So TCAF last weekend was pretty amazing (as I’m sure you’ve heard by now!) I met a ton of amazing people: friends I’ve met before, friends I’ve only known online and met for the first time, fans who have read Polterguys vol. 1 when it was serializing online and finally, comic heroes I’ve long admired (and to whom I summoned the nerve to throw my books at. )Read More»
Quick post to share that my latest project the Polterguys Vol. 1 Special Features and Extras PDF is now complete and available for purchase at Gumroad!
Format: DRM-free PDF
Stuff inside: Original Polterguys short comic, concept art, photos, illustrations, and articles about the publishing process of Polterguys Vol. 1
Hi guys, quick post to let you know that I’m up for a Best New Talent Nomination at the Stumptown Comic Awards! Voting lasts for just one week and it’s open to a popular vote. As long as you have a valid email address, you can participate. Check out the other awesome nominees, too!
It’s an honor to be up with such great names in the comics industry and I’m already happy to have just been considered.
AS IN: Keep it Simple, Silly.
Everyone wants to write their sweeping 40-volume epic story with an ensemble cast of characters rivaling the likes of One Piece or Naruto. But that drive to clutter story with too many characters and too many cool elements is often a mistake of beginning writers. The true challenge is to simplify and distill the most important elements of the story and let those few bits shine through.
Take a story like 3:10 to Yuma. Now, I usually don’t watch Westerns. I just didn’t find them that interesting. But when I saw James Mangold’s 2007 remake with Christian Bale and Russell Crowe leading – I’ve finally included one in my Favorite Movies list.
The premise of this story is brutally simple but utterly compelling. One man needs to bring a convict to a train station but is having a hard time doing that. The movie was solid and I’m sure it’s because the screenplay was adapted from a short story by Elmore Leonard. Successful short stories often have a straightforward but still engaging narrative.
The goal is crystal clear, the audience knows what’s at stake is with both characters and the obstacles in front of them, all the more trying.
Are you having a hard time making people care about your story? Consider making it simpler and punchier instead of convoluted.
Do you agree/disagree? Sound off in the comments below!