Hi! You have been reading Closed Galaxy. Unlike the original Comics from Space!, this is a somewhat serious, ongoing story. I’ve never made anything like this before, and I’m kind of teaching myself as I go. It’s been really strange figuring out how to write for this, and I’m the first to admit I’m not the best comics colorist, but I’m learning. I think I’m improving with every page, and I’m having a good time. I hope you’ll stick with me for awhile.
Basically, this is me addressing… Ya know, things seem pretty bad out there in the world. It’s pretty easy to imagine a terrible, dystopian future from here. The kind of cliche, hopeless, gray reality that has been done to death in so many sci fi things. And my reaction to that seems to be trying to imagine a future where it all works out. Where humanity finally gets it together and stops trying to destroy each other and really starts to try to realize their potential. This strip will have conflict, these characters will face challenges and struggle, but… in a general sense, this is a future where we get it right. We solve disease, we solve social inequality, we solve the environment, we solve sustainable energy, we learn to actually like each other and live together, and we enter an era of prosperity. What would that be like? I’ve spent the last six months giving it a lot of thought. And, you know, also thinking about what happens when you drop a city onto a planet you didn’t really investigate first…
This is the tricky part. Writing, drawing, coloring and lettering comics all by yourself takes time. And when you’ve already got a full-time job, time is in short supply. The ultimate downfall of the original Comics From Space! was I felt that I had set a schedule and I had to maintain it. You came here expecting a comic Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and I had to have one (If you were reading, that is, and lemme tell you, if you were, I love you). This lead to me sometimes posting comics I didn’t actually think were funny, or that I didn’t think were drawn very well, just to make my deadline. I want Closed Galaxy to be the best comic I can possibly produce, so I’m not going to set a schedule this time. In a perfect world, I’d put up a page a week. This isn’t a perfect world, as you may have noticed, so I’ll be putting up a page when I can. I’m a little ahead so I can guarantee a few timely updates, but after that I’m just doing my best. I hope you’ll be patient with me. So, let’s say comics should be posted on Mondays. If there’s not a new page Monday morning, I’m still in the lab. I’ll announce new posts on all the social media stuff listed in the side bar, so follow one of those if you’d like to stay in the loop.
I’m pretty serious about this. I’ve done tons of character sketches, clothing designs, vehicle designs and architecture. I’ve built a whole crude city in SketchUp, and have been slowly replacing that with detailed buildings as I need them. There’s a backstory, there’s rules and details for future society. The characters have secrets and pasts, families, and a big, mysterious world to learn about. I’m excited to get into it. I hope you like what I come up with.
Hey, thanks for reading all this. I’ll see you back here next week.