Friday, June 28, 2013

A Worthy Endeavor

Is it the weekend yet? Oh god... It's about damn time.

Right now I am on the cusp of a pivotal change, transitioning between cheap speaking and shitting, to finally getting off the pot and putting my money in close proximity to my mouth. Colorful language aside, I think tomorrow is going to be a good day.

For a while now I've been teasing the possibility of doing a webcomic. Unfortunately I haven't bothered to give you all any details for fear that until I have content posted and ready it would be stolen. I think my idea is original, which is hard to come by in the comics game, so sharing the idea with you all is actually quite difficult for me.

My journey to this moment is public domain, however, and quite a colorful journey.

The idea that I've been kicking around in my head had been there for almost a year now. It was birthed so during the height of my post college angst, but since has smoothed out considerably in intensity. I think this is always a good practice for writers. You have to sit on your ideas for at least a few weeks/months so that the period between flash inspiration and conviction passes completely. The reason for this is nothing more than distancing yourself from the material. If you are angry, in the heat of that anger you write a tale worth telling, but filled up with you. Then, after reading it in the future, it's like experiencing that scene from Being John Malkovich where the titular protagonist, Mr. Malkovich, enters the portal and experiences his life through his own eyes. The subsequent existential loop is terrifying and overwhelming. Reading your own words from long ago stirs these feelings, and I wouldn't wish it on anyone.    

What I have now though has expanded into a universe, which is a good thing. It I could toot my own horn I would wager that immersion is one of my strong suits. When I write stories, the narrative/dialogue always appears to be on the back burner. I want to walk around in my tales, pure and simple.

So this weekend I plan to see my friend Phil Kiner to discuss some final details, such as the website (soon to be revealed) and the first issue of the comic. Since attending the Arts Center in Pasadena he has become a marvelous artist, and I am excited to see what he can contribute to what will be our communal portfolio. Jason Brubaker of reMIND has been giving Phil a lot of pointers that will strengthen the project in the coming months. Ramón Pérez too has shared his insight with me. Thus far the comic book community has come off as not only helpful, but down to earth and a pleasure to work with.

This is the next big step. I know that most of you who come to the site are redirected here from my writings on Sequart, so it would stand that there would be something here that would relate to comics. I've always considered myself a novelist first, but I enjoy both trades, comics and larger narratives. So I hope you like the comic. I am looking forward to sharing my dream with you.



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