Happy fourth anniversary, Zunfa Comics! Well, for tomorrow, that is. Robert and I have been making this silly thing for four years, and every time that anniversary rolls around I’m reminded of how glad I am that we just started as we meant to go on, rather than doing the hated ”introduction strip.”
We wrote a comic highlighting one of the more questionable and discussable elements of Dune as a callback to that first strip, in which we did the same thing for another expansively detailed fictional world. We initially tried to write another Harry-Potter-themed one, but ran afoul of all original ideas having been discovered already.
I did, however, realise something about the first book. Remember how the Dursleys are on the run with Harry from the letters, and they eventually take a small boat to an island with a hut on it, and Hagrid comes and says “yer a wizard Harry,” right? Hagrid and Harry take the only boat when they go back to the mainland. They left the Dursleys stranded on the island. How did they get back? Did they swim? This is never mentioned or explained, and is hilarious to me.
Oh, yeah, I should probably mention why this comic is all in Lego. Irregular Webcomic! was (along with a few others) what made me want to make a webcomic in the first place, and what got me and Robert to start writing our very first (multitude of failed) comics back when we were teenagers. Getting to draw a strip that David Morgan-Mar wrote for us a few years back was a real highlight for me. So, with this in mind, let me attempt to dispense the type of useful advice that he offers in comic annotations frequently.
I think it’s important to mention that very few people who stick with making a piece of fiction actually stick with the first thing they try to stick with, and that’s okay. Robert and I came up with and planned out and even started drawing about half a dozen webcomics before we made Zunfa Comics, and Ephemeris certainly wasn’t our first novel. Creators are usually keen to leave these earlier things in the dust (often understandably), but in doing so, first-time writers/cartoonists/filmmakers/artists/etc don’t learn that they existed, and can become easily discouraged by their own early failures. Those failures are an important part of making your thing that doesn’t fail! Robert and I have talked a lot about how many of our failed ideas we mined in the creation of Ephemeris. Don’t be afraid to fail, just get out there and make stuff. Because as long as you’re making stuff, even if you decide to stop making your current thing, you’re not failing in the long run.