2014
05.10

Chapter 5 is now up!

Poster-Chapter-05

The recent series of spring bank holidays here in the UK have provided a great opportunity to get some real work done. The editing process has also gotten a lot easier since the pilot chapters, which needed many more passes and still didn’t end up in a state I was particularly happy with. Hopefully that’s practise paying off.

This chapter has had some of it’s own unique challenges. I’ve steered away from displaying any explicit nudity so far and whilst I’ve continued that approach here, there is one scene that manages to hit several taboos at once. After consideration I decided not to omit it as it’s relevant backstory, but I hope it doesn’t cause any offense.

There’s also a character roster on page zero, to help match names to recurring characters.

I know that the readership of this comic is in single figures, but I’m not too concerned yet as a) I hate self-promotion b) I’m scared of exposure and c) I’m enjoying the creative process plenty as it is. :) I am however grateful to anyone who is sufficiently interested to come back and read a new chapter after these long periods of silence.

On to Chapter 6!

2014
03.10

I’m currently working my way through chapter 5, page 10 of 14, which is not bad progress over a two and a half month period. Work and my private life are both quiet, which is freeing up more time and energy for drawing.

In terms of content, it’s nice to be getting now into some serious character background and to start explaining some of the situation present at the start of the story. Plus I get to work with a wider palette and some alternative wardrobes whilst the crew are in civvies, which is fun.

I know that the pace of updates here is slow and that I’ve made no effort to build an audience for this endeavour. I’m blindly focused on doing what I enjoy most, which is drawing, and ignoring everything else. I’ll keep going like this for a while, until I’m forced to change my ways (as usual!) For now the RSS feed is probably the best way to keep alerted of any updates. Please rest assured that even if things are quiet here, I certainly have no plans to quit.

Thanks for reading!

Mark

2013
12.22

Chapter 4 is up here. It’s a fairly quiet and functional chapter that acts as bridge to the next couple, which will be more character-focused.

I spent an extra week tidying up bad panels and tricky dialogue. It’s not easy letting go when there’s still more that could be done, but I’ve got to try and stay on schedule!

Over the Christmas break I’m hoping to find time to finish the 3D sets for Chapter 5 and maybe apply some tweaks to the pilot chapters.

I hope everyone has a happy new year. Here’s looking forward to 2014.

-Mark

2013
11.21

I’ve just finished the first pass over Chapter 4 and it’s been going well, despite a 2 week break while I was moving home. The second and third passes will help to tidy up the art, dialogue and flow, and the next chapter will be ready for release by mid-December.

I hope the chapter release schedule is going to work out. I gather it’s not such a common practise for online comics but the cost of a weekly release schedule would be lower quality, more stress and some annoying hiatuses while real life intervenes.

My thanks to everyone who’s visited so far. I hope you’ll stick around! The site has had some recent trouble with spam bots and there may be some disruption to the comments system whilst I try out some alternate settings and plugins to keep the damn things out.

- Mark

2013
09.12

Hello and welcome to the pilot release of The Space Between! You can start reading here.

This release contains the first 3 chapters of a longer story. The Space Between is an ongoing, online, free graphic novel, set in a distant future where mankind has colonised an empty galaxy and human affairs are regulated from above by the authoritarian Mission. The story follows the officers of a Fleet Service asset, tasked with protecting the stated aims of the Mission as they struggle to reconcile their orders and beliefs with the reality of the world closing in around them.

The aim is to deliver a hefty dose of science fiction and character drama, seasoned with a dash of political intrigue, conflict, disaster, betrayal and commentary on the good old human condition.

I realise this project will be an acquired taste. It’s a niche genre and the art and the writing sometimes fall short of what they need to be. But every so often I think it manages to hit the mark and I’m excited about the prospect of delivering more. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen and read so far, please drop a comment and let me know your thoughts. Constructive feedback and advice is also most welcome, as this is the first webcomic I’ve worked on. If there’s an audience, there’s a lot more of this waiting to be drawn, with a new chapter to be released every 5-6 months.

Thanks!

– Mark