About the Story
|format: graphic novel|
length: 2 volumes (original go); 42 pages of new draft
when: 3/7/08-11/28/08 and 9/8/12-5/3/16
best part of the process: beautiful lines in the original
worst part of the process: out-of-control story
In a complicated world with vivid, beautiful images, the players of this story must struggle to find where they belong.
CommentaryThe story itself became a huge mess by the tragic conclusion of the second volume. However, this manga is the last I ever did (aside from tinkering with Redefining Evil) and it shows. The art, while still pencilled, is incredibly whimsical, with long sweeping lines and tiny details and elaborate scenery.
I took another shot at this story beginning in the summer of 2012. In the fall, I started a hand-inked and computer-colored rewrite of the manga after getting halfway through a novel adaptation and realizing that it was a terrible novel compared to its strengths as a graphic novel. I got 46 pages into the graphic novel and set it down in order to focus on the last semester of my undergraduate. When I picked it back up again, I realized it's not a style I want to work in
right now, as I prefer being very free and loose with my art. The completed pages can be found here.]
I did 12 more pages a few years later before I got married in 2017. At the point of a scene transition, I realized I kind of hated how complicated and over-the-top the whole story was, and knew if I wanted to continue working on it I would have to do some serious reworking of the story...which I didn't really want to. So, Cadence in its new form has and will always have, 42 beautiful colored pages and that's it.