A Simple Word #2

Hey everyone,

Since our last update my ability to convince my first born a to sleep for more than 90 minutes has diminished dramatically! But that’s neither here nor there! You’re more interested in comic stuff so lets get onto that. Parents in the crowd, if you have any suggestions on how to get a two year old to go to sleep by themselves again let me know. Never had any problems until recently so any advice will be welcome.

Current Progress
We have now got 11 pages of pencils created for issue 2 of Resurrection Men and it is coming on nicely. I got a page today and my response was just, “damn, Camael is a dick!”. Check it out!

I started this email about my own sleepless nights being a father but in truth Resurrection Men is a story of father and sons. After I had written my first draft of issue #1 I was asked by Dan Hill, the awesome editor of this little story, “what is this story all about?” I replied, “it’s a supernatural horror story about a guy who can bring the dead back to life.” “OK, but what is the actual story?”.

I hadn’t thought about it this before being my first comic and I quickly saw that through the story there was a theme about the relationships both positive and negative fathers and sons can have both by bloodline and by circumstance. James and Jude, Schrödinger and Erwin (you’ll meet his this issue) and Camael and his ‘children’, The Leftovers (again you’ll see them this second issue). I quickly realised how much this theme of children and parents resonates with my life.

Last year, in my job as a music teacher I was fortunate to be part of a school production of Miss Saigon. There was one song, Bui Doi, that remains in my soul and heart since that February last year when over twenty 15 to 18 year old boys sang with passion and spirit such a powerful rendition of this song which tells the story of the lost children of the Vietnam war conceived by American GI’s and the local population. You can check out the song here.

So talking about father and sons lets get back to Resurrection Men #2. Check out page one art that Rory has inked since our last update! Even just as a black and white piece of art, this is is great storytelling from Rory full stops. It sets the mood up perfectly for the remaining scene. As we progress I’ll be sharing pages with you all before we launch the second issue Kickstarter later on in the year.

 

In Other News…

Last newsletter I talked about some other projects I have been working on and one of them, Necronaut, is currently in development. The pitch is in its first draft and I’m hoping to submit it to the Creators for Creators grant. If you are fellow comic creator you should totally check out this opportunity to gain $30,000 and be supported by some of the biggest names in comics including Robert Kirkman and Brian K Vaughn. You can check out the website here and get your submission in before March 31st! Regardless of how this pans out this is my next comic I want to work on. That being said, I thought I would share with you the working pitch and how it came about.

Necronaut

500 years into the future, The Tribe are the last people alive onboard a massive multigenerational colony spaceship that they have no control over. Technologically backwards, they have descended into a society of mysticism that rely on one piece of working technology that can send only those of a certain bloodline into the Dead Planes, a spirit world occupied by those who used to live in the ship many hundreds of years ago. The Tribe seek information on how to rekindle their former glory before the Black Event devolved their civilisation. Only Mira is left of the bloodline. She is the Necronaut, the traveler of the Dead Planes. Though something is wrong. Every time she returns from the Dead Planes members of the Tribe go missing. With time running out, Mira only has a limited number of journeys before there will no Tribe left to save.

I have been wanting to write a science fictions story for ages as it is one of my favourite genres but I struggled to find something passionate that I would want to tell a story about. Then came about my first piece of inspiration for this story, Dr Who.

As a fan of Dr Who I thought to myself what were the episodes I found myself thoroughly enjoying and I summed them up in the following formula;

  • A character finds themselves in an inexplicable place
  • There is a mystery to solve
  • There is a great sense of horror and doom that forebodes all actions
  • The answer was obvious when the breadcrumbs of the story were seen in hindsight.
So with that in mind I decided that a supernatural, science fiction, ghost ship story was what I wanted to write about. The pitch took a few drafts but so far I’m quite happy with it. Still to be developed but hopefully this process of breaking down your passions and seeing why you love something helps you construct your own creative endeavours.

Things to Check Out

Last week I talked about my buddy running his successful second Kickstarter, Grimwood Crossing, a supernatural Western horror with some awesome artwork by Atagun Ilhan.  They have already met their funding goal and their not even half way yet so you should check it out!

But there are few other Kickstarter you may want to checkout including;

Thats all for today folks, join me at twitter.com/nspauluk and get involved with the discussion of all things comics, music and teaching!

All the best,

N.S. Paul

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