After taking a couple of weeks away from this blog I’ve gotten back in the game with a little bit of news as to one of the main things that has kept me away. I’ve been writing a novel – well, two novels – over the last year or so. It’s been a very long time since I engaged in this type of project. Usually I would always stop to spend a prestigious amount of time drawing out characters and scenes; it’s why comics had such an allure for me. A great blend of prose and pictures. However, that’s not to say I didn’t spend some time doing some doodles about the story. So, to give you a taste of what to look for…
Set in the late 19th century in the English countryside, the story has a decidedly gothic edge. Probably influenced by Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. The scene revealed here may or may not make the final version but I hope it gives you a hint of what’s involved. The story is in the primary editing stage which I’m finding as difficult as the actual writing process. It can be challenging to put oneself in the reader’s place and see what truly supports the narrative and engages your intended audience. To achieve that a writer needs to disassociate themselves from the characters they have been so deeply involved with for so long. Like I said, “Challenging”.
This other image is an idea I had for a potential book cover – as an illustrator I just couldn’t push aside the idea that had been swimming around in my mind. There would, of course, be more details to a cover but this does convey the mood of the book. Yet, is it of the type that would attract you, as a reader? In the end, these questions are secondary to the story itself which is still in its formative stage. In future blog posts, I’ll gradually reveal the progress of the book, not to mention its title and more information about the story. I hope everyone who reads this will stick around for the journey.
Until then, we have great stories available in our graphic novels, the trilogy of The Sorcerer’s Children or The Adventures of Astrodog as well as great merchandise, like t-shirts, stickers, posters, notecards and journals and much, much more through the store on our website. We look forward to you joining us on this creative journey.