In Marjoram (shorts)
Originally pitched as a series of short-form animations about a girl (Lark) traveling across the land of Marjoram & collecting stories from the people she meets to preserve the memory of her hometown that was being forgotten. It would've been a silly & surreal adventure for kids without resorting to a lot of the hyper-silly things or talking down to it's audience while remaining whimsical and fun. Unfortunately, it wasn't what studios were looking to pick up so, I created a few rough shorts myself with the help of some friends, revised and simplified the idea a bit more than initially pitched, & put it out into the world. I even created this meta-narrative about it being a long lost show from the 80s & the videos were VHS recordings of episodes that someone uploaded to the net. It was a fun to work on & if I ever get the time (& maybe some proper backing), I'd love to return to this project because I've got plenty of stories to tell in this world.
The original doodles that composed the storyboards for a more anthology-driven version of the project. Each story would’ve been a short with an intro to the story then Lark & whomever she was with or met would tell the story with bits of banter between the characters interspersed. This was my first go at doing storyboards so I basically made a big comic. It may have been hard to follow, but I have it all mapped out in my head.
An early mini-comic that was the first story for ‘In Marjoram’. It’s the story of how Zodie, a dog-star, took a detour in space and crash-landed in Chambray’s backyard. The story follows Chambray, her friend Ferris, along with Baron Rye & IFNO Mk. II on a journey to Puff Summit, where they meet a band of Pigeon monks, to return Zodie to her family & home amongst the stars. It was designed to be very much like a children’s story and I would’ve loved to have actual kids narrate the story Peanuts-style if I would’ve gotten the chance to have it animated.
Some of the physical objects I mailed out during the pitching process, including: a copy of the musical cassette that formed the early origins of the project, a mini-comic, a comic with story ideas & character information, personalized mailers, a business card, and a postcard with a bit of a letter written on it. There were other In Marjoram related things created such as magnets & stickers that were bundled with the cassette release.
Misc. Doodles/Promo Art
I continued working on things related to ‘In Marjoram’ for a bit and even before it was officially a thing, I was doodling ideas. The character designs evolved a tad and ideas have shifted, but I still think that this is a worthwhile idea that I’d like to develop further someday.
The anthology format allows different forms of music to be present throughout the series, but the core of the sound would have been a blend of electronic music and bedroom pop.
In Marjoram (Radio Drama)
At the end of 2018, I got the itch to do something else with the “In Marjoram” concept. After talking to my friend Adam we thought it would be cool to revive it as an old school radio drama. We decided to continue with the anthology theme and we planned to write new stories weekly. That was until regular life slowed the project to a crawl and we decided to put the project on hold until we had more time/resources to dedicate to it. A revamped theme song was created and I doodled artwork for the first (only) episode. I would’ve followed a similar visual motif for the upcoming episodes. The first story followed a redesigned Lark on an adventure to the front of a rainbow. Since we wouldn’t have time to properly produce it, we’re posting it here as a short story/spec script of sorts.