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!
Read this book over the last few weeks. And while I wasn’t that surprised over his findings, it did make me reflect on just how much my entire art career at this point has been fashioned from things I pursued on my own time (as opposed to things I learned in a formal class setting.) I picked up Photoshop, learned how to use a tablet, learned how to draw figures etc. because I thought it would be fun! As it turns out, that actually made my progress better. What a concept. Despite my lack of formal training, I feel I’ve been improving year after year because I’ve been focusing on getting better and mastering my craft. That’s been encouraging for me and I hope for all of you as well!Read More»