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Staunch Ambition #2 – Kickstarter – Review of Issue 1

Link to Staunch Ambition Issue #2 Kickstarter

Last April, Brian launched the first issue of Staunch Ambition which was successfully funded. Almost a year later, he’s now crowdfunding the second issue to get the funds for completion.

(https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1353079473/staunch-ambition-issue-2-a-supernatural-science-fi.)

Brian Lau, Staunch Ambition, Kickstarter, Erwin J Arroza

Story :
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.

Review of Issue #1
I read Issue #1 and it’s amazing artwork (with a painted quality to it!) combined with an interesting premise. The bulk of the first issue explains the current world state before leading to a possible suicide bomber. It ends with on a cliffhanger with an important discovery. (No spoilers)

Firstly to the interior artwork of Issue #1. Wow. Seriously wow. Most of the panels resemble paintings. Amazing work by Erwin J. Arroza. I would liked to see Erwin do all the pages but there are 2 other artists doing the remainder of the works. It does feel a little disjointed moving from one style to another. I understand the writer’s purpose for the different artist was to differentiate the starting dream sequence with the rest of the story.

Brian Lau, Staunch Ambition, Kickstarter, Erwin J Arroza

Storywise, it’s a interesting build up with the initial pages spent in exposition. It definitely grabs your attention and I am curious to see where the story will eventually lead. With only one issue, the hook is there and it’s hard to judge a story without knowing where it ends.

I had the opportunity as well to have a quick chat with writer Brian Lau.

Thanks for your time! After Issue #1, which direction are you planning to take Issue #2?

More action!!!

“During a horrific day at work, Rielle, a lead supervisor on The Ambition, is forced to deal with a rogue, suicidal proctor clone who sets off a series of dangerous events that escalate out of control. Don’t lose faith my friends, things could always be worse–as in, things get “all-kinds-of-ways” worse.”

At the beginning of Issue #3 which we have already started we will get into some emotionally driven character backstory and I’m loving it!

How many issues do you have planned for the first story arc?

I don’t know how many issue this will turn out to be yet. There are just too many variables in play. I have the basic plots and story ideas all in my head but then I take those and work with my co-writer, then that goes through the artist, both contributing so much to the story that we may add of subtract ideas as we go. It’s kind of organic.

What themes are being explored in this issue?

Issue #2 is dealing with the theme of epic action and how the characters will each deal with imminent danger. We also get a glimpse into the plans of a certain pain in the ass character who was responsible for this escalating threat of death and destruction.

Link to Staunch Ambition Issue #2 Kickstarter

Blue – Impact Comics

The first big milestone for Blue! Seeing copies of Blue in its first store. If you live near Australia’s capital be sure to drop by Impact Comics to check out Blue. It’s great to see there is a place for an Australian Cattle Dog among all the other graphic novels.

Impact Comics
16 Garema Pl
Canberra ACT 2601

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Blue – First Printing

The first printing of Blue – Kickstarter have been picked up! It’s an amazing feeling to hold the physical copies in your hand. Now it’s time to start the packing and shipping process!

Blue – First Printing :
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Blue – A4 Posters :
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Blue – Proof Copies

The proof copies for the Blue – Kickstarter have arrived! Planning to go over it carefully this weekend and make any necessary corrections before getting ready for the first print run.

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Blue – Original Sketches

Happy 2017! I hope this year turns out great for you. It’s been a great Christmas and New Year for me spending time with the family. Sometimes life is so hectic, it’s great to slow down once in a while.

One of Blue – Kickstarter rewards is original sketches from P.R. Dedelis. The parcel arrived between Christmas and New Year but this was the first opportunity I had to open it. They look amazing and I’m sure the lucky pledgers will love them!

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Sigmate Studio – The Second Year

A lot can happen in a year. The first year was absolutely amazing in which I launched 2 graphic novels, Tabby and Tabby Sketchbook. Tabby is currently in over 150+ public libraries across Australia and New Zealand. It is truly humbling to imagine someone borrowing and reading your work.

Dec 2015
I received some amazing news in December. Creative Partnerships Australia will match the amount raised for the production of my new 5 Seconds project up to $3750. This was the first ever government grant that was received and only 2 graphic novel submissions were accepted for the 2016 period.

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Feb 2016
After months of getting it ready, the 5 Seconds Kickstarter was launched!

Mar 2016
After a very nervous last few days, 5 Seconds reached its target with over 100+ backers raising more than $4000+ to fund its production. This was a fantastic moment as 5 Seconds was a story I had mulling before Tabby and it was only in 2015 that I finally finished the script for it!

May 2016
I participated in Kinokuniya’s (Awesome book store in Sydney!) for Free Comic Book Day among some absolutely amazing creators. There was a huge turn out and I was glad to see the interest in Tabby.

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

Jun 2016
The artwork of Tabby was exhibited for the first time at Concord Library (part of Canada Bay Libraries). This original artwork was on display and it received some great feedback. Tabby was reserved out at Concord Library for several months after. Thanks to Lim and Tara from Concord Library for making this happen!

Canada Bay Library, Concord Library, Tabby, Exhibition

Jul 2016
I had the fantastic opportunity to do a presentation at Stanton Library (Thanks Eliza!) in front of over 40+ children. I was so happy how well the kids were engaged with Tabby. Since there’s very little dialogue in Tabby, they participated in telling me what was happening in the story. It was an amazing experience!

North Sydney, Stanton Library, Tabby, Buy, Tabby Sketchbook, Stephen Kok, P.R. Dedelis

The first printing of 5 Seconds was done. I was busy packing copies of 5 Seconds as the Kickstarter rewards. 5 Seconds was added to its first library, Ashfield! (Thanks again Karen for all your support. Special mention to David from Manly library for being the second library to add 5 Seconds to its collection.) Impact Comics in ACT also became the first comic book store in Australia to stock a few copies!

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Sep 2016
The Blue Kickstarter was launched and was selected by Kickstarter as a Project We Love.

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Oct 2016
The Blue Kickstarter completed with over 100+ backers and raising over $3000. It’s so fantastic to see many previous pledgers return to support Blue! Now comes the fun part, getting the graphic novel ready for digital (PDF) and for print.

The Star (Malaysia’s national newspaper) also completed an interview with me. This was the first time I was written up by a newspaper outside of Australia.

Link :
http://www.star2.com/culture/books/book-news/2016/10/06/malaysia-born-graphic-novelist-goes-from-lat-to-cats/

Dec 2016
There’s not much left in 2016. Right now it’s been pushing for Blue to ready! There’s always a lot of last minute tweaks and corrections to make sure there’s no silly mistakes when the book is set to print.

What’s planned for 2017?
2017 is still very fluid at this time but I’m still planning to release at least one new graphic novel in 2017. I currently have a story with Comics2Movies that is currently in production. (The artwork is amazing!) I can’t wait to see it published!

Thanks to everyone for your support in 2016. When I look back to 2015 and 2016, I couldn’t have done it without all your help! Hope you have a very happy holiday period and a fantastic 2017.

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

Blue – Public Service Announcement

The Blue – Kickstarter production is in full swing! This is a special page that is being added to the story with art of P.R. Dedelis and colours by Peyton Freeman. It’s a short public service announcement to consider a rescue animal if you are thinking of adopting a pet!

It includes some of our amazing Kickstarter supporters who have helped bring this project to life. This couldn’t have happened with your support and I am extremely grateful for your assistance!

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Blue – Cover

The Blue – Kickstarter production is going great! Things are progressing well with the main goal to see the printable PDF ready. Here’s a sneak peek into the cover spread for Blue. (It’s still a draft and there might be some changes in the final version!)

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Blue – Project Over – Funded

The Blue – Kickstarter is done! Thanks for everyone’s help to make this happen whether by pledging and/or sharing the link around. It’s amazing to cross over 100+ backers and raise more than $3000+ to make this project come to life.

I’m also very happy to announce that both stretch goals have been reached! This means I will be setting a new Wall of Fame (wait for it!) and commissioning some additional artwork for the project. It’s going to be great. I’m very excited to bring you along on this journey and now the hard work begins now to start prepping Blue for its print run.

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Blue – Project We Love

Some at Kickstarter must love Blue – An Australian Cattle Dog Story! It (Blue – Kickstarter) has been selected as a Project We Love. Tabby was also previously selected as a Staff Pick so it’s a great honour to have Blue picked as well.

Link : https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1917428739/blue-an-australian-cattle-dog-story

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