Crucible: Setting the Scene: Page One

Here’s the latest version of the first page of the first Crucible story (we hope there will be more than one). It’s gone through several drafts, all part of building the world this tale will be set in.

The female protagonist is Sylvana who, like the large gentleman complaining at her, is seeking work where openings are few and far between. There are a lot of people chasing work, as you’ll gather….

One thing we’re determined about is to give this world a sense of ‘reality’ despite the storyline and characters. There will be mud. There will be annoying flies. Costumes (some of them, at least) will stink if not washed…

An early version of Page One of Crucible © John Freeman & Smuzz

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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