This past weekend I began drawing chapter four. If I have calculated it right- I should finish it next December. However during the down time between chapter three and four I’ve been prepping documents to send to publishers. I found Ka-Blam.com, an online printer, and had them print the first twenty pages of the book for me as a test run. What they produced far surpassed my expectations.
In addition I’ve been attempting to build this website (the one you’re on now) which has been one huge headache. I do not know why the wordpress program would be built as wonky as it is or why they have it be the farthest thing from being user friendly- but it is. And for some reason a large amount of people use it. It’s the One Direction of web programs.
If the people who made wordpress blog’s were pre-teen girls.
Oh! Also I’ve become addicted to two comic books: Saga and Stray Bullets. Saga most people have heard of and they recently went on hiatus from their third story arc. (They release 6 issues, break, release 6 more issues, break, etc- it’s sort of their thing).
Stray Bullets is a DIY comic from the 90’s that is getting a fresh start thanks to Image. If you read comics on any digital device you can download the original first four issues for free from Amazon or Comixology and get hooked yourself.
Oh and if you like Saga, check out Panelsyndicate.com for an online only comic written by BK Vaughn. The site has a pay-what-you-can motto so if you want a free taste- do so. And then throw them a few bucks.
Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been busy with the holidays and processing edits on the first 20 pages. Getting ready to start chapter 4 after the New Year.
I decided to go to a meeting for aspiring comic book creators in NYC. I agreed to it and then forced myself not to think about it. Meeting new people is difficult. Throw in the fact you’re opening up about something close to you, something you’ve placed a lot of work into and it can be a bit nerve-racking. If I pulled anything away from my art school critique experiences its that the usual annoying personalities will be there-but hoped a few good eggs show up too.
I was not disappointed to see both groups well represented.
One guy, a screenwriter and not an artist, (maybe he misread the description of the group) was putting together “high concept” storylines (his words) that would instantly sell. He just needed to find financing for the projects. For example basketball players abducted by aliens to fight an intergalactic war- totally high concept right (not sure what that phrase means)? After looking at my work he attempted to recruit me to draw storyboards and when I told him my graphic novel (not a screenplay) involved a school shooting he informed me it wasn’t high concept enough. Hollywood would never pick it up. I wanted to ask him if I needed more aliens (I’ve drawn several basketball players in “Sacco” already- so I had that base covered).
I also met two guys that were in the beginning stages of their graphic novels. One was a writer and had a friend who was handling the artwork. The story-line was dark and the art matched it perfectly. The other person didn’t bring any material but could articulate his plot with great clarity and made his idea sound intriguing and not a simple one line blurb.
The screenwriter panned their ideas as low concept also.
Sorry, made some additional changes, and I couldn’t figure out how to update the last post.