But to correct an egregious error, I did not create this comic [the saga I can’t shut up about] when I was 11 or 12 as I had originally thought. Recently I was spring cleaning in the winter and I found a binder with old drawings from the saga circa 1990s. And I also found the first EVER drawing of my main character. The date!? 12 June 1991. That means I was already 14, on a steady diet of Jim Lee and Dave McKean and I had yet to really delve into the works of Moebius, which I would discover a few years later.
Crazy right!?!? That means that THIS year, on June 12th, I’ll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the creation of my saga. Ha!!! Oh man. I’m grateful that for a 14 year old the drawing is pretty decent. Yay! If I ever get this thing off the ground maybe I can include that drawing in a trade. Just thought I’d correct that. We can now officially say that I’m celebrating 25 years of my saga in 2016. Ha!
I’ve been tweaking the website! Have you noticed!? I keep dicing and splicing the HOME page and moved the comic book and graphic novel gallery to LOUNGE [About]. And I’ve finally been adding content to the long awaited BONUS section, which is an ensemble of links to resources for the writer, artist, designer, publisher and comic book and graphic novel maker or craftsman in you.
As of this writing there are about 30 links to various goodies in BONUS, either mentors and influencers to follow or books on art, writing, business et al. I think it’s pretty cool, and it’s designed for a younger me to have a place to go when I needed a breakthrough in my progress. I encourage you to check it out especially if you are in the creative arts and/or business – lots of cool stuff there. The more I learn, the more links go up. And hey if you think of a link I should have on there, please… suggest books, articles and links!!! Thanks!!
I’ve also been planning ahead. Documents outlining my pitch already exist even though I won’t need it for at least another year. I bought just the right inking tools to help me when I start that – it will likely be once I’ve finished pencilling the first 12 issues in a few months – my test drawings showed potential. I’ve been mulling over whether to get a colorist or do it myself. And I’m also seriously considering creating a mailing list so the fiercest friends can be up to date on all the really really important stuff – like – news we can celebrate, breakthroughs we can celebrate and FREE books we can celebrate! That’s right – FREE Books!! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!
I’ve been working on these free incentives recently and I think it will prove promising. Samples, Art Books, new editions of old favorites. Could get crazy!!!
Don’t want to miss a thing NOW!?!? I encourage you to like and follow the Facebook page, here : www.facebook.com/MirrorComics - which has successfully been updated to Mirror Comics Studios! More into tweets!? Look no further than @mirrorcomics [www.twitter.com/mirrorcomics]! See you there!
So yeah. I’ve been drawing. I’ve been writing. I’ve been sketching and roughing new pages in. It’s been a good winter. Sure we got a couple of wallops of snow in Ottawa, but it’s been a nice winter considering some of the snow-nado winters we’ve had these last few years.
As for shows?!?! Right!? Well… we may cross each other on the Ottawa Comic Con floor in the main hall - but I’m very much enjoying my time away from the limelight for now here in my studio-bunker. No shows this year except maybe a few conferences where I speak on comics – no tables reserved for 2O16 – sorry!!! But I’m still here. It’s just me and my pages and it’s only for a brief period of time. Soon I’ll start doing shows again, hopefully with the backing of a great publisher who loves everything that I do.
It’s been impossible for me not to create new books and revamp old ones. If ever I get this newsletter thing rocking, and you sign up, you’ll see. I just want to be sure I know what I’m doing before I invite you to subscribe. All I want is to offer you a superior experience with email – and give you a good reason to sign up, not just more noise!!!! I want to offer you exclusive access to more art. If you believe in what I do – you’ll want to check back here – not saying when – just later… and we’ll get you more art.
Another thing I’ve been wrapping my mind around is the word PENCILER vs PENCILLER – you ever come across that!? !!? Seems that both are in common usage in the USA market, mind you it is technically ‘LL’ in UK/Canadian spelling and just one ‘L’ in USA spelling, proper. I usually have gone with double L – then again I’m a card carrying Canuck – ah!!! I used to know this, then I forgot, then the internet lied to me, now it’s all better – I think.
So that’s it for the MCS Super Show for today. Keep on creating!!!! I’ll be back when I have less to say. See you then!!!
Mirror Comics Studios,
Ottawa, March 2O16. :)
PS : Seriously... check out the BONUS page!!!