Autodesk Labs is part of the Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO). Last summer, OCTO had some summer interns research the future of design. In addition to a movie (read review), they also created a comic book entitled A Prelude To Then.
- written and illustrated by Marianne Khalil
- story by Evan Atherton, Arthur Harsuvanakit, Luke Sehee Byun, Samantha Chiu, Behnaz Farahi, Marianne Khalil
- additional art by Luke Sehee Byun
- edited by Maurice Conti, Evan Atherton
- guidance and support from Stephane Bersot, Erin Bradner, Tatjana Dzambazova, Andrew Hessel, Hans Kellner, Alex McDowell, Mickey McManus, Matt Nurse, Bill O'Connor, Brian Pene, Tom Wujec
- budget approval by Carl Bass, Jeff Kowalski, Jon Pittman, Maurice Conti
The story centers around a girl named Emily, nicknamed Milly, who uses a virtual reality device as a bridge to a virtual world inhabited by a virtual friend named Quinn. Though the device was created by her father, the resulting virtual world was designed and created from Milly's imagination while using the device. Milly's escape to her virtual world helps her through some challenging real-life experiences.
Senior Principal Research Scientist, Erin Bradner, brought her copy home to her daughters. Her 8 year old wrote and had this to say.
- "I liked the drama and the characters and the juicy language. I liked the drawings. I kinda liked that there was no bad guy. It would be frustrating if there was a bad guy. Because a villain just adds pages to the story and takes up time reading. There wasn't a good guy either. I like that because the good guy just gets all the attention for saving everyone."
— Jillian, 8 yrs old
Her 10 year old was brief and to the point:
- "I liked the virtual person. He was helping people with their troubles."
— Annika, 10 yrs old
So what was Marianne's response to Erin regarding Jillian's and Annika's reviews?
- “This is awesome!! Really rewarding to hear :) Thanks for passing that along Erin. I’m glad they enjoyed it so much. Sorry for all that juicy language!"
— Marianne Khalil
Inspiring young designers is alive in the lab.