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Meeting happened and, long story short, the publisher and I are on the exact same page :D

As it happened before, I was too worried for no good reason whatsoever, save for the fact that I wished to somehow protect the integrity of what I created.

Needless to say, the actual graphic novel comes begins...

Sometime later this year :)

It's official: The Buddha will be Broken ^_^
  • Mood: Apprehensive
  • Listening to: Superman Returns score from John Ottman
  • Reading: Bakuman
  • Watching: Eraserhead
  • Playing: Diablo III on PS4
  • Eating: Naturally...
  • Drinking: Of course...
When you sign with a publisher, sometimes, you better ask them what you can and cannot publish before putting your name in ink on that piece of paper. Because once that's done, you're bound to respect that.

What I recently discovered, through the magic of events, is that my publisher is a bit frisky on the subject of women objectification. Although I share the same concerns as he does, some of the themes to be written in the graphic novel, without spoiling too much, delve into that realm of objectification.

As far as I can tell, my publisher's a really understanding person with good faith in his artists' work. We're given almost "carte blanche" to write and draw anything and everything we can and want. But when it comes to the part of "what to show on the cover", that's where the objectification rules seem to apply.

To me, it feels like lying to the reader by saying "look at this nice, sweet and innocent cover" while inside the story may be a little on the edgy side of things. I don't want to hide behind a "false" cover, nor do I wish to write and draw gratuitous, explicit stuff. That is just not how I do my work and it is not my intention to objectify women, as they already have been badly mistreated through the years/centuries.

Some of the themes that are to be exploited in the graphic novel have been thought and written over and over, and I have no idea for the life of me, as to how to draw a cover that would revolve around not showing a certain character and its key visual development, especially if the character becomes important.

There's a reason why characters are written and drawn a certain way, and even though objectification is certainly part of the criticism of the graphic novel, it is in no way to reinforce the stereotype.

Which is why, right now, it has come to my attention that I may need to have a talk with the publisher as to where we are going to venture, IF we ever get to keep on working together. Not that any decision has been taken, but it certainly puts a damper on my enthusiasm, as I would not wish to censor myself from the various experiments in writing and drawing that could lead to other venues.

Let's just think it over, wait till the time has come to talk, and hope for the best.

Even though I do consider the "lonely path"...
  • Mood: Apprehensive
  • Listening to: Superman Returns score from John Ottman
  • Reading: Bakuman
  • Watching: Eraserhead
  • Playing: Diablo III on PS4
  • Eating: Naturally...
  • Drinking: Of course...
After months and months and months of hard work, things are starting to pay off.

Artworks were rejected, outlines were re-written, scripts got false starts more than I care to remember, but this epic project is definitely on the way and in the best possible fashion.

There's still no date set in stone, but Broken Buddha (at least the original French version) will tentatively begin in the Fall of 2016.

Can't wait to share the progress and let you know about it all :D
  • Mood: Amazed
  • Listening to: The bus' incredibly annoying clicking sound
  • Reading: Ghostbusters: Visual History
  • Watching: AVGN and Nostalgia Critic
  • Playing: NES and SNES :D
  • Eating: Slightly unhealthy...
  • Drinking: Healthy...
After a few more weeks than I ever thought necessary, things finally came to a quick halt... only to hit the ground running a few seconds later by realizing what lies ahead...

Because as of now, Broken Buddha has found its publisher :D It's been such a long road (almost one entire year since the project was born), but a VERY interesting one. It also opened the doors to a whole new and inspiring universe: the one of the comic books/graphic novels.

Not that the option ever felt that strange to me, but it was apparent that yours truly couldn't really get his head around the possibility of being a graphic novel artist/writer.

For many people, it may be quite easy to accept one's so-called "destiny". You grow up, you try your hands at a lot of things and, during the first years of adulthood, you pinpoint the things that worked the best for you and simply throw the rest away. For me, things haven't been this easy. Low self-esteem, missing a few cards in the deck when it comes to trust and a few more issues that only served to hit the brakes when the cruising speed seemed to become enjoyable.

In short, there were loads of incredible challenges the last year has put on the road toward this moment. It was (and still is) energizing to know that trust and self-esteem are now more than ever back into my own hands.

Signing with the publisher also meant one thing: with the upcoming load of work (writing AND drawing), Broken Buddha is probably the one and only thing I will do until the graphic novel's done... for a few more years, let's say.

This also means I will no longer be taking commission works, unless something can be worked on... so the hopes are still there :)

We'll just have to see how things go...
  • Mood: Amazed
  • Listening to: Elliot Goldenthal's music
  • Reading: Ekhart Tolle's The Power of Now
  • Watching: Batman (all the shows, serials and films) ^_^
  • Playing: NES and SNES :D
  • Eating: Slightly Healthy...
  • Drinking: Healthy...
Here's a whole new Facebook page created as an alternative to this one... give it a like, and follow the progress of the ongoing struggles of the upcoming projects 
Meeting happened and, long story short, the publisher and I are on the exact same page :D

As it happened before, I was too worried for no good reason whatsoever, save for the fact that I wished to somehow protect the integrity of what I created.

Needless to say, the actual graphic novel comes begins...

Sometime later this year :)

It's official: The Buddha will be Broken ^_^
  • Mood: Apprehensive
  • Listening to: Superman Returns score from John Ottman
  • Reading: Bakuman
  • Watching: Eraserhead
  • Playing: Diablo III on PS4
  • Eating: Naturally...
  • Drinking: Of course...

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Canada
2014...
After the raging success of Red Death Circus, the thought was to pursue in that direction. The entire print run sold out in less than four weeks which, for completely unknown starving artists was almost unheard of back in our city. It was not to be as my friend and I both got separate ideas to get our minds around. It was with a sad and heavy heart that we decided to put the Red Death Circus project on ice for an undefined period. It isn't abandoned, just resting its shovel.

There is the possibility to be the inker of a zombie graphic novel series, which will either be official or not but most certainly announced here to let you know what series it is and when to look for it (I believe the fourth book is coming out in October 2014 and the plan is for me to hop on book 5 onward).
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PaulSpatola Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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Esbe77 Featured By Owner 21 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Most welcome :D 
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CyberGal2013 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016
Thank you so much for the Fav
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kanyiko Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the :+fav:!! :hug:
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Esbe77 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Most welcome :) Great artwork :)
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