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The first place I went to research The Firelight Isle was Anthropology, a discipline that previously I knew very little about, but that informs the writing of one of my old favourites (Ursula Le Guin, who I’m sure everyone who knows me is sick of hearing about), and one of my new favourites (Carla Speed McNeil, whose Finder series is one of the most original and absorbing pieces of comicbook storytelling that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read)! If there’s any company I’d love The Firelight Isle to share, they’re it, so it seemed like Anthropology was the place to start.

A bit of googling later and I found this podcast of a lecture series held at Berkeley on the History of Anthropological Thought by Rosemary Joyce. It took me around a month to get through all the sessions and make notes, and I can say my mind is properly blown! I haven’t had the chance to read any of the course material, but even without that context, it’s a lecture series so packed full of insight and knowledge that I feel like my way of seeing the world has both crystallised and been shoved spinning at the same time.

Hello all! This is a new blog to house information about The Firelight Isle, a new, full length graphic novel that I’m starting, intended for both the web and print. Currently it’s an independent project that I’ll be working on slowly in my time off, but I’m hoping to seek funding from various sources as I go to speed up the process and put as much quality into the art and writing as I possibly can!

More information about the story, creative process and funding will be up on the site within the next few weeks! For now, if you’re interested in hearing more, please subscribe to the Blog’s RSS Feed!

Here’s the first piece of finished artwork that I produced for the project as a taster! It was intended to be a sort of “design key”, with atmosphere, environment, character and theme all included. The two main characters are Anlil (with the loom) and Sen (with the spear):

I’m currently working very slowly on an idea for an original long form comicbook, and have been for good long time now! It’s fleshing out piece by piece, but the going is tough since this is completely new ground. I’ve written in a totally amateur capacity for most of my life so I’ve got plenty of half-baked theories about constructing narrative and writing characters, but it’s with comicbooks that I’ve had my most substantial professional experience… and the only comicbooks I’ve ever written have been very short. The hardest part beyond letting the characters do their thing and keep their breathing space in the plot has been tackling the portrayal of an invented culture. I’ve been pursued by the nagging feeling that there’s lots I’m not thinking about and even more that I’m taking for granted.

So, and for some perverse reason I find this really exciting, I decided to do some research! The first place I went was Anthropology, a discipline that a month or so ago I knew next to nothing about, but that informs the writing of one of my old favourites (Ursula Le Guin, who I’m sure everyone who knows me is sick of hearing about), and one of my new favourites (Carla Speed McNeil, whose Finder series is one of the most original and absorbing pieces of comicbook storytelling that I’ve ever had the pleasure to read)!

A bit of googling later and I found this podcast of a lecture series held at Berkeley on the History of Anthropological Thought by Rosemary Joyce. I’ve literally just finished listening to the last lecture, I can say my mind is properly blown! I haven’t had the chance to read any of the course material, but even without that context, it’s a lecture series so packed full of insight and knowledge that I feel like my way of seeing the world has both crystallised and been shoved spinning at the same time.