Over the past week or so my artist friend Rosie Alexander (https://www.rosielah.com/) and myself have been working on our most recent artistic collaboration together. A webcomic called Carpe Noctem. The comic – currently found hosted on Rosie’s website – is our first foray together into the world of webcomics. Though, it is not my own foray into webcomics entirely – in high school I created and ran the unironically named webcomic Badly Drawn Penguins that lasted about 9 months when I made it just over TEN YEARS AGO.
Carpe Noctem is one of those projects one hopes will run for a sizable amount of time. With reigned in artistic restraint and the initial demand for only around three panels a week, Carpe Noctem strives to be a webcomic that we can both handle – myself on writing duty, Rosie on artistic.
It came about over a Starbucks in the light of another professional failure. Forever caught in the trap of being an unemployed as a writer/graduate who works essentially in retail, it’s not hard to lose sight of the dream when seduced by the ideas of progression and money in the field parallel to where you want to be. As a trained screenwriter living in a world of rejection all over the place, it’s not hard to think of a quote I will paraphrase of which I’ve forgotten the source: “There are two kinds of film student. The one that talks about making films, and the one that makes films.”
Life and those I come across lead to too many of the former and not enough of the latter. Until I get back on the horse and summon an army of the latter to Make More Things, it’s good that there is a place and a project where the similar-minded can support one another to Make Something.
Which is what leads Rosie and myself to working on Carpe Noctem. Much like how we want to seize the day more with our work (Carpe Diem), our webcomic is based in a late-night coffeehouse where our characters can seize the night. Carpe Noctem.
Our goal is to continually be working towards something in our fields. This way I have no excuse to continually write scripts and develop characters, and Rosie has no excuse to churn out a solid interpretation of the scripts I deliver. It’s a solid artistic symbiotic relationship that shall hopefully generate some fine webcomic work. To those who already work in comics or to those outside of the entire process this may or may not sound like much, but it makes all the difference having someone supporting the other in artistic fields, especially with the procrastination curse of the writer or the artist block of the artist. Real life happens, so it’s good to have a fellow creative ready to drop some science on you.
The first page of Carpe Noctem – which you can find now – is the beginning of our thesis statement. We have two of our major cast of six introduced right off the bat. We have Donnie and we have Cameron. Donnie is our unlucky in love and self-deprecating wannabe stand-up comedian, and Cameron is our light-hearted and friendly bookstore worker and violinist. Together they are good friends, and all their problems can be solved with a cup of coffee at the titular Carpe Noctem – where we’ll soon meet the rest of the cast and learn more of the world.
Carpe Noctem shall be quite the ride. Quite the adventure. It’s the work of a writer and artist who both know they can be elsewhere and doing more than what life if currently handing them, and together as creatives they shall stop talking about it all and instead start making it all.
Please come join us for a cuppa.