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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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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!

Project Tabby – Portraits

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This won’t be the final layout but thought I’d share the portraits page of the 2 families of cats in Tabby! All the names have now been revealed. One of the rewards was to name of one the cats! (This actually affected the name of the other cats.)

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Abandon All Hope by LA Keim

I was provided a 7 page preview of Abandon All Hope (AAH) written by LA Keim. Comics are an interesting medium and a trap many writers fall in is adding too much narration. This was not the case for AAH though, with the writer letting the artist (show don’t tell!) build the scene and the story. As a preview, it leaves a lot of questions unanswered and I am now curious at what happens next!

Cover :
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The preview alternated between 2 scenes, a grassy meadow in bright sunlight juxtaposed with a night time invasion by an alien invasion force. The artwork is consistent through the preview with some of the action panels being the highlight. There was no issue with the colouring for the daylight sequences however I would have the preferred the night sequences to be darker with a lot more shadows.

Overall it’s an excellent start to AAH, setting the scene and the background for the story to come.

Sample interior :
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Sample interior :
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Thanks for the preview and your time to answer more questions about Abandon All Hope. What’s happens next in the story?

The story revolves around Alejandra (woman in the first page), a cloned soldier forced to find humanity in a world now inhabited by the Alien race that attacked it two years ago. Earth has become a lonely post apocalyptic wasteland. Alejandra travels through what is left, facing all kinds of evil. After the death of each clone another is produced through an advanced cloning station and thrown out like a human vending machine, sent back to where the last one died. With the cloning station experiencing troubles, it stops production of new clones and with only a few left it is a race against time and death to complete what she has been created to do.

The story is not just an action packed sci-fi journey it has a lot of drama, twists and turns and questions to be answered. Alejandra’s mind is a complex maze firing on all cylinders.

Did you have inspiration in developing the story?

Most of the idea came from my own wild imagination as far as I can remember. The story started out as a full length screenplay long before it was turned into a graphic novel series back in 2012. The concept was just way too big to get into productions without a studio budget to back it. I wanted the world to see it sooner than later and with the popularity of comics/graphic novels growing, we believed now would be a great time to make the switch from screenplay to graphic novel. Graphic novels and comics allow a writer more freedom, creation with no limits.

The only thing in the story that I sought inspiration for was the our heroine. My main focus with Alejandra was to bring back a strong but troubled female hero, with many layers to their personality that would keep her journey through the story interesting as she develops through so much trauma and pain. I was a huge fan of Ripley (Aliens) and Sarah Conner (Terminator) and I think these two characters gave me a lot of the inspiration needed to bring Alejandra to life and make her a deadly but lovable character. She is strong willed, brutal and born to fight but she also has that beauty and tranquility about her as well.

How did you assemble the team for the project?

We (Free Fall Productions Australia) began the series with our own work. I designed most of the pages myself first, by free hand drawing then we progressed with a more digital 3D style. We still weren’t happy with our style, it didn’t quite catch your eye. When looking through the market we noticed that our art work was nowhere near up to standards. They did however become great example pages to give the artist an idea of what we wanted. We scrapped what we had and went on the search. We were only new to the industry so did not have many contacts. We looked to Deviant art first and also a few facebook groups, which is where we found our colourist Kirsty Swan and then freelanced.com to find our illustrator/inker James Beihl. We looked at several artists before deciding and we believe we have found the perfect team to bring this amazing story to life.

What are your next steps for the project?

We will be heading into Crowd funding through IndieGoGo late Feb 2015. The idea is to raise the amount needed to pay our art team fairly to complete the rest of the book. If we raise the amount needed full production will begin and we are hoping to have the first book in the series ready by June or July 2015. Pre orders (through our website) for the book will begin half way through production. When the book is completed and published we will get more into promoting and start going to comic conventions and do whatever is needed to get the series out into the world.

Thanks so much for your time and I wish your all the best when you post up on IndieGoGo.

Project Tabby – Black Cat Detailed Sketch

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One of the pledgers loved the previous Tabby – Black Cat Reward, that he requested a detailed Black Cat & Tabby sketch! Check out Tabby swinging along with Felicia Hardy!

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Project Tabby – Finished

Project Tabby is now over after its 50 day run in Kickstarter! It finished up yesterday just over $3100 in pledges from 100 backers! The support from everyone on this project has been truly humbling and I really can’t thank everyone enough. It’s still a surreal feeling to actually reach this point.

Tabby as a story has been bouncing my head for a quite but I have to thank Judy Teh for making me finish writing it! Big thanks to P.R. Dedelis for his awesome work from translating words on a page to brillant sequential artwork. If I remember right, I interviewed more than 100 artists before deciding to go with him.

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The Wall of Fame is currently under construction. Everyone who has pledged will have their name added to the Wall of Fame.

I’ll add some special “Thank You“s in this page as well but to everyone who gave me advice on the Kickstarter, comic creation or just well wishes, it was greatly appreciated! It was fantastic to have so many people believe in the project and sharing the link around to help build the buzz around the Tabby.

Thank you once again to everyone who came along on this ride to make Tabby a reality! I have other projects in the works and will hope you can stay on the ride for those.

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