Lightstep Chronicles For those of you not in the know, 'Lightstep Chronicles' is a visually stunning space themed comic book which is currently battling for the attention of the public through its Kickstarter campaign. Milos Slavkovic, who's the author behind this intriguing project, was kind enough to take some time and provide us with insights into his work and his own origin story. So Milos, its now over to you.

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1) What are your own origins, Milos?   My personal origin story wouldn’t make a very compelling comic book. I am from Eastern Europe, and I have spent most of my childhood in an era of great social changes, when the old, catatonic communist empire was, with much sound and fury, exchanged for something new. Naturally, those were very stressful times, but it was the late 80s, so luckily I had one of the most prolific decades, in terms of popular culture, art, and creativity, as a distraction.

I guess that is when I developed the habit of appreciating the imagination more than the mundane.

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2) What inspired you to create ‘Lightstep Chronicles’?   I don’t think it was one specific thing. Ever since I was a child I kept on daydreaming, so once the opportunity to create this story appeared, I borrowed a little from those flights of fancy.

3) In your own words how would you describe this story?   I think that science fiction is a medium that best deals with extremes, by taking a single motive -- of society, economy, science -- and blowing it out of proportion over time. For example, in the future, over hundreds of years from now, the internet will grow into an artificial intellect, named The Overlord. It is fun to imagine such things, and it gives a subtle critique of things, as they are now. This story is basically a critique of certain aspects of modern day society, heavily seasoned with a space opera to make it more fun and sweet.

4) What song would you say best represents this comic and why?   Brian Eno's Prophecy Theme”. But then again, since it is already on the soundtrack for David Lynch'sDune”, it would not do. If I was to be really pretentious; I would go for Claude Debussy's Clair de lune”, only slightly different from the original: as the tune reaches a faster tempo around the second minute, it would turn into this torrent of electronic sound and static, changing the tune into something that is a cherished relic of the past in the distant future.

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5) If you could get a celebrity – either living or dead – to promote your wares, who would you choose, and why would you want to choose this particular person?   With so many to consider, I would definitely be tempted to choose some of my favorite artists, so I would have a chance to work with them. Nathan Fillion would also be awesome, since he already has experience running a spaceship.

6) What have you learnt about yourself through this endeavour?   I guess I learned not to be terribly discouraged by failure, because chance plays a big part in certain aspects of every endeavour. You have to try as many times as it takes to get Lady Luck to take notice.

7) During your time in this field, what is the one thing that has kept you in good stead?   I did mention I like to daydream. So I guess that, plus Saturday morning pancakes.

8) If ‘Lightstep Chronicles’ had a motto, what would it be?   We already have a motto, it’s “Destiny is timeless”!

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And on that note, I'd like to thank Milos for telling us about his comic book opus, Lightstep Chronicles, before directing you towards his websitefacebooktwitter, and youtube pages.


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