Thursday, December 13, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
The marathon begins. I'm going through a semi grieving process over GESSO. I have two more books to finish. The last one will be done in February 2013. I think I might be able to squeeze in # 8 before the end of 2012. That would bring my total to 10 published books this year. However the process to complete an entire book demands a lot of time and energy. It takes about on average 25 hours to complete one chapter as I'm doing the work of 5 people ( screenwriting, illustrating, inking, painting backgrounds, storyboarding, page and book layout. ) It's insane. I just finished the storyboard for # 8 and it felt like it took forever to get it completed. Perhaps because I just published two graphic novels back to back and I'm feeling a little burned out. I know it's time for a break when I get sick looking at my drafting table. But then a week or two later, I start to miss my characters and I am sucked in again. Let the late night drawing marathon begin...
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Sunday, September 2, 2012
GESSO SQUAD: 1,000 Star Demons and a Rain God was in the 2012 Reader's Favorite Book Awards. Click here to see the results.
This morning I just finished the sixth graphic novel. Sometime at the end of the month it should be up on Amazon.com.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Last week, I entered my first graphic novel into The American Library Association's Robert Sibert Informational Book Awards. The NAACP has a multicultural awards show every year honoring people in television, film and literature.
Earlier this week, I attended my first Toastmaster's International Meeting. They are a club who helps their members develop professional public speaking skills. Membership is affordable at $72 a year. Participating in Toastmasters will help with my desire to speak at local schools about helmet safety.... We'll see....exciting things are happening....
Friday, July 20, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
GESSO SQUAD The Graphic Novel Volume One is a finalist in the Reader's Favorite Book Festival. The winners will be announced in September. I recently finished the 5th graphic novel in the series and it's now up on Amazon.com. Only three more to go until I finish all eight comic books.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Gesso Squad The Graphic Novel Volume One: 1,000 Star Demons and a Rain God won in the Comic Books category for the 2012 New York Book Festival. On June 22 the winners, finalists and runner-ups will recieve awards at the Grolier Club in New York.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
I entered Gesso Squad the Graphic Novel Volume One: 1,000 Star Demons and a Rain God into the National Indie Excellence 2012 Book Awards Festival earlier this year. I received the results yesterday and as it turns out, we won the Indie Excellence Award in the Speciality Books Category. I didn't win a prize, but I'm happy with the results. NIEA posts a list of all the winners and finalists on their website. They also advertise a list of the winners and finalists in Publisher's Weekly and Publisher's Daily with a banner ad linking to the site.
In September, I will get the results from the New York Book Festival and the Reader's Favorite Book Awards.
Monday, May 28, 2012
I also plan to attend New York ComicCon this year and I hope to have my own book table...
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
A full version of GESSO SQUAD The Graphic Novel Volume One: 1,000 Star Demons and a Rain God (162 page count) will be available on Amazon in the next few weeks. Below are links to each.
GESSO SQUAD The Graphic Novel Volume One: 1,000 Star Demons and a Rain God (Part 1)
GESSO SQUAD The Graphic Novel Volume One: 1,000 Star Demons and a Rain God (Part 2)
GESSO SQUAD The Graphic Novel Volume One: 1,000 Star Demons and a Rain God (Part 3)
GESSO SQUAD The Graphic Novel Volume Two: The Lizard, the Vampire and the Woodblock Print
Saturday, February 25, 2012
I've also entered GESSO SQUAD The Graphic Novel Volume One: 1,000 Star Demons and a Rain God (February 2012) into two book contests: The New York Book Festival and the National Indie Excellence Book Awards. I will get the results from both sometime in June and July....
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I'm in the process of selling my books on Barnes and Noble.com and maybe getting them into Barnes and Noble Book stores. From reading the directions on the bn website, it seems fairly easy. They just need your ISBN and a copy of your book plus other information. I've also considered sending extra used copies I have at home to Powell's Books. They offer the option to sell your used books online as well in their stores. I have no control over the book prices on Lulu. However, I think one way to get people to buy more books could be to sell them used which would lower the cost. Especially since the Graphic Novels are all being printed in color and can get a little expensive. I think selling them Barnes and Noble and Powell's is a good idea.
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Monday, January 30, 2012
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Sunday, January 22, 2012
Here's the rundown for Chapter 6:
1. 1 to 2 hours to convert orignal text from the chapter book into a script.
2. 2 hours to storyboard from original screenplay.
3. 12 hours to sketch, ink and paint all the characters and backgrounds
4. 5 hours for scanning all of theses images ( a total of 87 images including drawings and paintings ) into Adobe Illustrator.
5. 9 hours for compositing all of these images together. Assembling the image layout and adding all the diaglogue.
6. Less than 1 hour to assemble the page spreads in Adobe InDesign.
Chapter 7 is on it's way to completion. So far the first two chapters in Volume Two are 20-22 pages in length. My guess is Chapter 7 will be no more than 25 at the most. The lower page count for this edition will make it much cheaper than Volume One, which was at 163 pages....
After Volume Two is complete, I may take a break from the drawing and painting. I've considered changing the format of the 2nd chapter book...possibly writing it in script format. Doing so would elminate the time of converting all the third person narrative into a screenplay....
Gesso Squad Graphic Novel Volume One: 1,000 Star Demons and a Rain God was entered into the Eric Hoffer Awards. I'll get the results in Mid-March.
One day, I'll get paid to illustrate and write these books. After Volume Two, there are eight more graphic novels...