Friday Comic – You’re Milking This

Good morning,

Attached is my most recent script for the weekly comic collaboration group that I am part of. The topic this week was ‘cooking’ but I mistakenly misread it as ‘food’. This story was heavily inspired by my sons interaction with me during the week.

You can downloaded the script here and don’t forget to check out my other scripts here.

Regards,

N.S. Paul

Thursday Guest Review – Occupy Avengers #1 — Pop Culture Uncovered

Writer: David Walker Artist: Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, and Sonia Oback Cover: Agustin Alessio $3.99 Marvel Comics Occupy Avengers is not at all what I expected. Don’t get me wrong, I expected to really enjoy it as much as I do David Walker’s other work like Power Man & Iron Fist or Shaft, but solicits […]

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Wednesday Support – From script to comic

Good evening,

The following resource comes courtesy of current Thunderbolts scribe Jim Zub.

Making Comics Progression: Script to Final

Regards,

N.S. Paul

Tuesday Kickstarter – Merrick – The Gambler’s Cards

Morning all,

This week I would like to share a new Kickstarter that I came across. If you are unsure if you want to support the project, the creators have offered their first issue for free online.

All the best,

N.S. Paul

Monday Review – Baltimore TPB Vol. 1 – Vol. 4

Good morning,

I recently binge read the first four volumes of this series created by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, with art by Ben Stenbeck. Baltimore follows the story of Lord Henry Baltimore and his hunt for the vampire that killed his family in years surrounding World War 1.

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Story

The first four volumes of Baltimore (Vol. 1 The Plague Ships, Vol. 2 The Curse Bells, Vol. 3 A Passing Stranger and Other Stories and Vol. 4 Chapel of Bones), follows the titular characters hunt for the vampire that he met in the trenches during his time in the Great War. The plot is an alternative history story that follows a new plague that causes most soldiers to desert to spend time with their families before people all fall victim to this supernatural illness.

Writing

The writing of Baltimore is very much like Mignola’s other work were there are lots of allusions to Lovecraft and Poe whilst putting a twist on the usual vampire stories we are so prone to seeing in the media nowadays. However unlike his previous works, Baltimore was originally an illustrated novel that was co-written by Golden.

I have also come to quite appreciate Mignola’s oft sparse writing style against Bendis who I have personally come to find reading difficult due to the shear amount of dialogue he places in his panels. With Bendis I often find myself skimming his writing just to get to the important pieces of information. In fact in the first TPB of Baltimore there is six or seven pages were there is no dialogue and the art paints the story which was really nice to ‘read’.

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Art

Stenbeck’s art is beautiful. Not much I can say about it. It feels very much a Mignola story. The interpretations of how the monsters look seem like they have come straight out of Mignola’s subconscious. It clear, the characters are distinctively different allowing me not to have to guess who I am looking at and overall it just works. I can’t fault it.

Colouring

So the colouring is one of the reasons you know your reading a Mignola book. Dave Stewart is on colouring duties as he has been doing for years now with Mignola on the Hellboy universe. And the very stark contrast with one colour backgrounds and use of blacks really makes the story feel dark and scary.

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I’ve talked about Clem Robins in a previous blog and once again he really makes his mark.

Conclusion

This was a great read and I would recommend you pick up the first four volumes if you fancy reading a horror story set during the Great War.

Regards,

N.S. Paul

Friday comic – Woodlife

Good morning,

This Friday I bring you a another one page short that I am working on for the Reddit Collab group. The theme this week was ‘the wood’.

Download the script here.

Regards,

N.S. Paul

Wednesday Support – Why You Should Letter Your Comics – Carman Kay

This post is a repost of another blogger I came across in my searches for resources for aspiring comic artists. Please enjoy and check out Carman Kay’s website here.

Out of everything I have been passively practicing on in my recent comics, I have not thoroughly garnered such a sense of love for this until just recently. And that is: the awesomeness of Lettering. Lettering comics nowadays, especially in webcomics isn’t as common as it used to be with the fact that it’s a […]

via Why You Should Letter Your Comics — Carman Kay

Monday Review – Comic Review: These Bombshells are THE Bomb!

This post comes from another blog that I came across when I was recently suggested some female comic writers from a Twitter dialogue I had with author Jim Zub. This blog post covers one of those authors I introduced to and thought I would share. You can check out the original posters blog here.

by Jennifer If you read my article a couple of weeks ago, you might remember that I’m a former comic book girl looking to get back into the genre after a kid-induced hiatus. The prospect of finding new books to read has been daunting since most of what I enjoyed back in the day is […]

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Friday Comic – Minos in The Banshee of Donegal (Script)

Good morning folks,

So the following script was one my earlier attempts at writing a short comic. This was originally designed to be a one off five page short to introduce the titular character and the universe in which he lives in.

The script then developed into a trilogy of stories following Minos, a very old mercenary minotaur and his travels in Ireland. It is my hope to revisit this title after Resurrection Men.

Check out the script here.

Regards,

N. S. Paul

Wednesday Night – Why I blog

Evening all,

I was recently asked by a computer of all things, why I blog. So I thought I would share with you all my vision for this website and why I blog.

I am aspiring to be a comic writer. Writing a blog is a means to an end.

  1. It helps me develop my craft.
  2. It’s an outlet to meet other creative minded types.
  3. I like sharing resources and guides that have been shared with me or that I have come across.
  4. And It raises my own profile as a writer.

I know that on my site I also mention that this blog is also about my musical side which is something that I’ve been doing for over 15 years. So this site will host another aspect that I wish to share with people. The reasons;

  1. It encourages me to compose for new mediums out width of popular music.
  2. It gets me to develop my musical ability full stop.

So were do I see this blog going? Well I thought I would put some measurable targets for my career in comics. I hope to revisit these when I get to these milestones but this will shoe you were I want to go. So here we go;

  1. 12 months from the completion of this post I will have one finished 22 page comic of Resurrection Men available to the viewing public on this site that will be released one page at a time over the course of 22 weeks. I hope to have lettered the comic myself.
  2. 24 months after this blog post I hope to have at least two issues completed  of Resurrection Men available to view online and maybe consider running a kickstarter where I will get the remaining two issues of the series drawn up and hopefully have people who would like to purchase a trade paperback of all four issues. I hope to have lettered my comic again but also offer my services to other creators.
  3. 36 months after this blog post I hope to have four issues of my comic Resurrection Men published digitally (for free through my website), have run a successful Kickstarter campaign that allows supporters of my project to be able to buy a trade paperback of the series and have started a new second series and also have enough money saved/earned through my own savings and hopefully through Kickstarter to pay for the next issue of the new series. I would also like to share my work at the London Comic Con if I’m still based in East England. The idea being that the previous Kickstarter will fund the next. I should point that I intend to finance my first series of four issues from my own savings.

So yeah there we have it. Hopefully, this will show you were I see this is going.

Regards,

N.S. Paul