Rupp's Skizzenbuch - Look Ahead for 2017
It has been a long time since I posted on the status of the status of The Blue Max Project itself and what "Rupp's Skizzenbuch" even looks like these days (see sneak peek above). The story of Jack Hunter's book "The Blue Max" begins in February 1918 and runs through September 1918. The intent with "Rupp's Skizzenbuch" is to create a soldier's journal that is a companion art project to go along with Jack's novel. Publishing this journal week by week from January 2018 through to the final day of the Centennial, Armistice Day on November 11, 2018 seemed like a great way to commemorate both the book and the Centennial.
January 2017 was a breakthrough month because I completed the final photography for the Prologue that is the initial chapter. The image above is from that photo shoot. Completing the Prologue gave me a sample chapter to play with the format of how I will share the chapters. You can get a glimpse of this "work in progress" by following this link.
The "Table of Contents" will have a thumbnail of each chapter. If you click on the thumbnail it will take you to the pages so you can scroll through and read the chapter. I will use this blog to announce each chapter as they are published and give people a place to comment. My intent is to add the thumbnails as I build the chapters so it is ready to publish come January 2018 ( the link is disabled right now).
The Story Board
Getting to this point had me rethinking the chapters themselves. I had written a chapter outline in the past that was a little too inclusive of content from the book. It also ended in September and I really wanted the closing chapter, the "Epilogue", to land on Armistice Day. I cheated a little bit and extended some of the events from the novel into October and then added "Stachel's Wedding" and "Rupp's Departure" to get to November. I decided to "set the table" for the journal with weekly publication in January because the first four chapters are really background to the start of the real story. When Bruno Stachel arrives at Jasta 77 on a snowy day in February, I will switch to a bi-weekly publication.
Here is what it looks like
Maybe the real story here is after finishing the Prologue and the calendar my confidence level is much higher that I will be able to pull this off and meet the schedule. No project is complete without a little bit of pressure, so I bought a 3' x 4' bulletin board to put up in my studio / office and will post the calendars so I can track my progress.
Wish me luck!