Friday, November 26, 2010

Preliminary Sketches for Short Stories

Hello all,
As Cacy mentioned before we will be posting new material every other week to keep you coming back and interested as we work diligently on new stories in preparation for the website.
This week you can peek into my process of creating images that go along with two of Cacy's short stories. The bottom and middle pages are from the same story and the top page is from another short story. Each story will be composed in a different format, experimenting and pushing the boundaries of how text and image can be viewed together. At times the format might not work together but just maybe enough compositions will be attempted that a remarkable piece comes together.
Well, that's it for now and don't forget to come back in two weeks for another installment by Cacy.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

What To Expect Next

(As we begin to post updates and sneak peaks, our first post – and website preview – “Justine” will move further down until it’s gone, but never fear! “Justine” will always be available and easy find by clicking the tab at the top of this page.)

Did you enjoy our story “Justine” so much that you’re perched on the edge of your seat dying to know when the next installment will be?


Well, are you at least wondering what’s next?

Just a little?

A teeny bit?

Maybe an itsy-bitsy inkling of curiosity?

Thanks. We’re flattered you’re interested, and thus Jose and I don’t want to leave you hanging while we’re getting the website together. So from time to time we’re going to update you on our progress and unveil some sneak peaks along the way. We plan on launching the website this coming spring and so have set fingertips to keyboard and pen, pencil, brush and various other implements to paper in preparation for what will be a some really cool, fun, exciting comics.

Besides writing away, I have found other ways to be productive. This past weekend I went to a shooting range. The opportunity presented itself as someone I know who works for the government doing something that involves knowing how to use a gun (No, not a spy…or is he?) was going. I said to myself, Well Cacy, if you’re writing about characters who have to carry guns to protect themselves from the various non-human threats that exist in plenty around them, maybe you should know what it’s like to shoot a gun. So I went.

It was loud and scary. In case you’re wondering what it’s like to shoot a gun, or to even be at a shooting range for that matter. Much louder than on TV (of course, that’s what they always say), and much louder than I remember from that one time this one guy shot this other guy across the street from my junior high school while me and my classmates were working on pre-algebraic equations. Ah, childhood memories.

That recoil was something else, too.

I stopped after my second go-round. I felt I was pressing my luck as it was and that at any moment the gun was going to explode in my hands or that the slide would slice my finger off. (That was a great pep talk my gun safety guide gave me!). I was a good shot though. Hit the target pretty consistently in the vital areas. (So don’t mess with me, you!)

So that was me doing research for one of the series that will be on our website, this weekend I'm giving archery a go! (Though it may or may not have a relevance to anything I'm writing for the website.)

Anyway, Jose will be posting something himself soon, and it’ll probably be cooler than my post because he has those nifty artist skills that enable him to be all amazing with the making art stuff.

I hope you enjoyed our story “Justine,” and that you’ll continue to check in with us from time to time to see what we’re up to.