Announcing WAYFARER by Richard Rudge

It’s been awhile since GALACTIC SCRAP COLLECTOR ended, a webcomic that I spent almost two years writing and drawing, and while I’m debating the route to go with a physical printing of it, I have to go forward to the future. So with that being said...

New project announcement! (I’m imagining a lot of air horns and crowds going wild right about now)

WAYFARER is a science fiction short story series focusing on Abigail Quinn as she lives through her cybernetically enhanced 5000 years of life. With a focus on technology, society, and and finding a purpose in life when given such freedom. The series will approach a large range of topics, with the series becoming more science fiction the further into the future Abigail lives.

Here’s a little about Abigail and WAYFARER as a whole:

Abigail Quinn had worked hard to achieve her dream of becoming an astronaut. She was fitted with a cybernetic augmentation that would extend her life to survive the journey. She would travel further than any human would have travelled in space at that time.

Her plans changed however, when that was taken away from her.

Now she has 5000 years to see the world, the universe even, to reclaim what she lost and so much more.

Abigail is curious, empathetic, and always striving to go forward. Always looking for adventure, fighting injustice and simply to help those in need. She lives by a mantra that she doesn’t know everything but she can always learn more.

Abigail is our eyes into the future, seeing the world and the universe change as she stays the same, seeing society rise and fall many times over.

Wayfarer is thoughtful science fiction, contemplating what it means to be human in an increasingly artificial world, how the universe will open up to humanity in the next 5000 years, and what happens when the limitation of lifespan is taken away.

Wayfarer is a journey 5000 years into the future through the eyes of one person, one short story at a time.

Abigail Quinn appeared in final third of GSC, Abigail is a character I’ve had developing in my head for a while. And with my new ongoing project WAYFARER, I’ve finally found a place that fits her well.

Wayfarer is a digital and physical comics project, with Wayfarer: Closure being the first printed issue being released May 15 2017. With webcomic short stories beginning to be published online shortly after.

Wayfarer: Closure follows Abigail as she goes on a roadtrip across a future America to see a location of historic importance. Seeing the sites of the Nevada desert, chatting about self driving  with truck driver Teddy along the way.

Wayfarer: Closure was written and drawn by Richard Rudge (me), with interior colours from Riley Jones.

Here’s a little preview. If you’d like a review copy and publishable preview pages like the ones above, send me an email to r_rudge@hotmail.com

Print copies of Wayfarer: Closure will be available to buy here on my online store.
For the digital part of this two pronged assault I’ll be writing and drawing slightly shorter stories to be published in a weekly webcomic format on Tapas and on it’s own site wayfarercomic.com.

I'm so excited to begin sharing the stories WAYFARER is capable of. The broad timescale combined with the short story format is primed for some excellent comics.

Starship ANTHOLOGY is looking for submissions! by Richard Rudge

Hey want to write or draw something for a comic anthology? Then let me introduce, STARSHIP ANTHOLOGY

What is STARSHIP ANTHOLOGY?

An comic anthology series with a basic concept, a spaceship has to be included in some way in the story, the story can be about whatever you want with whatever topics you want to explore, barring any extreme and explicit violence and sexual content.

The aim is to have a collection of varied science fiction stories using the genre to it’s highest merits. Cool robots and big space battles are very cool, but I’d hope to have stories that explore ideas and thoughts as well as having cool sci-fi designs. Pair you’re awesome looking spaceship with some interesting metaphor or wider message.

This idea came from a story I wrote and drew in 2016 but didn’t do anything with.You can see story can be seen below. It needs colours and lettering, but it’s more or less encapsulates what I mean for what stories I want in this anthology. As you can see there’s a spaceship at the beginning and at the end, it’s important to the story but not the point of the story.

Length, Dimensions and Deadlines

In terms of length I think between 4-6 pages would be best, short stories that have enough time to make an impact, but have to be fairly efficient with it’s length. 

(( After a few inquires, I want to clarify that the page length is a pretty important requirement, while there can be some wiggle room, say 8 pages if those two pages are super necessary, but I can't be making exceptions for every entry and submitting something double the length of the page requirement is bordering on cheeky. ))

Now the important stuff, you own what you create, and can use it as you please outside this anthology. Put I’d appreciate a little mention of the anthology if you decide to publish it elsewhere.

For your comics, a strict adherence to a 240x157mm page size (otherwise known as UK Standard Size) which is just a tiny bit smaller than US Comic size. For final page submissions I’d want flattened Tiff files at a minimum of 300 dpi, CYMK colours. Should also mention it can be black and white if that’s something you want to do.

You can find helpful page templates from ComicPrintingUK if you want to be absolutely sure.

I’m using this size as a tiny money saving plan for if and when Starship Anthology goes into print. For now I’ll just be collecting them together on a website and a free PDF, but I’m following the methodology of “Video Games For Good” ( An anthology I was part of) and will be going to kickstarter with everyone who submits permission if anyone submits work at all haha.

For submissions, you can write and draw it all yourself or submit as a team it’s up to you. I will not however be teaming up artists and writers, that’s up to you. I Will certainly signal boost people who looking though.

(( As a second amendment, please don't include things you don't have permission to use, or if you want to do a clear parody of something, don't outright mention or use designs from the thing you're parodying, just to cover your backs and mine )) 

If you are looking for any criticism or help with your submission, the friendly folks involved in the #Comicbookhour community on twitter or comicbookhour.com will be happy to help if you ask nicely.


In terms of deadline, submissions will be open as of posting ( February 27, 2017 ) this and close roughly 6 months from now on August 27, 2017

Send your completed comic submissions to r_rudge@hotmail.com and find me on twitter @RLRudge if you have any questions.