Among the countless writing projects I am working is one that will be a sequel spin-off of my Young Guardians Series that takes place 5,000 years into the future. One of the characters I have been developing was one who could control the powers of others in a variety of different ways. The application of this ability that will be addressed in this post is easily one of the cruelest and most sadistic superhuman powers of them all: power negation, which is the ability to turn off the powers of others. When you take away someone’s powers, you give them a fate worse than death because you have stripped them of a part of their identity. Also, you leave them with nothing to defend themselves. Because of the dark nature this power could be used for, I am thinking of giving this power to one of the supervillains in my sequel series.
I have been working with my new partner on my prized graphic novel project and things are going well so far. She has made more concept art of my characters and I am in a state of bliss whenever I look at the art. So far, she has done concept art on Patrick Donovan, Tinisha Dolaira, Derek Marvin, and Joshua Rauje. This has been a huge dream of mine to actually see my characters rather than just imagine them. If the concept art alone looks this good, I very much look forward to seeing how the graphic novel itself will look like. I will keep you updated on any further developments and wish me luck!
My partner in the graphic novel project has exceeded my expectations. Today, she sent me my first glimpse of my characters and it was like looking inside of my own imagination! I have dreamed of this day for so many years that at first I did not believe it was real. For legal reasons, I cannot share the concept art yet, but what I can tell you is that this has already proven to be a very fruitful partnership and I look forward to when we finally get started on the actual graphic novel. I will keep you updated on any further developments and wish me luck. I CAN BARELY CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT!!!
The first phase of my graphic novel collaboration has begun. I sent the artist I will be working with descriptions of concepts of the characters in order to produce concept art. Now, I wait a few days for the results. As a warning, for legal reasons I cannot share these images publicly until the graphic novel is published. On the upside, I will finally get to physically see my characters rather than just imagine them, which is something I added to my bucket list. I will keep you updated and give you my review when I receive the results.
I have completely exciting news! Over the weekend, I went to an art gallery hosted by my godmother and the students who helped me at my books signing at WonderCon. There, my godmother introduced me to one of her best students who specialize in anime and manga. We discussed a possible collaboration and we reached an agreement. Now, we have finally begun the graphic novel project. At last! For years I imagined this moment and now it is finally happening! I know I am relatively young, but I was beginning to think I would never live to see the day. To be brutally honest, I am done simply imagining what my characters would look like. I want to physically see them with my own eyes. One could argue that I am like a blind father who is forced to imagine what his children and cannot see them. Now, I finally have the chance to see them like a father holding his newborn child for the first time in his life. I look forward to seeing what our collaboration will produce in the next two years.
As I continue to develop my graphic novel script, I start to realize how complex this new frontier is. I am familiar with how novels and normal books work and how to produce them, but creating a graphic novel is uncharted territory. With this in mind, I realize that even though I am working up a storm with my graphic novel script the final product won’t be out for a good long while. Writing the script is only part of this new endeavor and I will also need to investigate what kinds of editors and publishing companies can be trusted and which ones cannot. I will therefore communicate with my Creative Writing instructors at Concordia University and see if they have any information regarding this ambitious project. My ultimate goal remains unchanged. I wish to share my work through all kinds of fields from film, graphic novels, e-books, and regular novels. The road is infinitesimally long, but if I play my cards right the rewards will be worthwhile. Fingers crossed and I will keep you updated on any further developments.
I had an interesting thought about how to further develop the main characters of my graphic novel series. I am thinking of making some of the characters anti-heroes instead of traditional heroes since several of them suffer from psychological issues. Because the Young Guardians as an organization would be disbanded, their ideology that maintained their moral compass would be swept away. Without that ideology to keep them in check, the main characters will perform acts that their predecessors would never do such as committing murder. Here are the general psychological profiles of the characters so far: one is emotional withdrawn, one is an emotionless sociopath, one is a bloodthirsty berserker, one is a naive girl scout, and one is n arrogant hotshot. This is the most psychologically diverse group of characters I ever created and I look forward to experiment with their interactions.
As I continue to write the graphic novel script for my sequel series, I decided on the amount of pages will be invested into each volume. This current volume I am working on will consist of around 150 pages and I am more than a third of the way there! I am planning to finish the script for the first volume by the end of the year. Even though I am still relatively new to writing graphic novel scripts, I can easily imagine the story unfolding with each panel. I am planning to have editors my friend knows take a look at it once I get a certain amount done and the start pitching to various graphic novel companies. Among the companies I will be targeting will be Image Comics, which created Spawn, Witchblade, and The Walking Dead. I hope I will get results by the time my product is ready. Fingers crossed and wish me luck.
I have read the first few volumes of Battle Royale and I must say that it reminds me of a far darker version of The Hunger Games. Every one of the characters have demons and checkered pasts, which make them complex and believable individuals. The violence in the story was extreme and exaggerated, but details the characters’ fates. I am glad that Shuuya and Noriko were able to maintain their humanity despite the madness they were in. As for the darker characters such as Kiriyama and Mitsuko, even though they committed monstrously unforgivable things I pitied them because of their dark pasts. If Kiriyama and Mitsuko did not undergo through so much psychological trauma, they might have been better people and The Program would have turned out differently. I am still reading the series and I hope Shuuya and Noriko escape from The Program’s madness.
I have finished writing at least two or three issues of my graphic novel script! The stage is set and the heroes are about to be recruited for the wars to come. The supervillains who represent the Seven Deadly Sins have been awakened and set their sights on the new world that replaced the old one. The interstellar government is on the brink of civil war! Overall, the script is developing nicely and the words are flowing like a river. I will keep you updated on any further developments.