Nothing boosts a webcartoonist’s ego like opening up their email inbox and finding some wonderful reader has sent them fan art. And I’m no different – fan art is awesome! But I’m not posting today because I just received some new delicious fan art. I’m not even posting in a jaded or covert attempt to beg for fan art (although, y’know, I do love fan art). No, I just wanted to inform you that I’ve consolidated the previous fan art pages (including the 2009 Art Competition) into one glorious page. Please check it out and marvel at all the awesome art Magellan has inspired!
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!
OK, here’s something very unique and wonderful… a theme song for Force Magellan – written, composed and sung by Miguel Heatwole, a big fan of Magellan and a great friend of mine. Both he and I hold a soft spot for 1970’s Marvel animation, especially their intro songs and tunes and have long joked about having a theme song for Force Magellan were it a TV cartoon show. One day, out of the blue, Miguel presented me with just that – a Force Magellan theme song! I’ve set up a special page for it and have also added some new accompanying art – a picture of Magnus Magellan, the super hero who lends his name to the comic despite having been deceased for three decades. Please check it out…
Sorry if you’ve been having trouble getting through for the last day or so – there was some kind of technical shenanigans and my web host went and changed the IP of the server leading to all the DNS propagation issues that usually ensue as a result of that course of action. It’s taken until more or less now before I could get back into the site myself but I gather it happened sooner for others. Remember the forum is a good way to keep informed of problems of that nature. I suppose if I was more hip I’d use Twitter or something else instead.
Phew! I never thought I’d see the day, but here it is – Magellan Cast. Thanks to everyone who gave me feedback and corrections. I’m still open for fixes so if you see any mistakes, please let me know – no doubt I’ll keep tinkering with it anyway. This page supersedes all previous attempts, especially with stats and info. It’s extensive with just about every character included, but I fully acknowledge that the listings are very shallow… there could be a lot more info, especially pertaining to some of the key characters such as Kaycee, Charisma, Brelvis, Go!Anna, Wombat-Man etc. Those stats will be forthcoming at some stage, but I’m not sure when exactly… most likely I’ll do it character at a time, starting with those that there is already material written for.
For the moment though I’d like to look at creating a species page, Magellan Island schematic, more history, short character origins, etc. Stay tuned!