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This is the cover for the next book I’m working on. This will be similar is size and style to For What It’s Worth, which talked about writing for comic books and presented some tips and ideas that have helped me along this path in comic writing. The Making of a Comic Book will detail the creation of the first issue of Ayla Speaker for the Dead, from idea to the final finished product. I don’t claim in great knowledge in what I’m doing, but maybe some of what I’ve went through might help others in their quest for creating comic books. I talk about everything from getting the idea and working it out to getting the comic printed and shipped. The book will be finished and printed sometime before the end of this year.
And I have to add, isn’t that a great cover to Javi Laparra? The man is amazing. He even got Buffy on the cover. I love it.
I know it seems like it’s been forever. Or at least it does to me. But we’ve finally started to post the second issue of Ayla Speaker for the Dead online. The cover and the first page are you and you can read it here. In this issue we venture farther into the city of New Orleans and see how much it’s changed from its present day appearance. We also get little more information about the United States. Things are going to get pretty rough in this issue for Ayla and her friends. I don’t want to say too much so I don’t give too much away, but we hope you’ll be along for the ride.
My last post made me realize that I’ve been pretty bad about updating what new books I have out and what’s coming out. So I figured I’d take a moment to let everyone know what is out so far this year.
Ayla Speaker for the Dead #1
For What It’s Worth (writing on writing)
1: short comic book stories
2: short prose stories
A History of Voodoo
Looking back I can think not so bad for one year so far. And the year’s not over with yet. I have a few books upcoming and a few that might have to wait for the start of next year, just for finance’s sake.
Boxie: at the printer right now and will be in my hands on Oct. 7.
The Making of a Comic Book: I’m thinking this will be out this year. It’s going to be in the same format as For What It’s Worth. Basically it recounts how we created Ayla from start to finish. I thought it might be helpful for some to see how a comic book was created. I’m about half done with it and once it’s finished I think I’ll be able to swing the cost of publishing it this year.
Voices to hear: The Interviews: Done, but probably won’t be out till the start of next year. This is the biggest thing I’ve done so far. At least a hundred pages, maybe a bit more. Interviews with musicians from my music site Voices to hear.
Lucy: a children’s story told in comic book format. Probably next year, I’m still working on this one and don’t have an artist for it yet either.
My Own Second Line (an Enoch Miller mystery): this one is going to be a prose story, but I’m going to put it out in a comic book format. I’m not sure how big it will be, but I’m thinking around 36 to 48 pages. I’ve started it and am really enjoying writing it. It’s bringing together a lot of ideas and half started stories I’ve been trying to start and finish over the years. Hopefully this won’t go on that pile of half finished stuff, I figure if I talk about it here it’ll make me want to keep working on it. But I really have a feel for it now.
Lizards The Complete Collection: This is going to collect all my Lizards stories from Critters plus the one issue special that Caliber published. This will be close to a 100 pages. It will appear sometime next year.
Ayla Speaker of the Dead #2: We’re already working on this so it will be out sometime next year. I’m hoping for spring so I’ll have it for the summer convention season.
Boxie #2: Again we’ve started on it and I’m pretty confident we’ll have it out in the first few months of next year.
The Almighty Project #1: I was hoping that I’d have the first issue of this one out this year, but problems pushed it off the rails and we definitely won’t be out until 2017. I’m super excited about the new artist and think this is going to be really good. I’m hoping that like the second issue of Ayla we can have this out the first half of next year.
And that’s all I’m going to list right now. There are other projects with other artists, but none that I feel confident enough about announcing or putting a deadline to. And as always I’ll be thinking of new things and adding them into the mix as I go.
I’m a little late in talking about this. Three weeks ago we debuted the newest comic to feature my writing. The Almighty Project. This one is a lot different than Ayla Speaker for the Dead. For starters it’s in black and white. I know a lot of people might be turned off just because of that, but I think black and white is just as creative as color. A lot of the comics I wrote when I first started writing are in black and white. I’m hoping that the fact it’s in black and white won’t deter anyone from reading it.
The Almighty Project is my attempt at a Young Adult Novel. If you’re a fan of Andrew Smith and any of his books, blame him. I picked up The Grasshopper Jungle and fell in love with his writing. It lead me to immediately look for every book the man has ever written and proceed to read them. Which in turn lead me to want to write my own Young Adult Novel. I wouldn’t blame it completely on Mr. Smith, I’ve been reading others before him, but he really grabbed me.
This story has more autobiographical elements in it than anything I have ever written also. I’ll leave it the reader to determine which are which.
Please give it read and let me know what you think. This story means a lot of me and I hope you enjoy it.
I haven’t shared any of my work on here yet, so I thought it was time to start. This is for an upcoming webcomic called Ayla Speaker for the Dead. The words are by me and everything else is by the talented Javi Laparra. I’m not going to promise any time line on this yet, because whenever I do I just get myself in trouble. But I’m feeling really good about this and am hoping it will start before Christmas. The above images are from different pages and show everything from penciled layouts to a completely finished page with the lettering. I normally don’t post a page that is lettered, those I want to hold off until we actually have the storyline running, but for this one time I wanted to put it here just to showcase the art. I don’t want to give too much away yet, but the storyline is set in the future and is set in my hometown of New Orleans. I’ll talk more about this and post more as we keep working on it.