Myopia – Isolated In A World Of Technology

Richard Dent writes for Bleeding Cool:


Myopia_Cover_Inks_VMoyaMYOPIA is a science fiction comic book and graphic novel about a genetically altered man in a quest to save the earth from a world corrupted by complacency.

After spending many years writing poetry, I decided to write a story out of my comfort zone and in a genre that I loved (science fiction) but never thought I would be good at.  I initially wrote the story as a screenplay and while I was submitting it to screenwriting competitions I stumbled upon one with a grand prize of turning the winning screenplay into a graphic novel.  I knew that the story I wrote would make a great graphic novel and without hesitation I went on the hunt for an illustrator.  After searching high and low I finally found Anthony Spay. After he drew some sample pages I submitted them and the screenplay to a literary agent.  During this time the screenplay placed as a finalist in the Francis Ford Coppola Screenwriting Competition and the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. We sold the script and sample pages to a comic book publisher, and I went to work on writing my first graphic novel, which eventually wound up with the title "Myopia!"

Writing a comic book was strangely familiar and yet completely foreign to me.  I knew each frame or panel had to move the story forward as well as fit aesthetically on the page as a whole—this was something I did regularly with poetry–but unlike poetry each panel in a comic book has the unique potential for duplicity: an image or scene can either compliment or drastically contradict the more "character driving" dialogue. The process began to slow down the linear character driven structure of the screenplay, and I found myself thinking in layers.  I indulged—at times reducing a three-page scene from the screenplay down to one panel, and at other times taking a small scene from the script and expanding it into an entire page. I added resumes, letters and diary entries–even whole short stories—most of which just wound up being a decoration in the background, or curling up under a flame in a burning lab. It was glorious fun, incorporating the meditative roots of poetry, while adding layers to the pace and excitement of the original screenplay.  What I came up with was a much deeper understanding of the themes in "Myopia," not only about the isolation one can feel in a world connected by technology, but how this isolation, when left unchecked can lead to disasters of global proportions.

MyopiaCoverFinal_BW copyImagine the sense of ironic dread I felt when our publisher went out of business and I turned to Kickstarter to fund the completion of the book!  Here I was considering embarking on a social media campaign that went against the very moral "Myopia" intended to convey!  But this is why they call it "speculative" fiction—it might happen—because in reality I was greeted with overwhelming support when I decided to run a Kickstarter campaign: not only from already established writers such as Neil Gaiman and Margaret Atwood—writers by the way who inspired me to write a story like "Myopia"—but from complete strangers, who after hearing what I had to say, wished me nothing but success.  I hope that the Bleeding Cool community can join me in this journey and help the "Myopia" Kickstarter reach its final goal.  In fact, if we can raise $600.00 dollars by the end of the weekend, the Bleeding Cool community will get a shout out via Periscope from "Supernatural's" Ruth Connell (Rowena).  After you pledge, send me a note that you're from Bleeding Cool, and then go subscribe to Ruth's Periscope page.  If we make the money I'll send a message out via Kickstarter before we go live!

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.