Congrats on a great year of story-telling!
I really want to thank you guys for letting me try this new experiment: The encouragement has meant a lot. When I started drawing Drive, I gave myself permission to "fail spectacularly," as I had never done anything like this before. It was SciFi, it was long-form story-telling, it was a whole new layout and approach. But thankfully, it seems to be working so far...and the response that you've given it has been very encouraging. At Comic-Con, for example, the Drive book outsold all the other Sheldon books combined -- which I take as a great vote of confidence!
And since we're at the one-year mark, I thought it'd be fun to look at some Drive-related highlights from the year. Stuff like this awesome turnaround of the Machito, created by Robert Maxwell:
HERE for the 1920x1080-pixels image that can be cropped or resized to your pleasure.
Another amazing, amazing Drive featurette, produced by Dan Taubert, is really one of my personal highlights for the year. It just came out so slick...it gets *me* excited about Drive:
Dan also sent along this big, HD-version of the emperor's ship, La Invencible. Check out the much bigger image by CLICKING HERE.
(And if you'd like to see Dan's process for creating that visualization, you can check out his website here.)
A few months back, I put up a temporary Drive site so that folks could read the full archives in order. But we're makin' progress on the full Drive site. Here's a sneak peek of the work-in-progress:
Whoa, it seems like just a couple weeks ago you were starting it up. Thanks for making the year go by fast!
Dave, please forgive an old proofreader's reflexes, but two strips ago you mentioned that Nosh's grandfather was probably a maximum of 25 years old, and Grandpappy then notes that he remembers sitcoms from fifteen years before. Now we learn that he served under the Emperor before that gentleman became emperor. Hmm. Just how long has the current emperor held the job? Five years? Ten years?
The strip is great! Keep up the good work.
Veetans live (tops) around 25 years, but begin their grand "walk-abouts" around 3 or 4. So Nosh's grandfather has about 22 years of space travel behind him.
The current emperor, Fernando's uncle, and the one we've met in the strip, has only been in power for a few months.
The previous emperor, Fernando's grandfather, was the one the elder Veetan served under.
...does that help?