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Dead-on Deadline.

Today I went to the library to return books I did not have time to read. That’s a sad thing.

It’s all because of the Top Cow Talent Hunt. As the January 31st deadline approaches, I am sharpening my script like a Witchblade (BWAHAHAHA……get it?).

The thing is that I cannot talk about the story I am writing and if I am one of the 4 winners, I will not be able to post the script here. Doing so would disqualify me. So everybody cross their fingers and hope to freakin’ die that I NEVER post the script on this blog!

January 31st is also Nick and I’s deadline for our short story. We are supposed to turn in the full script with rough artwork to 8th Wonder Press for the Anthology we are going to be a part of . Good thing is, we already did AND we already got approved! Nick is using the extra time to experiment with sketches and such and I could not be more excited with the stuff he is coming up with.

All in all, 2014 starts on fire!

I know that’s not a proper expression but if the GIRL can be on fire, I figure 2014 might as well.

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The Top Cow Talent Hunt

Though I am obviously still working on the script for 8th Wonder Press, I am also starting work on the next thing. And the next thing for me is: The Top Cow Talent Hunt.

Publisher Top Cow is looking to publish the work of 4 artists and 4 writers. All you have to do is submit a script or some artwork following their hyper specific guidelines. I only heard of this a couple weeks back so I am a bit late to the party but I am still going to write a 22 pages script by the January 31st deadline. I just have to read up and study the Top Cow universe first.

I actually started reading Witchblade and the Darkness when it first came out in France back in 1996 I believe. It was published by Image Comics and I thought it was so cool but I was like 14 years old and I thought SPAWN was the bomb! So the Witchblade was like a sexy version of Spawn to me. Then the Darkness came out and it was another cool murderous dark anti-hero. It was all very dark and brooding and gory like Batman on steroids (and with boobs!) and I loved it.

The Top Cow universe has changed quite a bit since  so I have A LOT of catching up to do. Thank god the submission guidelines include recommended reading.

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Poor me! I have to read sooooooo many comics.

Now I am trying to get as many of this books from the library as possible and I did find about half of what I need. I am just waiting for them all to be available which should be soon. I am also still waiting on Artifacts Vol.1 from Amazon so I can read the whole series. So far it is the only trade I bought for the purpose of this submission but I plan on going to Excalibur to get some more stuff as I am sure they carry pretty much everything and I like giving them money. They are a true comic book shop where one can find specific issues AND they know their stuff. No gimmicks. No toys.

That’s about it. I will keep you updated on the processes. On one hand the studying of the Top Cow universe and the birth of a story within that universe; and on the other hand, I’ll let you know how our to-be-published project is coming along.

After all that, perhaps I can catch up on my library readings:

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Look at me and my first world problems:

I don’t have enough time to read ALL those Comic Books!

See you next week,

N-

We’re getting published!

Nick Nall and I are getting published!

8th Wonder Press accepted our submission for their 2014 Anthology slated for the spring. Along with 20 other artists, our 12 pages story is going to be printed in a 160 pages book.

As you can imagine, we are thrilled! We are also working hard. While Nick sketches the new characters to give them their definite look, I am ferociously scripting.

2014 already looks good.

Here are some sketches from Nick that I just LOVE! I know you will too.

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The theme for the Anthology is Science and Mad Science. Mad Science it is!

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Comic Book Anthology Submission

Ok guys, our submission is in. Fingers crossed.

As we were putting the finishing touches on our proposal to 8th Wonder Press, I was reminded of a piece of advice from a published comic writer. She told me that I first should try to get a short story published in an anthology. At the time, I was like: “What are you talking about? This does not sound glamorous. I want a publishing deal! This whole short story/ anthology thingy you’re talking about does not sound like being a Rock Star at all ?!?”.

How naive I was. Of course, she was right.

So the other day, I googled:” Anthology Submission Comic” and boom, oh surprise, oh delight, they are out there. Lots of people are putting Comic Book Anthologies together and they are looking for unpublished creators. Cloudscape is actually keeping a list of ongoing submissions.

Of note, the Top Cow Talent hunt is going on and you really should check it out, whether you’re a Writer or Artist. I know it is the next thing on my list after I study some “Artifacts”.

Hopefully, next time I talk to you guys, I’ll have some good news. You know, like getting published for the first time.

 

Sincerely,

Nico

More pitching…

Alright people, Nick and I are pitching to 8th Wonder Press for their Science/ Mad Science Anthology and the deadline is approaching. I like where the pitch is at and most people I pitch it to enjoy the story so that’s good. I posted it last week and I figured I would post it again with the added artwork. Thoughts, prayers and excited comments full of glee welcome!!!

Dear Submission Editor,

My name is Nicolas Izambard and I am writer. Together with artist Nick Nall, we wish to propose to you a story for your upcoming anthology. The story is titled: “Loony the Moonian Makes Friends”. Our story is one of Mad Science. It is 12 pages long and has no dialogue.

On the moon, Loony the Moonian is enjoying eating moon rocks, his favorite meal. He just wishes he had a friend to share it with. So he hops into his flying saucer and goes to earth. Using his technologically advanced tablet, he captures animals in the most fantastic ways. Projecting a gazelle hologram to catch a lion and using a decoy lake to trap a giraffe, Loony manages to catch dozens of animals from Africa. [Pages 1 to 3]

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Several sketches of Loony the Moonian by Nick Nall. It helped us decide on the final look.

As he flies back to the moon with the flying saucer full of animals, we see why Loony kidnapped them all in the first place. He has a plan. He wants to build the perfect friend. From the courage of a lion to the sense of humor of a Hyena, he is going to put it all together.  Back inside his lab on the moon, he uses special lasers to divide each animal into cubes (just like a sliding tile puzzle!).He then uses all the different cubes to build the most fantastically backwards looking animals. Unfortunately, no matter how many times he tries, he cannot put the perfect friend together. Disappointed in his failed experiments, Loony is about to discard a big pile of cubes when, suddenly, he trips and falls. All the cubes he was carrying fall to the ground and merge together to form a big, scary-looking creature. [Pages 4 to 7]

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A not-so-final version of page 5 to show you the sliding tile machine that Loony uses to “divide” animals.

The poor thing is made of all the wrong parts in all the wrong places! It has a giraffe’s neck for a tail, an elephant’s trunk for an arm and it is now chasing Loony through the lab so that it can get a big hug. The creature simply wants some love. Unfortunately, our friend the Moonian does not see it that way and has never been so scared in his entire life. So when the creature manages to catch him, he reaches for his tablet to release the many failed experiments he created. [Pages 8 and 9]

Scared of all the failed experiments Loony unleashed, the creature runs away from the lab. Using the distraction to his advantage, Loony hops into his flying saucer and escapes but the creature spots him in the distance and runs after the saucer. When it catches up to Loony, it jumps onto the saucer and causes them both to crash onto the moon’s surface. [Pages 10 and 11]

Later, Loony wakes up in his lab with bandages on his head. He is surrounded by all his failed experiments and the creature is dangerously approaching him! The creature offers him a plate of Moon rocks, his favorite, and they all share a meal together. Loony has not only made a friend in the creature, he did in fact make friends, not matter how imperfect they are. [page12]

The End.

The Pitch.

Alright people, Nick and I are pitching to 8th Wonder Press for their Science/ Mad Science Anthology. I figured I would share the pitch here so you can tell us what you think. One thing to keep in mind is that we are writing for all ages here.The final Artwork from Nick is not included but it will be in the final pitch. Regardless, this is about the story. Here it goes:

Dear Submission Editor,

My name is Nicolas Izambard and I am writer. Together with artist Nick Nall, we wish to propose to you a story for your upcoming anthology. The story is titled: “Loony the Moonian Makes Friends”. Our story is one of Mad Science. It is 12 pages long and has no dialogue.

On the moon, Loony the Moonian is enjoying eating moon rocks, his favorite meal. He just wishes he had a friend to share it with. So he hops into his flying saucer and goes to earth. Using his technologically advanced tablet, he captures animals in the most fantastic ways. Projecting a gazelle hologram to catch a lion and using a decoy lake to trap a giraffe, Loony manages to catch dozens of animals from Africa. [Pages 1 to 3]

As he flies back to the moon with the flying saucer full of animals, we see why Loony kidnapped them all in the first place. He has a plan. He wants to build the perfect friend. From the courage of a lion to the sense of humor of a Hyena, he is going to put it all together.  Back inside his lab on the moon, he uses special lasers to divide each animal into cubes (just like a sliding tile puzzle!).He then uses all the different cubes to build the most fantastically backwards looking animals. Unfortunately, no matter how many times he tries, he cannot put the perfect friend together. Disappointed in his failed experiments, Loony is about to discard a big pile of cubes when, suddenly, he trips and falls. All the cubes he was carrying fall to the ground and merge together to form a big, scary-looking creature. [Pages 4 to 7]

The poor thing is made of all the wrong parts in all the wrong places! It has a giraffe’s neck for a tail, an elephant’s trunk for an arm and it is now chasing Loony through the lab so that it can get a big hug. The creature simply wants some love. Unfortunately, our friend the Moonian does not see it this way and has never been so scared in his entire life. So when the creature manages to catch him, he reaches for his tablet to release the many failed experiments he created. [Pages 8 and 9]

Scared of all the failed experiments Loony unleashed, the creature runs away from the lab. Using the distraction to his advantage, Loony hops into his flying saucer and escapes but the creature spots him in the distance and runs after the saucer. When it finally catches up, it jumps onto the saucer and causes Loony to crash onto the moon’s surface. [Pages 10 and 11]

Later, Loony wakes up in his lab with bandages on his head. He is surrounded by all his failed experiment and the creature is dangerously approaching him! The creature offers him a plate of Moon rocks, his favorite, and they all share a meal together. Loony has not only made a friend in the creature, he did in fact make friends, not matter how imperfect they are. [page12]

The End.

Stay out of our way!

As you might know from last week’s post, I have been working on a story idea Nick had (Nick is my artist). Things were getting a lot creepy in my research stage, like THAT CREEPY:

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Al Basti and Popobawa. That’s what you find when you dig into the world of succubi.

I enjoy collecting images as part of my research so that I can share them with Nick later if necessary AND/OR start barfing and laughing simultaneously.

Then all of sudden, Nick sent me an email that his roommate sent him about a great opportunity. Now, we are working on a brand new 8 pages comic for the 8th Wonder Press Anthology – Science! / Mad Science! and so should you! No, really, check it out.

In the next weeks, we are focusing solely on this project as the deadline for the proposal nears. Please, wish us good luck, pray for us to your gods, your demons and your mutant children! Send us good vibes and lots of positive energy and as Stewie Griffin so perfectly put it:  “Dear God…STAY OUT OF OUR WAY!!!!”

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Nick pretty much forced me to post his picture here because he is (self-admittedly) a narcissist.