Aaron Walker Sr.: Building a Universe… And a Website

The Making of a SciFy Franchise #20
by Aaron Walker Sr.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: The Story So Far starts HERE)

On our last blog I talked about my personal and creative priorities, and how sometimes we’re forced to shift focus from our passion to other things. But again, one must know when to shift that focus back. Life happens to everyone. We all have many things tugging at our time. But I know myself, the longer I stay away from a project, the harder it is for me to return. So I had to give myself a hard date as to when I would resume work on the comic.

Now my focus is back to Cargo 3120! Currently, our artist Lemelle is hard at work on the comic. The first couple of pages are complete, along with rough drafts of future pages. And they look awesome. While awaiting the art, we decided to release additional content designed to give our readers insight into Cargo’s backstory. So we started with the human controlled faction of the Cargo 3120 universe: “The Interstellar League of Planets” (a.k.a. The ISL).

The addition of this content meant the creation of a new page on our website as well. Daymond suggested we call the page: “Militant Forces and Factions”, which worked for me. In my opinion, one of the most challenging aspects of maintaining a website is making sure that the info is stored in a logical manner. Simply jamming everything on one page, or in a location that doesn’t make sense, is something that drives me crazy when exploring a website.

In our case we wanted to keep all backstory related info in the Universe Section of our website, so this is where I placed our new faction subpage. About a week later, we updated the new page with additional info about the ISL’s military component.

Writing the individual scripts for Cargo 3120 has been a fun experience, but I find myself most drawn to the universe building side of our project. The process of creating what we hope to be a vibrant universe filled with interesting characters and locations, is the aspect that I find most enjoyable. I guess I’ve always been into this sort of thing… What can I say? I’m a geek, and proud of it. Though universe building is not as tedious as it may sound, but I must say, it is a lot of work.

When you get a chance, check out the new Militant Forces and Factions page on our website. We plan to add additional faction info to this page as we move forward.