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27th Mar 2018, 1:23 AM
One of the first things established in Cryptida is that Professor Liddenbrock is 'distantly related' to one of the heroes of
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
, Otto liddenbrock - which is where the lightbulb moment for this story came from. If the Cryptida crew (and Explorers Inc.) were going to find a gift for their mentor, and go on a crazy / impractical adventure in the process, what better place to do both than the subterranean wonderland itself? It also gave me a chance to pack the panels with an entire managerie of prehistoric monsters, as I am compelled to do by my science-nerd training! However, one of the things that annoyed me about Jules Verne's original novel was that aside from a couple of archaic fish, the plesiosaur and icthyosaur, the herd of mastodons and their 'caveman' sheperd, all the other creatures mentioned were either a) hallucinated and / or imagined, or b) long-dead and reduced to heaps of bones. Talk about a cop-out, Verne! Needless to say, MY version of saknussemland is a thriving, riotous ecosystem rather than a echoing mausoleum.... it's just more interesting that way, frankly. The bizzarre flowering plant Kanny is enthusing about is a also a necessary invention of my part, as I needed a species truly unique to Subterranea for the gang to bring back with them - and make it significant to Liddenbrock by having it be described by his ancestor in the (also made-up) scientific journals of the journey. Ah, retcons, what would i do without you?
27th Mar 2018, 6:46 PM
Ah yes, as fellow science- (and specifically paleontology-)nerd I was eagerly anticipating to see this page in color!! :-D It makes me grinning from ear to ear!
And besides the color of course, your quite elaborate author comment is another delightful bonus here! :-)
(I always like to equate this to the director's commentary on a DVD.)
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