7 Years Of Jagsters
I can’t quite believe it’s been four years since I started writing the graphic novel Jagsters. So much has happened in those four years, I had a beautiful little girl and a fantastic little boy, Covid shook the world, and in between all that I tried (at least half successfully) to keep my sanity through writing and developing this beast of a graphic novel. To say that mentally these years have been a walk in the park, would be lying, but as much as it has been taxing, it has also given me heaps of energy, good vibes and a weird sense of persistence to get it all done.
A life before Jagsters
Another wild realization was that the origin of Jagsters traces even further back. Bushwhacking through my old hard drives I’ve traced its origins to 2015, when I painted some rough concepts of Pearl, Dolores, Charles and Bradley. Back then I had no idea what kinds of trouble these characters were going to get themselves into, but subconsciously I could feel them, being alive in there, somewhere between the pixels. It was the first time I understood what writers meant when they said they just had to listen to their characters and write down what they were doing and saying. I could feel these people, and even without knowing exactly what kind of adventure they would get into, I knew how they clicked and that it was really just a matter of putting an obstacle in their way to get the ball rolling.
It’s hard to imagine my life before the graphic novel, or even Jagsters. I have very intimately lived with these characters for 7 years now and it’s hard to imagine a time when they weren’t there. My hope is that you, the reader, get to know these individuals as intimately as I do, and that they able to burgle and steal at least a tiny piece of your heart just as they did in mine.