Saturday, October 23, 2010

Roll credits

It’s been a while since I’ve done this, and with a few more people coming to the site of late with the recently released stories, now is a good time to take stock and bring you up to date on everything that’s going on.

I’ve been lucky enough to be writing comics for publication since 2007 and been even more fortunate enough to have been a) published every year since and b) paid for it during my early ventures. It’s been full of ups and downs, as often the case with any creative industry, and continues to be so – but I’ve met and worked with some brilliant people along the way, with a lot of things moving in the right direction, albeit very slowly.

So, where are things right now? Well, here’s a potted list of fiction credits both past and forthcoming, for easy reference: 

Story: The Teams (military drama, ongoing series)
Published: Currently unpublished (work conceived 2006/7)
Role: Script writer/co-plotter (work-for-hire)

Story: Bad Luck Inc. (sci-fi drama, 13 page short story, visualised and drawn by artist Yui Marr)
Published: Tales from the Plex Vol. 2 (2007, 2010 reprint) and Tales from the Plex #5 (2010, reprint).
Role: Co-creator/writer

Story: War Chronicles (sci-fi, ongoing series)
Published: Currently unpublished (work conceived 2007)
Role: Script writer/plotter (work-for-hire)

Story: L33tspeak (comedy strip, visualised and drawn by artist Stephanie O'Donnell)
Published: Tales from the Plex #1, #2, #3, #4 (2008)
Role: Co-creator/writer

Story: Live fast… in the cockpit of WipEout HD (sci-fi videogame fiction, prose)
Published: eu.playstation.com/Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (2008)
Role: Writer

Story: Butterflies and Moths: Fragile (magic realism drama, 12 page short story/prelude, visualised and drawn by Ariyana Vidya)
Published: Layer Zero: Choices (2009)
Role: Co-creator/writer

Story: A Twilight's Promise (drama, one page short story, visualised and drawn by Ariyana Vidya)
Published: Tales from the Plex #13 (2009)
Role: Co-creator/writer

Story: Magic of Myths (fantasy, six issue miniseries, visualised and drawn by Sergio Calvet)
Published: Self published online and forthcoming graphic novel (2010, 2011 respectively)
Role: Co-creator/writer

Story: The Twilight Cleaner (horror, 12 page short story, visualised and drawn by James Daniels)
Published: Survival Stories (2010)
Role: Co-creator/writer
Buy it soon from here 

Story: Butterflies and Moths (magic realism drama, graphic novel, visualised and drawn by Jennie Gyllblad)
Published: Was to be published by Insomnia Publications, currently being pitched
Role: Co-creator/writer

I also have several ongoing projects which have yet to be revealed but should be in the coming 12 months. If you want to request samples, just drop me an email/comment and I’ll get back to you.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Survival Stories - out now!

The Sleepless Phoenix: Survival Stories anthology has launched at the British International Comic Show (BICS) today, featuring stories from the likes of  Martin Conaghan (Burke & Hare), Ben Bates (Sonic the Hedgehog), Jim Boswell (KiCk!), Peter Forbes (Oz: Fall of the Scarecrow King), and more, as well as including horror short The Twilight Cleaner by myself and artist James Daniels. You can check out the previews right here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/910305588/the-sleepless-phoenix-comics-anthology/posts and a preview of The Twilight Cleaner below:


The Twilight Cleaner
By Corey Brotherson and James Daniels

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Page three
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You can buy Survival Stories at BICS or by dropping me an email or leaving me a comment. Thanks for all your support!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Surviving

So, we're launching a new book in a few days.

I've mentioned this before, but perhaps haven't mentioned it quite enough. The Sleepless Phoenix: Survival Stories anthology will be launching at the British International Comic Show (BICS) this Saturday 16th October, playing host to a massive array of talent. You can read all the backstory at the site, but the most important thing is that Survival Stories is going to come swinging out of the gates with 192 pages of tales from all kinds of genres and styles, from the likes of  Martin Conaghan (Burke & Hare), Ben Bates (Sonic the Hedgehog), Jim Boswell (KiCk!), Peter Forbes (Oz: Fall of the Scarecrow King), and more. Popular and respected British writer, Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Unwritten, X-Men Legacy) said the book is "a kaleidoscope of graphic stories - mostly in the darker colours of the horror palette, but all the better for that." - so it can't be too bad, right?

Lauren Sharp and Michael Moreci have been among some of the creators who have made sure this could come together to happen, and will be among a selection of creators at BICS helping launch and sell the book. If you're at BICS stop by our stand, say hi and check out the anthology. If you want to buy a copy, please get in touch and you can order through me. 

What's that, you ask? You want to see some previews? Well, take a look right here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/910305588/the-sleepless-phoenix-comics-anthology/posts.

Oh, yeah - Survival Stories also has a 12 page story by myself and James Daniels, The Twilight Cleaner. It's a British based coming of age vampire story with a little... well, buy a copy and find out for yourself...


The Twilight Cleaner
By Corey Brotherson and James Daniels

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Page three
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Saturday, October 09, 2010

The update relay

My head is spinning. Not literally, but it's spinning nonetheless.

I have no idea why. It could be overwork. It could be too many things happening at once. It could be me taking in too much Breaking Bad right now (which is, in my opinion, one of the best written shows on TV and highly recommended).

I honestly have no idea why.

But there are lots of things happening, so whatever is clouding my head into a jumbled mess I'm going to just have to try and find that Moment of Clarity and get on with it.

(But I'm not giving up Breaking Bad. No no no, I'm appropriately hooked).

So, what we have coming on this site is a rush of updates in the coming weeks. The first is an update on mine and Sergio's miniseries, Magic of Myths. We recently discovered the great news that the Magic of Myths ebook sampler has broken 5,000 views and still climbing each week. It's a wonderful surprise and motivates us even further towards the release of the Magic of Myths graphic novel, early 2011. Thanks for all your support - the series wouldnt be where it is without your backing and there will be more to check out at the end of the year.

What's next on the agenda? A little something called Survival Stories. Stay tuned...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The catch-up hangover

 Butterflies and Moths, page 1 - by Corey Brotherson and Jen Gyllblad

With gamescom, stag dos, weddings, and various trips making the past couple months something of a blur, I’ve finally had time to sit down and gather my thoughts for a few seconds. Although the funny thing about reflection is sometimes you stare too long and don’t get anything done…

Right, let’s see if I can order these chaotic thoughts of mine.

Firstly, you may have seen in recent comic book news that the publisher (Insomnia Publications) of mine and Jen’s forthcoming graphic novel, Butterflies and Moths, is no longer around. There have been a lot of issues cropping up about the publisher over the past few months, most of which came to light most recently. I won't go into it here, but you can read about it at the following sources, in order:








It’s a long and fascinating (not to mention painful) story; a cautionary tale of how not to run a comic book publisher. Sigh.

So, where does it leave Butterflies and Moths, and mine and James’ vampire short, The Twilight Cleaner (which was due to appear in Insomnia’s newest anthology Layer Zero: Survival)? 

Butterflies and Moths, page 6 - art by Jen Gyllblad

Well, Layer Zero: Survival was declared dead. And The Sleepless Phoenix: Survival Stories arose in its place, featuring many of same creators looking to get their work out there. Which is where The Twilight Cleaner will now be published. The anthology will go on sale next month at the British International Comic Show (BICS), where a number of the creators (myself included) will be on-hand to sell and sign the book. We had to raise a fair bit of cash to get the book on the road, but the target has been fulfilled and so the anthology is ready to go to the printers. If you want to pledge something or check out more information on the book, pass by here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/910305588/the-sleepless-phoenix-comics-anthology. The likes of Lauren Sharp and Michael Moreci have really pushed this whole thing onwards at an early stage, and deserve massive credit for getting it off the ground, along with many others who have promoted the book hard to reach its pledge target. Expect more information on the book closer to launch, and if you’re visiting BICS, do feel free to stop by our stand and have a chat.


The Twilight Cleaner - art by James Daniels

Graphic novel Butterflies and Moths is another story altogether. Jen and I are currently polishing off the first chapter and preparing it for a few pitches. We’ll see where that takes us. We’re not taking the news of Insomnia’s demise as a negative – we’re still going to push on with what we can and hopefully see it through to the end.

In other comic book related news, I managed to interview Steve Niles (of 30 Days of Night fame) at gamescom 2010 for the newest F.E.A.R. title. A really nice and terribly supportive guy – you can read the interview here: http://uk.playstation.com/ps3/news/articles/detail/item302581/F-3-A-R-writer-interview/

Oh, and while I’m here, I got my copy of Futurius’ The Darkling in the post recently, and it’s lovely. And I’ve got a guest appearance in it, bizarrely enough! You can buy it here: http://www.indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3911. Futurius also re-released Tales from the Plex 2, which features my very first published story, Bad Luck Inc. with artist Yui Marr. You can buy that here: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/futurius-tales-from-the-plex-2/12552541

Finally on the four colour front, Magic of Myths has been doing well. With the first three free issues done, Sergio and I are hard at work on the final three issues to launch the eventual mini-graphic novel in the next 6 months. The ebook has clocked over 1,000 visits and continuing to rack up hits, which is great to see – you can check it out over here: http://www.myebook.com/index.php?option=ebook&id=39996. Meanwhile, the official site will be offering previews of the forthcoming graphic novel and news in the run up to its release. Pop over and say hi…


Lastly on a whole, I recently got my hands on my long awaited (2 years!) Pandora handheld device. And it’s superb. Any machine which lets me do writing, watch some DVDs on the fly, switch to a bit of gaming from the 8-bit and 16-bit era with excellent controls (my copy of Full Throttle is getting a lot of play right now), listen to music and go online (with touchscreen functionality and TV-out), all while fitting into my back pocket can only be good. There’s limited availability of the machine, but if you’re an older gamer who likes to have PC functionality literally in your pocket, it’s a veritable dream-machine: http://www.openpandora.org/

I’m sure I’ve forgotten to mention something else in this entry, but it’s gone on for long enough anyway. Hopefully catch you soon…

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Magic of Myths ebook

Just a quick one for you - an end of the month slide home...

If you've not yet checked out Sergio and my fantasy miniseries, Magic of Myths yet, we've just launched a temporary ebook for your reading pleasure which lets you read all three chapters of the six part story in one go, quickly and easily.

You can check out the Magic of Myths ebook right here:

http://www.myebook.com/index.php?option=ebook&id=39996

Please do share the link around, and feel free to rate it and leave comments there.

Thanks as always!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Putting it all together

So, how about that World Cup, eh?

Sorry for the long radio silence. Magic of Myths is doing its best to keep me busy, so most of my writing has been kept to scripting, promotional work, planning and approvals (not just for that, but other projects as well, which I'll get to in a bit). It's kept me off here for a while although I'm determined to not let more than a month go before putting up at least one post. As long as I get this one off, then, I'm good for another month. Hopefully.


In any case, there's been a lot to talk about. Magic of Myths is doing well, with Issue three now out to read for free, also marking the final free chapter before the graphic novel comes out within the next 6 months. It's been a wonderful, educating and tiring experience, something I'd happily do again should I be able to convince another artist to come along for the mad ride, as Sergio was so willing to do (for which I'm forever grateful).

We also managed to get some free promotional copies into comic book shops, which went down well, with plans to follow up in the near future. On top of that, an interview with Sergio and I was recently published, giving us lots of space to talk about the miniseries. Many thanks to Drew Edwards and the Your Mom's Basement crew for setting that up, it was a fantastic experience.

So, if you've not read Magic of Myths #3 yet, please do give it a go - and if you like it, tell everyone about it. The postman, your boss, your mistress, everyone.

In other news, James Daniels' and my vampire story, The Twilight Cleaner is all polished and ready for publication in Insomnia Publications' Layer Zero anthology this October. Yes, there's been some rather public problems with the publisher the past couple months, but things are still moving forward, as they are with graphic novel Butterflies and Moths with Jennie Gyllblad - that big preview we promised is still on its way, as well. Don't worry - I may be bad at keeping this blog updated, but I'm not shy about this sort of thing when it's around...

This week is also National Transplant Week, which I'm a supporter of - Jac has written a great blog post on it and the transplant register over at Up the Far Away Tree that's worth checking out (as is her blog in general): http://weejac.blogspot.com/2010/07/national-transplant-week-today-marks.html



Oh, and one last thing: Netherlands for the World Cup. You heard it here first. Well, that is, unless you actually live in the Netherlands, in which case you've probably heard it a few times already. The psychic octopus gets all his predictions from me, don't ya know...

Sunday, June 06, 2010

"I have dreamed a dream, and now..."




It’s a strange place to be when you’re caught between your dreams and reality. Kinda like catching flu. You’re both hot and cold at the same time. And somewhere, between elation and disappointment, comes a moment where you make a choice.

Recently, I fulfilled a personal goal of mine to get a collaborative ‘solo’ project comic book into comic shops. Mine and Sergio’s pet project, Magic of Myths, was dropped off at Orbital Comics last week to be given away for free to anyone wanting a copy. Which was a surreal feeling to say the least. I’ll be doing the same again this week with my faithful and ever-loved comic shop, Nostalgia and Comics. And while it’s not quite the same as having people come in and pay for your work, it’s the closest I’ve got to having something in a comic book shop which has my name on the cover. Which is a great feeling.

At the same time, it’s anchored by the realism that this is just a small step in my overall goal. I’m working towards it, but it’s a long path that I’ve barely set out on, and that’s after a handful of published efforts, work for hire and several years of toil. Sometimes you wonder if it’s worth it. Sometimes you wonder if you’re not just talking into an airless room while people walk past. And then, once they have, and you’ve exhausted your breath, you take a big inhale… and start talking again. In the hope that a few people take notice and talk back. Desire, encouragement and the need to get further along the road to Where You Really Want To Be.

But bloody hell, sometimes it seems so far away.




So, onward and upward. Magic of Myths is now officially two issues old and moving, hopefully reaching people. If not, we’ll keep trying until it does. Issue three is nearly done and will be ready for launch on 1st July, while I’m currently writing the script for Issue 5 in the hope that it won’t confuse the heck out of people. Then, on to Issue 6 and start pushing forward with some of the planning for the mini graphic novel of the whole miniseries…

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The perils of writing too much

I've been meaning to update this for a while now, sorry for the delay (and subsequent brevity of this entry). Most of my time has been taken up with keeping Magic of Myths (http://magicofmyths.wordpress.com/) going (Sergio and I are currently doing an interview for our miniseries, so expect more on that soon), and catching up with work (also known as more writing and not trying to fall over after being off ill for two weeks). With E3 around the corner there's lots to do, and while I may not be going to sunny LA this year to cover the event, I'm looking forward to seeing what comes out of it. Even as a Sony employee who's been lucky enough to see most of what we'll be showing (yum) I'm hoping for a few surprises.

So, in the meantime while I furiously type home and away - no, not that Home and Away. Although that would be a good writing break for me - please do feel free to check out the latest stuff from Magic of Myths, which includes:




Issue two will be out on June 1st. Please do stop by and comment if you want. The series is ranking quite high on Google at the time of writing, which is nice to see considering it's a small publication with little exposure beyond word of mouth (and Sergio and I shouting about it on any social network we can find) but we appreciate some feedback as well to know where we're going right or wrong.

Oh, and I've just created a Formspring account, here: http://formspring.me/cbrotherson which is a bizarre open Q&A style social website where you can ask me questions in the hope that I might answer without facetiousness. I'll probably regret opening the account, but hey...

Take care for now and thanks as always.

C.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Kidney blow


Well, so much for that.

My grand plans to do a couple run-up blogs just before the launch of mine and Sergio's miniseries, Magic of Myths, kinda fell apart on Saturday morning when I collapsed in horrendous pain and had to be rushed to hospital. Doped up on morphine and oxygen, hooked to a drip and unable to regulate my own breathing through a mixture of agony and mild panic, I eventually discovered I had a kidney stone trying to make its way around my lower abdomen. It damaged my right kidney slightly and was trying to pass through a duct it was far too big for. As they often attempt.

The result was several days in hospital, fasting for a potential operation and having long needles and tubes attached to my arms to keep me hydrated. We won't talk about having to pee into cardboard boxes, wearing oh-so-sexy hospital stockings and gowns, and the constant feeling of sickness and/or fatigue quite yet, but needless to say, I wasn't going anywhere for a while.

So, my last 6 days have been pretty much spent in bed. I thankfully avoided surgery (which, as one doctor cheerfully explained, would have involved sticking a long tube into a place I'd rather not have it stuck in to repair the kidney), and I'm now out of hospital, but constantly tired and groggy, feeling nauseous at times, and the pain across my arms and kidney reminds me (along with falling into the sink, freezer, walls and other inanimate objects) that I'm still in a vulnerable state. I'll be on medication and painkillers for a short while while my kidney re-knits itself and my body gets used to having food which isn't just saline solution.

However! Magic of Myths is still launching tomorrow.



It won't be as big a launch as originally planned, with physical promotional copies to be given away in some comic book shops (initially for Free Comic Book Day on May 1st) now postponed, but the launch of the book is still set to go live at http://magicofmyths.wordpress.com/, where you can read the first issue for free, along with other behind the scenes goodies to enjoy. Most of the work was done before my kidney explosion, so the stuff planned for this week was mostly just marketing and promotion, but hey, these things happen.

So, I hope you can spare a few minutes to head over to http://magicofmyths.wordpress.com/ and check out the first part of a miniseries Sergio and I have spent a lot of time creating. Spread the word, subscribe to the site for free and if you like it, please do tell others about it. We're very much a small publication that can only survive off your word of mouth, so anything you can do is a massive help.



Right, the meds are calling, as is the nausea, so I'm off. I may not write here for a week or so while I get myself together (just as well most of the Magic of Myths stuff is already written and scheduled), but I'll hopefully catch you soon. And please do stop by http://magicofmyths.wordpress.com/ and let us know what you think of the miniseries.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Friday, April 02, 2010

The Twilight of our lives

So, that story I mentioned a while back that I didn't want to talk about during Christmas.

You've seen some previews of this tale, A Twilight's Promise, before as it reached completion - it's a one page story on the cruel and fleeting nature of life. It's been released in Futurius' excellent hidden gem, the Tales from the Plex series, and available to buy here (http://www.indyplanet.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2962&osCsid=0hfph2dpeu3e9npdut05ocvvi7)


To be honest, it was both one of the easiest and hardest things I've written. I try to write stories to the medium and format I'm in, as I've painfully found out recently when trying to reformat a 50 issue series into three graphic novels; it didn't work. The reason why it didn't work was because all the plot, style and format of the story were designed to function within a series format, with the cliffhangers, storylines and even the way the characters progress in the story, all geared to a long running series. Condensing that into three graphic novels created all sorts of problems with the above and there was no time to adapt it fully, so I stopped trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.

It's easy to misunderstand, but adapting material from one source and format to another isn't a case of saying "well, this book should work well as a film, so why did they miss things out or change my favourite part" and so on. Stories rarely work that way. Just because it works in one medium, doesn't mean it will work in another simply because it seems like a perfect fit - it's a bit like saying a Porsche engine will work well in a Ferrari because they're both cars and drive fast. Nine times out of ten, something will have to change to make the story work and comfortably in its new form, because while you may live in a house, no one moves into a new property without making some adjustments to make it a home. Otherwise it's just you sitting in a place which doesn't quite feel right for you. Same with adaptations of most kinds, whether it's from book to comic, or even from a short story to a larger form.

So when it came to A Twilight's Promise, I thought about what would make a good one page story. Big problem = there's little space for what I would like a great, engaging story to have (not so much it being impossible, more that I'm not sure I had the scope in my tastes to make it work). Action, character development and such... no room. It's difficult enough for a prose one-pager, but a comic one-pager? Nope, not going to work. So after a long think, I realised that if this story is going to be brief, why not make that the point of the story and its main metaphor? Start it up, and before we even get a chance to know the characters, their aims, their thoughts, we lose them again. A person in their cruel twilight, as it were. I wrapped that up in a setting which we'd all be able to relate to, imagine and sympathise with, not to mention a theme and topic close to me, and that's what ended up on the page.

Ariyana Vidya, the talent behind Butterflies and Moths: Fragile, did the artwork and captured it all perfectly - the pace, the emotion and even some of the visual effects I described in the script. All in one page. It's not the most pleasant of stories and certainly my most depressing to date (however, my graphic novel, Butterflies and Moths, may take that crown this/next year) but it's meant to be bleak. It's meant to catch you in your gut and make you ask 'why'. It's meant to be far briefer than it is fair.



Given it's only one page, you can read the whole thing in the preview section of the site where you can purchase the comics from the series. Take a look and let me know your thoughts - and I'd also recommend picking up an issue or two of Tales from the Plex as well. There's a lovely range of styles and stories there for everyone and worth the rather small cover price (especially given how pricey mainstream comics are getting these days).

Catch you on the bounce and thanks as always for stopping by.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Butterflies and Moths - the first lettered preview

So, here we are.

Jen is currently lettering the first chapter of our graphic novel Butterflies and Moths, so we're seeing what works, what doesn't and if there needs to be tweaks to the script so we don't cover up all her lovely artwork with my words. It's a process of slight trial and error, but Jen's good judgement and some wise guidance from our publisher, Insomnia, is creating some pleasing results.

These aren't 100% representative of the final product, but will give you an idea of how the whole thing may look when it's all put together.


Page 0
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Page 11
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Page 12
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Page 13
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Thanks for reading it so far - more to come...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Easy as A, B, C (or: The Importance of Good Lettering)


Okay, here's something for the non-comic book readers (or those not too familiar with comics) to try out.

- Think about your favourite drama/tense thriller style film.
- Now, replace the best actors of that film and re-dub their voices with someone entirely inappropriate. Let's say, Pee-Wee Herman (assuming your favourite film isn't Big Top Pee-wee). You can do this with either your imagination or, if you're so inclined, Pee-Wee Herman.

Chances are, even in this hypothetical scenario, the film wont be quite the same, or even be a favourite of yours any more (unless you actually like Pee-Wee Herman), despite the fact that the only real thing which has changed is the delivery of the script. The same holds true of the dubbing or subtitling/translation of any movie - the original script may be brilliant and the acting sublime, but a poor effort in communicating any of that can kill a story.

For comics, lettering has that level of significance and importance.

Lettering, for all intents and purposes, is the 'voice' of the comic pages. It's a bit like prose in the sense that you're given a set amount of information about the character, while your imagination fills in the gaps - but where comics changes that is through its use of dynamic lettering. A letterer will often visually show you if the character is shouting, whispering, thinking, has a slightly inhuman voice and so on. You still have to use your imagination to decode and personalise this information, but it's a unique combination of presentation and reader input that creates the effect. Not only that, but colour, size, font style, and the placement of the words themselves all factor into this.

If done right, it's an invisible, almost under-appreciated art. A good letterer, like a good editor, will let you pass through a story without you thinking too much, if anything, about the job being done. But it's utterly vital to the story - because when it's bad, it stands out like a large, sore, diseased thumb.

I'm talking about this now for two reasons. The first is because the opening chapter of Butterflies and Moths is currently being lettered, and thankfully Jen is not only a sterling artist, but has a natural flair for lettering as well. There are a still a few tweaks to be made as we make some adjustments and decisions, but so far it's looking great.

The second reason is due to the much maligned Twilight graphic novel which has just been released. The book's story/art/content aren't the reason why it's taking a critical beating, but rather the lettering.



Now, while I don't subscribe to "this is The Worst Lettering in the World Ever" train of thought as some have dubbed it (simply because people who don't usually read comics won't see half the stuff a regular comics reader will see), it's still a classic example of just how important the craft is. Take the page above (click to expand it).

The speech balloons are too big for the words inside them - when a word as small as "oh" takes up a tiny space in the middle of a giant balloon it's a bad move, but what makes it worse is it takes up so much room to have an effect on the following balloon (spoken by the teacher in the scene) which is slanted at an angle for no discernible reason, needlessly overlapping the next balloon. It's a mess of placement and reading flow, and makes it look like they just stuck them on the page in a rush.

From most of the pages I've seen, this continues:



Again, poor placement covers up the art where it doesn't need to, the balloon is way too large for the text, and so on. Comics Alliance does a good run-down of the book's mistakes here, but for such a massive title and given the large following Twilight has (not to mention the lovely art the book is blessed with), it's a shame it falls down so hard on one of the most important parts.

For a point of comparison, I'd consider the following a good page of lettering (courtesy of DC Comics' brilliant Fables series - click to enlarge it):


Simple, elegant and doesn't get in the way of the story (by neither covering up much of the art or being difficult to read).

So, catch you in a few for a lettered preview of Butterflies and Moths - hopefully we've done a good job on making it easy to read... or at least easier to read than Twilight...

Monday, March 15, 2010

Art preview for Butterflies and Moths

A very, very quick one this week, while all the Wizard of Oz style behind the scenes workings continue (a couple of nice things around the corner for the coming month): Jen has posted a page-by-page art preview of chapter one of our graphic novel, Butterflies and Moths. The artwork is nearly all done, with a few pages to finalise (this isn't the full chapter, as there are a few pages not ready to be shown and the final few pages wont be shown here until they're totally done) and lettering to add in. But it's looking staggering.

Take a look, if you please:

http://jenspiration-now.blogspot.com/2010/03/page-0-17-excluding-14-15.html


Thanks!

Monday, March 01, 2010

One page says it all...


One rather telling page from Jen's stunning work on graphic novel, Butterflies and Moths. In case you didn't suspect already - this probably won't be a happy tale.

Jen's working like a machine right now to bring you more, so we may have something big to show you soon...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"Flash Gordon... is alive?!"


Well, there goes the resolution...

Sorry for the lack of updates in the past few weeks, I'm still around, scripting away and staying sane. There have been a few things happening behind the scenes, which will hopefully be revealed in the coming months, but as a result things are a little quiet.

However, work has been busy enough and I've had a lot of fun covering Heavy Rain of late and will have a slew of related features going live, starting here.

David Cage, Guillaume de Fondaumière and the actors from the game are a brilliantly fun bunch to talk to and hang with, so it a was a joy to meet them. There's a write up over at the PlayStation Blog if you want to see snaps, video and read more about what happened at the launch event in Paris.

I'll be back with actual stuff to show soon. Promise.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Carving out a niche - the sequel

Three posts in one month? Must be a fever.

A quick one, if I may, before I go home after a long day at work. As you've probably guessed from the title, this is a follow-up from the last post regarding Jen's fancy sculpture of our collaborative graphic novel's main character, Angel. The finished article is nearly here, and it's pretty damn good.


And here's a small shot of it painted (with another unfinished yet still superb sculpture made by Jen - she doesn't sleep, I swear).


Oh, if you're wondering what's going on with the graphic novel itself, well, there should be something tasty coming up in a month or so. I've seen the latest pages and they're... well, beautiful. Full of blood and suffering, but, you know, you knew that anyway...

Friday, January 15, 2010

Carving out a niche

Just a quick one today, with some more visually pleasing snippets from the talented Ms Gyllblad related to our forthcoming graphic novel, Butterflies and Moths.

First up, a freshly painted page from the first chapter. Once we've got all the pages from that chapter completed (there's a few more left to go), there will eventually be a full-on, lettered preview for you to read in all its glory. Needless to say, when that happens you'll know about it...



And while we're here, Jen's been working on a side project - making a sculpture of the graphic novel's main character, Angel. We've talked about potentially using it for various promotions and maybe even a business card holder for when we go to cons, which would be pretty damn cool. Poor Angel is currently without her head in this pic (although it's already done, just waiting to be attached) but you can already see the similarities, especially compared to the artwork above.



Should look amazing once it's all put together and painted.

Catch you soon...

Friday, January 01, 2010

Meeting Twilight

Happy New Year!

Okay, so it's coming a bit late in the day, but as the first entry of 2010 it's still relevant. Which in turn reflects my hopes that this blog will be more relevant this year, through a combination of more frequent updates (or at least more than once per month) and the formation of my publishing plan, which is coming together bit by bit.

But we'll get into all of that as we go on. The first thing which the newborn gaze of 2010 will turn to is forthcoming 12 page story, The Twilight Cleaner, drawn by James Daniels. The artwork is finished, the pages are lettered and so it's just going through a final round of minor edits before we can put it to bed and declare the first project of the year completed and ready for publication.

So, as expected, here's the first lettered preview of our British vampire story, The Twilight Cleaner (to be published in Insomnia Publications' forthcoming Layer Zero anthology). Hope you enjoy it and see you again soon...

The Twilight Cleaner
By Corey Brotherson and James Daniels

Page one
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Page two
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Page three
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