The Thrill Electric was the first thing I commissioned when I started my job last year. It was a long time in the contracting but the production has been smooth so far! Set in Victorian Manchester and against the backdrop of the Victorian Internet, it parodies what teenagers do with online communication now, but is primarily about gender and sexuality in the workplace.
It is written by Leah Moore and John Reppion, the fabulous married comic super duo. They were teamed with fresh out of college illustrators Windflower (who I love on DeviantArt) and lead character designer Emma Vieceli. I remember being really shocked hearing that as writers, they rarely had a choice of illustrators to work with and they didn’t really co-create with them. That was something we wanted to do differently in this production and I really think it has been an incredibly co-creative, collaborative effort.
With Hat Trick at the production helm and Littleloud on the “reinventing online comic readers”* and animation job, it truly is an all-star team, and they are all absolutely fantastically fun to work with.
We had a great time at the MCM Expo last weekend talking about it and ramming leaflets down teenagers’ throats**. We hope to be there again in the Autumn in time for it to go live.
And this time: we dress up.
Check out the very much work in progress teaser above…
*We are using Unity and some snazzy animation and camera work. It is the first time Unity has been used for a comic, apparently.
**It is aimed at 14-16 year olds.