Phoenix Gray and The Cave of Forgotten Dreams (part 1) by Pierce Hargan
Phoenix Gray is the fastest comic I’ve ever completed. Written and drawn in two and a half weeks I was compelled to submit to kus!’s open call for issue #11. The theme; artventure. The hardest part was what to focus on. I had originally thought up a story about a man who ventures from painting to painting trying to find a treasure that had been stolen and sealed within a museum. However, with the short amount of time, I had only stumbled upon the anthology three weeks ago, I believed that story required color and knew I wouldn’t be able to complete it. So I came upon the idea of art as a reflection of oneself and the the difference between finding the importance of art in oneself rather than going along with what others believe. Overall I think the concept behind the story is better than the end result and I see a lot of problems with it. A lot ; many of the compositions are rushed and confusing, the lettering is atrocious, and I feel I need to work harder on my drawing skills. However, I needed to make this comic. I had just graduated college and needed something that could motivate me to continue making work on my own. And most importantly, that I could write and draw a comic in two weeks, no matter how bad it turned out.