|Written by: Maria Photinakis
Art by: Maria Photinakis
Price: $4.99“What’s most important is now I’m living my dream. I’ve finally done SOMETHING with my life. So everything is going to be okay.”How far would you go to pursue your dream? To what degree would you tolerate hardships to hang on to those dreams-and what’s the final breaking point that would force you to give up on them?
Cassie wants more than anything to live and work in space, and has ever since she was a little kid.
But once she’s in orbit in a decrepit, barely-functional spaceship, she soon realizes that the ship’s poor condition and amoral owner are putting both her life and her sanity at stake.
She has to make the decision: Her life, or her life’s dream?
It was a pleasure and an honor to welcome so many people into my studio this weekend for Somerville Open Studios 2014. So many of you came by to see what I’ve been up to, give me feedback and support. I am so bolstered by everyone’s encouragement and enthusiasm for what I’m doing in my little Comics Bunker at Mad Oyster Studios!
For everyone that came by and asked about my work: THANK YOU!
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Admittedly I was very nervous to participate in my very first Somerville Open Studios, but now that I’ve been through this amazing experience, I already can’t wait to do it again next year.
I’m just getting started — can’t wait to show you all what I’ve got in store!
If you’ve been following me on Twitter or Instagram the last few months (and you should!), you’d probably noticed that I’ve been working furiously on my new comic, Red Flag, which I will debut at MeCAF this spring. Here is the official description for Red Flag:
Red Flag is about the lengths we go to pursue our dreams and ambitions, the degree to which we’ll tolerate hardships to hang on to those dreams, and the breaking points that can force someone to give up on them. The hero of the story lives in the near-future wants more than anything to live and work in space. Once she’s in orbit in a decrepit and barely-functional spaceship, she slowly realizes that the condition of the ship and the violent tendencies of the ship owner are putting her life and sanity at stake. She has to make the decision—her life or her life’s dream?
I’m really excited about this project and can’t wait to share it with the world. For real-time updates on my work, please follow the hashtag #redflagcomic on Twitter and Instagram. In the meantime, here are some photos and thoughts on the process:
Here’s the hero of our story, Cassie, in a character design sketch, looking very concerned!
Some background characters as well. Randy by name, Randy by nature.
I thumbnail really really loose. Some people have their thumbnails as gospel for their actual layouts, they just enlarge their thumbnails and work off of that. I think I’d like to get to that point someday in my process, but for now it’s just me arranging main elements on the page and the flow of panels.
Here are almost all of the completed Red Flag pencil pages hanging up in my studio. I have them up on display just like magazines do for galley reviews — lets me get the bigger picture, find any issues with flow, and of course I go in there with my pencil and correct mistakes as I see them.
I finished my pencils last week and will be starting inking soon, so these pages will start to look a bit more interesting very soon. I’ve also started painting the cover design — I’m keeping that under wraps until it’s done, though. Want it to be a surprise!
Still – stay tuned.
… And since you got this far, here are two of my preliminary sketch cards that served as inspiration for this comic. I drew them back in October 2013 and have been using them as guideposts for this comic: