These were the pages that prompted Era of Great Wonders.
All I knew was that I wanted to draw giant monsters, but I couldn’t really think of any sort of story.
Page one started out as a gray scale mess, and while I always tell people to “never go back and fix your art,” I did go back and fix this when I was trying to talk John into doing the comic. (This was YEARS ago. I think it must have been around 2009?)
This was all done in photoshop, and the text is an art layer that I “wrote” in – meaning that when* I made a typo, it was impossibly difficult to fix.
This was about as far as the story went. I knew I wanted these two kids to be the first to see the meteor swarm, and for them (and the reader) to be able to look back and know that this was the last “normal” night of their lives, and that whatever fell from the sky wasn’t just rock and minerals, but was the start of the giant monster invasions.
…and then I didn’t know where to take it from there. I drew a few more sketches of giant monsters destroying a city, and then lost confidence in my ability to write this story.
I don’t suppose those giant monsters look familiar to anyone who’s read All the Growing Things?
And that’s it. I can’t even tell you what’s happening in the second to last panel. Maybe it’s building a web? I have no idea.
After John and I finished up The Vagus Street Rehabilitation Project, John wanted to take a break from horror and do something a little different. I don’t know if I consciously remembered Small World Giant Monster or even showed it to him, but at any rate, I told John I wanted to draw giant monsters, and he started working on Era.
* “when” not “if”