Hello friends! I wanted to take this opportunity to finally divulge on an ongoing project I've been working on since the spring...
I'm thrilled to officially announce that I'm currently in the development phase of my own webcomic, Pandora.
What, (or who) is Pandora you may ask. I present to you the official synopsis:
Cosplayer and geek by day, Skylar Madison moonlights as the mischievous supervillain Pandora. In possession of some wicked pyrokinesis, she’s out to cause chaos and destruction….or something like that. There’s just one problem: the local goody-two shoes Fissure is totally out to spoil her fun. Justice and Order- what a drag!
Emily dreams of becoming the world’s greatest defense lawyer. Unfortunately, Justice may be blind, but she has a nasty sense of humor. Gifted with unique powers, Emily finds herself under pressure -from the Mayor (her dad) and the city- to don the mantle of Fissure and defend the citizens of Valasca from ill, specifically from a wildly mischievous and power-crazed supervillain. Some days, Pandora is just more than she can bear!
While the two madly juggle their private lives and respective power complexes, a storm is brewing in Valasca, and the girls are going to need every ounce of super ability, all four alter egos, and a few snappy sidekicks to overcome it – and each other.
I am so incredibly privileged to be collaborating on this project with Two Cities Jess! I had the original concept for Pandora back in March, and it has been because of her brilliant mind that we have been able to create this vast and exciting world. We are so thrilled to be able to share it with you all!
Long story short, Pandora's inception was the combination of various inspirations coming together all at once. For my birthday this year, a friend gave me a little book called How to Be a Villain (check it out it's gold). I loved the book so much I was immediately inspired to create a story revolving around a mischievous supervillainess, her archenemies, and the consequences of their actions in their constant fight against each other.
Some weeks later I discovered Noelle Stevenson's Nimona (which happens to be one of the greatest comics I've ever read), and after Jess and I were completely hooked we were inspired to pursue our dream and create a comic. Combine all of these influences with my sudden vision of a green-haired supervillian playing rpgs and eating Chinese takeout, and we had the beginnings of Pandora.
The drawings you see here are just a small glimpse of months of visual development. We have a long way to go, but we actually have a lot completed as well! We hope that this labor of love will be as meaningful to you as it has been for us. Creating a comic has been a journey that I have always wanted to take, and while it is a tad frightening and overwhelming to begin with, I'm so happy to be taking it with Jess, my friends, and all of you.
There is plenty of work to be done still, but rest assured that I will be rolling out plenty of new developments in the coming weeks and months!
To be the first to hear about new developments on this project, follow us over on Tumblr. We will be frequently posting visual development and other updates as Pandora moves along. We hope to see you there!