Welcome, to all of you new backers! Thank you all for your generosity and interest in the project.
With just three days to go, "A Map in the Dirt" needs a mere $150---chump change for all you multi-millionaires out there :P Can you believe that we were at only 30% a month ago?! Crazy. A BIG thanks to my friend James and to Scott McCloud for turning me into a puddle of thankful tears for their incredible support.
Hopefully you don't think this too pretentious, but I thought I would share a little bit about how "Map" got started...
THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING
Something's been building in me for the last year and a half. Something that keeps me up at night and searching during the day. I wanted to put that passion and conviction into a story and I wanted to take all the time that the project needed to write and draw it out.
Going through some of my old sketchbooks, I found bits and pieces of cave drawings, calligraphy, and line drawings and I started seeing connections in the artwork that I hadn't noticed before. There were also whole sketchbooks dealing with food (like the histories of potatoes and asparagus) and of portraits. I decided that I wanted to make an ode to the animals we share this earth with and I decided that the best way to tell a generic story about how we should care for each other and share the beauties that each of us have was through a specific story.
Below are a few of the first pages of ideas, exploring what the story needed and what it would look like. It's strange how a picture can look a certain way in your mind and how a quick sketch can give people a different idea of what the story looks like. Does that make sense? I knew what the drawings and page layouts would look like before I even started, but if someone had just seen the sketches, they would have gotten a different idea of what I was after. That's the power of an image and how changing it, even slightly, can change it's meaning.