The Beginning of Time


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Concept: This one has been sitting around for about a year.  It was about 95% done—I was just never happy with it.  It started as a sketch I did while sitting through some pointless meeting. 

The plan was to do the entire history of the world.  Of course, I wasn’t going to finish overnight, but I thought maybe I’d do one page/panel at a time and along the way learn (or re-learn) my history.  I actually have the next two panels scoped out, but as is probably clear: it’s hard to know what to include and what not to include.  Obviously, it’s my own choice, but the bigger question is how to tell a story on a timeline—some historical events need several panels of explanation.  So I’m still thinking about it, and I may return to it.  We’ll see.  I was kind of thinking that this would be my Cerebus—something that I worked on for a long time, but never finished.  I would include a panel or two with every comic I put out.  Eventually it would stretch out for miles…

Layout: There’s nothing special about the layout except that I had to consider how I would include both pictures and dates and still have it be interesting.  I don’t know how successful this decision will be.

The image of God is from the Sistene Chapel.  The thing above him was supposed to represent perfect order breaking down (it isn’t clear—that’s one of the things I don’t like about this).  Then Krishna (or Shiva or Kali—I get them confused); and then the infinite—represented by the uroboros (the snake swallowing its own tail).

Inking: This one’s a mix, but I think it’s mainly pen.

Reproduction: Nothing special except that 9 x 12 paper is a pain to copy.


  • Brushes: NO 
  • Pens: Rapidograph, black marker, I think I used seome “true” pens on this one, meaning the little metal ones that you dip into ink
  • Eraser 
  • 30-60-90 triangle 
  • Ridgeways Horse Hair Brush 

What People are Saying About The Beginning of Time

 Mark sez:


1 interesting visual. A lot of action that is needed in the “beginning.”

2 Liked the world serpent and its interaction with the order breakdown.

3 The Time typeface from the magazine was a good touch.

4 The god image was obvious and needed but I liked that he was with another god and would suggest having more than just Rama

5 we’ve talked before about this concept and I like it very much I think it is possible to have just events without the explanations (that’s what a time line is after all). You might have an easier time if you made it smaller but I guess this IS the beginning.


1 the perfect order breakdown is an excellent idea but as you say it isn’t quite there.

2 Lose the guy behind god. Stick with the major players only.

3 I would have liked more details of god. Maybe he should have been touching the center point of the bang.

4 It might have been good to see more blackness that the light is breaking into.