Paging The Initiation

As we have mentioned previously, The Initiation was originally a short story. Over the last half year, we have finessed this 7,000 word short story into the prose comic that we plan to release this fall. What follows models the translation process of raw story material to finished first page of the prose-comic text (excluding front matter).

OPENING PASSAGE OF THE SHORT STORY

Cadet Wren Yorick entered the last phase of the Venus trust exercise when his bio-skin beeped online again. The flurry of bright holographs created vibrant geometry inside his helmet. A piercing wind left his ears buzzing after it died down. For a second, he thought there was something human-sounding about the wind, almost like it had addressed him.

The visor de-shading program kicked in, and his helmet-shield began its gradual change from pitch black to gray. It would take a few moments more before it reached its final blueish tint. Through his helmet’s changing hue, Wren watched large swathes of reds and oranges slowly materialize as the sky; the patchwork of heat intermingled with the sheets of dark, balsatic plains in front of him. From a distant starship, Command still controlled his repowering suit, which maintained his two-foot hover above the planet’s surface. He didn’t mind. He was unable to move anyway; the planetary landscape continued to mesmerize Wren into stillness, as did confronting the infamous planet firsthand, after hearing all the stories and myths about the millions that had died there.

Here is the script for page 1 of the comic from which Joe generated his images, which breaks up the above text and includes guidelines for the prose-comic images:

THE INITIATION PROSE COMIC SCRIPT, PAGE ONE

TWO IMAGES

Cadet Wren Yorick entered the last phase of the Venus trust exercise when his bio-skin beeped online again. The flurry of bright holographs created vibrant geometry inside his helmet. A piercing wind left his ears buzzing after it died down. For a second, he thought there was something human-sounding about the wind, almost like it had addressed him.

IMAGE 1: The panel shows the interior of the helmet coming to life. The panel should be framed from the perspective of what WREN YORICK sees from within the helmet.

The visor de-shading program kicked in, and his helmet-shield began its gradual change from pitch black to gray. It would take a few moments more before it reached its final blueish tint. Through his helmet’s changing hue, Wren watched large swathes of reds and oranges slowly materialize as the sky; the patchwork of heat intermingled with the sheets of dark, balsatic plains in front of him. From a distant starship, Command still controlled his repowering suit, which maintained his two-foot hover above the planet’s surface. He didn’t mind. He was unable to move anyway; the planetary landscape continued to mesmerize Wren into stillness, as did confronting the infamous planet firsthand, after hearing all the stories and myths about the millions that had died there.

IMAGE 2: Wide shot of the vista that opens up to WREN. The panel should be framed in the same way as the previous IMAGE, from WREN’s perspective.

FINISHED PROSE COMIC PAGE

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The page design was Joe’s creation, as I had scant little to do with the art-side of the process, outside of the image descriptions. Joe also selected the color schemes and the fonts for the prose comic.

We will have more to share about The Initiation soon, as we are nearing the completion of the project.

Next time: an update on Tens Day.