Comic Review: Project: Starless Daydream

A Kickstarter project, Starless Daydream, a “narrative zine”, is one comprehensive story written by Frankee White and edited by Danny Lore. The tale is told through mostly black & white […]

A Kickstarter project, Starless Daydream, a “narrative zine”, is one comprehensive story written by Frankee White and edited by Danny Lore.

The tale is told through mostly black & white consecutive art, pin-ups, double-page spreads, character profiles, and journal entries in a 5.5″ x 8.5″ book.

In the year 40XX, it’s the dying days of the 10 Years War between Earth and space colony Saturn Sigma. With resources dwindling, the desperate Saturn Sigma forces advance against Earth Federation Alliance. Ace Ringer Fuku Basara has become disillusioned by this long strife. Fuku steals away with best friend and giant mech, BG-BY… but the wounds of war take long to heal and Fuku may not be able to outrun the ripple effect of their actions!

Starless Daydream is a fascinating combo of character sketches, pastiches, scenes, and text. It meanders in an ‘indie’ way rather than taking the information highway, lingering over coffee and fading in and out of a stream of consciousness ramble. Don’t expect a story that rockets you from A to Z. This zine is more like an idea springboard, a jam session of great drawings, crazy mech renderings, character biographies from one step beyond the horizon. It’s buckets of tangential fun!

Each artist was given a prompt for a scene or idea with just enough information to do the work without knowing the full context of the story. But all the individual diary entries, pin-ups, sequentials, etc come together to tell a narrative, courtesy of over 30 comic creators.

Frankee White has previously released Broken Bear and 20 Fists in 2019 and 2020 respectively. White says that it’s an homage to a loved genre while still pushing the concept, story, and themes in new directions.

https://gumroad.com/fdwhite

Project: Starless Daydream Narrative Zine, (Digital file download via Gumroad), $15, 66 pages

All net proceeds will be donated to The Trevor Project, the leading US national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people under 25.

Alan Spinney

About Alan Spinney

After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!