Hi everyone, welcome to the soft launch of my newest comic, Void Domain eM, or VDM for short. There’s a few things I wanted to cover with this post. Mainly, what the comic’s about, who I am, and what exactly is going on here on voiddomainem.com.
Okay, so quickly, what is Void Domain eM. VDM is a science fiction webcomic that’ll eventually find it’s way to other platforms (Comixology, print maybe). Right now it updates every Tuesday. Each update will be a couple panels, or even rows of the comic, depending on how much I get done that week. The first panel went up on October 1st, 2013, so I’m treating that as the official start of the comic. Right now it’s in a soft launch phase. I’ll fully launch the comic in early 2014, after I get a few pages worth of material up on the site.
So what is VDM about exactly. Void Domain eM follows the exploits of the criminal duo known as the Midnight Empire on late 22nd century Mars, where the planet’s been fully terraformed and built up. The Midnight Empire are a couple of data thieves that specialize in acquiring information that can’t be easily obtained. Most of the comic takes place in the Martian city of Dresbin, a brimming metropolis being run by corrupt businesspeople and politicians, where cynicism, apathy, and diversion are the main tools the citizens use to forget about how generally bad mankind’s gotten. There’s going to be a lot of generally gray morality in the comic. VDM has been inspired greatly by cyberpunk, noir, 80s anime, and deco punk. I’m not going to classify it as any of those things though, because despite the seemingly bleak setting, the characters of VDM are rather upbeat.
That leaves us with who I am. My name is Stanley Kramer, and there’s the slightest sliver of a chance that you’ve heard of me. I’ve been working on art, especially comics, in my spare time for years. I worked on a webcomic named the Devil’s Gate from 2005-2008, which was slightly successful. In recent years, I worked on some indie video game projects with my friend Marie Barnes. In 2012 we published the barely functional Spy Babies Episode 1 and early this year we published the much smaller but marginally more functional game Neon Sphee. After spending too long planning I decided it was time to just start getting Void Domain eM out the door.
Now here we are, a couple of updates in and it actually feels like it’s getting easier to work on the comic. VDM is just one of the projects I’m trying to get off the ground, so I’m off to a good start. Here’s hoping the fall continues to go well, and we’ll see what the new year brings. 2014 should be a lot of fun.