Week 14.

This week I want you to join me into a little trip to memory lane.

“Caelus Inferno” was a comic book project that I had back in the year 1998.

At that time I was aspiring to have a career as a comic book artist and hanged out with a bunch of older kids that say to had the same dream as me.

We worked as an independent comic book collective,(I was inspired by the DIY ethic from the Punk Movement) we raised money to print our little magazines by ourselves. I was 18-19 years old at that time, and my friends were in their late twenties.

Most of them had a “good situation” at home, at least better than mine:
My father died when I was 18 and it took us, my mom and my sister, about 4 or 5 years to financially recover from the incident, when my dad died, we had no savings, we had no job or job experience, I was a college kid, with zero working abilities, so things got pretty tough.

Back to the comic, I was trying to write and draw a two or three part comic book, about Archangel Michael and a redeemed demon, called Lucifuge, teaming up to stop the end of the world, on the hands of Lucifer and his army of demons and hypnotized humans.

Pretty much a cliche, I know.

I thought I could develop the story after publishing the first issue, but never managed to raise enough money to publish the whole series.

A few days back, now on May 2020, (21 years after) I saw the movie “Stigmata” and suddenly I remembered this three characters that I used to draw and sketch, Mike (Archangel Michael), Lucifuge (the redeemed demon) and Lu (Lucifer).

After thinking it for a while, I decided to take the project and compress it in just a few pages and see what I can do today with the idea with my current style of drawing and a few hours.

And here is the result.

I really liked the process of closing this project that was on the back of my mind.

Of course, today I do not have the comic book artist career, I am not that good and lack the patience for the job, but things have turned out pretty well and I am happy with my doodles.

I am sure if my 20 year old version saw me today, he would be surprised of my current drawing style and by many of my decisions, but also he would be very, very happy.

Here is a picture my sister send me, it is from 1998. Luckily, lot of things have changed. ­čÖé

And here is a sneak peak of how this comic looked almost 20 years ago:

Thanks for reading.

-Juan.