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Why I Had to Kill a Good Comic Book!

Sometimes a tough choice has to be made.

Sometimes an indie publisher has to kill a perfectly good comic book because he’s an indie, and because the comic book doesn’t fit ‘the brand’.

This week, on episode #7 of the Comics Empower podcast, I tell a very personal story about how I had to kill a perfectly good comic book series.

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“Comics Help Bring Dreams to Others” – Kelly’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Kelly tells her story:  

Kelly

I think we all very young, are endowed with great creativity.

That is what allows us to create worlds and stories that open our childhood dreams and exploit those ideas and dreams through games and other things children did.

But something happens over time. For some reason we stop dreaming, creating fantasy worlds and unfathomable universes. We disconnect from our the reality that was such a big part of our childhood’s reality.

The comic book worlds came into my life at a very young age. But at the time I didn’t really understand what they were about and access to them was limited. I only had access to those worlds through the television series.

I remember a long series of X-Men 1992. They were sensational. I enjoyed them and remember them now nostalgically.

But something was born in me then, and I wanted more of those worlds!

So I found another way to capture many ideas, so many stories and worlds that grew on me constantly, many universes sprouting in me. I found a new me. I was drawing, to illustrate. It was like a door opened in my life, it gave me the opportunity to bring these characters to the real world. And that’s what comics are to me.

They are the means by which we bring to life many worlds and universes that we create, is that door, those who dare to enter, are fascinated and want to have more and more.

It isn’t just creating them that captivates me, but also to be part of them, to be confident of many stories and secrets. Comics help convey dreams to others, allow us to nurture the minds of those whose creativity died – we awaken and revive it. We awaken and revive the child in all of us, which has gone into hiding or has disappeared.

Comics allow us to go beyond the real world.

 

Find out more about Kelly on her Facebook, Twitter, or her Google Plus pages.



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“Comics Gave Me Knowledge” – Ash Pure’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Ash Pure tells his story:  

I AM ASH PURE. ARTIST OF THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE. COME BACK TO TELL YOU. BE PURE. BE VIGILANT. BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER.

Comics have empowered me to become a fictional character. To become the master of my own destiny to teach me that  you must stand up for what you believe in, fight against all odds, be the best you can be.

Comics have helped me develop and grow from The Flash, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four giving me a rudimentary scientific understanding to then being able to hold my own against academic heavyweights intending to intimidate (knowledge of who the Maenads were and the noise they made, from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman). Against condescending suits attempting to out manoeuvre (knowledge of the 4th dimension from Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell). Against pseudo spiritual vampires attempting to overpower and oppress (Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles)

But more than that they have given me a language, a tool to fight my fight. To complete my mission, to save the world one panel at a time.

I can encode my universal message of cosmic truth into 2 dimensional sequences of text and image, where they can be absorbed as entertainment, bypassing the firewalls of scepticism and animosity through sheer escapism. Imagination beats cynicism every time.

The power of story, especially in comic form is the greatest power we have. Our first technology – painted on the cave walls. A statement of will, a statement of intent, simplified into potent, powerful iconographs. We take control over time and space in ink and in turn see it shape our physical landscape. Pure will over base matter. A buffalo with spears in it on the wall becomes a buffalo with spears in on the plains, becomes dinner, survival, growth, development, evolution. Us.

Comics are the direct continuation of this and now instead of buffalo we have Superman, a new ideal, a new goal for the human race.

Turn the page, click the mouse, swipe the screen. Let’s get there.

Now.

Find out more about Ash Pure on his Twitter feed and his homepage.




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“Comics Have Been a Major Part of My Life” – Richard’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Richard tells his story:  

Comics have been a major part of my life.

As a fan, a storyteller and an artist my passion started in the in the early 90’s and has never stopped.

At first I was a kid reading comics that brought worlds and people into my imagination pretending to be one of the superheroes I loved. Sometimes I put on a cape and pretended to be Superman, something I still to do today.

The stories and enriching characters had me glued throughout my life and still go back and read to this day like Watchmen, X-Men Days of Future Past, The Dark Knight returns, and the list goes on.

Growing up with comics has been a major influence in my life. They helped develop my passion for art especially in storytelling and characters that I hope one day I can do professionally myself and have people read and talk about my comics.

 

Find out more about Mark on his Twitter page and his homepage.



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“Without Comics, I Wouldn’t Be Me” – Mark’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Mark tells his story:  

I changed schools halfway through 6th grade and became friends with one of my classmates.

Visiting his house one day, I noticed the stacks of comics he had. We flipped through some and I was instantly enamored!

One Saturday we visited the newsstand where he bought his comics. I brought ten dollars with me and spent just about every penny buying comics!

I identified with Spider-Man the most because Peter Parker was a skinny nerd who was picked on a lot… like myself. Despite the problems he faced, Peter Parker was Spider-Man, hero and all-around good guy with a sense of humor!

That empowered me to be the good guy I am today, always looking to do that good deed and be the hero!

Without comics, I wouldn’t have known about the different Universes, characters and stories. I wouldn’t have loved the media so much I wouldn’t have begun to write comics at such an early age. I wouldn’t have had some of my writing published. I wouldn’t have met some of the industry’s greatest such as Jim Shooter, Jim Starlin, Todd McFarlane, Julius Schwartz and others (it’s a pretty long list)!

Without comics, I wouldn’t be me.

Mark Stanislawski

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What Good Are Comic Book Reviews?

Are comic book reviews good? Are they bad? Do they help? Are they necessary? 

How should we take good reviews? How should we take bad reviews? 

Why HAVE reviews at all? 

Are Comic Book Reviews Even Necessary?

These are the subjects we delve into in episode #6 of the Comics Empower podcast!

As you know, the Comics Empower podcast is a 100% honest, behind-the-scenes look at how indie comics companies work.

If you want to hear some honest talk, click here to download the latest episode!

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“Comics Are More Than the Sum of Their Parts” – Benjamin’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, Benjamin tells his story:  

I can’t say I’m the biggest comic fan around, but movies have helped spur my interest in reading comics.

The most recent one I read was Issue #1 of a new comic called Wynter.

The atmosphere was unique and amazing, especially with the intrigue of the main character. It’s not everyday I read something with a female in the lead and this had me hooked.

The focus on technology helped encourage me in pursuing my love of technology and reminding me that I’m not alone in that.

It also represented a grim world that had been realized and is represented through Wynter.

The main character, Liz Wynter, has a struggle with all that’s going on in her life, especially with her best friend.

This helps empower me as a person, showing me even this person, who isn’t even someone in real life, can be someone I can sympathize their struggle with surviving everyday life and trying to see the light in the darkness.

Other comics I had read like The Killing Joke and some of Spider-Man and others have helped me relate to others and just be able to open myself up by seeing how they go through their lives and push myself to do better.

With comics, I’ve been able to communicate more with people on common ground and be a part of something that’s big, which isn’t often. The way comics humanize the characters to go through their trials and fight to survive give not only the stories depth, but also help me reflect not just on myself but on others around me.

I’d recommend these comics and comics in general because the cerebral nirvana they give you stimulates your mind and makes you use your imagination.

They have helped me in hard times when I need time alone and I read these comics to see that whether you’re real or only exist in media, it’s all real because of the depth that the medium allows the character to take on a life of their own and inspire to go forth with mine and see that there’s more to do.

That is when you know comics are more than the sum of their parts-the drawings on the page and the text- it stretches more to the inside of the reader and gives them something to remember and the writers accomplished their purpose.

It helps me to know that I don’t have to give up and I can keep on fighting for what I do have because every day I’m given to live is on I will never get back so I have to make the best, like the characters in the comics who have to pull through no matter what and make ends meet.

The humanity of comics has made an impact that is to say the least something that will last for my lifetime.

 

Find out more about Benjamin on his Twitter!



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Inspiring Artists & Writers #2: Ara Carrasco

Ara Carrasco is a talented artist and writer, whose graphic novel, a collection of short stories, will be released in a few months.

In this series, Ara shares with us the process of writing and creating art.

If you’re a writer or artist, hopefully you’ll be inspired by her words.

Creating Graphic Novels

Drawing a story for a comic book requires a certain vision of what is going to happen next, and why.

You have to keep what you just draw and what you’re going to draw next in your mind, as well as how the two panels are going to fit with each other.

Every drawing has to be not only correct and easy to read. It needs to maintain narrative continuity.

That’s why it’s essential to do thumbnails first.

In those first thumbnails I always try to strike a balance between close-up, detailed frames and the more general ones.

It’s more attractive to the eye and makes the page a lot more interesting. I also go to great pains in order not to break what I’ve established.

For example, in my last story the protagonist walks towards a fixed object in almost every panel.

She always goes from left to right, so the reader doesn’t get confused about where she stands and where she is moving to.

Those are some of the basics and they apply to many other media, especially cinema and animation.

What makes a graphic novel different? The answer is the other two key elements: text and framing/distribution, and how they interact with the story.

If, for instance, I want to communicate a lack of freedom, I try using very rigid and regular panels, in a symmetrical grid.

If I need to give a sense of something breaking free of that oppression, then I wouldn’t use any framing at all, or as little as possible.

This is only an example of what you can do with framing.

As for text, I must say I’m rather minimalistic. Since in my stories it usually represents the inner thoughts of the main and only character, I favour very neutral and unobtrusive lettering.

As for colour, I don’t use it in my graphic novel, but I do use textures. The idea is to give a rather grunge feeling to the illustrations, as if they were only sketches or even collages.

Again, I prefer a minimalistic approach. The text and the situations are sometimes rather abstract and I want to keep it this way, because I believe it’s what fits best with the tone of the whole graphic novel.

This is one of the reasons why I think comic books are such a great expressive medium – there is no end to how many things you can say, just playing with a few simple elements!

 

Check out Ara’s previous article in the series!

Writing Better Comics

You’ve heard the Comics Empower podcast, right?

You know it’s a 100% honest behind-the-curtains look at how to build and grow an indie comic book company, right?

Anyway: Episode #5 was just released. It’s all about writing guidelines and writing better comics!

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“Each Story Is a Challenge, Each Tale a Hard Journey.” – David’s Story

The Comics Empower Project has almost almost 100 personal stories!  

This time, David tells his story:  

When did comics have an impact on me? When did they inspire me to do what do today?

Perhaps I should tell you that comics have interested me since I was 4 or 5.

If it wasn’t for Batman, Superman, or Spiderman, I would have never had created and still create the YZP Universe if I never saw the animated series.

It’s not the art that gets me but the interesting storylines and arcs. Without those, how would story planning come about in my life?

Never stop dreaming. Always push yourself. Use every part of the Buffalo. Strive to do better than you did before.

Because of those words, each story is a challenge, each tale a hard journey.

But in the end, it’s fun.

My name is David Anderson, also known as YuritZen, and I’m the creator of the YZP Universe.

 

Find out more about David on Facebook at www.facebook.com/yuritzen
On twitter at www.twitter.com/yuritzenpresent
On tumblr at yuritzen-presents.tumblr.com
On deviantart at yuritzen.deviantart.com.



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