ROCK is 3DOM No. 10, a short-short comic containing one complete story in three panels.


The 3-panel layout appears at the end of this post:

ROCK panel 1 of 3: monks dig up a meteorite
ROCK panel 2 of 3: the meteorite in a lab, centuries later
ROCK panel 3 of 3: the meteorite powering a spacecraft, possibly back towards its home galaxy

I set two challenges for myself to create this 3DOM episode. I rarely make compositions with a key element located in the center of the frame, so I tried to make three interesting pictures with the exact same visual element as a central focus.

I also enjoy stories which span enormous periods of time, like Liu Cixin’s Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy or Walter M. Miller Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz. These narratives can jump centuries or even millennia between scenes, and I wanted to attempt the same stunt here.

Some Things “Borrowed”

The group of monks in the first panel are from a fresco by Luca Signorelli at Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore near Siena.

The third panel revolves around (pun intended) an image of planetary nebula NGC 3132 (aka Southern Ring Nebula) captured by the astonishing Webb Telescope.  

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