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Already, much is happening, although not much SEEMS to be going on. It's just the way the cookie crumbles, I guess. I'm very territorial about this particular creation and do not wish to show anything until the time is right and all copyrights are cleared for me to have perfect and complete control over it (yeah, not that I think that high of my own creations, I'm just not fond of living a story of "this guy stole my idea")

The first chapter of the graphic novel is finished. It has been scripted, pencilled and inked. I just need to find a scanner to digitize the pages and insert the balloons and texts later on. The first chapter isn't much of a bother, but what was, for me, was the challenge to finish in a reasonable time even without a deadline, so I can learn to push myself to the limit and do better, faster. I was quite happy when I did almost 6 pages in 24 hours (that is 6 completely finished pages). Although the artwork isn't THAT hard, for me it was quite a success.

Now, I've taken a few days off, writing chapter 2, inserting dialogs (which will be voluntarily scarce), and I'm soon off drawing the hell out of it. The cover (I always seem to want to come up with it firsthand) is very different in its approach than the previous one. Where the first used a minimalistic approach, this one has about the same feel, but with a bit more details added to reinforce a mood. I'm not trying to tell you what to think once you see it, but it's more what I feel toward the material.

As for the publishing itself, there were talks between a publisher and myself, but this all fell through. I won't name the person(s), but let's just say I didn't feel comfortable cutting so much stuff that I consider necessary to the characters and their evolution. So, as much as it pained me, I had to say no and will therefore publish myself under a creator-owned independent banner. Instead of making one big book (5 are planned), I will probably produce a chapter at a time to save on printing costs and sell them on a Storenvy page, which is under management. Then, if the sales are right and there is indeed a demand for it, the chapters will be brought together and turned into paperback editions... the way they were initially intended... and I may throw, much like DVDs, a few extras here and there. This is far in the future, so we'll see how the first chapters develop and if they do sell.

Searching for a logo is extremely difficult. During the days off, there was a period where I was trying to come up with letterings, checking at japanese kanjis and such, to try and come up with an interesting title that would truly embrace the subject, characters, themes and such... so far, I've been more than unsuccessful, but the search for Spo... err, I mean the search for the right lettering goes on. Needless to say, it's nowhere near frustrating when so much work has been done in almost 6 months. Whew. Already? Talk about time flying.

Beginning in August or September, this project quickly came together as I lost a job and bought a little sketchbook that got covered in sketches, writings and notes that would turn into characters, dialogs, ideas, sets, designs, etc. The 110 pages got completely filled in just under two months, which, for me (again), is quite a challenge met. Normally, there's hardly anything I want to draw often to get used to a particular style or character. Here, it felt like home. I sure had to sketch and get much used to that new style, but it was most fun and never got boring.

Characters appeared, disappeared, ideas are still uncertain to make it through the creative process, but the fact of the matter is that "Broken Buddha" is my artistic child and to the end, I will love it and cherish every moment my pencil hits the paper to either write or draw about it. If Life wanted to send me a game-changing idea where I would only need to let go of fears and frustrations and embrace a certain project, that's the one right here. One I can't wait to share with you all, once it's done.

Once again, thank you for reading and following, I can't thank you enough and am anxious to show you the results.

Take good care until next time :)
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Xandria
  • Reading: The back of my DVDs
  • Watching: Batman, the 1966 TV series :D
  • Playing: SNES :D
  • Eating: Healthy...
  • Drinking: Healthy too...
It's been quite a while since I've written anything here, and the biggest reason was a job that I recently lost, because January to March are "precarious" months. So I'm still job-less, hunting for it in the coldest f$%king weather you could imagine (today's average is -31C... which would average -24F in the US). I'm definitely not feeling good, when it comes to look for a job that doesn't pay much and makes me late in my projects (moving out was one of them, but I can definitely scratch that from the 2015 list of "things to do" and put it in the "things not to hold on to"). As I was saying: frustrating.

But all isn't dark on the horizon. After all, a few new things have come to light in life. Soon, me and my girlfriend will celebrate two months (on the 21st) :D A lucky turn of event when we met on a dating site... I was ready to call it quits when this sweet looking woman appeared and sent me a letter to accept her as a contact so we could send ourselves messages. So I did... she then lets me know I'm the only reason she subscribed to the site... that's when I thought "are you real???". The following days/weeks proved she was telling the utmost truth. We began a correspondence and it quickly grew in a great friendship that, after two weeks of messages, became our first and only date... And we've loved every step of the way ever since :D

But of course, most of that isn't what you guys come around reading... DA's about artwork and everything circling that. Well, it just so happens that I have a lot of news concerning that front. You see, for the past six months, a project has been haunting me, making me fill a few hundred pages of artworks (a style I haven't posted anything about, so it's all very new to me, and it'll surely be new to you), wrote dozens of character descriptions, wrote a few drafts of a script for a whole new series I talked a bit about recently... Sure enough, the Circus isn't coming (at least, not now), but something else is. Something I can hardly wait to show you pieces of.

The project's title is "Broken Buddha" and features a cast of characters inspired by my friends, relatives and lovers through the years... so it's heavily influenced by anecdotes and stories I've had the chance to hear, but nothing that would insult anyone... It's my Scott Pilgrim, as I probably once said, and I stick to that statement, except there's far less fantasy elements attached to it. There's comedy, drama, a bit of fiction, humor, parody, action, exposition, but I'm happy to report that so far, 14 pages into the process, it's everything (and more) I hoped it could be :)

Speaking of which, this series is almost a sure bet to contain no less than 5 books split in 10-14 chapters each. And each chapter in itself will last between 15-25 pages... so you can imagine I have lots to do :D And I'm so happy about it :D Exploring a new style is always fun, and it's a nice change of pace. Instead of a "Jim Lee"-esque, or a heavily "J. Scott Campbell" influenced piece of work, you'll get something I tried to create from scratch.

When's it coming out, you may ask? Well, considering I'm just a small guy, alone, working on this for nothing but the sheer fun of it, it may be in no less than 2-3 years, taking the time to re-write some chapters, a few dialogs that don't sound right, having a re-take on some pages where the artwork was a bit dodgy, etc. I'm still in the production phase where I have a script for the first book and most of it written and locked, but the rest will be focused on when the occasion comes through. If things don't happen the way I'd like them to, there are possibilities of self-publishing again, although it wouldn't be an entire book full of 150-or so pages. It would need to be broken in chapters, just like regular comic books, a 20-24 page format, as a monthly/bi-monthly/three-monthly event. Depends on the progress, though, and if any publisher decides to buy the property and accept most of my terms (which isn't likely to happen... a friend of mine says I'm a glutton when it comes to copyrights and monetary gain).

As we move into the cold 2015 January, it's important for me to address the recent tragedy that struck the Charlie Hebdo shootings that happened in Paris on the 7th of this month, where no less than 12 people lost their lives, just because they put ink on paper. In times like these, I'm of a different school than the Bush-y "smoke 'em out". I urge people to think about freedom of speech and that if religion needs to be upheld with weapons, then maybe the said religion wasn't understood correctly. When artists now fear for their lives, it calls to one simple word: intolerance. As the barriers and frontiers of this world fall, there also happens to be a much more intolerant aspect to most of the people. They don't try to understand each other anymore, they simply state what they like, what they believe in, and if one doesn't agree with them or draws funny doodles about it, their lives are literally at stake. If the people responsible for the shootings had a semblance of an idea, they would have known their actions would only have made the artists' work more relevant. By trying to silence a voice, they only made it that much more powerful.

I do not intend to wash down into the dark where no one can find me. I intend to draw what I feel must be drawn, to continue to be my old self, to evolve throughout history as it happens (or not), and to always try to bring a glimpse of joy or else, to whoever asks for it.

Evolution is but a door. Tolerance is but one of its required keys.

Be well, everyone, while I draw the hell out of "Broken Buddha" :D and have a great 2015, until our next meeting :)
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Xandria
  • Reading: The back of my DVDs
  • Watching: Batman, the 1966 TV series :D
  • Playing: SNES :D
  • Eating: Healthy...
  • Drinking: Healthy too...
Quebec Ghostbusters Logo test by Esbe77
Quebec Ghostbusters Logo test
The Quebec Ghostbusters division (from which I'm a part of) decided it was more than time that we had a logo of our own. Here's the final product for now :) We hope you like it.

Ghostbusters is NOT Copyright by Paul Feig, 'cause he shouldn't direct a reboot ^_^
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Already, much is happening, although not much SEEMS to be going on. It's just the way the cookie crumbles, I guess. I'm very territorial about this particular creation and do not wish to show anything until the time is right and all copyrights are cleared for me to have perfect and complete control over it (yeah, not that I think that high of my own creations, I'm just not fond of living a story of "this guy stole my idea")

The first chapter of the graphic novel is finished. It has been scripted, pencilled and inked. I just need to find a scanner to digitize the pages and insert the balloons and texts later on. The first chapter isn't much of a bother, but what was, for me, was the challenge to finish in a reasonable time even without a deadline, so I can learn to push myself to the limit and do better, faster. I was quite happy when I did almost 6 pages in 24 hours (that is 6 completely finished pages). Although the artwork isn't THAT hard, for me it was quite a success.

Now, I've taken a few days off, writing chapter 2, inserting dialogs (which will be voluntarily scarce), and I'm soon off drawing the hell out of it. The cover (I always seem to want to come up with it firsthand) is very different in its approach than the previous one. Where the first used a minimalistic approach, this one has about the same feel, but with a bit more details added to reinforce a mood. I'm not trying to tell you what to think once you see it, but it's more what I feel toward the material.

As for the publishing itself, there were talks between a publisher and myself, but this all fell through. I won't name the person(s), but let's just say I didn't feel comfortable cutting so much stuff that I consider necessary to the characters and their evolution. So, as much as it pained me, I had to say no and will therefore publish myself under a creator-owned independent banner. Instead of making one big book (5 are planned), I will probably produce a chapter at a time to save on printing costs and sell them on a Storenvy page, which is under management. Then, if the sales are right and there is indeed a demand for it, the chapters will be brought together and turned into paperback editions... the way they were initially intended... and I may throw, much like DVDs, a few extras here and there. This is far in the future, so we'll see how the first chapters develop and if they do sell.

Searching for a logo is extremely difficult. During the days off, there was a period where I was trying to come up with letterings, checking at japanese kanjis and such, to try and come up with an interesting title that would truly embrace the subject, characters, themes and such... so far, I've been more than unsuccessful, but the search for Spo... err, I mean the search for the right lettering goes on. Needless to say, it's nowhere near frustrating when so much work has been done in almost 6 months. Whew. Already? Talk about time flying.

Beginning in August or September, this project quickly came together as I lost a job and bought a little sketchbook that got covered in sketches, writings and notes that would turn into characters, dialogs, ideas, sets, designs, etc. The 110 pages got completely filled in just under two months, which, for me (again), is quite a challenge met. Normally, there's hardly anything I want to draw often to get used to a particular style or character. Here, it felt like home. I sure had to sketch and get much used to that new style, but it was most fun and never got boring.

Characters appeared, disappeared, ideas are still uncertain to make it through the creative process, but the fact of the matter is that "Broken Buddha" is my artistic child and to the end, I will love it and cherish every moment my pencil hits the paper to either write or draw about it. If Life wanted to send me a game-changing idea where I would only need to let go of fears and frustrations and embrace a certain project, that's the one right here. One I can't wait to share with you all, once it's done.

Once again, thank you for reading and following, I can't thank you enough and am anxious to show you the results.

Take good care until next time :)
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: Xandria
  • Reading: The back of my DVDs
  • Watching: Batman, the 1966 TV series :D
  • Playing: SNES :D
  • Eating: Healthy...
  • Drinking: Healthy too...

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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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xXARCIAXx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Very much for looking up to my work ^^,
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Esbe77 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Most welcome, VERY talented indeed :)
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jackcrowder Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Happy birthday, old man.
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Esbe77 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:D SUPER SUPER thanks :D
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mpz28427 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
happy birthday :D
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