Facebook’s penchant for reminding us of all of our friends’ pending birthday’s or other events usually brings on happy thoughts.
But today one of my notifications was about Carl Knappe’s 63rd birthday today. Only Carl isn’t around to celebrate it. He passed away back in 2015. His daughter occasionally posts to his timeline in a testament to a daughter’s love for her father that not even death can end.
Carl was part of a two-man team that gave birth to Elite Comics back in 1985 in Midland, Texas. He, along with Tom Floyd, launched a comic book series, Epsilon Wave, and in the back pages was another series, Seadragon.
In 1985 they decided to break Seadragon off into its own standalone book series and hired an unknown 21-year-old writer to write the script for the first two issues. If I knew then what I know now, the two scripts would have been a lot different than what they were.
I’ve always felt that I have some unfinished business with Seadragon and, fortunately before his passing, I reached out to both Carl and Tom and got their okay to see if I could put together a novelization of Seadragon, exploring some of those issues and maybe tweaking a few of the questions we never got around to answer before the series was discontinued after six issues.
I wish I could have finished it before Carl passed and I hope to have Tom, and fellow Seadragon alum Dennis Yee, do some illustrations for the book when I do get it done.
But for now, all I can do on what would have been his 63rd birthday is remember one of the men who gave me my first break as a fiction writer and hope that he continues to rest in peace.