Some info about Arbitrator
arbitrator : a person chosen to settle differences between two parties in controversy
(Webster's New Encyclopedic Dictionary)
Some info about the comic
I fancied this story some time ago and had speed some time to flesh it out.
Of course there is still much open
room for improvisation, but basically the whole plot
for this is completely worked out already. What I am tying to say here is that
there is a plan behind this madness. Nevertheless you are strongly
encouraged to send me any suggestions, ideas, comments or critique you
I will do my best to include them if the story allows or at least I
will answer my mail. What I will not do though is spoiling anything!
Okay, I might have a very good idea about the ending, but actually
reaching it will be hard work and fun too.
Moreover you should be aware that I
have another comic to be finished. Crackling Silence
is the very first comic I ever tried to draw, it is now over 230 pages
long (currently online as I am writing this) and you will find several
heavy stylistic breaks in it.
It took me some time to settle down to a drawing and colorization
technique I am at least somewhat content with. I can not guaranty that
Arbitrator will stay exactly like this until the end, but I will do my
very best to keep the current style - of course,
I still hope that the drawings might become a little better over the
You might now ask, why I started a
second comic if the first one has not been finished yet and still eats
up most of my spare time.
A very good question, indeed. I think the best answer to it is
motivation. If you spend so long doing the same thing, doing something
completely different can be a great boost in motivation. Especially if
you realize that you indeed learned something
over the time - compare the first pages of Crackling Silence with the
first pages of Arbitrator and you know what I mean.
Okay, maybe Crackling Silence could be completed sooner without a second
comic on my neck, but considering the fact that each page
is in total about 10 hours worth of work, motivation is quite
Why I spend so much time on this in
the first place? Damned if I know. After all, one needs some time for
recreation, so I can either
watch television eating potato chips or I can draw eating chocolate. I
opt for the later, chocolate is better.
Some info about its wacky author
I am a physicists (good excuse for
almost anything) and I think I am a science fiction fan.
If you now say: Oh no, just another
Well okay, I have to admit that I have seen StarTrek, but to me that is
no science fiction at all, it is just a soap
opera in space. When watching on of those episodes, I usually spend my
time considering the many (many many many) logical
and physical errors, chuckling at the pseudo-techno-babble and (most of
all) try to figure out from what real SciFi-author
they have stolen the ideas from. Ever heard of Isaac Asimov, Athur C.
Clark, Larry Niven, Frank Herbert, Philip K. Dick, Stanislaw Lem, the
Strugatzki brothers, William Gibson, Iain Banks, Ursula Le Guin, Dan
Simmons, Ray Bradury, Joe Haldeman, ... (just to name some of the
Well, you should have if you think that StarTrek, StarWars, StarAnything, ... is all
what SciFi is about.