The Intergalactic Adventures of Zakk Ridley
If my memory serves me correctly it was back in 2006 that I began working on the sci fi comic book that is now Zakk Ridley. Lots has changed since then, the titular hero is on his third name and the project has been developed with a number of different artists along the way (I’m thinking it’s seven by now).
Ian Sharman and I met on the Visionary Comics Studio forums that year, and he approached me to take his plot and turn it into a mini series. I think it was the second mini series I ever wrote (after my own space opera Viva Las Venus), and the first time I’d ever worked from someone else’s plot. My writing was a little rough around the edges and was perhaps a little decompressed, but I had good ideas about structure and foreshadowing that enhanced what Ian had already put to paper.
When the book was first picked up by Markosia I remember Tony Lee, who was mentoring us both at the time, saying it was the best thing either of us had worked on. Fast forward just over 6 years (that’s scary in itself) the book is finally taking another step towards being published. Following the success of Alpha Gods and especially Hero 9-5, Ian was asked by Harry Markos, the Markosia publisher, to rewrite the story himself. I have the revised scripts in my inbox ready to compare and contrast. And there’s a new artist attached in the shape of Jim Rodgers. Here are some samples, you can expect the book to hit the stands in 2014 from Markosia.