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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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Word Smith – Reward Sketch

Link to Project Word Smith.

Word Smith is on track for a June 2017 Kickstarter launch and I’m excited to show two of the reward sketches. The original pencils will be available as a reward pledge when the Kickstarter launches. It’ll be a fantastic piece to add to your original art collection.

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

Word Smith – Reward Sketch 2:
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017, Word Smith, Font, sketches

Word Smith – Work in Progress

Link to Project Word Smith.

Word Smith is on track for a June 2017 Kickstarter launch and I’m excited to show more work in progress. This one is Victoria visiting Bonnie at her patisserie. It’s always great to see how the rough sketches develop to the detailed pencils.

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

Word Smith – Font

Link to Project Word Smith.

Word Smith is on track for a June 2017 Kickstarter launch. I’ve been investigating different fonts to use for Word Smith that suits the atmosphere of this graphic novel. This one is called Steampunk from Marta Van Eck Designs. It’s definitely in consideration!

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

Word Smith – Horizontal Banner

Link to Project Word Smith.

Word Smith is on track for a June 2017 Kickstarter launch. This is the horizontal banner artwork by P.R. Dedelis. You can see the progression from the rough pencils to the detailed pencils. There were some other drafts but this was the final image that we went for. It’s trying to capture 3 elements of the story :

  • Sparky playing with Celia
  • Victoria in the midst of crafting a word
  • The exciting airship chase

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

Word Smith – Pencilled Cover

Link to Project Word Smith.

Word Smith is on track for a June 2017 Kickstarter launch. Over the next couple of months, I’ll continue to release more artwork and updates on this project. This post is a quick sneak peek at the pencilled cover with artwork by P.R. Dedelis.

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

Saturn and Orion – Kickstarter

Link to Saturn and Orion Kickstarter

Saturn and Orion is currently on Kickstarter with just over 20 days to go. The project is from the creative minds of Jay Huwer (script) and Ben Ferrari (artwork). Saturn and her adoptive father, Orion protect their city. A kidnapping prompts the heroes in a race against time to not only save the victim but potentially the city. I had the opportunity to get an insight into this work with some time with writer Jay Huwer.

Saturn and Orion Cover by Luis Rivera :
Saturn and Orion, Kickstarter, Ferrari, Jim O'Riley, Ken Lateer, Jay Huwer

Thanks for your time and good luck with your Kickstarter. What was the inspiration for Saturn and Orion?

Saturn and Orion was a collaboration between Ben and myself. Ben asked me if I would be interested in developing a Daredevil/Batman style character because he was interested in drawing a book that was dark in tone with rooftop ninja action. This happens to be the style I prefer to work in. I jumped all over it and began writing character biographies. Within a very short amount of time, Ben started doing some concept sketches and Saturn was born.

Pin up by Jim O’Riley :
Saturn and Orion, Kickstarter, Ferrari, Jim O'Riley, Ken Lateer, Jay Huwer

Is this a stand alone work or do you have plans for the future?

Both!

I’m definitely interested to hear more!

Saturn and Orion is a stand alone book in a sense. It was written with a definitive ending but there are elements laid into the plot that hints toward a bigger future.

What happens if Book One is successfully funded?

If book one is a success, we will continue with Saturn and Orion Book Two. The twists and turns in the first issue should satisfy the reader, while simultaneously creating a sense of wonder. The events of the first issue will definitely impact Saturn in every one of her future appearances in various Pilot Studio books from book two to the upcoming Zion Wars. Zion Wars is a Pilot Studios crossover book where Saturn is prominently featured. This will most likely be the first time readers get to see how she handles the twists that occur in Saturn and Orion Book One.

Sample Interior 1 :
Saturn and Orion, Kickstarter, Ferrari, Jim O'Riley, Ken Lateer, Jay Huwer

Sample Interior 2 :
Saturn and Orion, Kickstarter, Ferrari, Jim O'Riley, Ken Lateer, Jay Huwer

And lastly, what do you think gives Saturn and Orion a unique appeal?

Saturn and Orion Book One takes a look at our society through the lens of a super hero. Saturn is a technological genius who has become over dependent on her gadgets. This dependence on technology has become a major issue in our society. As we become more focused on our advancements, we forget about our roots. That’s where Zodiac, the book’s antagonist, comes into play. He needs to honor the gods of old; the gods from our mythology. If he fails, these gods will wreak havoc on mankind. Anyone who reads myths knows what they can do. At it’s heart, this is a story that pits technology against mysticism.

Thanks once again for your time and all the best in your Kickstarter. It’s off to a good start and there’s still 3 weeks to go.

Link to Saturn and Orion Kickstarter

Word Smith – Storyboards – Pencils

Link to Project Word Smith.

I’m excited to announce that Word Smith will be the next project I am aiming to launch in June 2017. Word Smith is a steampunk fantasy adventure which follows the life of Victoria (a Word Smith) and her dragon friend, Sparky! Word Smiths are trained to craft the physical manifestation of words. For example, the word “Hope” will give a person a sense a hope.

Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing more storyboards, artwork and story tidbits! All this will be leading up to a Kickstarter in June 2017 to help fund this project. A special sneak peek on this post has the storyboard for the first 2 pages as well the detailed pencils for Page 3. Page 3 is the first appearance of Victoria and Sparky in the graphic novel!

Word Smith – Storyboard Page 1 :
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017

Word Smith – Storyboard Page 2 :
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017

Word Smith – Pencils Page 3 :
Tabby, P.R.Dedelis, Graphic novel, project start, wordsmith, Celia, Victoria, Sparky, steampunk, match lab 2017

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

Blue – Impact Comcis :
Blue, Kickstarter, Graphic Novel, Cheun, Australian Cattle Dog, Comic, Australia, Staff Pick, Project We Love, Cover, Impact Comics ACT

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 :
Blue, Kickstarter, Graphic Novel, Cheun, Australian Cattle Dog, Comic, Australia, Staff Pick, Project We Love, Cover

Blue – A4 Posters :
Blue, Kickstarter, Graphic Novel, Cheun, Australian Cattle Dog, Comic, Australia, Staff Pick, Project We Love, Cover

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