Romance | Mystery | Ufology Lore
Trying Human is a full color graphic novel that follows New York City secretary, Rose, as she learns she's being abducted by a group of aliens, the Greys, a race without emotions or sentiment. She catches the interest of Hue, an empathetic Grey, and his funny friend, Quazky, a Reptoid alien from a neighboring mothership. Using a device, the trying human circuit, the two friends infiltrate Rose's life and the human world.
A second storyline that begins every chapter, encompasses the lives of Phillis, Walter, and Dr. Glasner, all of whom are stationed at the Nellis Testing Range in 1947. Followed by a menagerie of aliens, the mysterious MAJESTIC12, and one defunct German scientist, the two girls try to figure it all out with over half a century between them.
What's your update schedule?
Right now I'm updating with one page a week on Tuesdays. Patreon folks get the page five days earlier on Thursdays. I'm working on redoing the second volume of TH for print! :D Please follow the Tumblr, Reddit, Facebook, or Twitter for updates on that.
When did you start this comic?
I started publishing Trying Human online on June 1, 2008. I began writing and drawing it when I was an itty bitty teen back in 2000/01.
Can my kids read this comic?
This comic is aimed for young adults as it contains strong language, minor nudity, and adult situations. If you would like some good comics for kids please visit Kidjutsu.
I found a typo/ coding error/ other problem in the comic or on the website.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know.
How do you make your comic?
I write the script and reread it a billion times until I think the dialogue sounds natural. Then I use a cheapo sketchbook and a pen to rough out all the pages. From there I digitally create the comic pages in Photoshop.
I miss the old pages! Bring them back!
Please check out Trying Human: First Tries to see the old pages in their original glory.
So why aliens and UFOs?
I'm not sure... I've always been really interested in the topic of alien abduction and UFOs. I do believe it's a very real phenomenon even if it's just psychological. Make of it what you will.
Have you ever seen or read X-Files/Close Encounters of the Third Kind/Visitors of the Night/etc.?
Yes but nothing has been as inspirational for this story as the works of witnesses and abductees. I recommend the works of Budd Hopkins, Dr. David Jacobs, and Stanton Friedman as good starting points if you're interested in learning more about the topic.