Horsing Around After Work

Something my old buddy Rod might get a kick out of:

Nova Universe Logo 2010This was actually a logo I doodled up a couple of times back in the mid-to-late 80s, but never really formally designed. I didn’t really have graphic design chops in those days, though I was always messing around with logo designs.

This one was created for a comic book superhero universe that I created with the help of a couple of friends at various points. I found collaboration stimulating back then, and found that the ideas came pretty fast when I had someone else to bounce ideas off of.

As well, my art skills as a whole weren’t the greatest; I could certainly draw, but I was terribly slow and fussy and didn’t really enjoy redrawing things multiple times, (which is why I would have flunked out of animation if they’d taken me). As a consequence, I used to get like-minded artists to draw for me. I never really got to work with anyone I’d class ‘the artist of my dreams’, but I still found the experience very exciting.

Eventually, I put the comicbook universe away when I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to get my ideas polished up enough to go pro. A few years later, the market was flooded with stuff very similar to what I’d been doing anyway, so it was just as well. I wouldn’t have stood out nearly as much as I thought I might, and I’ve come to grips with the fact that I’m not quite as scary-brilliant as the likes of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis, so I’d probably have gotten stuck writing somebody else’s creations a lot (assuming I ever made it into the mainstream comics business), which I’m pretty sure would have worn me out in time.

In recent years, my buddy Rod has considered reviving some of that old comic stuff for an RPG manual we were discussing doing for the LINK Continuum, but in the end, we never got around to it. So this logo is probably the only piece of evidence on my computer that I ever had aspirations to write superhero comics.

Oh wait, no, that’s not true. I think I still have the Full Moon Memoires logo on here somewhere…Full-Moon-Memoires-008

Yeah, there it is. Mind you, that was actually for my planned adult graphic novel series (which I was going to publish in my own indie graphic novel magazine, The Sunday Afternoon Matinée), so it’s a bit more ‘serious’ than writing superheroes in tights, which is what Nova was all about. I actually haven’t given up on this idea.

Nova is something of an embarrasing relic, actually, but I’m in the mood to confess sins of the past. So there you go. I once perpetrated an epic superhero saga. Thankfully, it never saw the light of day. Don’t say I never did anything for you.

Don't be shy. Tell me what you really think, now.


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