Most of my readers know I have had a goal of adding a comic/anime strip for my blog for some time now. Monday, I had a great idea pop into my head, I have been attached to my desk, ignoring texts, emails, chats for a few days now while I’ve been writing up character profiles, plot timelines and sketching characters and backgrounds.
Most of my closest friends noticed this and have been asking ‘why are you being so quiet?’. Yes, it’s quiet unusual. I must be plotting to take over the world.
I have an idea, it’s time consuming, mum pops her head into my study asking if I’m coming down for dinner, to spend time with my dog. I have no interest in these activities, I’m consumed by my idea, and the thoughts are rushing from my brain through my hand and onto paper.
I’m as guilty as anyone. I’ve tried lots of different things over the years, trying to complete personal goals, mostly to do with my artwork. I want to make an awe inspiring anime, nothing seemed good enough. After one false start too many, I was beginning to just gave up on the idea.
Monday evening, Sitting at my desk chatting online, feeling a bit burned out by work and life in general, I just started drawing on a post-it note for no reason. I didn’t really need a reason. I just did it because it was there, because it amused me in a kind of random way. I sketched a castle on a mountain above a forest on this post-it, titling it Phoenix City after my love affair with Fenghuang (translated to Phoenix Town) in China. Then it all came to me, settings, plot, characters of what was going to be one of my greatest life achievements.
An so, with a working title of “The Empire of Star“, I am at the beginnings, and nowhere close to a foreseeable end of my dreams of creating a graphic novel.
“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.”