Top Cow Talent Hunt 2016: “God of the Arena”

My 2016 Top Cow Talent Hunt entry

Hello Folks,

Gosh, it’s been a while. I’ve been keeping busy, working on a new exciting project with the talented DKaotic. You know, the artist on Arthur King, the eight pages story slated to appear in Alterna Comics “IF” Anthology later this year?

Yep, totally bragging.  Gotta focus on the positive.

As you may know, the winners of the 2016 Top Cow Talent Hunt have been announced and for the third year in a row, I did not win. Yeah!

You can find the list of winners here.

Congrats to all of them. I am excited to read their stories. There were some real great ones from last year’s winners, especially that one about The 13th Artifact.

On the plus side, I can now share with you my entry for this year: “God of the Arena” featuring Top Cow’s mighty Ares.






“I am the God of War”

-Kratos, in that game, you know.

I am not sure what attracted me to Ares. I always loved Greek Mythology but that’s besides the point. The fact that he is gay was somewhat original. I am ashamed to admit it but yes, I had the idea of having him fight his gay lover who betrayed him, really playing up the “gay angle” in hope if would make my story stand out. But it was very artificial.  Down the line, I realized that his sexuality did not define him.  Instead, he is referred to as the most cruel of the New Gods.  So what kind of a ruler is he? How did he become the most tyrannical of them all, up there with Hades? Did he have to prove himself to his people?

As a mighty God of War, I wanted to see him fight, so why not in an ancient Rome-style Arena? I re-watched Ridley Scott’s Gladiator and Spartacus on Netflix. Things got real gory and juicy, especially after I pit him against a powerful  Drake.  I had so much fun killing him over and over again to see if he could figure a way out of it, despite allegedly being the dumbest in the Pantheon.

I had fun writing this story and I am very thankful for the feedback provided by the Top Cow Talent Hunt Crew. It was VERY supportive and insightful.

I am somewhat saddened that the Top Cow Talent Hunt will no be returning this year. It had become a fun yearly habit and I KNOW I am a better writer because of it.



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