Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Behind the Writing: 617, Part 1

How did we get here? It was a question that Brian asked while we were attending a screening for Roman Polanski’s “Weekend of a Champion.” It got me thinking. How did I here? Don’t worry, I’m not being selfish. If you’re interested in knowing how we got here, I need to tell our story first.

For those who haven’t been following The Illumi-Nerdi, we are a blog that helps break nerd stereotypes. Originally, we created the Nerdi to create a fanbase by discussing everything geeky and trick them by turning them into fans of our book. While creating our first book, Shepherd, we created a post entitled, “Behind the Writing”. Even though our book was unable to make it anywhere near final production, we did something that’s rarely been done before. We opened our creation process to the public. Even though we are amateurs, we wanted to do something that our fellow fanboys and nerds would love.

One cold night, I picked up Brian, and we drove to my house for Comic Con (My parents like to call our comic writing night comic con). Anyway, I mentioned my idea for a one-shot to Brian. Here’s the premise: A plane crash happens over a mountaintop. 99% of the issue is about survival as they trek across the forest and mountains in hopes of finding civilization. However, there is a twist.

Brian didn't like it as an one-shot, so the story was shelved. One week later, I was enjoying myself a very hard tasty Porkslap. Suddenly, my phone exploded with text messages. Right away I thought something happened. Did the Mets win a game? Did we sell the Illumi-Nerdi for one million dollars? So many questions went through my head. It turned out to be Brian. While I was out drinking, he was watering the seeds and hoeing my airplane crash concept.

One year and several months later, we are announcing the “Behind the Writing” of 617. Here’s the synopsis.

A plane collides with another in midair and the group of survivors crash into the Rocky Mountains. From there, it is something of a road story; the group trying to get back to society and what happens when they get back to “civilization” (it’s extremely crucial that "civilization" is in quotes). As they are attempting to trek down the mountain the group splits apart and comes across survivors from the other plane as well as many characters who know much more about their predicament then they are letting on. It’s sort of a mix of Y: The Last Man meets Christian and Norse mythologies. It is also (perhaps most importantly) a literal clash of Technology vs. Religion. You’ll see Valkyries, The Four Horsemen (who are evil/questionable historical figures you’ll certainly recognize who are attempting to earn their way back into God’s good graces,) Fenrir the Wolf, a few choice Angels and the good ol' Antichrist makes an appearance (who may not appear as you might typically think about the Anti-Christ). We blend a lot of different mythologies and attempt to find the answer to "Life, the Universe and Everything" (hint: it's not 42).

Cover teaser art by Jacob Eguren
For here on out, we plan to show to you the evolution of our cover, characters, and pages. After a very painful search, we found an awesome artist in Jacob Eguren. At this very moment, the cover is being colored and lettered. Hopefully by next week, the cover's final product will be unveiled for the internet. For now, here's a little tease. Enjoy!

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