I've reached page 15 now of my second / final (?) draft, and it's a bit of the story I've been looking forward to drawing.
T.H. Holding has rather a lot to say in Cycle and Camp about this particular kind of bicycle and its awkward inefficiencies. Only when I reached the photos in the book did I fully understand these were barely even bicycles as we know them.
It's incredible to think that not only was this group of four embarking on a pioneering cycling trip with camping gear, on single-speed bikes built in the 1890s, traveling many miles over hills and very difficult unpaved roads, but that two of them were riding these!
I'm planning a trip to see one in real life soon.
This is my entire graphic novel, Two Shillings per Day, all 138 pages of it in rough draft form. Very very rough. Post-it notes in a binder, some not even with pictures, still moveable around if it's too text-heavy in places (very likely) or I just want to change the layout of a page or two (I hope not TOO much of this).
I photographed the whole thing because I had a lot of trips away in May and wanted to take the work in progress with me, even camping where I was playing music at a festival, and the thought of losing it..... well, doesn't even bear thinking about. I doubt if I would have the heart to start over again...but I would have to, eventually.... This made it risk-free and I got some good hours on trains to work on it.
Weirdly, seeing it all laid out like this makes it somehow seem more possible! I even had to count the pages to see if they were really all there. It's a lot, especially as I've never made anything this large before, but I actually think it's going to be doable.
Watch this space.
Read this bit first
I'm making a true-story graphic novel...