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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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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.

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

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

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