‘Nautilus’ Engine Room

The mysterious power source aboard the ‘Nautilus’ (watercolor sketch).

After having finished work on my graphic novel adaption of H.G. Wells’ THE WAR OF THE WORLDS – released by Egmont Graphic Novel in 2017 and re-released in Germany in 2021 by Carlsen Comics (French edition by Éditions Jungle, Paris) – I was tghinking about which new comic project to work on.
It was important for me to go ahead with new ideas, and I always was fascinated by Jules Verne’s books, topics and imagination.

So starting to work on an adaption of Verne’s famous 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA was long due for me – and this blog intends to provide a documentation of the working process. I hope you enjoy this ’fantastic journey’ with me and will also be a little patient, because I will only update if I have something significant to contribute that keeps this comic moving and on track. After all, you’ll be able to follow the REAL development with that!
I think LEAGUES will become a bit more steampunky than WORLDS, because the topic totally allows it – in some parts even asks for it. It is mere steampunk here and there, I guess, whilst keeping up a very grounded-in-reality-tone (in Verne’s specific passionate writing style :).
If you’re a fan of the Verne book, don’t be afraid! I did tons of research to stay as truthful as possible for a comic to everything period-related or style-referred in the novel (as I did with WORLDS, too). Maybe you understand my goal better when you take a look at the WAR OF THE WORLDS blog here on this website, too.
I’m looking forward to the work on LEAGUES! Above, you can see first concept, depicting the mysterious power source aboard the ‘Nautilus’, Nemos submarine home. It shows a lot of the design approach I am going with in my rendition of the ship. Await more development art to come!

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