The first version of Joana was made in 1998 when I wrote what was to be a small children’s book. Much has happened during these twelve years and the text was shelved alongside some drawings (which I will publish in the future on a post about the character designs). Every year, I took this material out and matured a little bit the idea, either showing for a friend, adding some design, or making some new notes. I was slowly transforming what was to be a book in an animation, however, was only with the structuring of the Detail Library that the story took shape.
Last year, me and Dilly we were laying out strategies for the first year of the Library and in one of several conversations we had reached the conclusion that, besides the need of more scripts, it was important to think of an animation simpler and feasible than that were trying to produce (Gadanthara). This is where the screenplay for Joana really came up. The plot might be adequate to take place in San Corisco without interfering in any way the content of the story. When we realize that the fund raising and deadlines would initially be modest, I received a green light to get the team to adapt the story of Joana to the universe of the Library.