Enlightenment for those of a creative disposition
As I said in my previous Blog, a while ago on one, or two of the comics forums a series of threads were started, which showed the level of unrest amongst the ranks of professional comicdom and looked at what is rife in US comics and nowadays the remnants of UK comics. The discussions broached on some very touchy subjects and they are just some of the things amidst a whole host of others that are fundamentally wrong with the system we work inside of within the machinations of the comic business.
One of the touchy subjects was producing samples years after becoming established as a professional artist. On a personal note, I have refused to produce samples without full payment since 1999 for two reasons:
1.) The editor/publisher should, if competent, be able to ascertain whether or not an artist can create/write/draw/paint, etc from existing work they have done, without the need to see whether, or not they can draw a horse, or a 18th century town house, because there wasn't one in the samples that were sent. If not, then the odds are it will end up being a typical comic scenario of changes for the sake of them and the general garbage that can arise from these kind of working relationships - the alarm bells certainly sound instantly with me now.
2.) We do not work for FREE! Freelance does not mean we work for free, it means we hire ourselves out to companies to produce work for them, without them having to pay out national insurance, tax, and any of the perks one may have working on staff with a salary.
My view is simply – just because that's the way it's always been, doesn't mean it is right, or indeed cannot be changed.
My previous Blog enlarged on scenarios, which would be deemed wrong when compared with the comic creators’ analogies here.
If anything good has come from the digital age of the Internet, it is the abilities to better network with fellow colleagues, be they writer, artist, letterer, graphic designer or production folks. Comics creators can now side-step the publisher in favour of publishing the books themselves. With the advent of the co
The flow and rhythm in the process of Storytelling
I have been involved in this same conversation that I am sharing with you guys today, several times in the last few years.
I have always believed that the story will write itself and end when it is finished, not at some pre-appointed page. That said the publisher may have certain page counts, and/or word counts in mind when commissioning a book, due to the format, size and budget of the book in question.
The beauty of me controlling all the aspects of publishing nowadays, with my graphic novels, outside of the constraints of Marvel, DC and other major comics publishers and book publishers means the stories can unroll naturally and I do not have to conform to the decompressed style of storytelling prevalent nowadays in US comics, or indeed fit it into a page count needed for a story arc to be later collected into a trade paperback, or hard backed edition.
When I am writing a book, again that unfolds as per the needs of the story and also the age group. Thus I am aware of being more concise when writing a children’s book as against a novel.
I have to admit that my working in comic books as made me aware of being able to write in concise ways driving the story forward without having to write reams of unnecessary prose to do so. It is the same with the illustration side of things, as I am able to control how much, or how little is needed to convey the mood, atmosphere, tension and space for dialogue through the relationship of words and artwork and the pacing of the storyline(s).
I have found you develop a gut feeling as to when the art is finished and so too the writing of the story. Comics have certainly also made me totally aware of what is needed for driving a story forward, whether it is inside of a comic, graphic novel, magazine piece, novel, children’s book, or TV/film/animation script and as to what can be left out.
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The Latest News from Wizards Keep
Today I thought I would share some important and exciting news - as we saw the shop section gain the addition of PayPal to the SagePay payment gateway.
This now gives customers another option for payment methods.
There is no difference in the gateway page other then the "NEW" PayPal button - which looks like the one below.
The new products due to be launched in the shop in June will now take their respective places later this month.
Until next time, have fun!
July 10th 2012
This last week has seen BT Business Phone and Broadband issues
Just a few lines today to send our apologies to everyone that has placed orders or tried to contact us here at the Keep via telephone, or email during this last week.
Unfortunately our BT Business Phone Line and Broadband have been down for the fourth time since 2005.
Thieves stole the copper cabling for this area last Wednesday evening, leaving all the companies and residential customers without any connections and these were only replaced yesterday.
If you have placed an order with us, emailed us or called and were unable to speak to us or leave a message we are trying to get back to normal here ASAP.
We will be fulfilling all outstanding orders this week and will reply to all emails ASAP.
If you wish to contact us again via telephone, please feel free to do so at your convenience.
Until next time, have fun!July 18th 2012
The second instalment of the hit graphic novel series
Well, it’s been a while since anything new appeared on this little Blog of mine regarding the graphic novel series, so here is a first look at the second page from the second book.
There will be other pages and updates from A Hard Reign’s Gonna Fall as there were for the first volume The Riders on the Storm from time to time to give you guys a flavour of this new volume.
I look forward to hearing back from you guys to ascertain your verdict on my latest work.
There will be large format versions of the pencil artwork on the Worlds End Website soon for you to check out too and you can see new information on the Wizards Keep Website, as well as regular updates via our Twitter accounts (My Tweats and Bentley's have direct links from here on the side bar of the Blog - Gweldar has his own link on the Worlds End Homepage).
Eventually there will be painted, colour versions of the pages up here to peruse too.
And if your bag includes the words to the stories you can always check out the Arcanum page on the Worlds End Website to read an on-going series of prose stories – All set on Gaeyrth of course. The first of these is entitled, "The Tar Monster of Khemis Treesett."
And for those of you wondering, yes, Bentley is here in the studio helping out with the chores once again...
Until next time, have fun!August 22nd 2012
Jack (KING) Kirby’s 95th BirthdayAs I worked on the pencils for Worlds End Volume 2 and the Worlds End colouring book today I thought about Jack's work a lot.The master universe creator in the comic book form, who knows what wonders he would be creating today with the advent of the digital age?I would like to share a little video created by his youngest Granddaughter, Jillian. Simply click on the picture to be redirected to YouTube to view the video.Please feel free to pass on the message and give her your support.All that remains is to raise a glass to the heavens, this bright sunny evening (somewhat of a rarity this year in this neck of the woods) and to say thanks for all the wonderful stories and art once again, Jack and I hope you are having a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, in which ever universe you are looking down from.
Well, those of you that know me will by now know that Jack Kirby was a massive influence on my becoming a comic creator and so like most years here is a commemorative Blog to celebrate what would have been his 95th Birthday.
Until next time, have fun!
Tim Perkins…August 28th 2012
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Malta’s latest Comic Convention - 8th/9th December 2012
Well, what can I say except it is the best organised and also the best convention I have ever attended with for its atmosphere and sense of fun. This year it takes place over the weekend of Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of December.
It seems incredible that this lovely convention and its organisers and fans have been a part of my life for FOUR years now – where does all the time go? Over that time I have seen it grow in both statue and in what it offers to fans and creators alike. The convention is run by a small band of incredibly enthusiastic and warm-hearted individuals who under the guise of Wicked Comics create a convention, which is every bit as much a meeting of like-minded souls (both comic fan and creator alike) as much as it is a professional assembly of all things comic. The guys have become a big part of my life during this time and my words cannot honestly do their work the justice it truly deserves – all I can say is they have just announced an offer in the last day or so and if you can – you really should take them up on it. My good buddy, Chris Le Galle posted this onto my FaceBook page on Tuesday afternoon: Fantastic Offers for Fans Travelling to the Malta Comic Con 2012! Wicked Comics are proud to announce fantastic package deals (including discounted accommodation rates and discounted convention tickets) for fans who wish to travel to the forthcoming Malta Comic Convention from abroad. The Single Accommodation Package: The Single Accommodation Package includes the following: Accommodation in a 4 star hotel in Bugibba (tourist area) on Bed and Breakfast basis for 3 nights (Friday 7th December, Saturday 8th December and Sunday 9th December). 2 Day Ticket to the Malta Comic Convention (Saturday 8th December and Sunday 9th December between 10am - 6pm both days). Return Transport from the hotel to the convention centre (applicable for both Saturday and Sunday) This package only costs €102 per person. Optional additional accommodation dates available at €25 per night per person. The Shared Accommodation Package: The Shared Accommodation Package is even cheaper! But this is only applicable for 2 persons travelling together. It includes the following: Accommodation in a 4 star hotel in Bugibba (tourist area) on Bed and Breakfast basis for 3 nights (Friday 7th December, Saturday 8th December and Sunday 9th December). 2 Day Ticket to the Malta Comic Convention (Saturday 8th December and Sunday 9th December between 10am - 6pm both days). Return Transport from the hotel to the convention centre (applicable for both Saturday and Sunday) This package only costs €87 per person. Optional additional accommodation dates available at €20 per night per person. Ticket holders are granted access to all convention areas and for everything happening during the Malta Comic Convention. Additional minor charges only apply for console and cosplay competitions. Anyone interested in any of these packages is kindly requested to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the package of interest and indicating any extra nights might be applicable. And if you're thinking of coming to our convention why don't you also pop over to another great convention happening just a week before ours in Madrid? The Expocomic will be held between Thursday 29th November and Sunday 2nd December 2012. More info at: http://www.expocomic.com Saturday 8th December and Sunday 9th December St. James Cavalier (all floors), Valletta Between 10pm to 6pm - both days. The Malta Comic Con - What's all the Buzz about? The Malta Comic Con (MCC) is a 2 day event which celebrates comic creators, comic books, books, movies, TV series, table top games, video games, role playing games, cosplaying and virtually anything that is related to the comic culture. The MCC is both entertaining and educational and on both days there will be material specifically intended for children and material specifically intended for a mature audience. However, particular focus is always given towards providing a platform for creators to meet their fans. This year MCC 2012 will be hosting the biggest number of professional creators yet. The names will be communicated shortly but one thing we will promise is that there is going to be some really BIG names this year. - Big Guests - Short or no queues! - Local and Foreign Exhibitors! - Signings, Sketches, Original artwork and more! - Workshops, Talks, Discussion Panels and more! - Exhibitions - Emma Rios Artwork and Corto Maltese! - Movies and animations showing continuously on both days! - Console Gaming, LAN Gaming, Table Top Gaming & Role Playing Games! Detailed information about all things Malta Comic Con will be uploaded on our website shortly! So there you have it, guys – straight from the organisers themselves. It really is an incredible event, but don’t just take my word, ask any of the previous convention guests and they will say the same. This year’s Guest list stands like this: If you are new to my Blog and want to read more about the conventions, please feel free to check out my Blog Archives for November 2009, October 2010, and February, March and April 2012. You’ll need to make a brew before hand as they are quite comprehensive and maybe even some sandwiches to boot. I am hoping that my deadlines on Worlds End – Volume 2 – A Hard Reign’s Gonna Fall, as well as the Worlds End Colouring and Storybook Book plus a few other projects in the pipeline will allow me to venture along again this year. Stay tuned I’ll let you know how things move along. Until next time, have fun!September 26th 2012