Tribute Waters began in 2004 as a novel writing challenge in a contest called National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short. The goal — to write 50,000 words in 30 days, without worrying about little things like plot or spelling. I ‘won’ the challenge, completing the book by the deadline with support from friends, family and local coffee shops.Then, I put the novel away and forgot about it. There are several things that Nanowrimo teaches you.

  1. A couple hours a day can help you complete even the largest of projects, bite by bite.
  2. Anyone can write!
  3. Nano first drafts are really, really, rough and hard to read.

I only reread the original Tribute Waters novel, for the first time since I wrote it, shortly before printing up the first chapter of the comic. There are a lot of bizarre choices in the original text, and some gems still, too. That version of TW will likely not see the light of day, but it hung with me.

Stacie with her Biggest Fans

In 2009 I finished my first comic project with Studio Anti Thesis. Tabloid Roulette, written by Kim Smuga, and drawn by me, was a satirical look at the Hollywood glamour machine.

Casting about for a new project, I remembered Tribute Waters. The story still had pull for me, it had interesting characters, fantasy adventure, and I thought it would be fun to draw. I wrote the script for chapter 1 over a convention weekend and launched the TW website in August 2009.

The story of Tribute Waters is the story of an adventure that has taken it’s own slow creative journey from 2004. A course charted, and only just begun.

All Aboard, for we are heading into the Tribute Waters!

Stacie – 2010


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