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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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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.

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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.

5 Seconds – We Made it! – Project Done

Sorry it’s taken a while to post up this entry but it’s been a busy weekend. WE MADE IT! 30+ days, 114 Backers and over $4000+! 5 Seconds is going to happen. I’m preparing the next steps and lining up everything that needs to get it ready for printing.

Thank you to all the backers who both supported and shared the 5 Seconds project. Thank you to all the people who helped get the word around about the Kickstarter by word of mouth, FB, Twitter, carrier pigeon or any other method. It was great to have so many people assist this project to succeed!

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

Keep watching this website, my FaceBook page or the Kickstarter page for more updates. I’ll keep everyone informed as the project progresses. Special thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia who will match the target funding of $3750.

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

5 Seconds – 2 Weeks – Rogue and Gambit

There’s just under 2 weeks (13 days) left for the 5 SECONDS Kickstarter. We’re currently 80% of the way there at just over $3000! This sketch of Rogue and Gambit is being offered as one of the rewards (detailed sketch) from the artist P.R. Dedelis. P.R. has mentioned the Rogue and Gambit is his favourite superhero couple!

Link :
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1917428739/5-seconds-action-excitement-romance-and-time-bendi/

Rogue and Gambit Sketch :
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Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program, every dollar you give to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, provided we reach our campaign target of $3750.
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5 Seconds – Week One – Robin Hood Sketch

The first week for the 5 SECONDS Kickstarter is now over. We’re past the halfway (50%) funding mark and making our way to the target. A big thank you to those who have pledged and shared the link around. This would not be possible without all the support provided by everyone. All the support I have received is very much appreciated.

I have included a new detailed sketch of Jake and Ellie as Robin Hood and Maid Marion. This sketch is available as one of the rewards. Hope you enjoy and share the post around. The more people checking out the Kickstarter the better!

Link :
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1917428739/5-seconds-action-excitement-romance-and-time-bendi/

Robin Hood Sketch :
5 Seconds, Kickstarter, Jake, Ellie, graphic novel, viral, sexy, hot, Star Wars, Force Awakens, Luke, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Robin Hood, Maid Mario, cosplay

Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program, every dollar you give to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, provided we reach our campaign target of $3750.
Creative Partnerships Australia, 5 Seconds, Kickstarter, Jake, Ellie, graphic novel, viral, sexy, hot

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5 Seconds – Day One – Star Wars Sketch

Day one for the 5 SECONDS Kickstarter is now done. It has been an amazing 24 hours but I don’t want to jinx it. It’ll be amazing to get this project funded as this is a really fun story I wanted to tell.

As a special treat, I have included one of the detailed sketches that will be given away as a reward. This one is the main characters Jake and Ellie in some Star Wars cosplay. Thanks for all your support whether you can pledge or share the Kickstarter link around. We want to get as many people as we can looking at this project!

Link :
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1917428739/5-seconds-action-excitement-romance-and-time-bendi/

Star Wars Sketch :
5 Seconds, Kickstarter, Jake, Ellie, graphic novel, viral, sexy, hot, Star Wars, Force Awakens, Luke, Han Solo, Princess Leia

Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program, every dollar you give to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, provided we reach our campaign target of $3750.
Creative Partnerships Australia, 5 Seconds, Kickstarter, Jake, Ellie, graphic novel, viral, sexy, hot

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

5 Seconds – LIVE on Kickstarter

The next new project from Sigmate Studio, 5 SECONDS is now LIVE on Kickstarter! Keep checking back as over the course of the campaign, there will be new artwork and updates being posted. I would appreciate any support you can give to this project, small pledgers help increase the backer count to get the project to the front page! If it’s just sharing the link around, I would also be most appreciative.

Link :
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1917428739/5-seconds-action-excitement-romance-and-time-bendi/

5 Seconds, Kickstarter, Jake, Ellie, graphic novel, viral, sexy, hot

Thanks to Creative Partnerships Australia’s MATCH program, every dollar you give to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar, provided we reach our campaign target of $3750.
Creative Partnerships Australia, 5 Seconds, Kickstarter, Jake, Ellie, graphic novel, viral, sexy, hot

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

Tabby – A lot can happen in a year

2015 is the year that Sigmate Studio launched its first graphic novel, Tabby – Action, Romance and Cute Cats and the Tabby Sketchbook. It has been a roller coaster of a year (or 15 years if you are counting in cat years). It definitely was a whole year of firsts!

Dec 2014
Everything was set. Pages by P.R. Dedelis were inked and ready. So it was in December that Tabby was officially launched on Kickstarter and was also picked as a Staff Pick. As this was my first Kickstarter, I honestly didn’t know what to expect but it got off to a great start achieving the funding goal in approx. 3 days.

Tabby, P.R Dedelis, artwork, roughs, fish market

Jan 2015
During the Kickstarter campaign, I got written up by an Australian newspaper! Link to Newspaper article

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Feb 2015
The Tabby Kickstarter finished up with exactly 100 backers! Although the artwork was finished, it was still a huge learning experience finishing up the rewards and getting the first print run completed.

Apr 2015
Tabby was printed! It was the craziest feeling to actually hold a completed copy of Tabby. After completing the Kickstarter rewards and sending Tabby all over the world, I had to figure out what was next for Tabby. With special thanks to Karen Dwarte, Tabby was added to Ashfield public library’s collection! (This was Tabby’s first public library.)

May 2015
Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2015 was my first public appearance with Tabby at Good Games – Town Hall! This was also the first month that Tabby appeared in a bookstore (Berkelouw Books Balgowlah – Thanks Ros!).

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June 2015
Supanova Sydney 2015 was Tabby’s first appearance at a comic convention!

October 2015
Tabby Sketchbook’s first print run is completed. The amazing feeling doesn’t change with the second book! Tabby has also made it across to 15 New Zealand public libraries!

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Dec 2015
So where is Tabby now? Tabby has now been purchased by over 80+ Australian and 15 New Zealand public libraries. The Tasmania public library system finally decides to add Tabby to its catalogue. Tabby is now in public libraries all across Australia (except for Northern Territory).

Tabby is also now stocked by several book stores, games stores (Good Games), comic stores (Quality Comics) through out Australia. It’s been a huge year for Tabby!

Thanks for everyone’s support on this project that otherwise would not be here. Through the course of this year, I made many new friends who have given great advice as well as reconnected with old friends who have come out to support me. Special thanks to P.R. Dedelis as the illustrator and Judy Teh for design & editing works! (And Eric Gravel for the prologue pages!)

What’s planned for 2016?
I’m still writing and have lots of stories to tell. There’ll definitely be more graphic novels published, just finalising the release schedule but first a break over the holiday period.

Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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

Ninja Rain by Brian Fire

Check out Brian’s crowdfunding campaign : Ninja Rain – Indiegogo OR Brian is available on Twitter @firebrian9

Brian Fire is a guy with a long running passion for Cinema, Comics, video games and acton figures who grew up in the 70’s watching shows like the Twilight Zone, Star trek and was an avid watcher of Kung Fu theater! He’s launching an Indiegogo campaign to help fund his graphic novel.

brian fire, ninja rain, crowdsource

Thanks for your time Brian. What’s the premise for Ninja Rain?

My tale is about a Ninja and Samurai who have lost everything in life. They become drunkards and travel from town to town getting wasted . . . . drowning in their sorrow. When at their lowest point, they make a pact to drink themselves to death. Before they can complete this task . . . they find redemption . . . her name was Mika Z.

Mika is a ninja from the Adju clan and has a very special power. She can generate throwing darts made of pure energy. When she is in close quarters with her sisters . . . they become “The Seven” and can summon a wave of these darts. With this power they can cripple armies and even level cities. With an on going war raging between the kingdoms to the north and south and a maniacal opportunist, “The Alchemist”, looking to consume her power and sell it to the highest bidder, this trio is never safe. Their adventure begins here.

You’ve got a high budget (> $40K) for your campaign. How are you planning to spend the funds?

Working in film and dealing with budgets has taught me a LOT of valuable lessons. The first, when doing a high end project, don’t try and cut corners and leave yourself room. Anything can happen in production and you need to be prepared.

I am investing all of my time into writing and setting up the style of our graphic novel. Good illustrators and colorists charge between $100 – $300 per page. We are doing a 60 page graphic novel and at the current rate, just to cover my artists fees, we are looking at a little over $20,000. Printing a 60 page graphic novel and hitting the conventions to promote, can be costly as well. We have something very unique and I want to make sure we have the finances to get it done. We also have to be mindful that indieagogo charges a fee too.

Are you planning to stop at the graphic novel?

Nope! This is a series so there will be more graphic novel action figures, video games AND a TV show!!!!

Wow. Sounds like you have a full franchise planned. Thanks for your time again and good luck with your campaign!

Check out Brian’s crowdfunding campaign : Ninja Rain – Indiegogo OR Brian is available on Twitter @firebrian9

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