I created the Future Bear piece during a 2008 workshop at Anderson Ranch, just months away from my first visit to Antarctica and polar exploration was on my mind. I was reading the epic adventures of explorers like Shackleton, Amundsen and Scott, enthralled with the grand narratives and heroic figures of their life or death experiences. I liked the idea of a similar type of hero, one that seemed to be lifted from the pages of an adventure/ sci-fi comic, but whose narrative had to be shaped by the viewer.
After a few more works featuring Future Bear and a 2010 TEDx talk in which I described the polar bear as a visual symbol for our struggles to act on global climate change, I became interested in expanding the Future Bear pieces into a narrative. My colleague, Julian Chambliss, an urban historian and comic authority who also presented at TEDx, saw an opportunity to write his first comic script. Since then, have enjoyed the benefits and challenges of working collaboratively with our students and members of our community.