Behind-the-Scenes, part two
there’s a type of weird fantasy story i enjoy reading that has its roots in pulp fiction. it’s called planetary romance.
the basic premise of these stories is that the protagonist is thrust into a strange world, and they have to figure out what to do. they explore and investigate, thinking, “how does every one relate to each other? how do i relate to every one?”
one of my favorite authors of these types of stories is leigh brackett. i love the sensations i get when i’m immersed in her stories: anguish and mystery, surprise and delirium, revelation and transcendence. her imagery is surreal and sensuous, it puts me in a trance.
i also like the early work of catherine lucille moore, who wrote pulp fiction under the name c.l. moore. she’s famous for creating the first female hero of a sword and sorcery story. i love the intensity of her characters’ desires.
the graphic novel i’m drawing now is an homage to these stories, and i’m super happy with how it’s turning out. i think if i could go back in time to when i was a kid and i could show little me these comics, i would be completely blown away. and if i was told, “you will draw these comics some day when you grow up,” i would explode with joy.