Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hanny and the Voorwerp Comic

Kelly here.

So, in addition to the new fantasy series I'm writing for Ace, The Chronicles of Aral Kingslayer, I've been working on a project for Galaxy Zoo and the Hubble Space Telescope with my astronomer friend Dr. Pamela Gay and a number of other fantastic folks. The project is a comic illustrating an amazingly nifty discovery in astronomy called Hanny's Voorwerp. It's all kinds of cool: scientific, artistic, literary, collaborative, and really worth checking out. For the broad stroke details you can look below but I'll blog about the experience in some detail in the coming days as we get closer to the official launch.

Hanny's Voorwerp Painting

This past Monday, at about 8pm Central (GMT -4), a Voorwerpish webcomic was delivered to Sips Comics for printing. Tuesday morning we got the page proofs, and now, one by one, they are being made into full color reality.

We could say a lot of things right now: We could tell you about playing round robin with the script, digitally passing it from person to person under the guidance of Kelly, sometimes into the wee hours of the night. We could tell you about watching the art come to life; transforming from line drawings to fully rendered pages in the hand of our artists Elea and Chris. We could tell you how many pencil tips were broken, and how many digital files grew so big our computers crawled.

We could talk a lot, but instead, let us invite you to join us for the World Premier and share with you a few images.

You're Invited to a World Premier

Come meet the artists, hear a brief talk by Bill, and generally revel in the Voorwerp's awesomeness.

And come dressed as a Voorwerp for a chance to win a prize for best costume!

See you in Atlanta?

Pamela, Hanny, Bill, Kelly, Elea and Chris


Oh, and let me also give a big old thank you to CONvergence for hosting the Hanny and the Voorwerp workshop this past July where much of the initial writing for this project happened.

1 comment:

Eleanor said...

Congratulations! I guess you pick up the round of coffee after Doug.