The comic of Subject 218 is an on-going project, that will be running at all times alongside other projects until either it or the other projects are completed.
Originally the medium of choice for the story, the Comic was started as far back as 2006 but Thomas (its creator) constantly delayed releasing the comic due to a combination of perfectionism and changing directions in storytelling. In 2015 he decided to make a foundation for the story in the form of a novel, preventing him from making drastic changes without having to call them “multiverses” from the original. Several drafts were written that, while the main plot remained the same, had vastly different scenarios take place in certain key points to the tale, creating alternate endings (with some having borderline crazy ones!) Thomas still likes the alternate endings to Subject 218 and plans to make 3 of them in his comic after the main, original, plot is finished. These multiverse comics will follow on from the main branch of comics at certain points, based entirely on one or more decisions the characters make that differ from the core plot.
One example is that in the core plot, Tim decides to escape the facility he is captured in which sets in motion the remaining story, however in one multiverse tale, Tim decides to wait it out and this yields consequences of its own.
The Multiverses are categorised already to allow Thomas to plan his Issues and Volumes accordingly. These categories are code-named Core, Cat, Wolf and Foxhound. When a multiverse connects to an issue, it will be labelled as a branch. Example:
Multiverse: Core, no branch – This means the issue is part of the Core Plot and does not have the chance of branching out.
Multiverse: Core, Foxhound branch – Whilst part of the Core Plot, this issue ends on a cliffhanger, and connects to both the Core and the Foxhound branch.
Multiverse: Foxhound – This issue is no longer part of the Core Plot and is bound to the Foxhound Plot.
As Thomas wants fans to follow along his journey creating the comic adaptation, he has decided to release it in the form of issues first in Flat Colours, then bulking together each issue into a single volume which will be in fully shaded colour. To make the process more affordable to fans, each volume will contain approximately 5 chapters-worth of content from the original novels. It is estimated Hunt Down will be 3 Volumes, Bloodhound will be 2, and Breaking Point will likely not have any (as scenes are inserted into relevant parts of the core plot.)
Note that the Volumes will be made for EPUB eventually, however individual issues will only be sold as prints.
CORE SERIES 1 – OPERATION: HUNT DOWN
Covering everything from Chapter 1 to 5 from the novels, with inserts taken from “Figure: Breaking Point” appearing now and again.
ISSUE #1 (2019)
Print: -coming soon-
EPUB: -not available-
Pages: 32 approx
Coverage: Parts of Chapter 1, and all of Chapter 2, from the Novel “Hunt Down”.
Multiverse: Core, no branch
Summary: Tim is trapped in a Panic Room after military forces storm his residence, and to take his mind off of things he decides to write about his life.
CORE SERIES 2 – CODE-NAME: BLOODHOUND