Kirkland resident Noah Ingram has been working on a fantasy story, “Time Wreckers,” for years, and all of his hard work culminated in a signing and panel at Emerald City Comicon (ECCC) in Seattle last weekend.
“I thought I was going to have stage fright, but it was a more calm experience,” he said on Monday. “I didn’t expect this at all.”
After being diagnosed with brain cancer, the impetus to see his project come to fruition became more pressing, and he wrote while going through chemotherapy and radiation. Through a partnership with Make-a-Wish Alaska and Washington, Ingram was put in touch with writer Ethan Nicolle (“Axe Cop”) to bring the story to life.
“Ethan was a godsend,” Jody Ingram, Noah’s father, said.
Nicolle and the Ingrams set to work streamlining the story, which was originally 80,000 words, to create a graphic storybook.
“We wrangled it into something that was manageable,” Noah Ingram said.
They also worked together to recruit a team of artists to create the illustrations for the book. In total, 50 artists contributed to “Time Wreckers,” and the book features 45 full-page illustrations.
“It’s very playful and fun and crazy,” Nicolle said of the book. He was working at DreamWorks when he started on “Time Wreckers,” and he recruited some of the artists there to contribute, while Ingram went to conventions such as ECCC and Sakura-Con to recruit contributors.
During this year’s ECCC, Ingram signed posters on the show floor and participated in a panel about the project alongside Nicolle and three other artists who worked on the project, Brett Bean (“Slugterra”), Chris Sheridan (“Motorcycle Samurai”) and Emily Figenschuh (“The Explorer’s Guide to Drawing Fantasy Creatures”).
ECCC provided the first opportunity for Ingram and Nicolle to meet in person after working on “Time Wreckers” together for four years over the phone and online.
“Finally, I got to meet the nice guy,” Ingram said.
The Make-a-Wish program serves those ages 2 to 18 with life-threatening medical conditions. Ingram is now 20, but he started working on the project four years ago with Make-a-Wish.
“(Some wishes) take a long time to come true,” Make-a-Wish Communications Manager Jessica Mathews said. “(‘Time Wreckers’) is a huge project, but the book is amazing.”
Now that the book is compiled, Ingram and his father are working together to try to figure out how to distribute it. They said they are looking into finding a publisher, but if that doesn’t work out, they will probably begin a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to print “Time Wreckers.”
Ingram’s cancer is now in remission, and he is a junior at Bellevue College, where he is studying creative writing in hopes of pursuing it as a career.
“I’ve got plenty more where that came from,” he said of his future plans.