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

Wednesday Support – Breaking into Comics and Others

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Good morning,

This weeks support comes from many different threads and web searching. I remember when I started writing seriously and I found it difficult to find concise help and information so I do hope this Wednesday blog does that. Thanks for all those that have submitted or shared links.

The first is an article about breaking into the comics industry by Dark Horse Editor Jim Gibbons.

Breaking into Comics by Jim Gibbons

The next link comes from Fred Van Lente who has create a really cool info graph about common errors new writers make. Would recommend you check it out.

The top 5 mistakes people make when creating comics by Fred Van Lente

The next link has to do with writers learning to appreciate their artist collaborators which I think is oft over looked when you are new to comics.

The reality of drawing by John Chalos

Sticking with the theme of today, I though this was a great little comic about breaking into the industry by C. Spike Trotman.

This is Everything I I Know by C. Spike Trotman.

Writers, don’t be like this.

Illustrations of the People Who Want You to Work For Free by BOOOOOOOM.

The real cost for paying someone to work on your comic.

Scott Snyder Makes More on Wytches than Batman – The Price of Working in Comic Books by Rich Johnston.

The last post today comes from Charles Soule and Jim Zub.

So you Wanna Write Comics? by Patrick Dane.

All the best,

N. S. Paul

Wednesday Support – Catch up!

Good evening,

I thought I would just do a quick we post on all the different topic I’ve covered so far.

Wednesday Support – Lettering

Wednesday Support – Lettering and colouring resources

Wednesday Support – Anthologies

Wednesday Support – Comic Balloons and clarity

More updates will be coming but please do check the above links out and develop your own craft.

All the best,

N. S. Paul

Friday Comic – Home (Comic)

Good morning everyone,

I am very pleased and proud to release my first finished comic to the world. Home was part of a biweekly comic circle I currently take part in were the writers are given a theme and have to write a four panel one page script in one week. The following week, a random artist will be picked and draw said scripts again within a week.

In this case the theme was ‘space’ and I saw an opportunity to take a previous short story and make it into a comic book. This was also my first attempt at lettering a piece of comic work and I’m fairly pleased with the outcomes.

You can download the comic in higher definition here or read continue to read below.

Home

As part of this project I also ended up lettering another artists/writers work which you can see below or again download from here.

Onwards

If you are interested in joining the group please contact me at admin@nspaul.co.uk.

All the best,

N. S. Paul

Tuesday Kickstarter -Twisted Pulp & Under the Streetlight

Morning all,

These one off Tuesday posts are really all about Kickstarter campaigns I think you should check out or consider investing in. This Tuesday is about is double anthology entitled ‘Twisted Pulp & Under the Streetlight‘.

b5ee337ca67c3e320371829cd8406865_originalThe campaign has already passed its $1,111 goal and it still has 26 days to go. At $11 for this 200 page digital anthology its a steal.

All the best,

N. S. Paul

Monday Review – Ultimatum

ultimatumI know, lets kill off the entire Ultimate Marvel universe. Let’s actually let the bad guys win. Let see real consequences to real villainous actions. That basically sums up Ultimatum right there with veteran Marvel scribe Jeph Loeb on writing duties and David Finch on illustration.

Synopsis

In a grief infused state at the death of his children, the Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver, X-Men Big Bad Magento has finally carried out his plan of mutant domination over homo sapiens by reversing the Earth’s magnetic poles causing world wide catastrophe. Spanning 5 issues and being a massive feature in the Ultimate Universe sister issues (Ultimate X-Men V. 1 #98 – #100, Ultimate Spider-Man #129 – #133, Ultimate Origins, Ultimates V.3 and Ultimate Fantastic Four #58 – #60), Ultimatum finally lets the bad guy win.

Story

I’ve been working my way through the Ultimate Universe prior to picking up Ultimatum so this story arc was pretty far out there and I loved it. The premise, the execution and the deaths! Oh my, do not get me started on the deaths. Loeb’s writing is slick and conveys the characters across the Ultimate Marvel universe showing much appreciation to the writing that had come before.

However there were a couple of annoyances. The amount of tie ins you need to read to fully embrace the storyline is draft. The whole story spans mere days in comic time but we’re talking months and months of real time. Thankfully reading this as a collected edition makes the wait non-existent but I could not imagine waiting every month for this storyline to run it’s course.

Second, I just don’t believe that Magneto would quote The Byrds 1965 hit, “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” whilst his masterplan comes to fruition. I’m sorry, I’m not buying that. One could argue a biblical reference but it doesn’t read like it.

Art

Finch’s art was beautifully rendered and it really dragged me in. The devastation of the Ultimatum event is beautifully drawn and the classic Marvel characters look beautiful and jaded. To be honest, I’m not an artist so I don’t feel as qualified to comment on art generally but what I can say is that I really enjoyed the imagery used and it suited the writing perfectly.

Conclusion

Whilst this story arc got panned by critics I never saw the reason why. I really enjoyed the story but my main complaint is the amount of tie ins this story requires you to read to get the full story which is disappointing for the casual reader.

Join me next Monday for our next comic review.

Regards,

N. S. Paul