metropolis - Episode 1 - Black Car - 2012 story of a city experience in 2007
This is my first Smart City graphic novel vignette back from 2012. I was traveling and meeting with State & Local Government clients throughout the country and kept thinking of stories I could illustrate to literally show people what I was talking about.
For speed sake I took the approach of hiring an illustrator to take my notes I scratched on plane flights and between meetings and turn them into little comic book cells to show my clients.
The point was to be very fast in turn around and with enough detail to capture the thought but not enough to look like the idea was a done deal.
It's like the back-of-the-napkin deal but with a more finished feel so they could also turn around and show their colleagues and managers what they were trying to describe too.
This idea caught on like dragon fire so I went with it.
I used this method to concept and pitch 5-6 deals that year that went very well. The only problem was I was limited in scope to stay within the constraints of what a large software vendor could provide or figure out how to build.
I don't really like to sell software that doesn't do what people want it to do so I wrapped things up with that vendor and went back into independent contractor world to tell city stories.
This story came from my experience living in Oakland, losing a close friend to a drunk driver, and working with city government during the results portion of the horrible experience.
That was back in 2007 and then I was thinking of this city story and wondering why cities weren't using data and technology this way.