Cargo 3120: The Making of a Sci-Fi Franchise #10

CARGO3120Entry 10 – From Cargo to Cargo 3120: The Rise of the Webcomic
by Aaron Walker Sr.

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

After three years of writing classes, universe building and rewrites both minor and major, we were making good progress. We worked on everything from character profiles, to an ongoing series bible. We were going all in on this one, because we felt that Cargo was a story worth telling.

We knew going in that getting a pilot picked up by a major network was a longshot, so we had to find another way to build an audience. So the decision was made to tell our TV series as a webcomic called Cargo 3120 (the number representing the year in which the story takes place).  We planned to continue writing our episodes in the TV Script format, then convert those scripts in to comics. Simple, right? There was just one problem: none of us could draw!

So the first order of business was to find an artist.

On my day job as an IT analyst for the State of California, I had a co-worker named Lemelle Wherry. He was a great artist with a passion for scify and comics. Most importantly, Lemelle had a desire to be part of a project where he can make his mark in the industry. He was all over it after reading the script. While we had our team, you can’t have a webcomic without a website. But web design was never my thing. Because we had no budget, we couldn’t pay for a web designer, so it was all on me.

Next Week: Taking on the World Wide Web