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04/28/10

Well, things just keep getting bigger and bigger.  The Heroes Con recently announced two more big names for this summer.  J. Scott Campbell and Humberto Ramos are going to make an appearance.  Campbell is the creator and artist of Danger Girl, while Ramos is the creator and artist of Crimson.  I think it’s incredible that they are going to be there.  As a personal favorite, today they announced that artist Tom Raney is going to be at the Con.  I’m excited.  I’ve been a fan of Raney’s for a long time.  His work on Mutant X and StormWatch was great.  I’ve always been a fan of his style.  He co-created another of my fave characters, Jack Hawksmoor of StormWatch and The Authority.  I’m definitely going to be on the hunt for some original art by him. 

On to the direct front.  The script for Revelations 23 is now complete.  It took me a while to finish the last part of the book, due to an additional work load at the paying job and family stuff, but it’s done now.  I feel pretty good about the first issue.  I will say, it’s been years since I’ve written in a comic format, so I keep forgetting to add sound effects, narrative, and I’ve never been a fan of thought balloons for the most part.  It’s coming back to me, though.  Now that we’ve established the main players, the next issue will delve into our hero, Ariel’s quest, and the villain, Vaizier’s, goal and motivation.  I really like the concept, and hope that I can do it justice.  This book is different from some of the other stuff than I’ve done where it doesn’t have a particular tone or mood.  It’s very ebb and flow.  There’s something very challenging about that.  Hopefully, I’ll some preview pages to post.  We’re moving to get the finished book ready in time for the Con.  If not, we’ll have very nice preview or ashcan, and some promo stuff, posters and postcards, flyers, etc.  You won’t be disappointed. 

So, Unwanted Heroes.  Due to a lack of time, I’ve had a setback in the stand alone story Bury My Mask at Washington Square.  The good news is, like everything with this story, the setback has given me more time to think about how I want things to move, and has again taken things in a new direction.  Now that I’ve gotten a lot of things taken care of, and off my immediate plate, I can move back to it.  I fully expect to have the story done with the next 2 weeks.  If you’ve been following UWH and like the story, you’re going to like Bury My Mask.  This additional time to think has added a component to the story that I plan on bringing back into the main story arc as things move along.  The foundation for this story arc is firmly laid down, so after chapter 6 we’ll be moving back to main thread.  Excuse me for a minute, but I can’t get enough of this world.  Building it and the characters, the back stories and foreshadowing.  I love it.  I haven’t felt this strong about a story before.  It’s energizing and revitalizing at the same time. 

With that being said, I guess I should get back to it. 

JeraleC

Mindseyechronicles@comcast.net

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It seems like this year is moving so fast.  Some things don’t seem to be moving fast enough.  I’m getting more and more excited about the Heroes Con every day.  Recently announced attendees are Tim Vigil and Steve Epting.  I was first “exposed” to Tim Vigil during the initial run of Faust.  I was fascinated by the sex and violence, but more so by the detail put into the art.  I’ve never seen any artist show a person cut in half with such detail.  I’ve been a fan of Steve Epting for about 15 years, back when he was doing The Avengers.  He’s a guy that has definitely taken his trade to a new level.  His recent Captain America work and painted covers are incredible.  The Heroes Con this year is a Jiffy Pop full of talent. 

I’m taking a break from talking about Unwanted Heroes this week to talk about Revelations 23.  I’ve been fairly quiet about this book until we had gotten further along with the book and had a fairly good idea of the direction it was going.  So, here’s the run down on the book.

Revelations 23 is about a renegade angel named Vaizier who is the son of the angel Gabriel.   Vaizier hates humans and all mankind.  He sees them as being inferior to angels and hates having to serve them.  Vaizier decides to bring about the End of Days early in an attempt to wipeout all of mankind and Heaven on Earth for angels.  Vaizier will stop at nothing to eliminate humans, this includes killing his brother angels and enslaving those he needs.  In his quest to build an army he awakens a sleeper angel, hidden on Earth until Armageddon, named Ariel.  Ariel sets out to stop build his own army to stop Vaizier and save both Heaven and Earth.  Ariel learns that the battle lines aren’t quite as defined as he believes.  Not only has Vaizier recruited fellow angels, but humans and demons with promises of power.  As Ariel tries to build his army he is also tasked with protecting humans from Vaizier’s wrath.     

That’s a quick and dirty synopsis of the book.  There’s a lot more to it, and several aspects that’s it’s hard to explain in a “this is what it’s about” outline.  So, let me say that I hate writing synopsis’s.  I find it incredibly difficult to sum up a story and not make it sound like I’m writing the Second Edition of the Handbook for the Recently Diseased.   I can never make it sound as grand or as exciting as it is.  Everything just sounds dry and boring.  I can say, with some bias, that Revelations 23 is not dry and boring.  I think the concept and story will keep people interested, riveted even.  Trust me, it’s good.  Let me take one more crack at it.  Imagine a globetrotting adventure story with angels fighting angels.  There a search to find God.  The hero must protect human life, and that of his angelic brethren, while forging allegiances with demons and humans to build his army.  It’s like Indiana Jones with angels.  Okay, not really. 

Well, gotta draw things to a close for this week.  I’ve got so much work to do. 

Live fast. Love Hard. Die with your mask on.

JeraleC

Mindseyechronicles@comcast.net

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Well, last week was filled with great strides and frustration.  To begin, I had to buy a new router for my WiFi at home which is where the frustration part came in.  I spent every night once I got home trying to reestablish my network connection between my laptop and my desktop.  Not a fun time had by all.  Eventually, I got it working well enough.  I’ll spare you the gruesome and boring details, but in the end it cost me an arm and a leg, and now my brother’s a robot. 

Unfortunately, this router business put me behind from last week’s blog and I was unable to properly note the passing of DC great Dick Giordano.  Giordano was a penciller, inker, and editor with DC for over 30 years.  He was also instrumental in helping to bring about the Vertigo imprint under DC.  

As for the great strides…  I’m halfway through the first issue of Revelations 23.  I’m at page 21 of what looks to be 40-42 pages for the first issue.  It’s coming along right nicely.  I few minor details to work out, but nothing that’s going to impede the process.  I’m very happy with the way the story is moving along.  That’s easy to say with the first issue, but there’s so much that needs to be established in a first issue, that it’s really not as easy as it seems.  This is the make or break for readers, so it has to be on point.  Granted, I could take the easy route and have the hero character throw a pen and kill an assassin on the upper floor of the mall, but I want to try a little harder.  Ok, that’s the last time I’ll do that… until after the Con.  In addition to working on Revelation 23, I’ve also been putting together the Unwanted Heroes story for the Heroes Con.  The story is titled Bury My Mask at Washington Square, and details the last battle and breakup of the Championaires.  While on the subject of UWH, Chapter IV has been posted and is waiting to be read. 

Now on to the Heroes Con.  This thing is continuing to grow like James peach.  Recently announced guest included the Return of the Mack David Mack of Kabuki and Marvel’s Daredevil and Steve Niles, creator of 30 Days of Night

Last but not least I want to mention some people I met over the weekend at the Roanoke Valley Comic Con in Salem, Virginia; many of whom will also be at the Heroes Con so be sure to check them out there.  Jeremy Massie, creator of The DeadBeat(http://massieisadeadbeat.blogspot.com/) and Pornin’, and John O’Connor, writer of Black Dawn (http://www.blackdawnweb.com/) and We Three.  Great guys doing great work.  I highly recommend their books. 

I’m done for this week.  Gotta get back to crossing the T’s and dotting the… lower case J’s. 

JeraleC

Mindseyechronicles@comcast.net

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