The Big Crunch is a dark-humored sci-fi comic about the citizens of Thanova, a sprawling alien metropolis on the south pole of the planet Obescuron. Heated by geothermal forces, and lit by myriad stars, Obescuron is kept in precarious orbit around the supermassive black hole—known to locals as the Void—at the center of our galaxy.
Home to 38 million people from 7,000 different species, Thanova is a cauldron of interstellar culture shock, divided not only by its biology and customs, but also by a pervasive caste system codified by the Thanovan government. The tension in the city is exacerbated by the omnipresence of the Void, which drives some citizens mad if they stare too long into its inescapable depths. For this reason, there is a teeming underclass of wandering Doomsayers, their ramblings a reminder that, one way or another, all worlds must one day end.
About the Creator
My name is Stephen Bobbett. I write, illustrate, design and program (and very occasionally act and make music). The Big Crunch is my second foray into webcomics, the first being Daydream, a surreal graphic novella series that’s on hiatus, but that I hope to pick up again at some point. I co-host The Panelists, a podcast about comics and visual storytelling that releases about once a month, with my friend Kyle Latino. Last but not least, I tend a swanky little cocktail bar near my home in New Hampshire. In my spare time, I like reading and hiking.
I really enjoy talking with readers about the comic. Write me at stephen [at] bigcrunchcomics [dot] [com], and I’ll do my best to respond.
How often does The Big Crunch update?
About twice a month. I aim for new episodes on the 1st and 15th. But I’m a quality-over-quantity kind of guy, so I make no guarantees. The best way to keep track of new episodes is to follow me on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.
Is The Big Crunch appropriate for young kids to read?
Not really. Although there are rarely graphic depictions of sex or violence, The Big Crunch deals with situations and themes intended for adults. Plus, there’s more than one character that curses like an ice trucker just banged his shin on a coffee table. I’d recommend the comic for readers ages 15 and up.
Do you do all the writing and drawing?
Yes, indeed. I use a personal wiki to write both the comic and keep track of plot lines, backstories and city maps. I draw it on a Wacom Cintiq in Photoshop CS5.
Will you sign my tits?
Sir, put your shirt back on.