March 7th marks the seventh anniversary for Magellan – YAY! I loaded page 1.01 to Comic Genesis on that day in 2004. I had a bit of an idea what I was getting myself in for and had spent a number of months doing sketches, developing characters, writing the Wannabe chapter outine and drafting/storyboarding most of the first chapter. I started at one page a week just to get it established and then pushed up to twice weekly. It was around that time that Magellan was aked to join Graphic Smash – the best and worst thing that could have happened. Best, becasue there was a fair bit of prestige attached (in some quarters) to being on Graphic Smash and it greatly increased the profile and awareness of the comic; worst, because being on a prestige site doesn’t matter for much if most of the content is behind a subscription wall and only a small number of people are ever going to read the comic in total (thereby becoming fans and spreading the word). There were other benefits (including meeting lots of other awesome artists) but by and large it took a while for Magellan to recover from that phase. Anyway, we’ve struck out on our own now and I want to focus on the positives instead – so… Happy Anniversary Magellan! Here’s to many more.
After seven years Kaycee and friends are still in their first year at the Academy but I do want to move them forward after this current chapter (I probably really should have set Worst Field Trip Ever in their second year but it’s too late for that now). There are a few other Magellan related features and projects (in addition to Crossoverkill) that I’ll be rolling out over the coming months – more news soon. Later this week I’ll upload some old sketches from my very early Magellan doodlings – so stay tuned!