that supposedly the poem is by a guy named Yue Fu (乐甫), not that it is a "yuefu" (乐府) style poem. But who knows?

Benjamin said...

OK I found the link