Talking Heads

April 6, 2018

As I’m finishing up with Prince of the Ruined Land, I’ve only had a couple moments to work on my comics. When I went to open up the next page I’d sketched out some time ago, I got the very laughable reminder that sometimes things just don’t work out.

I opened up this page and said, “WTF! Talking heads!”

MS5 Pages

Even with the placement of the dialogue, I couldn’t justify any of this to myself. There in the 3rd panel, she’s supposed to be doing this little head turn to glance away. Really? Didn’t I just do that on the last page? Maybe it was two pages ago.

Anyway, I got a laugh at myself, then I made the page invisible and tried again.

Failure is not fatal.

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Sketching Fun – March 29, 2018

March 30, 2018

Another Weblink’s page has been posted on Noble Heart Comics for your reading. This is based on some of the work in progress blogs you saw here earlier.

If you want to stay up to date with the comics there, I suggest subscribing to the email (the box on the right). Honestly, I have no idea if it works (yet) as I just remembered to subscribe myself to it yesterday.

Yes, I subscribe to my own blogs. Yes, I’m a goober. I know. (grin) Read the rest of this entry »


Working on Weblinks

March 20, 2018

Last week, I showed a page in progress for Weblinks.

Here’s an update on that page:

MS5 Pages

This is just the pencils for this page. Inking and toning to come. Progress!

I do love Lucky’s wimpy arms in the upper panel. You see, Lucky is actually the younger of two brothers. His older brother is the buff, athletic guy. Unfortunately, the events that befall the brother make Lucky into a computer nerd. He’s spent many hours researching and digging through bad scans of arcane texts in a desperate attempt to translate them. He knows just enough to be dangerous.

But oh so much more than what Caitlyn knows. (grin)

I have always felt like this Bite (chapter) of Weblinks is talking heads, but there is so much information here. Don’t worry. We’ll get back to the action soon.

P.S. If you’re wondering why there has been no dialog on these pages, it’s because I’ve taken it off. There is a joke on this page that I’m particularly fond of and I don’t want to ruin it for readers who might see it here first. So, if you want to know what it is, you’ll have to get to reading the comic. Hopefully this page will post next week, maybe two weeks from now.

 

 


A Little Sketching – March 2, 2017

March 2, 2018

This week I started working on a new page for Weblinks. I have the whole chapter (currently in chapter (a.k.a. Bite) 5 of the story) done in rough sketches, but when I got to this page, I didn’t really like the layout I had for it. It was time to re-envision the page.

So I did.

You can see the new rough sketch in light green. The black on top is my new rough pencil layer.

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Weblinks – Bite 5, page 7 (incomplete) – copyright 2018 Dawn Blair

You can see that rough sketches are really rough. They are never pretty. In fact, sometimes when I come back to them after an interlude (boy, that’s a  nice way of saying that I haven’t gotten to it for several months to a year!), I wonder what point I was trying to get across.

I also have a lot of dialog on the page and it’s not yet in its final placement. But I have it there to give me an idea of how much space I will need.

It’s kind of challenging figuring out how to draw pages when you have two characters sitting in a cafe having a moderately intense conversation that if they got too loud everyone else around them would think they were crazy.  This might not have been the best scene to place them in, but when I wrote the chapter I wasn’t thinking about the challenges involved in drawing the scene. I’m such a green graphic novelist!

I would love to point you all in the direction to read Weblinks if you wanted to start from the beginning and get caught up. I hope to post the previous page to this one next week. However, due to my continuing challenges over my domain names, I don’t know if I’ll have a site to point people to. (Oh ye of little faith!). Time to get my other site up and running. I think this weekend I’ll be hard at work on that. “Yeah, I didn’t have any other projects that need to be worked on right now, ” I say with heavy sarcasm.

At least I have my blog. (grin)

 


The Gladiator & The Guard by Annie Douglass Lima

April 23, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, my Sacred Knight series featured on a blog from Annie Douglass Lima. While working with Annie on this, I learned that she had a new book coming out. Since Annie and I have met and started chatting, it’s been fun getting to know her and her work. I started reading her novel, Prince of Alasia, and loved it, or as much of it as I’ve read so far. When I heard about her new book, I knew I had to help her out with launching her new book.

Imagine my excitement when I learned she was working on a blog tour! This way, she could get her work featured on many different blogs. I am overjoyed at being able to offer her my space now.

So, without further ado, here’s Annie:


I’m excited to announce that my young adult action and adventure novel, The Gladiator and the Guard, is now available for purchase! This is the second book in the Krillonian Chronicles, sequel to The Collar and the CavvarachThe Gladiator & The Guard
First Things First: a Little Information about Book 1: 

The Collar & The Cavvarch

 

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.  With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

 

What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).
Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

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And now, The Gladiator and the Guard, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!

The Gladiator & The Guard

 

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

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Annie Douglass Lima (2)Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published twelve books (two YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, and five anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.


Connect with the Author Online:

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com

Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads

Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AnnieDouglassLima

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Wow! I hope you enjoyed hearing from Annie as much as I did. I’m glad she added how to pronounce the cavvarach — I’ve been pronouncing it way differently in my head. Hint: her way is so much easier! 🙂

I’ve been reading The Collar and the Cavvarach as quick I can, trying to get it read before the next book comes out. I’m nearing the end and can’t wait to see how it turns out. The sequel sounds good too, so I can’t wait to read it.

Thank you, Annie, for your guest post and best of luck to you and your newest book!


Rockin’ Life page 5 has been posted

June 26, 2014

I sometimes feel like I might be being a little too blunt with Rockin’ Life. I know I’m assertive and I’ve had some people take that as aggression. I just can’t understand why anyone would want to be “normal” or “average.” What is that anyway? Who makes the benchmark on an ordinary, average life? Is keeping up with the Joneses normal?

Here’s a case in point: The Lego Movie. The hero just wants to fit in, to not be alone, to have friends. Everything he does is geared to being part of the crowd, which he isn’t. He’s following other people’s formula’s and trying to be one of the gang. As the movie progresses, we find out that his being just like everyone else and wanting a place in the world is what makes him special. Really, being a nobody who wants to be just like everybody else is a superpower? Being average is okay? According to that movie it is. I left the theater feeling depressed. My kids were saying how spectacular it was and were all excited — “When’s the second one coming out?” — and I just wanted to crawl inside my car and cry. School makes us all sheep, we struggle to find our place in the world, we want to be liked, we want to possess things and keep up with our friends, we get jealous when someone has something we don’t. I know. I’ve felt these things too. I remember being the outside, the ghost no one paid any attention too. I understand what the invisible girl in Buffy the Vampire Slayer went through as she faded away. But then I realized that I wanted more. I didn’t want to be average.

I want to be a ROCKSTAR!

To hell with average. Blah! Oh, and while we’re at it, I have no desire to save the world either. I believe we’re all here for our own lessons, whatever they might be. For a deeper understanding, go read Mike Dooley’s work — he’s got a great way of explaining it.

But what I do want to do is SAVOR the world. We have a truly beautiful world and we should enjoy it. In joy.

If we’d all wake up and realize that we are to be rockstars “in joying” ourselves while we learn how to be the creators we are, that’s when we’ll save the world and we can all savor together.


Rockin’ Life page 4 posted

June 19, 2014

I know you’re all excited. Rockin’ Life page 4 is now here.

I also forgot to mention that page 4 of Weblinks came out earlier this week — click the link for that page.

Hope you all are having a Rockin’ week!