So my webcomic OSCURO has been live for a few months now. I have some twenty-something pages online — definitely not reflecting the number of weeks the site has been active. I promised myself I’d do a page a week, but I need to make concessions for actual paying work (not to mention a couple of projects I’m behind on).
OSCURO is a webcomic with one foot in horror and the other in fantasy. It tells the story of a little boy finding his way in the dark with nothing but a flashlight that he pulled off a skeleton, and that’s in the first page alone. Simply put, OSCURO is the story I do for myself. I know what’s going to happen and I know where the story is going, but I am as much a spectator as everyone else kind enough to visit the site.
A couple of years back, I played a video game called LIMBO — something I enjoyed immensely. It left such a mark on me that I knew I had to one day do a dark story starring a child wandering through a creepy landscape. I’m positive everyone who has played LIMBO can very easily detect the influence. That, paired with my love for Miyazaki and J.D. Salinger resulted in OSCURO. I of course realize I’m throwing around some giant names here, but all I’m doing is attempting to climb their titanic shoulders, hoping to see how far I can spit.
This comic is an exercise in discovery writing. While I know where I need the protagonist to end up, and why, the how of it partially remains a mystery to me. But it reveals itself to me, bit by bit. As a result, I have absolutely no idea how long it will take to tell the full story. I might fuck it up, and this whole thing might turn into a butt baby that I should never have bothered with, or it could be extremely rewarding and fulfilling — right now I’m simply enjoying the ride, and I’m thankful to everyone who has come along for it.
Read the webcomic on OscuroComic.tumblr.com