August 30, 2017

A look inside Grasspeople Comic Book series

Grasspeople is a story I wrote back in 1997. I started drawing the main characters, and story boarded the pages for the book. About a year later, I finished most of the rough drawing during the layout of the book. Life and work have many distractions so this project ended up on the shelf along with Prisoner of the Mind. At that time, I was working in the animation industry which took up most of my time. Rediscovering this story a few years ago in a box of forgotten things was a pleasant surprise, it revived my energy in the idea and I knew I had to finish it.

The story itself is not a new idea, there are countless stories about a book, there are countless stories about a boy coming of age, but this one is about the people that care for a book about their own history which time has forgotten.

Grasspeople is inspired by nature. At first glance at the photo above what do you see?

Look deeper, what do you see? I am certain that their is a myriad of creatures and an entire ecosystem that lives beneath these plants. These questions intrigued me because we are so self absorbed with our influences and our own human dynamics that we sometime forget about the small things in life. Their are little details and little lives that are all around us if we just look closer.

Can't you just see a little creature come out from under the brush above and stare at you. "Why are you looking at me that way?" he asks. All of these little details are essential to Grasspeople, it is their whole world, it is their own influence and their self absorbed dynamic. They are striving to do the same thing you and I do. Live!

Who lives in the shadows and these dark secret places? Are they just trying to survive too or do they have a more sinister plan in mind. Grasspeople is about mystery, survival and the quest to find out who you really are and what you are made of. Everything your parents taught you comes down to this. Did they give you good advice? Can you live by it? or will it put your life in jeopardy because you made the wrong choice. This is part of the adventure.

Monk is the son of an alchemist and the archivist of his people’s history. On his thirteenth birthday following the tradition of his people, Monk sets off on an inner journey to find himself on the way to becoming a man. Along his spiritual odyssey, he discovers his worst nightmares that challenge his inner strength and a life of learning. Using the knowledge of his people that was passed down through generations, he begins to find out who he really is, but at great personal sacrifice.

The Grasspeople story arc is roughly 5 books, but who knows where this will take me. Let's start the journey together today.

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