Under the Influence: The Bekkoning and Blade Runner

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The Bekkoning is influenced by a number of different pieces of media depicting the future. One of the primary influences is Blade Runner, famously depicting a dystopian Los Angeles in the year 2019.

Much like Blade Runner tries to depict a twisted Los Angeles decades in the future, The Bekkoning depicts a German city in the far future. My artist Jacob and I tried to develop a German city that is both old and new in architecture. The Bekkoning‘s first issue.
features the towers, ever-present advertising, and dim lighting of Blade Runner’s future.

Pusher and Deckard may not seem too similar on the surface, but on further reflection, they have a lot in common. They have complex motivations for the mysteries they solve and shrouded pasts that are both isolating and motivating. The two of them are also not shy to get into a tussle if necessary. Though, Harrison Ford doesn’t quite have Pusher’s fashion or long hair.

Pusher’s character is definitely influenced by Deckard’s ambiguous past. There have been many theories about whether or not Deckard is human or not since Blade Runner‘s initial release. I thought it’d be interesting to have a world exclusively of humanoid robots who constantly question their own humanity. After all, if the robots of Verloren are one step removed from humanity, then how many steps are they away from a true soul? Those kinds of questions influence the worldbuilding of The Bekkoning to a great degree.

Blade Runner‘s sequel Blade Runner 2049 is also influential for The Bekkoning. The new lead starts out in a similar position as Deckard in the original, though he comes to find out that there is a wider world than he ever expected, with replicants pushing the boundaries of what it means to be artificial beings. The beings that inhabit Verloren have a mysterious past that even they don’t fully understand. Yet, they’re alone in Verloren, compared to the coexistence of humans and replicants in 2049’s Los Angeles, however tenuous that peace may be at the end of the movie.

The Bekkoning has a lot to thank the Blade Runner franchise overall, both aesthetically and thematically.