“Baptism”, by me (Jonathan David Lim)
This was meant to be my submission to the Graphic Short Story Prize this year. The deadline is today, however, and although other contests I’ve seen allow submissions with a postmark of the closing date, this one doesn’t allow anything after today. And I don’t have enough cash to pay for a same day delivery (£100, roughly), so I guess I missed this one.
Never mind, I’m still happy with it. I’ll probably print out a few copies and sell it as a standalone pamphlet thing. Or maybe submit it to an anthology and see where it goes.
As for the comic itself, it started with an image—that of a church pastor drowning a member of his congregation. Page One is essentially the sequence of events as I initially saw them in my head. (I was in church during a baptism service at the time.) I think I was going to follow it up with some kind of mystery story that would lead into full-blown urban fantasy, but never made it that far. When I was looking back at old ideas, I noticed it and, for whatever reason, turned it into this thing. And then I changed the characters from humans to animals because they’re more fun to draw than dumb old people. But that’s a rant for another day.
Hope you enjoy.