Over the past few weeks, I’ve been working on an adaptation of my flash fiction story, “Alone.” I decided to take the basic elements and characters from that story and adapt them into a broader, potentially on-going, story in a comic book format.
My fascination with the art of comic book and graphic novel writing hasn’t been a secret here, so I was overjoyed to dive into this process.
“Holding South” takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where monsters threaten the survival of humans. At its center, however, it is the story of fifteen-year-old, Mae, recruited for the Guard because they’re in desperate need of bodies to defend the southern border.
In the original story, Mae was also a soldier in a post-apocalyptic world full of monsters, however, we knew nothing about the southern border or the fact that soldiers were getting younger and younger as the Guard grew more and more desperate. Additionally, the comic expands on Mae’s relationship with her mentor, Hank, through flashback sequences.
While a flash fiction story captures a specific moment in time, the comic book series will allow me to open up that world and explore all the various components of it. What I discovered, through the process, is that “Holding South” is actually a coming of age story, which never crossed my mind when I penned the original. It’s always fascinating to me, how a world and its characters can reveal all kinds of secrets if you dig deep enough.