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MemberApril 3, 2021 at 2:06 pm
Hi one and all, My name is Andrés, I am a writer / letterer, and amongst my published works, there’s “Twilight of the Gods Prophecy” in Panel 1, the first Anthology.
Right now I have another anthology live on Kickstarter called Monster Mashup Volume 2 (http://kck.st/3visglg) where I also have a story (“Bells of Notre Dame”). I have also helped edit this book. Check it out! Trivia: Buddy wrote the foreword for the book. 😉
I live in Paris, France, but I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. My day job is being a Project Manager for a Kiwi software company. I have 2 (gorgeous) daughters, aged 8 and 5.
Even though I have not submited a story for this anthology, I’m here to help anyone in need. If there are any artists out there who need help with their story, I’m your man. I can also provide feedback or letter your comic. Just hit me up. I’m keen to give back to this marvelous community that has done so much for me.
Go make comics!
MemberApril 1, 2021 at 1:56 pm
I remember the first comic book that I have ever bought. It was Batman #465. I was 15 years old and I picked it up on a supermarket in the US while on holidays. I paid $1. (Rambling alert: that same comic book was autographed by Norm Breyfogle when he visited my country (Argentina) some 25 years later. That was a short time before his death 🙁 )
So now, 30 years later, a Batman issue costs 600% more.
I am a bit outraged, to be honest. But I will not take a position here. What I will do is share some questions that this debate has sparked in my mind:
Warner Bros is a huge corporation. I wonder what % of those $6 go to support the conglomerate. I mean, all things being equal, how much would the same comic retail for, if it was published by an independent?
Will page rates increase for the creators behind those titles?
I also wonder about the math that the publisher did before deciding on the increase. Going to $6 means that a % of readers will either stop buying comics or will start buying less quantities. That increase needs to offset those loses as well as increase revenue. I wonder how they calculated that, and I wonder if those calculations will pan out (or not).
I also wonder about Diamond Distribution. Being from abroad, I could never understood the logic behind the monopoly of distribution. The Pandemic seems to have helped further the debate. But I also wonder, how much is Diamond responsible for the increase.
Finally, I’ll state the obvious. If enough people refuse to pay $6, then the publisher would have to pay attention.
MemberOctober 5, 2020 at 12:51 pm
Right in the nick of time as it turns out.
Fellow creators, for your consideration, here’s Gaston’s, Maja’s and my entry. Proud to be part of this 😀
Apologies fopr the TIFF files up there. Could not find a way to delete them after publishing my reply.
- This reply was modified 1 year ago by andresbriano.
MemberMay 18, 2020 at 7:44 pm
Thanks for volunteering a critique. Your time is appreciated.
I have just read Respect, BTW. I think it’s well paced and that it has the right amount of story for 8 pages. There’s some specific wrestling terminology that I did not get, but aside from that, I wouldn’t change anything.
MemberMay 18, 2020 at 12:51 am
Ladies and gentlemen,
Here’s a final draft of Twilight of the Gods that I am proud of. I think it flows nicely and that everything is properly tied up together.
@Gaston and I have been conferring about it, and any tweaks from now on, might just happen verbally between us.
Constructive criticism welcome.
MemberMay 11, 2020 at 1:02 am
MemberApril 25, 2020 at 5:17 pm
Hey @BuddyScalera, I was thinking about collaboration agreements between writers and artists. I’ve had this article bookmarked on my browser for a few years.
And it always seemed important. There are many horror stories out there of people having terrible collaborations and wasting money with nothing to show for it.
DISCLAIMER: I am not insinuating by any means that anybody here is less than professional. But since this is a learning experience, I was thinking that we might touch on this subject for future reference.
Have you thought about including some form of this in the curriculum?
MemberApril 21, 2020 at 3:02 pm
Thanks for the encouragement, @rickestrick. Much appreciated.
The first 7 pages will be dead serious. The descriptions of the beast will be done by quoting excerpts of the prophecy, like: “Gunungwangi the immortal seven-headed Dragon. Born in hell from Serpent and Flying Beast, big like an ocean, has a shriek like thunder, and an appetite like a volcano, never satisfied.” Which is cool, because prophecies lack any accurate details. They need to be interpreted more than they need to be read. So technically, it is not cheating the audience.
Here’s the plot, for further info.
MemberApril 18, 2020 at 2:34 pm
Thanks for taking the time to read, think and reply. What you say makes sense. I don’t exactly agree with everything you say, but I am grateful that you took the time to explain your thoughts. 🙂
I would be afraid to give away the ending by throwing oversized objects… but the tempation is strong…!
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MemberApril 17, 2020 at 8:02 pm
Right, I have provided feedback over private messages. I’m still waiting on some of those writers to hit me back. 🙂
Here’s the plotting of my own story.
TWILIGHT OF THE GODS PROPHECY
Characters: The Elf General, the Dwarf General, the Orc General, the Goblin General and the legendary beast Gunungwangi.
P1: The generals of two great armies at war attend a negotiation in the middle of a bloody battlefield. On one side, an army of Orcs and Goblins, who have called for the momentary truce. On the other, one of Dwarves and Elves.
The reason for the truce is that the Orcs have learnt that this legendary beast that has been decimating their people is not working for the other army as they originally thought. They have learnt (from a prisoner of war) that the same beast is also massacring Elves and Dwarves.
The Elf General asks who the prisoner of war was, but he is ignored by the enemy.
P2: The Dwarf General recounts their prophecy called The Twilight of the Gods, where a gigantic beast is the herald of the end of times. The Orcs propose that both armies work together to slaughter the creature. And Dwarves and Elves agree, but with the condition that the prisoner of war that has been tortured is released.
The POW was the Elf General’s 12 year-old daughter, and he does get her back… at least a part of her (the severed head). The thirst for blood does not prevent both armies from working together, but in secret, the Elf General and his Dwarf counterpart plan to betray and slaughter all Orcs as soon as the beast is killed.
P3: It is decided to join the skills of each race to create a magical weapon like no other seen before. It will be forged by the Dwarves, using fire provided by the Orcs and iron ore provided by the Goblins, and the Elves would grant it magical powers.
P4: This magnificent weapon (which is a mixture between a catapult and a crossbow that fires a metal arrow the size of a minibus) starts to be forged.
P5: The weapon is finally done and all soldiers stand together for one last fight.
P6: The beast shows up. The weapon is fired at it.
P7: But the arrow bounces off the beast’s skin without even scratching it. [All is lost feeling] And then, just as the prophecy predicts, before the end of times, the day turns suddenly into night.
P8: The warriors look up. What they see is not easily recognizable for them, or the reader. It is the sole of an All-Stars sneaker that is coming down on them. The foot lifts up after having squished a cockroach on the lawn. Because of a matter of scale, this gigantic Gunungwangi was nothing more than a garden variety cockroach. And the tribes that were battling it, were merely millimeters tall.