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Creating a graphic novel but stopping along the way to take some photos, eat some food and admire great art!

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Blue – An Australia Cattle Dog Story – Good Boy

Everything is progressing with the next Sigmate Studio project Blue – An Australian Cattle Dog Story. The planned date is still mid September for the Kickstarter launch.

Blue – Good Boy
Blue, Kickstarter, Graphic Novel, Cheun, Australian Cattle Dog, Comic, Australia, Good Boy

I like this panel of Blue and Mary. Mary is one of the main characters in the story. She works at the Animal Rescue centre and helps James out with advice on how to handle Blue.

There has some very positive buzz surrounding this graphic novel! Thanks for all the kind words and support that I have received. I’m really excited to get Blue from concept to the final printed copy and am happy so many people are coming along for the ride.

Tabby, Buy, Tabby Sketchbook, Stephen Kok, P.R. Dedelis

Blue – An Australian Cattle Dog Story

I am happy to provide a sneak peek into the next Sigmate Studio project that will be launched. The current tentative date will be mid September to be available for crowdfunding on Kickstarter. I’m very excited about this project as it will feature the first collaboration with a new artist Cheun.

Blue – Cover
Blue, Kickstarter, Graphic Novel, Cheun, Australian Cattle Dog, Comic, Australia

The project is titled Blue and it’s a story centred around an Australian Cattle Dog. James (a country boy) is new to the city and adopts a rescue cattle dog named Blue to make him feel more at home. However Blue won’t come when called, won’t eat and loves hammers!

It’s a story of friendship with a lot of fun and humour included. I had a fantastic time writing this story and it is based on a true story. (More information of that to come later.) Over the course of the next month or so, I will provide more insights into the graphic novel. This will include writing thoughts and of course more artwork! I hope you’ll be able to support this project when it launches very soon.

Blue – Sample Internal Page
Blue, Kickstarter, Graphic Novel, Cheun, Australian Cattle Dog, Comic, Australia

Tabby, Buy, Tabby Sketchbook, Stephen Kok, P.R. Dedelis

5 Seconds – First Library – First Store

I received 2 incredible pieces of information today! I found out that 5 Seconds is now in its first Australian library and first Australian comic book store!

Where can I borrow 5 Seconds?

Ashfield Library was the first library to have both Tabby and Tabby Sketchbook. Now it’s incredible for 5 Seconds to be included as part of their collection!

Ashfield Library :
5 Seconds, Jake, Ellie, Kickstarter, Creative Arts Partnership, Graphic Novel, Dragons, Sketches, Proof, Cover, First printing, Past, Present, Future, Ashfield, NSW, Inner West Council, Impact Comics, ACT, Australia Ashfield LibaryLevel 3  – 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield NSW 2131

Where can I buy 5 Seconds?

If you’re in Australia’s capital, you can purchase 5 Seconds from Impact Comics. Impact Comics is the premier store in Canberra (ACT) and they have been extremely supportive of locally created comics! (There’s also copies of Tabby there as well.)

Impact Comics :
5 Seconds, Jake, Ellie, Kickstarter, Creative Arts Partnership, Graphic Novel, Dragons, Sketches, Proof, Cover, First printing, Past, Present, Future, Ashfield, NSW, Inner West Council, Impact Comics, ACT, Australia Impact Comics 16 Garema Pl, Canberra ACT 2601

Tabby, Buy, Tabby Sketchbook, Stephen Kok, P.R. Dedelis

5 Seconds – Page 1 – Panel Explanation

Sharing the first page of 5 Seconds explaining the different type of panels in the 5 Seconds comics. There is a different panel design for Past, Present and Future. The Past panels have a more sepia hue to it while the Future panels are washed out.

The distinction was important in writing as it helps the reader know Jake is glimpsing the future or talking about a past event. It’s a nice effect that adds a little something extra!

Page 1:
5 Seconds, Jake, Ellie, Kickstarter, Creative Arts Partnership, Graphic Novel, Dragons, Sketches, Proof, Cover, First printing, Past, Present, Future

Tabby, Buy, Tabby Sketchbook, Stephen Kok, P.R. Dedelis

5 Seconds – First Printing

The first print run of 5 Seconds is done after the edits to the proof copies! It’s an amazing feeling opening the box and seeing your graphic novel staring right back at you. Printing services supplied by Comic Books On Demand.

First Printing :
5 Seconds, Jake, Ellie, Kickstarter, Creative Arts Partnership, Graphic Novel, Dragons, Sketches, Proof, Cover, First printing

Tabby, Buy, Tabby Sketchbook, Stephen Kok, P.R. Dedelis

5 Seconds – Proof – Sketches

It’s an exciting time in the 5 Seconds project! I have received the proof copies of 5 Seconds which will need a full review to make sure everything is perfect. At a first glance though, it looks all great. Printing services supplied by Comic Books On Demand.

Cover :
5 Seconds, Jake, Ellie, Kickstarter, Creative Arts Partnership, Graphic Novel, Dragons, Sketches, Proof, Cover

The reward sketches from P.R. Dedelis have also arrived. It is hard to describe holding the actual artworks in your hands. I’m sure everyone who pledged for sketch rewards will absolutely love them. I think it’ll be very sad for me to have to give them away.

Sketches :
5 Seconds, Jake, Ellie, Kickstarter, Creative Arts Partnership, Graphic Novel, Dragons, Sketches, Proof, Cover

Tabby, Buy, Tabby Sketchbook, Stephen Kok, P.R. Dedelis

5 Seconds – More Sketches – Dragons

The first round of lettering is now done for 5 Seconds and everything is progressing well. Some minor edits are required before the compiling all the pages for publishing. It’s definitely moving along well now! Thought I’d share a crossover sketch with Jake and Ellie (from 5 Seconds) dressed up as characters from my next project (Dragons). Hope you enjoy the artwork by P.R. Dedelis.

Sketch :
5 Seconds, Jake, Ellie, Kickstarter, Creative Arts Partnership, Graphic Novel, Dragons

Coloured Edit :
5 Seconds, Jake, Ellie, Kickstarter, Creative Arts Partnership, Graphic Novel, Dragons

Tabby, Buy, Tabby Sketchbook, Stephen Kok, P.R. Dedelis

Nyobi #2 Review

I have been looking forward to Nyobi #2 by Larry Higgins after the first issue ended in a cliffhanger. It’s been close to a year now since I did the last Nyobi #1 review in May 2015. (Time really does fly!) Nyobi #2 was successfully funded on Kickstarter with exactly 99 backers! The issue opens with Nyobi stuck in a hospital which helps those with powers.

Nyobi #2 (cover by R B White) :
Nyobi, Larry Higgins, Steve Beaulieu, Indie Comics

So what happens in the story?
Something is wrong with Nyobi and her powers are hurting her. When a threat emerges, does Nyobi have the strength to do what it takes to stop this new villain?

What did I think?
The latest issue of Nyobi is a departure from the writing style of the first issue. The first issue was a character driven piece following the daily life of Lucas who gets bullied and attempts suicide. This second issue falls back into the superhero fare which Nyobi facing off against a new escaped supervillan. It’s much more action packed than before. I’m very interested to see what Higgins does for issue #3 and which writing direction he takes or whether he blends elements of #1 and #2 together.

The interior artwork duties have moved to Steve Beaulieu (who does his own Canadian Cindy comic) and the change suits the story. Beaulieu’s style is more “superhero”-y and suits the dynamic fight scenes when Nyobi goes head to head with her new adversary. Beaulieu is having great fun with the pencils and it shows in his works!

This is a comic to check out and it’s an obvious labour of love from the creators. If you want to reach out to the creators OR if you want to get a copy of Nyobi, please email nyobicomics [at] gmail.com.

Tabby, Buy, Tabby Sketchbook, Stephen Kok, P.R. Dedelis

5 Seconds – Cover

Everything is full steam ahead getting 5 Seconds prepped up for printing. Been trying out a few different designs for the cover spread. This is one of the designs I am considering. (Please note this is not the final design and may change!) The ISBN 9780994289926 has been recorded for 5 Seconds, it will take a few days to be updated to all the book databases.

5 Seconds, Jake, Ellie, Kickstarter, Creative Arts Partnership, Graphic Novel

I am also making my first public appearance for 2016 at Kinokuniya’s Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) in Sydney. I’ll be there from 11am to 4pm so please drop and say “Hi”. I’ll be on the table with Tabby and the rest of the cats.

Kinokuniya will be giving away lots of free comics so make sure you there early so you don’t miss out. Also come and enjoy seeing people dressed up in fantastic cosplay. The lines for Kinokuniya last year were pretty crazy!

5 Seconds, Jake, Ellie, Kickstarter, Creative Arts Partnership, Graphic Novel, Kinokuniya, 10th Annivesary, FCBD, Sydney

Tabby, Buy, Tabby Sketchbook, Stephen Kok, P.R. Dedelis

Staunch Ambition by Brian Lau – Kickstarter

Click for Staunch Ambition Kickstarter.

Brian E. Lau has worked as a cover artist for Hall of Heroes alongside Ethan Van Sciver, Trent Kaniuga, and Matt Martin. He has 20 years of experience working as an art director, graphic designer, and illustrator. Staunch Ambition is his first Kickstarter campaign!

Cover :
Brian Lau, Kickstarter, Staunch Ambition

The interior pages for this project are absolutely gorgeous. The colours really pop out of the page!

Sample Interior :
Brian Lau, Kickstarter, Staunch Ambition

Thanks for your time Brian.
What can you tell me about your project?

Out of the enlightenment, both science and technology are born anew. As mankind continues to advance in scientific knowledge, breakthrough upon breakthrough compound, exponentially. Through this new technology, mankind is able to transcend its physical limitations by passing through the thought dimension and entering the supernatural.

This really seems like a cross genre book! What was your motivation behind the story?

To create beautiful art and tell this story! This is something I must do or I will explode! We all love amazing art, right! So much so that we want to share our experience or our love of it with our friends. Sharing what movie, music, or story we just became a part of. Well I must share this story inside of me or I’ll explode! If no one else is going to tell this story, then I will be the one! Because I must hear it told!

What do you like about the Sci-Fi genre?

Well good Sci-Fi is an insight to our future and asks the questions that cut right to the core of our mysterious existence! Can you tell that I love good Sci-Fi? Sci-Fi if done right is like our modern day prophets and we must listen to them in order to survive!

Good luck with your Kickstarter and hope you read your target!

Click for Staunch Ambition Kickstarter.

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