"What's the latest with that Gerald Bull Graphic Novel you've been working on?" you ask. Well to make the project more manageable, I've split it up into two volumes - Book 1 and Book 2. Book 1 will be released this Spring at TCAF (the Toronto Comic Arts Festival)!
"From Earth to Babylon" is a historical comic-strip biography based on the life of Gerald Bull - considered to be one of the most brilliant scientists of the twentieth century – whose work affected
the course of two modern wars.
Bull’s research led him across the globe, from Canada, to the Pentagon in the US, to Barbados, South Africa and Iraq – where he developed the “Supergun” for Saddam Hussein, and ultimately to
Brussels, where he was assassinated in 1990.
Much like a John LeCarre story of drama, intrigue and international politics, theories still abound as to who was responsible – ranging from Iran, the CIA, the Israeli Mossad, to the Iraqis themselves. Though his family is still searching, his assassin has never been found and the case remains open in Belgium.
History of the Project
Since moving back to London, Ontario 4 years ago, I've gone from freelance work, to contract work 3 days/week, then 4 days/week and now I'm back at full time employment (as the Digital Marketing Manager for Trojan Technologies).
Work on the graphic novel does continue apace though. My enthusiasm has not waned. The research component of the project which was quite heavy was done awhile ago, the story is written and I'm on page 61, with completed pages piling up.
Here's a completed page finished that I'm quite pleased with from Chapter 2 (initially I wasn't drawing the chapters in order but now I am). The page is of Bull as a young man walking across the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City which he did quite often while he was working at CARDE (the Canadian Armament Research and Development Establishment).
|From Earth to Babylon, Chapter 2, page 31|
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