I had written a (lesbian) short story called "Chess" (Schach) in my early twenties always thinking of transforming it into a comic one day. It didn't happen for the next 20 years! So when I heard about the sketchbookproject I was thrilled, because I liked the format, the idea of publishing something online without much organisation on my part and the fact, that I was given a deadline. At the same time I was scared, because I never tried to draw more than 6 panel comic strips and I can count those on two hands... And most of all, I was afraid I might not finish it off. I told myself, if my expectations are that low, they must be easy surpass...
In my first sketches a couple of years ago, I tried to create an Art Nouveau look, but now I decided against it, although I quite liked the idea. It just seemed too static and symmetric to "flow".
I also contemplated writing everything in English, but felt unsure, if I'd be able to find the right words. Which is why I ended up keeping it in my native language German. If you're interested in a translation, drop me a line! :-)
If you have ever been to my lovely hometown Aachen, you may recognize a few places in this comic. It features the park through which I went to kindergarten, a view on the house opposite of where I used to live, a photo shop where I bought my first SLR (and I hope the staff never see this, because they might draw the wrong conclusions - this is purely fictional!) as well as some well known touristy places like the "Domhof", "Hühnerdieb statue and Couven museum", "Spitzgässchen", "Spatzenbrunnen am Münsterplatz", "Bahkauv" and "Balduin-Turm am Dreiländereck".
I really enjoyed the process of creating my comic over the past ten months and I have documented the major steps in a blog: creationjourneyblog.wordpress.com.
Hope you enjoy the read!
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