Cory Mathis was born in the small mining town of Waihi, New Zealand. His condition didn’t become apparent until the age of four, when he developed the first signs of Dino-neuro-cosis (a mental disease strangely prevalent in the small island nation of New Zealand, where the sufferer becomes compelled to draw and talk endlessly about dinosaurs).
Thinking at first that he would grow out of it when he entered his teenage years, as many similarly afflicted children do, the problem was allowed to persist. The sickness, however, only intensified as he grew older.
At a loss for a cure, his parents invested a small fortune in psychological intervention, rehabilitation and other experimental procedures, to no avail. Finally, their options all but exhausted, Cory was sent away for art training.
This outlet, though helping him channel his unnatural passion, eventuated in what later became known to historians as ‘The D13 Event’. Although no lives were lost, witnesses are still recovering from the traumatic events of that day. Cory’s last known location was the city of Wellington, but after escaping from a local dinosaur rehab clinic his whereabouts are currently unknown.
Saurian Era started as a short animation project I finished and entered into the 2008 Hamburg Animation Awards. Frustrated with the amount of time and resources it took to produce animation, I found myself turning to comics and haven’t looked back since.
The world of Saurian Era would best be described as a dystopian fantasy adventure with dinosaurs in it. It’s tethered to science and fact but adorned with fantastical elements, including dinosaur deities, enchanted and overly large weapons, a magical substance called Era and a group of Raptors who just might turn out to be a whole lot cleverer than anyone first realized.