In the Footsteps of the Alien
We jam with Louie Joyce about his original comic creation Footsteps, which he launches as part of an anthology at Kinokuniya...
How did this project come about?
It was a story I had floating around my head for awhile. One day I did a sketch and thought ‘this is the character from that story!’ I also wanted to do an original story for the second issue of Mishmash, a collection of comics I’ve illustrated, which I’ll be launching at FCBD at Kinokuniya on the 2nd of May.
How long does it usually take to finish a project like this?
It changes from comic to comic really. I was working on this around other projects, so it came together over a month or so.
What were some of the inspirations for this comic?
I'd been listening to the soundtracks of old Final Fantasy games I used to play religiously (great music to draw to!) In these games you often spend hours just wandering around fantastical landscapes, encountering all kinds of creatures, so that probably provided the spark for this story.
How close is the final result to the original idea?
Normally my stories tend to change and evolve a bit as I’m creating the pages, but the story is very simple, so it pretty much made it through unchanged.
The comic has a cinematic look and feel, like a fully realised world with things we don’t see going on. How do you go about making that happen?
Well, for this one I did very little concept sketches to develop any of the world beforehand. My initial page roughs were incredibly basic, so when it came to creating the final artwork, I just let the world develop as I went. This isn't always how I work, but it turned out quite well for this one.
Are there any more stories in the works for this character?
Not at this stage, though I think I'd like to revisit this world down the line.
Were there any issues? If so how did you resolve them?
I knew I'd be releasing this digitally first and then in print for Mishmash #2 later, so I had to keep in mind both formats when it came to layout. I kept it simple so I could combine the strip into one big vertical canvas, and still maintain all the story beats and pacing.
What is your favourite part of this project?
Drawing those gnarly teeth on the monster!