In 1990, I moved back to my native England in preparation to join the British Army. I brought over my Mom’s old type-writer so I could continue the adventures of The Starguards.
While my army career whisked me from England to Germany, Croatia, Canada and Belize, I continued to write and to draw characters even enlisting the help of fellow roommates who read over stories and commented on my pictures. At this time, a heavy metal music influence (Metallica, MegaDeth, Slayer, and Entombed) took over with a few stories written to music (i.e.The death of Spheron and Netherlord's introduction) with character costumes inspired by such music (Netherlord, Archron, and Decion among others). I also established my Starguard ‘bible’ –things that had to happen which were written in stone- and added a time line.
All of these came together when I left the army in 1997. From my dingy flat in Clapham Common Southside, I started to put all the stories together onto my new, trendy Font Writer. Characters and plots came thick and fast and as I entered the security industry, I had the time to write on night shifts. Less than a year later, I started uni as an aspiring archaeology student. And thus began the wilderness years for The Starguards.
Stories came in fits and starts, usually during exam time, which wasn’t conducive to either. New characters were added, sequel storylines, new projects (song writing for one) and interests interrupted, and work on The Starguards completely stopped. For almost 10 years, during job changes and an MSc in Archaeology, The Starguards lay unfinished. But it was not unloved.