anomaly discrimination force

first published 2005 in The Gamer's Quarter, issue 1-3

When a group of plucky individuals announced that they were going to start a self-published game publication called The Gamer's Quarter, I asked if I could contribute a comic or story of some sort. They agreed and so I fleshed out an idea I was chewing on into a story.

Anomaly Discrimination Force: S^2 is about two officers, Viktor and Eyes, in a special police unit dedicating to eliminating strange occurrences and characters, the Anomalies, within Carrefour City. Tensions arise when Viktor realizes that his superhuman abilities are the signs of an anomaly, and he begins to question why the unit seeks out and eradicates anomalies with such prejudice.

The story was supposed to slowly reveal the history of the city while setting up the conflict between Eyes, who is a man lost in the past, and Viktor, an anomaly with no history but a burning hope for the future. Unfortunately, I bored myself with how slowly I was pacing it and I was annoyed at how badly I was handling the exposition. It's like I lost all the momentum of the first story and drowned myself trying to reveal all the cool backstory in the second chapter, only to end up completely washed up on shore. Maybe if I was to make the chapters longer, I'd be able to tell a better story at this kind of pace. Unfortunately, there was no way i could've worked on something longer than that at the time I drew the comic.

It's interesting because you can see the way I experimented and improved the way I toned the comics as the story goes. In the second chapter, I experimented with the way I inked the comics, particularly in crosshatching and abusing heavy contrast. Ideally, if I had enough time, I'd try to develop this style further to really get a sort of look that's uniquely mine.

The backstory for this comic is just too enormous. It's actually the direct sequel of an old webcomic-like story I made in high school centered around three kids that got sucked into a digital Sega world. I think only about five people ever read that story.