Thursday, February 10, 2011
New comics work for the Virginia Historical Society
I spent most of this past fall working on another job with Bruce and Dixie Horntstein of Pyramid Studios. This was another museum job, this time for the Virginia Historical Society. It was for an exhibition commemorating the 150 year anniversary of the American Civil War. Even though our contribution was relatively small in relation to the overall size of the exhibit, it seemed quite large to me as I was working on it.
Our portion of the exhibit was designed to draw kids into the museum and hopefully spark their interest in the history of Virginia and the country. We were tasked with creating an 8 page, full color, interactive comic book. It consists of 4 stories, each one 2 pages in length. Each story is told from a different individuals perspective, both politically and geographically. They were designed so that by the end of the first page of each story the reader would be presented with a choice as to what would they do were they in that situation. At the bottom of the page there is a touch sensitive navigation bar where the reader would then be instructed to turn to the next page or return to the main menu.
Granted it's difficult to flesh out character, plot and story in the space of 2 pages but that was one of the challenges we were faced with.
Once again I had the luxury of working with asisstants who I'd like to give a shout out to. Lorna Yarberry laid in the the flat colors and then some on the "Invasion of Privacy" and "Vortex" stories. Noah Hornstein, Bruce and Dixie's son, did the same on "Spies Like Us" and "Chicken Run".
Here's the first story, "Invasion of Privacy", enjoy.