Life’s New Haircut.

So why did I change Life’s hairstyle? Because I forgot Life was a rip off of the Metabaron. Kind of… 

In 2011, I participated in a local group art project, where someone drew a three panel comic strip and then handed off only the last panel to the next artist, and they had to come up with the next three panels based only on that last panel they were given, and then so on to the next artist.

At the time, I was really getting into Moebius, and I wanted to draw my contribution to the project based on Moebius’ style. In the above picture, the first panel is a character named the Metabaron from Moebius and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Incal. The second panel is the last panel from my strip for the art project from December 2011 where I created the Life character. The third panel is from my first actual Life The Necropolis comic from September 2015, and the fourth panel is from May 2020. 

Life is actually a composite of some of my favourite ideas from various comic characters and designs (more on that another time) and the head is obviously taken from the Metabaron, with stubble hair instead of a totally smooth head. I’ve always loved this hair cut since my angry teenage punk rock days, but it also meant I didn’t have to draw hair, which was a plus. 

So Life was always meant to be an intentionally obvious tribute to Moebius. I also thought it was really funny that this was the panel that was going to get handed off to the next artist. Deliberate jerk move on my part. 

I ended up working on other things, but I kept thinking of ideas for this Life character, and I eventually decided to do my own comic four years later in 2015. Problem was during that time I actually just forgot the head was based on the Metabaron. I was so busy thinking of a story, it just slipped my mind and I forgot to change it.

Then, in 2016, they started publishing new Metabaron comics in English and I thought “Oh right. Crap!” I played around with the design; Life wore his bandana as a headband for awhile, but I thought maybe I was just worrying about nothing. I mean those Metabaron comics are REALLY good, and I can barely draw elbows.

At some point, someone commented on one of my Reddit posts that Life reminded them of the Metabaron and I realized I did need to change it. So for a year Life had white bandages over his eye, and then I did the Problem storyline to create a reason for the change in hairstyle.

So yeah, I forgot it was a rip off.

Also, I started shaving my head again, and I think it’s weird when people draw themselves. 

-Love Nick

Eighth Fan Art!

Oh my stars, it’s non-Life Life fan art!!

These awesome drawings of Lale and little Zhro were drawn by my former co-worker, Sarah!! She did a way better job drawing Lale than I ever did, and had the unenviable task of trying to interpret the hair style I gave her. Thank you so much!!

Please check her out on Twitter @star_skunk and Instagram at star.skunk, and check out her commissions!!

-Love Nick

5 years later: 200 Likes on Facebook.

I recently noticed that after almost five years of making Life The Necropolis, I just passed 200 page Likes on Facebook. I had a good laugh about it. Not exactly setting the world on fire. 

That’s pretty typical of all my social media though; somewhere around 200 followers. I think my Tumblr has the most blatantly-spam-account followers.

I understand that social media is a pay-to-play model. I used to pay to promote my Facebook posts, but that wasn’t getting me anywhere so I stopped. I also understand that the cream rises to the top, so I’m not blaming the platforms. If you want more attention, make better stuff.

I do have an overall plan— I’ve been quietly but consistently meeting personal goals, just trying to get better before I spend a lot of time and effort on promotion. 

I just thought it was funny it took so long to get to only 200 page Likes.

-Love Nick. 

Seventh Fan Art!

I’m not even sure you can call this “fan art” at this point. I mean it’s a whole page and story!! Out of control.

Local Kamloops artist Terry Stone gave this to me last year, and I am speechless. Terry drew it in pencil, so I had to darken the lines after scanning it, but I don’t think I lost too much of it in translation.

I love Terry’s interpretation of Life and all the design changes he made; it’s so cool to see what other people come up with. I mean this is just beyond awesome. Thank you so much, Terry!

-Love Nick

From Laura Loolaid in Estonia.

So here’s something rad; a couple months ago I got an email from Laura Loolaid. She’s from Estonia and writes for a website called Reaktor and she wanted to write an article about my comic! I thought that was pretty awesome. You can check it out HERE. If you don’t read Estonian, here’s a crudely translated version. Thanks again for the kind words Laura, I really appreciate the help and support!

-Love Nick

“Mixed-blooded cartoon world: Life the Necropolis
Laura Loolaid

In this series of posts, we look at science fictional side-by-side comics – both web and print. The selection of material presented is deeply biased and is based on the principle of “we read, enjoyed, shared”. In the November issue, we take a look at the one-man web comic strip, Life the Necropolis.

It will be published more than a week from 2015, and I would suggest “Elu Nekropolis” or “Mercenary named Elu” for the title in the language version. The introduction on the website says, “This is a science-fiction adventure cartoon about a traveling mercenary. By Nick Klie. Life is the main character. We haven’t reached the Necropolis yet. “

In essence, a straightforward, expression-like Moebius-like comic follows a lone mercenary (called Life). It travels in foreign lands, takes casual jobs, and sends out alien and bad guys in the process. Now, when it seemed as if the story had already been read out last month, that’s how it was – I chose the November issue of the November comic as a thoughtful continuation, supplement, and contrast. Because, indeed, on the one hand, Life continues to be a migrant fighter and a supernatural-violence line.

On the other hand, the theme of “the character moves from place to place and fights for pay” is solved here, and the mood palette is much more laconic and grim. The cartoon text is scanty and angular, with stylized visuals hiding behind a suave world, and both success and destruction are presented in short replies in the background of exotic planetary views.

At the front, the pages of Life are filled with tiny episodes and colorful vignettes from a variety of work ends. These kinds of stories are simple: somebody hires you to do the mission of Life, he does the task, you get better or worse, something flies in the air, somebody can kill, the end.

However, after toning and characterizing little stories, longer adventures begin to unfold before the reader. Despite the scanty size of the comics, you can get to the jungle, the cave and the top of the mountain, the deserts, and the creeks.

Although the cartoon storytelling style will continue to be as laconic as it is, there will be additional layers to the story and the world over time, and there will be several longer one-page stories. Random jobs and petty crushes turn out to be eternal enemies and the deeds ever done return in the ring. Of course, things go awry in many ways, get into more hassle, and you have to hide, dig, climb, sniff – and shoot, of course.

The first long story, “A Journey to Madness,” includes, for example, conspiracies with cultists and tentacles. In another longer story, “The Key,” we find ourselves behind a pirate underground doorway, where an ancient energy creature, who “accidentally” guided the characters, is hidden. Of course, in the basement there is a hideous bog, who is killed without much mud.

Life the Necropolis might be well suited for the reader who is looking for a hard-boiled concentrate to consume faster during working hours rather than a rampant word-of-mouth arc. However, I recommend that you take the time to enter the pictures, as verbal minimalism is balanced by detailed locations and despite the meager style, acts of violence portrayed with care and love. (Spaghetti western and American dark folk can be heard in the background of the reading.)

While reading “Nekropolis,” I received, besides some minimalism, an unexpected nostalgia: there was a recognition and arbitrary connection to the science-fiction illustrations that were once immersed in the middle school age, from the Young and the Nails.

Links too. The cartoon is starting to get out of here. Current updates (including ink-October sketches) and author thoughts can be followed on his FB page.

Finally, a picture that beautifully sums up the minimalist approach to Life.

P.S .: I’ll add something domestic in the end. The Paepealse Library in Tallinn works hard to sustain and grow the local comic culture by encouraging reading and lending, organizing exhibitions and exhibitions, and setting up workshops. While such events are not narrowly focused on fictional content, we find some of the songs of interest in the waves of comic promotion. So, for example, the Paepealse exhibit will feature the Cold Folg stories, of which we wrote a little review in this year’s June issue. In November, the Paepealse Library hosted a comic book discussion forum for young people (read more about the event in advance). The event can be viewed later via video.”