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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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Princess Sketch – Artwork by P.R. Dedelis

A sneak peek at a character concept from P.R. Dedelis. The detail is amazing! This one is a fantasy story and what’s a fantasy story without a princess?

Dragons – Princess :
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Nyobi #1 (Created by Larry Higgins) Review

A previous Kickstarter (Nyobi) has been successfully funded! At the time of the Kickstarter, I was provided the pitch version to review as the comic was still being worked on. Now that the Kickstarter is done, I am excited to see the Nyobi rewards been shipped out, Nyobi selling out in local comic stores and even appearances in upcoming conventions.

Nyobi is definitely progressing from strength to strength. (Larry has already mentioned to keep a watch out for more news on Nyobi #2!) The full copy of Nyobi has been provided to me and I was looking forward to reading the whole story.

Nyobi Review
Larry crafts an interesting human interest story. The titular character Nyobi isn’t the main focus, it follows the depressing story of Lucas as he bullied and victimised by his school peers. There is a graudal build up as the reader sees Lucas’s day go from bad to worse.

I really enjoyed this story telling which is refreshing from standard superhero fare. With no supervillians or save the world (city) agendas, the human element came shining through. More of a backstory of Nyobi will probably be covered in future issues (it’s covered in a fact sheet at the end but would live to see it drawn out!) however it does not detract from the story.

I’ve liked Coates’s artwork on Psychosis and he does a great job here to find the story. The grey tones (rather the colours) suit this story a lot better. There is a fantastic splash page (No spoilers!) of Nyobi near the end of the story which is great. The panelling is very standard and I would love to see Coates experiment with different panel shapes or angles to create different sequential visuals.

Should I check it out?
I have read through a lot of various “indie” comics and most unfortunately fall into the standard revenge (”You killed my brother/sister/mother so I must now . . .”) or the superhero team to save the world. It’s something that’s different and well written by Higgins and pencilled by Coates. Definitely worth checking out!

Cover :
Nyobi, Kickstarter, David Coates, Larry Higgins

Project Tabby – Berkelouw Books Balgowlah

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Tabby has made it to its first book store! I love the way they have setup the display for Tabby. You can now purchase Tabby from :

Berkelouw Books Balgowlah
24/215 Condamine Street
Balgowlah NSW 2093
(02) 9948 1133

It was the most surreal experience to see the display and people browsing through your work! A big “Thank You” to Ros from the store for all your assistance to make this happen. There’s 2 signed copies in the store that you can ask for!

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Review – Last Daughter of Lilith – Coming Undone – J.L. Metcalf

Last Daughter of Lilith :

Last Daughter of Lilith is available on Amazon.

In Katrina’s ordinary world everything has a place and there is an order to life. In one day her orderly life is completely shattered. Her parents disappear, a handsome man shows up at her doorstep and she comes face-to-face with a world she also assumed didn’t exist. She begins to confront her demons (both literal and figurative) while gearing up to fight a battle that will decide the fate of both her new family and the rest of humanity.

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Coming Undone :

Coming Undone is available on Amazon.

Coming Undone is a personal memoir about my search for love, happiness and peace of mind. Finding love in this digital age isn’t easy, here I offer my journey to help others persevere. There are no easy steps to happiness. It is attainable, if only you have the courage to find it.

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I was provided sample chapters by the author J.L. Metcalf to review her work. She was kind enough to give some of her time to answer a few questions as well.

Thanks for your time! Let’s start with with Coming Undone. It was obviously an intensely personal project. The foreward of the novel by Celeste was heartfelt and intense. It provided a peek into the unique bond that you both share. In regards to the journal writing, I understand that those entries may have been written a while ago. Did you consider editing your original entries so they link better and tell the story?

The footnotes are not all that abundant and the breaks were meant for me to allow myself the time to personally analyze and clarify my journey. I felt that the memoir read as I wanted it to read. Again, I do see your point but I felt that in order for me to be as truthful as possible, I had to create a narrative that delved into the issues and then also saw the point of it all.

Was completing such a personal project a cathartic experience?

It was an amazing experience for me. After publishing my first book, I hesitated writing this one. It is obviously extremely personal but the idea kept nagging and nagging at me and then, one day, I sat down and wrote this all in a week. It was the story I needed to tell and I hope that I am able to help even one person with their own struggles.

Was there a single “lightbulb” moment in journey from depression to happiness where things feel in place?

There was no “lightbulb” moment in my journey. It was a struggle and a joy to have to go through the process. I haven’t come through it entirely but the worst is in my past. The fact is, in a journey of self-discovery, some people have those “lightbulb” moments and some do not. Sometimes it’s a gradual process and that’s what it was for me.

Last Daughter of Lilith was your first novel. Great work! The premise was definitely interesting! Nice build up with the mysterious dreams of the “Shadow Man” to what happens when she argues with her parents. What was your inspiration for Katrina?

Katrina isn’t based off anyone. She became, over the seven years it took me to write the story, a person I really loved. She started off so weak and powerless but starts to come into her own by the end.

What happens next?

Oh my goodness, so much happens!! I am hopeful to write this “Last Daughter of Lilith” into a trilogy so we can learn more about who Lilith is and her motivations along with finding out more about some of my other characters. As for “Lilith”, you’d have to read the book to find out more about Katrina’s journey!

A trilogy! Good luck with your work. I’m sure you have a lot of directions you will be taking the character. Thanks again for you time and wish you all the best in your future endeavours.

Project Tabby – Sketch Rewards

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The sketch rewards for the Tabby Kickstarter have arrived! I’m planning to be doing a lot of packing this weekend. They are even more incredible in real life and the pledgers are in for a real treat. All the Tabby interior sketches also arrived and they are incredible, it’s hard to describe the feeling of actually holding them in your hands.

Package :
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Project Tabby – Shipping Rewards

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The Tabby Kickstarter’s Wall of Fame is slowly building up! There’s quite a few names there now! (If you are a pledger, please let me know if there is anything you want me to change in your name entry.) I can’t believe how much work is involved packing and shipping Tabby all across the wall from Norway to Japan to the United States! Almost finished all the non-sketch rewards.

All the physical sketches have been shipped from Poland and I’m expecting it some time soon! I can’t wait to see the physical drawings in real life. It’ll be a little sad when I have to pack them and get them sent out but I’m glad to know they are all going to happy homes! In the mean time, here’s another Tabby sketch with him dressed up as Mario.

Mario :
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Project Tabby – In Print

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The Tabby Kickstarter’s first print run is now completed. It’s a surreal experience holding a copy of the published work in your hands. I can’t believe how much work it took and so happy to have the final products. Nearly everyone requesting their copy signed so I’m practising to make sure I get it right!

In Print :
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Signing :
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Project Tabby – Sketch Rewards

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All the sketch rewards for the Tabby Kickstarter have now been completed. Approaching the final stages before all the rewards are sent out. I’m showcasing some of the detailed sketches that the pledgers will be receiving.

Play Time :
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Justice :
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Wolverine :
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5 Seconds – Jake and Ellie

With Project Tabby funded and getting finalised for funding, it’s time to provide a quick sneak peek at the next project I am currently working on 5 Seconds. The premise of 5 Seconds is Jake developing the ability to see 5 seconds into the future with Ellie following along for the ride. It’s not a superhero story (no spandex!) but what could you do with that little extra time.

Character designs for Jake and Ellie :
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Untamed by Sebastian Jones

Seven Days for Seven Souls

I was provided a preview copy of Untamed that’s currently crowd-sourcing on Kickstarter for review and it was a delight to read! Make sure you check out the Kickstarter link and get your pledge in.

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The story was well structured and feels much more live a movie than a graphic novel with each chapter building up to the conclusion. (Don’t worry there’s no spoilers!) The premise of the story is a Stranger’s return from the dead to claim 7 specific souls as part of his deal for vengeance.

There is thematic similarity to Kill Bill (where the Bride has a kill list) but that’s where the similarity ends. Fusing a well developed world (Asunda) infused with different characters creates a richness to the story.

The artwork carry the story to a different levels. There are amazing action sequences showing incredible movement. (On a personal note, I love it when a writer trusts an artist to tell the story without overuse of narration or dialogue!)

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The use of colour is quite purposeful and has a painted quality to them. The use of dark and light is incredible! It worked exceptionally with the artwork. There have been too many great stories and artwork ruined with bad colouring but the colouring work on this graphic novel enchances it!

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Thanks for the preview copy and your time to answer some questions. I loved your work. How long did you take to develop your world Asunda?

I have been building the world of Asunda for well over twenty years now, ever since I was a teenager growing up just south west of London. At first it was an escape into a diverse world where I could exercise my imagination and play director (dungeon master) to an awesome bunch of guys through D&D and LARP.

I have an amazing team of guys who I push boundaries with. Darrell May, our art director, is an anthropology major. It is important that a reader believes… in everything. There are reasons for stone markings, certain buildings, and so on. Each part of the world must know its own history. So I wanted to get away from traditional British accents and Princesses… for now. That is in another part of the world.

There is a complexity to the characters. How did you design them?

The character building is usually drawn from personal experiences, or other sinners and saints. I like to enrich worlds with flawed heroes and villains; where at times those lines become inexorably blurred. But I do like the extreme personalities, they are fun to explore. I want to make a fantasy world that is character driven and the backdrop, which is vast and volatile, really could have been a Western, post apocalyptic, or whatever. I believe that once the characters honestly grab the reader, he or she will be fully immersed and in love with a universe rich in culture and mythos.

What was your inspiration for the “hero” of the story?

Toshiro Mifune, Clint Eastwood, my old man… my own inner demons… feelings of failing as a good man, and wanting to do better.

What made him redeemable compared to the other 7 souls he was seeking vengeance on?

I would like to think there is salvation for me at the end of the day lol. The other seven, maybe with the exception of one, could also find redemption but choose not to. There is even one of the seven who doesn’t really deserve to die, no more than our own hero deserves to live. But, as we put ourselves in the shoes of the hero we have to pose the question:

“Would you damn yourself and kill those in front of you to save the ones you love… no matter what the implications are? A bad man would… and so would I.”

I mentioned in my review some similarities to Kill Bill and how this felt more like a movie. Was this your intention?

It’s funny you say that, as Kill Bill was referenced by Cameron Hatheway of Bleeding Cool. Originally I had written the outline for the entire comic series as a movie screenplay, ten years ago. My own purgatory mirrors the Stranger lol. I was always inspired by the cinematic giants, Sergio Leone, Sam Peckinpah and Akira Kurosawa to name a few. I then transcribed my script after several iterations into a comic book format, and with Darrell laid out the series with Peter Bergting’s brilliant mind and talent. We have an animated show in development with Film Roman (The Simpsons, Ultimate Spider-Man). I wrote the pilot with Andrew Cosby (Eureka), and we are producing with Lloyd Levin (Watchmen, Hellboy, Boogie Nights) and Andrew Sugerman (Conviction, Shopgirl).

As far as the comic series, I had originally wanted to release them as printed single issues: 7 issues for 7 days, which can be downloaded individually online via Kindle, iBooks, Nook etc. Each issue has some of its own bonus world content. With regards to print, as a boutique publisher it just made more sense to go to the hardcover.

Good luck with your Kickstarter! It’s already funded now so anyone who pledges will be guaranteed the project will go ahead!

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Check out Sebastian’s Untamed Kickstarter!

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