DECONSTRUCTED Comic

Coming soon DECONSTRUCTED is a part thriller, part action comic, set in the near future. It follows the struggles of Sophie, the new assistant mechanic aboard the Evangeline.

'When The Machine Breaks Down...'

DECONSTRUCTED Comic is created by Den Patrick & Chris Christison ©.

Monday, 20 September 2010

DECONSTRUCTED – Influences

When I started out with DECONSTRUCTED I literally just had the single image of a girl trying to fix her crawler in vast, bleak, snowy wastes. It was one of those steep angled shots that film directors are so enamoured with, and so am I it would seem. DECONSTRUCTED is definitely indebted to a few films and comics, and I’d like to take the time to mention them here:

Alien (1979) is exactly the sort of film I mentioned in the previous post about influences (find it HERE). Heartless corporation? Check. Grumbling, bored employees? Check. Pre-CG effects and lovely chunky models? Oh, yeah.

Plenty has been said about Giger’s phallic-headed super-beast, but what really interested me about Alien, with relation to DECONSTRUCTED, was the dynamic between the crew. Space is an incredibly hostile environment, and each of the crew is placing their safety in the hands of everyone else. Now imagine if someone on the crew is new, and you’ve never shipped out with them – the pressure and possibility for paranoia are huge.

The film also features hierarchy and procedure – never more so during Ripley’s frosty conversation about quarantine with Ash, the science officer. As the crewmembers start dying, people begin to come apart at the seams and struggle to act efficiently.

A large turning point of the story (if you haven’t seen Alien you should stop reading now!) is when Ripley finds out the crew are expendable and discovers the company’s primary objective is the live capture of the creature. It’s exactly that ‘at all costs’ mentality I wanted to apply to the crew of The Evangeline in DECONSTRUCTED. Indeed, in the first draft of the comic the body count was almost total. You’re just going to have to wait and see who survived in the subsequent drafts.

1 comment:

  1. Gigers original design for the Alien egg had a very clear and obvious vagina on the top. One was made by the prop department. The studio freaked a little so he suggested an x shaped vagina which the studio was fine with!

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