WOOOOOO THREAD NECRO
Fangs has been through a lot, including an annoyingly loooooooong hiatus while my illustrator and I fell out of touch with each other, but we’re back on and back in production.
A quick recap, for anyone who’s interested:
Fangs is a noir-themed Elite: Dangerous web comic by yours truly. Book 1 is a series of disconnected vignettes from the Elite: Dangerous universe, and it can be read in any order because there’s no continuity. Book 2, on the other hand, tells a single story with characters and a plot.
My goal with book 2 was to try to look at the different ways men and women approach loss, grief, and memory. The book is set up by this Zora Neale Hurston quote:
Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men. Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth.
I wanted to tell a story about two (hopefully) people who react in (hopefully) realistic ways to events, without falling back on (many) common scifi storytelling & character tropes. The main character isn’t a battle-hardened space marine with a dark past, or a plucky kung-fu hacker chick, or whatever. It’s just a story about two people in a mess.
Parts 1-5 of book 2 were published a couple of years ago, and although the ending has been written since pretty much the beginning, real life and other issues got in the way and the comic has been paused on a cliffhanger since 2017.
Those issues are all now resolved!
So, a link, if you want to jump in:
Fangs, Book 2
When you get to the end of part 5, make sure to click through for the finale teaser!
I hope you guys enjoy it, even folks who haven’t played Elite: Dangerous. I think there’s enough storytelling to obviate the need to be really familiar with the Elite world, but you might not understand a couple of the references (like to the Fuel Rats, an in-game playergroup that flies around refueling players who have gotten themselves stranded).