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The IF Anthology is OUT!

Arthur King is featured in the talent-full “IF Anthology”.

I am happy and proud to announce that “Arthur King” is published in Alterna Comics IF Anthology.

You can purchase the digital version here for a mere $7.99

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Dkaotic and I put the 8 pages story together last year as a demo of sorts for a limited series. We are proud parents now that it is featured in the IF Anthology.

I read the entire book (40 stories!) and I am in awe of the talent in display. From Writers, Artists, Letterers… Everybody is bringing their A+ game, making the entire book look incredibly professional, something we can ALL be proud of.

I know it has been a while since I posted here. I have been busy working with the magnificent DKaotic on our next project, which I ‘may’ (or may not) tease on here sometimes in the near future.

Like Arthur King, we are putting together a short story in order to show potential publishers what the final book would look like.

So yes, we are still working and the Art DK has turned in has been mind-blowing, which makes it really hard NOT to share.

But, if you know me, you know I LIVE to surprise people so, until then… Nico out.

 

Arthur King – PG Version!

Arthur King to be featured in Alterna’s upcoming “IF” Anthology.

I have been sending copies of DKaotic and I’s “Arthur King” 8 pages comic and pitch to every publisher that takes submission.

Alterna Comics responded positively and thought our 8 pages “Arthur King” story would be a good fit for their IF Anthology.

BUT first, it needed to be reworked so that it could be rated PG.

I reworked the dialogue and cut the swearing. It lead to Alterna giving me a few more notes about dialogue, and, with their precious help, I believe the new version is actually better. Arthur has very a colorful language now and I love it.

You can find a two pages preview below. You will find the entire story in Alterna Comics upcoming  IF Anthology later this year.

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Wrestling with Comicbook dialogue.

I recently had he opportunity to rework the dialogue on the Arthur King 8 pages story that I wrote last year and which was drawn by artist DKaotic.

You can find it here.

I have been reworking the dialogue and lettering on the story in order to get a chance for it to be published in an Anthology this year. Once it is set in stone, I’ll tell you everything, I swear.  But for now, I would rather not.

This was a great opportunity to get feedback from an editor and give Arthur a stronger voice and more colorful language. I also fixed some of the lettering and actually cut some of the lines because some of the panels had way too much dialogue in them. It truly helped the flow of the story and created a superior version of the Comic that people really seem enthusiastic about. Good stuff.

Still, I feel bad. DKaotic’s artwork is so pretty that I would rather not put ANY balloons on top of it.

Check it out:

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More good news came when I got my feedback from Top Cow. As you may already know, I am participating in the Top Cow Talent Hunt for the third consecutive year. I have to submit a 22 pages script based on the characters from the Aphrodite IX and IXth Generation books.

One of the big differences this year is that each participant who submitted his script and/or Artwork before the first deadline of January 15th received feedback in the second half of February.

I did receive mine. It was not only very positive but also very helpful. I am currently revising the script and doing my best to improve the dialogue in some specific scenes, literally agonizing over which word to choose in each sentence. I actually decided to step away from my latest draft for a week and take a step back because I know I am overthinking it.

The good news is that the final deadline is May 15th so there is still plenty of time to implement improvements.

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Lastly, here is a link to some very cool advice for Comicbook Artists:

10 Rules for Drawing Comics

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I wish you all a Merry March.

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Spotlight on Dkaotic!

Honestly, I don’t really feel like blogging today.

Yes, it is Sunday and Sunday is blogging day but I would rather be immersed in the world of the stories I am currently working on. What happened is that earlier this week (or was it last week?), I contacted DKaotic, the artist with whom I worked on Arthur King, to let him know I really wanted to work with him again.

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Who doesn’t want to see more of that gorgeous Art?

And he  responded with an enthusiastic YES which really made my day. And no, it’s not just because DKaotic and I are both French, though we all know that French people are awesome.

My goal for this year is to develop a new pitch, taking into account everything I learned from putting the Arthur King pitch and short story together. I aim to develop pitches for 4 issues mini-series since, from what I have heard from professionals (especially on the excellent Word Balloon Podcast), it is much easier (if easy at all) to get picked up by a publisher if you pitch a shorter 4 issues story. You know, because I am still very new to this and no one knows me, except you.

I had such a great time working with DKaotic and I enjoy his Art and work ethic so much that I am currently developing projects for him.

You should really check out what he’s been up to on his website and on his portfolio.

Below is a video of one of my favorite thing of his, truly inspiring stuff:

Now you can see why blogging today is not my favorite thing to do. I would rather be spending time in DKaotic world.

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Image Submission

After a couple rejections emails and useful feedback, it is time for me to submit Arthur King to more publishers. Next on the list: The Image Submission.

Image is one of those rare Comic Book publisher which has opened submissions all year long, 24/7.

So what do they want from me?

See their submission page here.

  1. A typewritten cover letter with all contact information (name, e-mail address, address, phone and fax numbers) clearly printed on the TOP of the page.

That’s the easy one, pretty straightforward. Just introduce yourself and get on with it.

2. A typed, ONE PAGE, synopsis of the overall STORY.

Ouch. One page? JUST one page?

I have a three pages PITCH that I sent potential editors and I am trimming it to its core. To tell the entire story in one page is challenging and I would like to make it even shorter. Editing yourself is the trademark of a good writer, right? Just cut the fat. What is your story about?

3. Send photocopies of fully INKED and LETTERED pages (any size). DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ART!

So basically the best way to go about this is to have a fully finished comic. They want to see that you ( and your artist, if like myself you are the writer) can make a Comic Book and a good one at that.

4. Color is OPTIONAL.

Good, because I don’t have that.

5. Include a cover mock-up—this lets us know whether or not you understand the market and gives us a good barometer on your design sense.

Yes, sir!

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And that’s pretty much it. Check out all the details of their very helpful guidelines. You can then send your Image submission by email or snail mail. I am going to do snail mail so that they can hold the 8 pages Arthur King in their little hands. I just hope I get a rejection letter or email sooner than later.

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