Bubbles

"I love bubbles,” I said.
You asked if I really did.
“I mean, who doesn’t?” I shrugged.
“There’s a big difference between like and love.”

Bubbles, when you see them,
Are always shiny and new.
Ephemeral and airy
They blow with every breeze.

Sometimes, you reach out
To touch one
And the wind your movement creates
Blows it further away.

Others, you try to catch
One in your hand.
And maybe you do.
But it pops as soon as it touches you.

There are rumors of those
That’ll stay with you for a time,
But they too pop eventually,
Leaving you covered in sticky debris.

Still, knowing all this,
Being covered in bubble debris,
I can’t help myself but to reach out 
To a beautiful bubble when seen.

In the end
The wind takes them anyway
And even without your touch
They burst into nothingness.

Ellie McCannik

Ellie lives in Outland 5. She used to slip, snap, click but now she works in QA. She sits behind a conveyor belt, watching a screen until a word pops up, then ensures that whatever goes down the belt matches the word on the screen. This is a terribly boring job and the entire time she’s there she imagines drinking at her bar.

Here’s an illustration of her at her favorite place. It’s not my best but I do spend more time writing and editing than I do drawing so what else can you expect? Enjoy nonetheless.

Ellie McCannik

 

 

Mr. Kitty

Mr. Kitty is the POV character from Outland 4. His best friend, Tillie Manager, used to live in the same house as him but now it’s just Mr. Kitty and Tillie’s dad, the most boring human Mr. Kitty knows–he spends all his time working behind the computer or watching football on the TV. But Tillie should be visiting for Christmas break soon and Mr. Kitty will be anything but bored when she does.

Here’s Mr. Kitty after rubbing his face on the sink, asking for a drink.:

Mr. Kitty

The Scientist

The Scientist is the POV character from Outland 4. She invented the technology which the owners use to bend space. She discovered how elevators paired with space bending technology could replace cars. She created the first fully customizable android which was indistinguishable from humans. And each time she did Lord Walker took the invention from her and used it for himself. When the third theft finally broke her the Scientist set to destroying the system which propped Lord Walker up.

She may look a little despondent in this illustration, but that’s because she’s been working for as long as she can remember and there’s no end in sight.

The Scientist

A Protector’s Facemask

The police of Outland call themselves “protectors”. They live in Outland 1 where there are only two paths available in life: become a protector or live in shame as a housekeeper. Protectors wear plated vests that look like armor, and helmets with face masks halfway between screaming and laughing. When a protector talks the helmet modulates their voice and the face mask’s teeth flash electronic yellow, red, and green.

Below is an animation I did of a protector’s face mask as it would look when the protector speaks. It’s my first attempt at animation so it might be a little quick for comfort but I thought I would share anyway.

 

The mask of a protector.

Ansel Server

Took a little time and did an illustration for Ansel, one of the seven POV characters in Outland. She lives in Outland 6 and she just moved to the Green Belt. Now she’s looking up at the trees wishing she could climb one. After all, they are the first trees she’s ever seen in her life.

This one is closer to how she looks in my mind than Popeye was yesterday. I wonder how much of her look I got across in my writing.

Ansel Server