Tuesday, 18 October 2016


Okay folks, you heard it here first! I submitted my proposal package to the "CreatorForCreators" grant program! (found at creatorsforcreators.org ) Woohoo! I still can't believe I hit send. I just about collapsed from the stress! These old bones are not made for this kind of treatment.

The last couple of days I've been agonizing over the wording of my two page proposal, and it was brutal. A good friend of mine helped me edit it, and I have to thank her for patience and insistence. She kept pushing me to break everything down until I could sum up the story in one concise sentence. Not easy, I tells you. Screenwriters call it the 'log-line', which is essentially your whole concept summed up in one or two sentences so someone can glance at it and take in the whole story.

While I hated going through the agony of it, I have to say if you're ever writing a story or script, coming up with a log-line is absolutely an essential step in the process. It forces you to dig through the bull-crap in your mind and make sure the story is working structurally at its very foundation. If you don't do this (and resist doing it like I did for some time), your story will end up a structural mess I guarantee you.

Having said all this, I'd be remiss if I didn't share the log-line I came up with for my proposal. This log-line covers "Hearts of Darkness", the first "Heroes of the Dead" story arc. So here ya go:

Jack O’Brien, a survivor of the zombie apocalypse who is given unnatural powers by the zombie virus, must lure his friends into a trap if he is to save the woman he loves from a sewer-lurking monster.

Yep, at some point Jack has to choose between his super-powered friends and the love of his life - it's a dilemma, people! And honestly, I didn't see this dilemma clearly until I went through the pain of creating this stupid log-line. But now that I have the structure of the story clearly in my head, I can now (finally) start to put meat on the bones and get writing the scripts for the next issues!

Ok - I'm happy. The comic is done and the proposal package submitted. It's been a long journey to this point and I'm happy to have shared it with you. But this isn't the end point by any means. I still have a lot of work to do! I'm continuing to write the next issues of "Heroes of the Dead" and I hope to start roughing out art for issue #2 very soon.

So stay tuned for more updates on "Heroes of the Dead"! We're just gettin' started...

As always, I continue to be your humble hagridden homunculus of the horrific,

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Final artwork - Maggie gets a makeover

Ok...final stretch here before I hand in my comic for the "Creators 4 Creators" contest (creatorsforcreators.org)

I'm making some final tweeks on my comic - some little dialogue changes here and there to make things flow better. But on this page I decided to redraw Maggie, the little psychic girl Jack meets at High Gate church (formally Sanctuary - see, little tweeks!)

I changed her design a bit (she used to be blond and generic looking), as I've been thinking about her role in the story and I've decided to make her a very important character down the road. Originally I just threw her in as a creepy girl who might portend future doom for our heroes, but as the story has evolved in my head Maggie's role has become much bigger. I plan to show her evolve into a powerful hero, one who ultimately holds the fate of the world in her hands. So yeah, I thought I'd better make her cool looking! I'm happier with her look here, so I thought I'd share it on the blog.

So with this final art revision done, I think the comic is ready to go! I'm nervously assembling the proposal package and plan to hit "Send" in the next couple of days. It sort of feels like everything I've been working for is suddenly pivoting on this one contest (which is probably a stupid and unrealistic frame of mind considering my odds of winning). Anyway, I will make a post once the ship has sailed!

Wish me luck! (Or doom, whichever you prefer.)