|Train Fantome – Final Fantasy 6|
We can see the concept of “haunted” train (or subway), mysterious, transforming the people in spirits or transporting the dead, in a lot of stories.
Personally, I think especially of the Final Fantasy video games where trains transporting the dead appear (in FF6 in particular, and FF8 for an invocation called “Helltrain”, or “Doomtrain”)
|Helltrain – Final Fantasy 8|
Finally, I spent several years taking the train over long distances, and I continue to favor this transport.
When I took the train to Belgium to live there for a year, far from home in the South of France, I started to think that … the train that took me on this unknown land was the intermediary between my past life – reassuring and positive – and my future that was damn scary ^^
During that period, when I regularly spent the whole day on the rails, I wrote many fictional stories on a train. And it was at that time that I had a dream about a train of death.
As a worshipper of this type of transport, I promised to me to do someday a comic with a steam train (because steam trains are hypra styled, it must be admitted: P ) So when I woke up, I write all the elements of the dream in detail, and later I made the first version of Chronoctis Express, into a one-shot of 32 pages.
Chronoctis Express is a free adaptation of the story of Orpheus. It borrows its symbols and re-adapts it to its sauce.
Mythological tales inspire many artists throughout the world. I myself was initiated to these stories very young. And the heroic actions of Orpheus particularly pleased me.
Well, I had withdrawn the end of the story from my memory (because it’s damn depressing ^ ^ ‘), but what interests me above all … is that a living man managed to go above all the laws thanks to his talent and sensitivity, so that even his adversaries admired his courage and felt compassion for him.
About Chronoctis Express … as I said, it’s a totally free adaptation: I use the concept and the symbols. Then how will the story will evolve …? It will be surprise: P
The masters of narration
Because we always have authors we admire, these are the ones that push me to give the best on the narration of Chronoctis Express :