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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 – Part 2 – Cover

After the previous announcement that 5 Seconds is returning in 2018, I am happy to share the cover sketch. Things are progressing very well to get the next part of 5 Seconds ready. Please keep checking back for the launch date but it’s tentatively set for February 2018.

5 Seconds Part 2 – Cover:
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017, Word Smith, Logo, Font, sketches, Brian Lim, Creative Partnerships Australia, 5 Seconds, Jake, Ellie

Update on Word Smith Kickstarter :
Almost all the rewards have now been shipped out. Everything should be out before the end of the week. After that for Australian orders it should take about a week and 3-4 weeks for international orders. I’ve been some great feedback about the story.

From Inkling Comics – “The idea of Word Smith is brilliant. Really cool setting, with the steam punk and fantasy elements, and the Zeppelins. Original plot too, I hadn’t seen anything like this before. Love that your characters had flaws and look forward to more Word Smithery!

5 Seconds – Part 2 – Returning in 2018

Returning to Kickstarter in 2018!
The wait is almost over.

What would you do if you could see 5 seconds into the future?

Will Jake’s ability to glimpse future events be enough to help a troubled teen who can read minds?

5 Seconds Part 2 :
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017, Word Smith, Logo, Font, sketches, Brian Lim, Creative Partnerships Australia, 5 Seconds, Jake, Ellie

Word Smith – First Print

The Word Smith Kickstarter first print was done yesterday! A big thanks to everyone who supported Word Smith with a special call out to Creative Partnerships Australia who matched the KS funding dollar for dollar.

Even though Word Smith is not my first graphic novel, I still feel that same magic when I hold a hard copy in my hands. It’s going to be a crazy next few weeks with signing, packing and shipping the graphic novels out to all corners of the world.

Word Smith – First Print :
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017, Word Smith, Logo, Font, sketches, Brian Lim, Creative Partnerships Australia

Word Smith – Sketch Rewards

The Word Smith Kickstarter sketch rewards arrived yesterday! It’s always exciting to actually see P.R.’s work in real life. They will eventually be going to good homes when Word Smith hard copies are ready to be packed and shipped. I have been advised the first print run of Tabby will be ready next weekend!

Word Smith – Sketch Rewards :
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017, Word Smith, Logo, Font, sketches, Brian Lim

Word Smith – Wall of Fame is up!

The Wall of Fame for Word Smith is now up! Thanks for everyone who has supported this project and helped bring it to life.

Link to the Wall of Fame :
http://sigmatestudio.com/wall-of-fame-5/

Word Smith – Brian Lim artwork

The Word Smith Kickstarter is tracking well to be finished by October. Once it’s done and printed, I’ll start the process of packing and shipping Word Smith to the world. I had a special Word Smith commission completed by Malaysian artist Brian Lim who also designed the Word Smith Logo.

Word Smith – Final :
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017, Word Smith, Logo, Font, sketches, Brian Lim

Word Smith – Initial Sketch :
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017, Word Smith, Logo, Font, sketches, Brian Lim

Word Smith – Logo

The Word Smith Kickstarter logo is done! The primary font is by Marta van Eck and the ‘W’ and ‘S’ was a special commission completed by Tixit (Brian Lim). I’m very happy with the final results. Logos take a lot of work to get right!

Word Smith – Logo :
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017, Word Smith, Logo, Font, sketches

Word Smith – Mei Li

This will be one of the reward sketches from the Word Smith Kickstarter. She’s not part of the story but is a character design for the next issue of Word Smith. (YES! A next issue is already in planning!) Like Victoria, Mei Li is also a Word Smith with her trusty friend, Pan Hong (a red panda). She has a different approach to her craft than Victoria.

Word Smith – Mei Li :
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017, Word Smith, Font, sketches

Bless the Children Kickstarter by Joseph Duis

Link to Kickstarter

Bless the Children is a Western horror story by Joseph Duis where he describes it as a cross between Ravneous and Sixth Sense. It follows Edsel who stumbles into a town of mysterious silent children. The creator, Joseph was kind of enough to share some of his time to answer a few questions about the Bless the Children Kickstarter.

Kickstarter, Joseph Duis, Bless the Children

Thanks for your time! What was the inspiration behind Bless the Children?

The inspiration was actually history, as with most of my stories. I started researching a lot about very early westward settlements that didn’t work out and I started thinking about how most of these migrations probably ended in failure and how terrifying it would be to be stuck out there in basically hostile territory. Kind of reminded me a lot of Ravenous, and how that movie really worked as a horror movie, with the isolation and desperation palpable.

I started thinking about horrific elements I could add to it and children can be very creepy especially if they’re completely silent, which is wholly unnatural for kids. The second creepy element was some kind of repetitive enigmatic sound. I think I managed to work that in too.

I didn’t really know how it was going to look until I read a book someone gave me about the earliest comic books. They were right in the period when the story takes place so I decided to go with that style. Hopefully it gives a bizarre discordant feel being in a format that’s recognizable but not exactly what we’re comfortable with.

You mentioned an enigmatic sound? How did you work that into the comic medium?

The SFX and dialogue are done a little bit differently. Dialogue bubbles weren’t in use at the time in comic books so I gave each character a different font and their dialogue kind of hovers near them in boxes.

How was it like working with Greg Woronchak?

Love working with Greg. He is so fast, his style can be adapted to anything. I couldn’t approve his pages as quickly as he was doing them! Also Greg added a ton of little touches that are all Greg. The design of the wallpaper, adding children in the background when they weren’t scripted in, and reaction panels really showing the emotions of the characters!

What have you learnt from your first Kickstarter?

After the first Kickstarter I learned to spend a LOT more time before the Kickstarter promoting it!

All the best with your Kickstarter! I know it’s already funded but hope it finishes strong!

Link to Kickstarter

Word Smith – Post Kickstarter

Link to Word Smith Kickstarter.

With the Word Smith Kickstarter over, there’s been a million things to organise to get everything ready. Here’s a sketch from P.R. Dedelis that’s going to be an awesome reward. I always feel a little sad posting off original artwork.

Word Smith – Sketch :
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017, Word Smith, Font, sketches

However my favourite reward is definitely the Drawn In reward. It’s really cool to give a backer their own little cameo in the graphic novel! It’s a fantastic way to be part of the Word Smith world.

Word Smith – Drawn In :
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017, Word Smith, Font, sketches

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