When working on a creative project like “I Thought It Would Be Zombies…” I like to prop up my process by acquiring a lot of items and research to help inform and inspire the story! (Prop up… get it? Ahh… never mind.) Above is a small sampling of the growing collection for the comic, which includes a vintage record player, book and photo, as well as a growing library of reference and research on topics such as muscle cars, solar science and mythology, aurora borealis, telegraphs, and survivalism. Sound like a fun mix? Good, you’re in the right place. Stick around and keep an eye out for the first issue of “I Thought It Would Be Zombies…” in 2019!
One of the gems of the collection is this vintage Sound Burger. It doesn’t even work and it’s still super cool! Being this amazing in the mundane world we live in… can you imagine just what it might do following the magical apocalypse to come? If you’ve cruised some of the previously released preview art you may have noticed one of our heroes toting this little baby… and it promises to be a fun and powerful tool within the story.
Perhaps even more exceptional is the Gem of the Season, a book from 1859 along with some vintage photography from about the same period. These are a couple great items that have really helped me build and flesh out a primary character. Gem of the Season actually dates from the same year as the Carrington Event, a historical solar storm that plays a key role in the narrative and history of “I Thought It Would Be Zombies…” I like to think that it still holds a bit of that magic trapped within its binding.
The book contains an inscription, revealing it to be a Christmas gift… perhaps from the mysterious gentleman pictured in the photo? Some of my greatest writing developments have occurred by hunting antiques and researching history. Whether it be the visual artistry of collage or the beat of a good piece of mash-up music, I just have an affinity for grabbing disparate pieces and forging them into a unique new whole, and that’s what I attempt to do when working on a big comic project like “I Thought It Would Be Zombies…” There is still plenty more on my inspirational and research “to do list.” Car shows to attend, museums and botanical gardens to tour, locations to scout and photograph for reference… Whenever tackling a creative project, I sincerely advise taking the time to visualize the world and bring it to life for yourself, in whatever way that means for you.
If these hints at the story seem like cryptic bits and pieces, good! I don’t want to give it all away! Just a taste of some of the flavor. If this piques your interest and makes you wonder, “How does all that stuff fit together?” you’ll just have to read the comic to find out! Fortunately there’s ample opportunity to easily snag a copy for yourself before its release, because…
This is the 2nd Fundition campaign update for the “I Thought It Would Be Zombies…” Comic Book; Fund the Apocalyptic 1st Issue! crowdfunding initiative! These regular updates aim to provide a look behind the scenes of the making of the comic, news and developments on the funding and production, and updates and thank yous to the supporters and followers! All votes on these posts add to the Fundition campaign tallies which can net you some sweet rewards!
As of this posting, we’re cruising right along toward our goal! Maybe you think I’m being sarcastic as the campaign is about 1% complete to it’s first funding goal… but I’m being serious! This is a very long term funding campaign, a marathon not a sprint. I still have an immense amount of work to do on issue #1 before publication, so I’m in no hurry to fill the bank… but that being said, please feel free to fill the bank! There are a couple stretch goals detailed at the campaign that could be really special and help to promote “I Thought It Would Be Zombies…”, Steem, and Fundition even more fully.
Here are our first supporters to achieve reward tiers!
B-Class Flare Tier
@la-fumettista stands alone at this level and is already sure to receive both a digital and printed copy of issue #1!
A-Class Flare Tier
@preparedwombat and @kommienezuspadt have already guaranteed themselves a free digital edition!
Plus, as I detailed the policy in my first campaign update, contributions accruing from voting entities such as @steempress-io and @fundition itself are already guaranteeing donations of comics and original art will be made to charities like the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the Hero Initiative.
These calculations and values can change rapidly as the value of the underlying Steem being held fluctuates. But that actually gives amazing possibilities as I see a bright future ahead! Even if your votes and donations are small now, they could grow to much greater amounts by the end of the campaign. Every vote counts and I appreciate the support so much!
In a few days time, expect the next behind the scenes look at “I Thought It Would Be Zombies…” coupled with another round of campaign updates! Edition #3 will most likely take a first glimpse at the writing process. Please, if there is any content that really strikes you, questions you have, or things you want to see more of… leave a comment about it! I’d love to make this process more interactive, and tailor it to what you want to see. But I’ll do my best not to spoil everything… I still want you excited to read the comic!