Hey friends (I'm back for my sporradic dip into the AC!)!
A long long time ago, I was making a comic called Locust
and the art community here was a great sounding board for me. Locust was full of dumb highschool-isms and anime tropes (I started it when I was 16), and I really didn't have any coherent plan for the greater storyline or structure. I kept it going for a while into college, but eventually outgrew it and decided to move on to other things (like making video games
Now, almost 10 years later, my partner and I have decided to try and take another crack at Locust. She thought there was some interesting things with a few of the characters and world-building elements and somehow convinced me into rebooting it as a whole new project. Together we've been script writing, tinkering with concept art and are ready to start showing off some of the early designs and ideas.
So here we go!
Locust is a sci-fi story about a couple people trying to rebuild themselves from their troubled pasts, while trying to survive an equally troubling future. It's got music, rebellion, romance, political intrigue, and lasers!
The story takes place in the city of Akara, an ancient city from a long-lost empire. In the time before the comic, Akara was revitalized by entrepreneuring Syndicates who became rich and powerful from the ruin's advanced technologies. Recently, the Syndicates have been dethroned by the fanatical Catharians, outsiders who claim to be the rightful descendants of Akara's creators, and inheritors of it's treasures. Currently Akara is in a precarious state, as the newly "liberated" population has no interest in trading one dictatorship for another.
Aesthetically, we wanted to model Akara on a sort of "cyberpunk Babylon". It's a desert oasis city, lush with green gardens, and towering with ancient architecture from an advanced civilization. It's also a reclaimed city, blasted apart and rebuilt by countless people; crumbling statues defaced with corporate signage and ziggurates bristling with parasitic favelas.
This was a test building I did to try out some styles and technical processes. I made a quick 3d mockup in sketchup and used that as a base for the drawing. The majority of the environments in the comic will be constructed this way to save my sanity.
And I've got character pinups for most of the cast, minus a few of the lesser antagonists.Gabe:
A lonely wanderer with a mysterious past. Gabe is a Ferox , a race of nomadic desert warriors, but all he wants to do is make some new friends and eat some tasty food. He picked a bad time to visit Akara.
A synthetically engineered person, Lexi was tailor made to be a musician and performer for the Syndicates. Although she freed from her previous life by her master's downfall, new problems arise with the rising conflict with the Catharians. All she wants is to get out of Akara and finally see the world, but she's got responsibilities to uphold.
Lexi's secret stage persona, Cricket is an energetic icon for the rebellion against the Catharians. She's the rallying symbol of the Locust.
The cunning leader of the Locust rebellion and proprietor of their underground base at the Red Moon theater. Tory has plans for a reborn Akara, free from the tyranny of the Syndicates and the Catharians, and she'll go to any lengths to get it.
Tory's partner in crime, Kit is the chieftain of a Ferox mercenary company bringing the fight to the Catharians. With Akara freed, maybe his people can finally stop wandering the deserts.
A Catharian native to Akara (not those new wackjobs who took over the city!), Ben works as a blue collar stagehand at the Red Moon theater. Nothing's ever gone right for poor Ben, and the constant upheaval of Akara only makes him more cynical. Maybe the Catharians have the right idea after all?
: The last in line of her merchant family's shop, the new governance of the Catharians have been hell on business. Erin's a huge fan of Cricket's music, Lexi's childhood friend, and thinks that maybe the Locust actually can make for a better Akara after all.
Erin's brother who works as a bartender at the Red Moon theater, Roy's in way over his head with all this crazy rebellion stuff. His friend Ben is getting more dower than usual, and maybe it's time to hightail it outta town before things get real bad.
A veteran Catharian knight, Auric's only goal is to hunt his people's arch-nemesis, the Ferox. He's arrives in Akara to track down Kit and his clan, but his single minded tactics only make things worse for everybody.Director Pollus:
The beleaguered bureaucrat tasked with overseeing the Catharian occupation of Akara, Pollus is underfunded, undermanned, and underappreciated. He desperately tries to maintain control as the fires of rebellion ignite and even his own allies turn against him.
Blast from the Past!
Here' the original character lineup from way back in the day. With my partner's help, the fashion got way better...
Left to right: Gabe, Lexi, Erin, Roy, Ben
Finally, here's a few more pieces and sketches while trying out some designs and inking/colouring styles.
Thanks for checking it out! I'd love to hear any feedback or suggestions, as well as answer any questions I can.
I'll try to keep this thread alive with regular updates, hopefully something every day or two.