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Top Cow Talent Hunt Loser

That’s right folks, I’m a Top Cow talent Hunt loser!
… And so are hundreds of other applicants.

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I know Sara, I am surprised too!

I have yet to receive the official email but the results have been announced (here) and I am not one of the chosen few. What truly bums me out is that I really loved the story I wrote and I am saddened I will not see it drawn. That’s my only regret. Once I am sure I can share it with you guys, I will post it here though. Of course I also wondered why they did not choose my story and I wish I could get some feedback. Why they did not choose my story, well, only they know why and it seems only fair they would tell me such. Unfortunately, with such a high volume of entries, there is no way they can provide individual feedback which truly sucks.

Thankfully, I can comfort myself in the fact that Nick and I’s first published story is about to see the light of day in 8th Wonder Press Mad Science Anthology!

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So who’s the loser now, you Cow?

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On paper first.

I have been working on an horror story that Nick came up with. I don’t want to spoil anything so I will not talk about the story itself.

I want to pitch to Blood Root so I have to write the actual pitch for it which is NOT the funnest thing ever. Before doing so, I feel more comfortable scripting the whole thing even if only loosely so.

This time, instead of plotting first on my PC, I actually “made” the entire 8 pages story in my notebook and THEN wrote the first draft of the pitch.

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You’re not supposed to understand any of this. If you do, please consult with your doctor.

Now, my drawing skills are terrible but since I am a very visual thinker, it helps. Furthermore. I love doing layouts and think about the page as a whole. Also, as the writer that you are, you know that there is something fundamentally liberating about writing and doodling on paper with a pencil. Word-processing can never match that.

Now that I have this framework, I have something to show Nick so I can get his opinion on it and ask him for his artistic expertise. I can also script the whole story, using my “drawings” as a map.

This is not the first time “draw” the entire comic in this fashion. I usually do it along with the scripting or afterwards to check that everything makes sense from a visual standpoint. More importantly, it is a lot of fun to “write” the story that way and pretend that I can draw.

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Into submission

As I mentioned last week, now that Nick and I are done with Loony the Moonian for 8th Wonder Press; I am keeping an eye opened for more submissions we can pitch to.

One way of doing that is a simple google search:

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One of the result is a great resource called Cloudscape. They post all kind of submissions and stuff. You should really check them out. Thanks to that site, I found the next submission we are working on:

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Blood Root is looking for supernatural inspired stories…and they pay money if they publish you!

So go ahead and submit! I know I will.

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The missing post?

Sometimes in the  middle of last week, it occurred to me that I did not do my weekly post last sunday.

Blasphemy!

Usually I start thinking about the subject matter of the post days ahead as the weekend approaches, but no, not this time. Not a peep, not a worry.

Perhaps I was too preoccupied with our deadline for the 8th Wonder Press Anthology. But why would I be? Nick had all his artwork ready one week ahead of the March 31st deadline. This gave us the opportunity to get feedback from the editor and better a few things, including the title font.

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Final title font thanks to Blambot (and Jesse at 8th Wonder Press)

So what happened? No clue. Life happened? Probably. It keeps happening all the time after all.

Now that we’re done, what’s next you may ask?

Nick and I met met for a celebratory dark, dark beer (or two) and discussed some stories he would like brought to life. He even said he would commissioned me to write scripts for him. Funny guy, since when would the artist pay the writer?

I am also keeping an eye out for more Anthology submissions since, you know, it worked out pretty well for us this time around.

And of course, there is still the Activist.

What do you think we should do next?

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The ACTIVIST #1 “Oily Shit” (PS Version)

Oily Shit!

When I first started writing Comic Books, I had  a hard time finding an artist. I was deluted enough that I thought I could find someone who would draw my stories for free. I know better now. At the time, I decided to make my own comic in Photoshop and the Activist #1 “Oily Shit” was born.

It was a great learning experience and my web project for The Graphic Novel Writing Class I took at Portland State University with Brian Michael Bendis. “Oily Shit” got an A.