"Powered by Fiction: Artists, Makers, Tinkerers and the Backstories that Inspire Them to Create, presented by Intel", will feature my work and the works of two other groups as part of an exhibition developed in tandem with the 2012 Emerge conference. The conference will be held from March 1-3rd at Arizona State University, but the exhibition will be open for another two weeks. More info on the conference can be found here: http://emerge.asu.edu/
There isn't much information available on it right now, but I'll post pictures about it when Intel flies me down to visit next week!
As part of the exhibition, Intel hired a team of professional comic book artists to illustrate fictional backstories for each of the exhibitors. Here is the story board they sent me along with the script for the comic. Not going to lie, I'm pretty excited to have my own comic book!
Exterior establishing shot of a comic book store in New York.
Caption: Adiel Fernandez and his brother didn't know it yet, but their decision to visit the comic book shop that day would prove fateful.
Adiel and his brother Daniel inside the store, looking at a comic book together.
Adiel: I like that character's wings—they're so sleek and angular.
Daniel: You should make a pair and wear them to the comic-con, Adiel!
Close-up on Adiel as inspiration strikes.
Adiel: Yes, I could make those... I'll do it!
Close-up on Daniel's hands holding the comic book.
Daniel: With your engineering skills, I bet you'll win the costume contest.
Exterior establishing shot of Adiel's apartment building.
Caption: His brother's suggestion ignites a spark of inspiration, but Adiel's ambitions aim higher than cosplay.
At home, Adiel tinkers with circuitry. Behind him, we see the half-built wings in the background.
Adiel (thinking): The new alloy I developed is so lightweight, I bet I can do more than win the costume contest.
Close-up of his servo gloves.
Caption: For weeks, Adiel works into the wee hours every night, until—
Still in his apartment, Adiel tries on the wings.
Adiel: A perfect fit! Now to test them.
Up on the roof of his building, Adiel spreads his wings.
Adiel (thinking): Hmm... What if the wings don't work? Maybe I should start closer to the ground.
Adiel looks as if he's being dragged toward the roof's edge by his wings.
Adiel: What the—?! I can't control them!
Adiel flies up into the sky.
Adiel 1: It works! I CAN FLY!!
Adiel 2: Wheeeeee!!!
Adiel soars through the clouds.
Adiel: Strange... I feel compelled to fly higher and faster. And what's that vibration in my wings?
High in the clouds, Adiel sees a futuristic city in the sky.
Caption: Suddenly, a floating city appears, as if out of nowhere.
Adiel (thinking): Where did that come from? I can't turn away—I'm being pulled toward it!
Adiel comes in for a landing at the sky city.
Adiel (thinking): At least they seem friendly.
Sky person: Welcome, wingmaker!
Long shot. In the sky city, Adiel meets a group of its residents and learns their story.
Sky person 1: We are a peaceful people who solved the mysteries of flight long ago. We left behind the ground-dwelling barbarians and built this city on a parallel plane, invisible to most of your kind.
Sky person 2: Your wings, made of the same material we use, achieved a sympathetic frequency that drew you here.
Closer shot as the sky people explain their dilemma to Adiel.
Sky person 1: If other ground-dwellers discover our existence, it will mean the inevitable end of our world.
Sky person 2: Will you help safeguard our secret, and the secret of your wings? In return, all our science is yours for the learning.
PANEL ONE (SPLASH)
Adiel stands/floats heroically among the clouds, with the sky city in the background.
Adiel: You have my word. So long as I draw breath, no harm shall befall you.
Caption: And so it was that he became Adiel Angel, pledged to protect Sky City from discovery by his Earth-bound brethren!