I thought I should bring the site up to date with where we are.
David has also started work on second story Baby Jays: Destiny’s Plaza. We’ve seen the pencils of one of the pages already and I think David has surpassed his work on the previous strip, which I didn’t think possible!
Again, this is for Jarjaz. Destiny’s Plaza is a much bigger story than Jimmee’s. Jimmee’s is six pages, but Destiny’s Plaza is eighteen. Although this gave us much more scope it also means that we’ll occupy a fair bit of one issue of Jarjaz, so when they’ll have a gap for a story that size I don’t know. It many mean hoping for issue 19 might be wishful thinking.
As you not doubt noticed both stories come under the Baby Jays banner. This is something Richard and I came up with when thinking about Mega City One and what it would be like to live there. We decided that life as a citizen is not very pleasant, so we started to wonder if life would be better as a run-of-the-mill Judge.
Young Judges seemed to have the same life expectancy as the red-shirted, unnamed character in Star Trek TOS who accompanies Kirk anywhere, i.e. no longer than the next scene!
So that set us down the path of investigating life as a new Judge, a “Baby J”.
Jimmee’s introduces us to two youngsters: Ricardo and Brookes. Both have been on the streets just a matter of weeks.
In Destiny’s Plaza two others join the story: Oldby and Kline.
We have ideas for a third Baby Jays story – assuming any of the four survive that far!
In the meantime we each plan to work on a couple of one-off stories.
Richard has a some great ideas that he’s hoping to target at Future Quake, but I can’t say too much: don’t want to give the endings away!
I’m working on a Tales of Mega City One that explores the “what’s it like to live there” theme from another perspective. I also have the start of an idea percolating away that I have high hopes, though currently it’s a bit high-concept and needs a bit of grounding. I’m hoping that Jarjaz will like both of these when I have something to show them.
Well, that’s where we are today. If Jarjaz or David post any previews, then we’ll make sure we highlight them here.