Here’s another early version of Second Quest that bears little similarity to today’s nearly-finished graphic novel.
As the fiction expanded, we moved into more traditional comic forms. In this flashback sequence, we began to imagine what it would feel like to live your whole life in a floating city. How would it shape your sense of the world? What theories and desires might develop in such isolation?
The earliest version of Second Quest was this three-part vertical composition, similar in length to an episode of David’s webcomic, A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible. It was meant to further critique the series by imagining Zelda’s perspective as she was inducted into the ‘cult’ of the Goddess, descending from Sky to Ground to Underground. At this point, it was more illustrated poem than comic.
I painted this variant cover for issue 7 of the fantastical Ryan North’s Midas Flesh comic book! Something bad is happening to King Midas, that’s why his face is like that.
David created this landscape in response to my essay, inviting viewers to ‘travel by eyeball’. His image suggested just the sort of open, evocative world missing from recent Zeldas, the kind we were both dying to explore.
In the coming weeks, David and I will be sharing some of the early ideas and concept art for Second Quest. First up, the essay that brought us together. When I published “Saving Zelda” in February of 2012, I had no idea whether anyone else felt the same way. Many did, though, and David reaching out to me afterwards is what started our collaboration.