Good evening everyone, hope you're all doing well! I just wanted to write a blog about something I'm SUPER excited about. Throughout the year I will be uploading at least 2 Patreon exclusive alternate universe spin-offs of Warlord: Jane & Maralyn: Best Frenemies Forever, and Great Scott! Let's start with Jane and Maralyn.
Jane is one of the most endearing characters in Warlord, Maralyn is one of the most hated, and in continuity they really do not get along. In this alternate take of the characters, they....still don't get along.
This story is a love letter to my comic book first love: Archie Comics. The influence is so strong, that to this day there are still some scenes in particular that readers go "whoa, this surprisingly feels like an Archie moment". So this out of continuity story focuses on Jane and Maralyn as rivals for Fred's affections but with no super hero plot, just a goofy, light hearted, but more adult Archie Style story in the veins of Betty & Veronica and Betty & Veronica Spectacular comics.
My goal for this comic is to upload it once a week on the $1 tier on Patreon, and eventually publish it as a one shot.
For the other story, that one is named Great Scott! and is another out of continuity story spinning-off from Warlord. It's essentially the main cast of Warlord when they were in high school, and they form a band together.
This story is heavily influenced by anime like Beck, K-On, and the movie That Thing You Do. This one is a bit more dramatic than Jane & Maralyn: BFF, but also not as dark or with a super hero plot like Warlord. What's fun is exploring all these characters younger and without the super hero plot as well, so this will be a fun story to do.
As with Jane & Maralyn: BFF, this will be a Patreon Exclusive upload that will replace Jane & Maralyn when it comes to an end, and will also be collected into a one-shot. I can't WAIT to start updating these stories because it's something different and to me refreshing to do.
Thank you all so much for reading, to the right here is the original illustration that started the idea of an out of continuity story with Jane and Maralyn, and at the bottom the illustration that made me decide to eventually do this kind of story, catch you all next blog, stay safe!
Good evening all! Hope you're all doing great. I just wanted to write a blog about a story that's just plain fun to me. Funnybone: Rage of the Lucky 13. I have 2 of the short stories out already on my Patreon, and the scripts are all done, I just need to keep adapting them into short story format.
I will continue to post these on my Patreon for the $1 tier, and when I reach the end, I will collect it into one volume and sell them physically and digitally, making it available to my Patrons, of course.
Funnybone of course is one of the most popular characters in Warlord and it serves both as a spinoff of Warlord and as a spiritual sequel to Clown: Rogue Assassin.
What I love about this story is that so far it is the grittiest story I've written and is a throwback, love letter to chessy 80s action movies and The Street Fighter movie from the 70s with one of my favorite action stars, Sonny Chiba.
Funnybone lost a lot in his life and his mind is not all together there, all he knows is how to move forward. With bloody revenge. These short stories are a departure from how I usually write since these are prose short stories rather than a comic book form with the art telling most of the story, which to me has been a very nice change of pace and good practice to do longer form prose.
My goal for 2021 is to not only finish posting the shorts on Patreon and then selling a whole volume physical and digital, but I will be adapting it into a 6 chapter webcomic mini series, slated to be sold as a comic as well.
Funnybone is a character that aside from Warlord, is my favorite to write. He is my Rurouni Kenshin if he embraced his man killer ways after Tomoe's death rather than be a peaceful wanderer in her honor.
This is one of the most fun stories I've ever done and I can't wait to illustrate this later on, my target date for the adaptation should be either late 2022 or early 2023.
In any event, thank you all for reading, catch you all next blog, stay safe, and if you want to check my Patreon, it's here, theres also A LOT of free content there!
PS- Check out the cover to chapter 3 below, coming out soon!
Good evening, everyone! I just wanted to give a quick update on a script I wrote a first draft of a while back: From Single to Married. I mentioned it in a previous blog how this is a script I wrote for the Script Frenzy challenge. In a week. With a concussion.
When I had started this challenge, which consisted on writing a script in 30 days, I had just recovered from an ankle injury, and started off with a bang. Then I was involved in a car accident where I was seriously injured and came out with a huge concussion, to the level initially a doctor told me I was never going to be the same again.
So, I said to myself "it's not a matter of if, just a matter of when I get back to normal, and one of the things I wanted to do was finish this challenge. There was a week left in the challenge and I was far behind, and with my concussion, not only was I still with a huge headache, I was seeing double (I would be seeing double for three more months afterwards). But I was decided, I was a man possessed. I told myself if I couldn't push through with a script, then the doctor was right and I would just have to conform to a new reality. But I've never been the type to conform.
For that week I barely slept, I typed, I cried in pain and frustration, and with only 5 minutes left to mid nite, I finished the 100 page script.
It was one of my personal greatest moments in my life. Still in pain. Still seeing double. But now with the expectation that "hey, I did this in 1 week and a concussion, and a scar that had taken 13 stitches to close a wound that was still pulsating, then I can get through this and get back to normal". So this story has a special pace in my heart.
They story is a bit unbalanced, but it was a first draft and the feedback I got was strong enough that I was considering adapting it from a movie script to either a prose book or a graphic novel.
I'm leaning into doing a second draft and first doing it as a prose book and later on adapt it to a graphic novel. I do want to do that second draft at least in mid 2021, and chip away at it to maybe end of 2021. Depending on feedback I may take more or less time on it. This is a straight up romantic comedy and the first time I attempted at doing one. It's the story of these two coworker who happen to be close friends, and after a seemingly innocent prank she pulls on his friend, unknowingly their lives get turned upside down and nothing is the same for either of them.
This is one story that has a spot in my heart and I am passionate about doing my all to not only putting this story out there, but it being one of my best works ever. As always, thank you all for reading, catch you all next blog, stay safe!
Gooooood evening, everyone! Hope you're all doing fine. I just wanted to write a brief blog about one of my most ambitious stories yet: a story that's a trilogy titled Codename: Jericho. It's something I've had in mind doing as a novel, starting off as part of the NaNoWrimo challenge a few years back.
Many personal things came about that made me abandon the challenge after having written 2 chapters, and it always bugged me that I never finished it. Especially since by that time I had successfully done Script Frenzy and an earlier NaNoWrimo. It's been in the back of my head since. I showed my mentor Rigz "Scorp" Jimenez years ago, and he really liked it. And last month I went over the overall story with my coconspirator Manuel Carmona, and he urged me to do the story. So, well, I will.
This one is a long term story in a way, it's not going to be as long as Warlord, but it will be longer than something like DTF6 or the 14 part maxi-series Via Crucis. I don't want to give away too much of the story, but it's basically a world where digital technology is starting to blur the lines between the digital world and the real world. I'm debating how long each story should be, but I should start writing based on the old draft I had started. I'm excited to get this story out there, I will show the work in progress throughout the year, I'm aiming for a release give or take second half of 2022 to start it off. Thank you all so much for reading, catch you next blog, stay safe!
Written by Manuel A. Carmona
Well, this last two days I posted a list of art challenges that will be taking place in 2021 for anyone to partake. I'm sure there are many more challenges that I'm just not aware of, if you know of any feel free to name them in the comments section below; that way we'll edit the list. Granted, these are just art challenges, there are many more creative challenges people can be a part of like writing challenges, photograph challenges, sculpting challenges; etc. I simply chose the challenges that I felt would help my fellow comic book artists level up their skill sets. Maybe they feel a need to improve their inking or maybe they don't feel confident about drawing faces; these challenges will be very helpful for a lot of artists I feel.
But it's not just about others improving, I feel there are certain areas in my work that need improving; so I'm jumping in the art challenge pool. This year I want to really push myself artistically, so I'm going to be taking on an art challenge (or two in some cases) every month starting in February! I made a list by month so you all can get an idea of which ones I'm taking on and see if maybe ya'll want to join me on a few of them.
- February Faces: February Faces is a great way to hone your skills and it'll undoubtedly improve your portraits.
Draw a different face every day the entire month of February. It doesn't have to be a human face.
Don't forget to tag your posts with the hashtag: #FebruaryFaces
- March Of The Robots: This is pretty on the nose, illustrate a new robot every day for the entire month of March. You can draw them or create them digitally, just have fun with it!
Don't forget to tag your posts with the hashtags: #marchofrobots or #marchofrobots2021
- 6 Minute Sketch Challenge: This challenge consists on you drawing one skatch every day, then post your dailies on social media for the art world to see; that's it!
There are no rules, so just draw every day for 100 days.
Don't forget to tag your posts with the hashtag: #6minutesketch
- Mermay: What is a Mermay? Sounds fishy right? ;D Well, Mermay is an art challenge all about illustrating mermaids. Every day in May you'll illustrate a new mermaid using whichever medium you prefer.
Don't forget to tag your posts with the hashtags: #MerMay and #MerMay2021
- Six Fan Arts: Draw six portraits of popular characters – from any genre.
Don't forget to tag your posts with the hashtags: #6fanarts or #sixfanartschallenge
- Fauna Focus: The Fauna Focus art challenge asks you to create artwork of, based on or inspired by a different animal each month. You can use any art medium you desire.
Don't forget to tag your posts with the hashtag: #faunafocus
- The Sketchbook Challenge: Sponsored by the Brooklyn Art Library, The Sketchbook Challenge is a 28-day challenge to fill an entire sketchbook, and is intended to “help you cope with your creativity while you are stuck at home.”
The library will send each participant a blank 28 page sketchbook and then give them a different prompt every day for inspiration.
There's also a 14 day challenge, which is specifically focused on portraits using a different medium than you are comfortable with.
These challenges are donation-based on a “Pay What You Wish” model, and proceeds help support the Brooklyn Library of Art.
More information at brooklynartlibrary.org.
- 12 Hour Comic Book Day: 12 Hour Comics Day is a Worldwide event dedicated to creating a short story from beginning to end in 12 hours or less. Usually participants meet at local comic book shops, schools, and/or libraries however this year (due to Covid-19); the challenge will be online.
Participants can use any medium they desire and the story can be four 12 pages or more, just as long as it's a finished story.
Don't forget to tag your posts with the hashtags: #12hrcomicbookday #12hourcomicbookday2021 #12hourcomicbookdayonline2021
- 24 Hour Comic Day: 24-Hour Comics Day is an annual international celebration of comics creation. On this day, creative folks take on the 24 hour comics challenge: to create a 24 page comic book story, normally months worth of work, in 24 straight hours.
Usually participants gather at official event sites including comic book stores, schools, and libraries. And others take part in private gatherings, and many work on their own.
However, this year, due to the novel coronavirus (covid-19), all the official event sites will be online. (In other words, the venues will host artists online using Zoom, Facebook Rooms, Discord, Google Live, or any other type of video conferencing platform).
- Drawlloween: Drawlloween is one of the most popular art challenges in the United States.
Using the prompts on the website, or your own spooky imagination, just create a new Halloween image every day for the entire month of October. Any medium is acceptable.
Don't forget to tag your posts with the hashtag #drawlloween2021 (with the current year) or @drawlloween.
- Movember: This art challenge is really on the nose... LOL!
Draw a different mustache for the entire month of November. It can be just a mustache, it can be a portrait or it can be a full body illustration. You can use any medium you desire, just be creative and have fun.
Don't forget to tag your posts with the hashtag: #MovemberArtChallenge
- Drawcember: Drawcember was originally created by Disney Creates. It has a huge following, and is well worth your time and effort.
Make a new drawing every day for the entire month of December, using the prompt list posted online in the weeks before December. Many of the prompts are winter/holiday/Christmas related, but much like Inktober or Drawlloween; you can let your imagination run wild. And that's it!
Don't forget to tag your posts with #Drawcember and #drawcember.
Some of these challenges I've taken on in the past with various degrees of success but this year I'm making a commitment with myself to finish what I start. I know it's hard to stay motivated, that's why YOU are so important in this process! I need your fuel, every artist taking on these challenges need your encouragement and your engagement; so please feel free to Comment and Like and Re-Tweet and Share and anything else you come up with to show your support. It truly means everything to us.
I have my own small way to push myself and to justify this year long torture, I will be putting out books based on each and every one of these challenges; it could be digital only or print but it'll be my incentive to keep me motivated. Obviously the 12 and 24 Hour Comic Day Challenges are going to be comic books, but the rest might end up being sketchbooks or even full size books; but it's too early to determine that just yet. I wrote this blog to not only inform you all on what I'm going to be up to in 2021, but also to hopefully motivate some of you to take on at least one of these art challenges; amateur or pro this can only benefit you. In any case, stay safe and as always... keep it Truthful!
Good afternoon, everyone! Today I wanted to write about my most ambitious Spanish language comic yet. The title is Via Crucis, and it's a 14 part maxi-series.My inspiration for this came after gaining confidence in having written a few comics in Spanish.
For anyone that is not aware, over the years I have been writing short stories and comics for Silver Island Studios based in Puerto Rico, headed by my old friend and great creator, Jose Cruz. Aside from Weepaman y Weepito, I really haven't had any other experience writing a comic in Spanish. So I really want to challenge myself as a creator, and Via Crucis was born.
It's a 14 part comic based in al alternate reality Puerto Rico, where an event happened in the 90s that made PR an independent country and is inhabited by heroes/vigilantes. The whole story will take place in the 90s and will have many call backs events and popular culture at the time.
Many of you know that all my creations are love letters to the stories that inspired me, so, with Via Crucis, I want to write a love letter to comics like Watchmen, V For Vendetta, The Dark Knight Returns, gritty stories from the 1980s to early 1990s. I am excited and terrified of making a story of this magnitude and in Spanish, but if I want to continue to grow as a creator and continue to have fun, I have to get outside of that comfort zone and aim for the stars.
I have the basic plot points and how the story will end, I just have to flesh out the script and continue characters designs. I want to have that preproduction aspect done by the end of 2021, start production on it in 2022, and start rolling it out by late 2022 or early 2023. Thank you as always for reading, catch you next blog, stay safe!
Good evening, everyone! Tonight I want to announce a project I've been thinking on doing for a couple of years now. As you might know by now, Never Mind is my auto-bio webstrip, but a few years back after not doing a new season of the strip for a while, I had the idea of one story in particular, something kind of like A Christmas Story, sort of mixed with This Is Us. Then I read the graphic novel Smile, and it cemented my desire to make this story.
Never Mind Presents: Bicycle is a relatively ambitious project since I've never ever thought I'd attempt a long form story in this style. In contrast to the strip which are random glimpses into things that happened in y life, Bicycle is more focused on a particular moment in my life that threads together flashes from the past and more recent moments.
Not only will the art be a challenge, it will probably be my most challenging script to do as a writer as well, to try and bridge different events that leads to a cohesive moment and a coherent story. It will be my most personal story I've ever written, and despite the challenges this projects presents, I am SUPER excited to work on this because of these challenges, and I hope you all look forward to it.
My plans are to finish the script by the end of 2021 and start work on it art wise in 2022. I will be giving glimpses of the story throughout the year. As always, thank you for reading, stay tuned, catch you next blog, and stay safe!
Art Challenge By Month
January - Open**
February - Fairie February, February Faces
March - Magical March, March of Robots
April - Open**
June - Junicorn, Doodlewash, Kaijune
July - Open**
August - Smaugust
September - 12 Hour Comic Book Day
October - Inktober, Drawlloween, 24-Hour Comics Day
November - Movember, Slowvember
December - Drawcember
**Open month to participate in any art challenge or come up with your own challenge.
I know this Pandemic has taken a toll on all of us but one thing that's kept me sane is art. Wether is creating art, enjoying art, engaging in fantastic online conversations regarding art; Art has been a much needed ray of sunshine on this otherwise dark year. As I write this blog I'm one page away from fully inking the third issue of Project: New Wave and in all seriousness, I'm ready to go crazy art wise the rest of this year. My plan is to illustrate at least three different comic books and I'm also looking forward to pulling the trigger on a few art challenges. I want to push myself to the limit and channel Kobe Bryant's Mamba Mentality. I decided to compile a list of art challenges so that maybe ya'll can join in the fun, if you don't want to join me in actually doing the art challenges; ya'll can support my efforts by sharing my artwork and purchasing your copies of the books that will undoubtedly come as a result of these challenges. There are too many art challenges to compile in one blog so I decided to divide them in two: Part - A is the one you're about to read and and Part - B will drop tomorrow. On Wednesday I.m going to share with you which challenges I'll be taking on and I'd love to see which ones YOU are going to tackle this year. So without further ado, here we go...
Hey, there, you! Thank you for coming back! For this blog, I also want to touch on a story for a bit further ahead in the future. It's essentially a reboot of a strip that was originally going to be published, but wasn't due to circumstances beyond my control. I always wanted to revisit this idea, and I will. It is Called Servicio al Cliente, it is a Spanish language story that I always had in the back of my mind to try and do some day.
It's based around the life of a group of people that work at a specific shift in a customer service center. I had originally done this never having watched The Office (UK nor US), though it came out around the same time. Years later I watched the UK version of The Office and really liked it, so it kind of brought it back to my mind again. And then because of the pandemic, I watched the US version of The Office, and after finishing it the first time after watching the whole series multiple times, I have made it my mission to get this story done.
It will be a 4-6 chapter mini series in Spanish with the same basic premise of the original strip of being based around the lives of this specific group of people. I will be banging out the script by the end of the year and start production on it in mid-late 2022 likely after Hell Beneath You is done. This is a story I REALLY want to get out there and I'm excited to finish up scripts and putting this out there. Thank you all for reading, I hope you all enjoy the story once it comes out, catch you all next blog, stay safe!