Monthly Archives: November 2011

A look back at the inception of the QWIXOTIC Webcomic…

Well… it’s been a while since we’ve done any sort of self-reflection on this Blog. With the QWIXOTIC Webcomic launch in January 2012… I think it’s time for a little talk. ( No, I’m not breaking up with you. )

When Gui and I started talking about doing a comic book, we were very unaware of the Industry. Sure we read the graphic novels, kept up with what’s going on with the whole DC Vs. Marvel thing, not to mention the awesome creator-owned titles that are all the rage now. However, we didn’t know how difficult it was to ‘break into the industry’. We had a lot of preconceived misunderstanding of how things work. In our, almost child-like thought process, we figured that if we came up with a good enough story, wrote a good enough script, submitted it to enough of the ‘Big’ publishers… then boom! We’re comic writers!! Unfortunately… that’s really NOT good enough.

Obviously it takes a helluva lot more than that, as we realized. It’s been almost 5 years since, and we’ve transformed from being eager with the bright eyes, to  having more of a wise and realistic squint. The ideas have evolved, our mindset has changed and even the format itself has been reinvented. Self publishing a print comic book is expensive folks. Especially for guys who aren’t doing this for a living… yea we’ve got day jobs. We’re like Day Jobbers by day, and Comic Writers by night! Almost like Superheroes! But realistically, majority of everyone trying to or actually having a comic story out there does the same.

We’re all here to follow a passion, tell a story, follow our dreams and all that good stuff. No one decides to write comics for the big bucks (If you have big bucks you’re willing to invest… please contact me ) but more for the fulfilment of their own artistic creativity and urges. Yes, we get urges. I’ve said too much…

Eventually we found an amazing artist, in the form of Vince Sunico from Spent Pencils. Vince is awesome, simply put. His enlistment was able to chug our project along slowly, but steadily. We’ve gone almost 5 years now from discussing QWIXOTIC during smoke breaks at a job we hated (those breaks lasted hours sometimes) to seeing pencils of pages being completed, approving panel changes for further issues and designing character sketches. In the next few weeks, it’ll be marketing, website launch and finally… after YEARS of siezuring out ideas and concepts… we get to see QWIXOTIC revealed to the masses.

This Blog was created with the thought that we will share every progress of the QWIXOTIC Webcomic in stages for the public. We posted every significant and insignificant thing we did, or planned to do on this Blog, in the hopes that how far we’ve come since inception to launch… might be helpful to others toying with the idea of making a comic book themselves. I don’t know how successful we’ve been, however it was a great ride.

Well that sounded climactic. However we’ve actually just begun. Over the next month, we will be finalizing the website. Completing more issues by some amazing guest artists from the Spent Pencils crew. Not to mention… finally, the official launch and release of Issue # 1 of the QWIXOTIC Webcomic! *squeal*

I’m not going to thank everyone that’s been here through out, or name names of people who have supported us during all the craziness. It just seems a li’l generic for us. But you know how you are. If not, then you’re shit outta luck. I joke, you know I love you all. *mad hugs*

I shall be out of the country for 10 days or so, on unrelated business that has nothing to do with me moonlighting as a Superhero… at all. Come back to the blog next week to get the other perspective of our journey from my often missed, and the actual writer by nature in our two man Co-Creator duo, Guillermo Girolmini himself.

In the mean time, leave your comments, thoughts, ideas and anything else your heart desires below. Do it now!

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Ah, the simpler times. Final concept sketch of Guru!

The whole purpose of this Blog was to document the progress of our webcomic QWIXOTIC. Continuing along that awesome intention, today brings us to the final concept sketch of a very cool character from the QWIXOTIC Universe, Guru.

Leading up to this, we’ve seen the first and second sketches of Guru by artist extraordinaire Vince Sunico of Spent Pencils. Now, we’ve combined both the styles and imagery from those sketches and established a basic and standard look for Guru that we’ll see him as most of the time. ( Foreshadowing 😉 )

Yes, it’s not as badass as the 2nd sketch, (there’s a reason for that) but a character can’t always look like he’s kicking ass. OK, Wolverine doesn’t count. This sketch captures Guru in all his glory. He’s physically imposing while still being simple and subtle. As the Sikh Yoda of the QWIXOTIC Universe, this look suits him.

Let me know what you all think of this progression of Guru from the 1st sketch all the way to now, in the comments below. Love it? Hate it? Hungry? Anything!

More to come from The QWIXOTIC Webcomic, a lot more in the next few weeks as we approach the launch date. So stay tuned!!

Guru’s been Warriorized! 2nd Concept Sketch of Guru…

We MUST stop meeting like this! Well since you’re here… I promised last week the evolution of the character of Guru from our QWIXOTIC Webcomic Series. And today, I deliver… big! Which is also the only way to describe the second concept sketch of Guru by our artist Vince Sunico… BIG.

he's huge!!

As I said last week, the only thing missing from the 1st Concept Sketch of Guru, was his physically intimidating presence. Vince took that feedback and has Guru make up for it in spades! I mean Guru looks badass! Which is exactly what we wanted. His bulk, and the modification of his clothing to suit the more South Asian styles. Obviously this is something he’ll don when he requires to… enter the fray, so to speak.

The above sketch shows us the other, rarer side of Guru that won’t be featured… too much… (in the beginning of the series) but it is a side that we will get to see at point. I mean sure, he’s the wise and aged, wisdom spouting former warrior, but at point point… everyone comes out of retirement.;)

Stay tuned for the final Concept Sketch of Guru from the QWIXOTIC Webcomic Series. Next week I bring you the revised and more subtle version of Guru that we will see initially, based off of this design. In the meantime let me know in the comments below just how bad-ass this Guru looks. ‘Cuz, he does!

Till then… marvel at the bulging pectorals of Guruji!

Sikh Yoda! 1st Concept Sketch of Guru from QWIXOTIC!

Hey all. I bring you tidings of joy, along with artwork, as promised last week. 

Now, we’ve spoken about Guru a few times over the last couple of weeks. He was even a late addition into the Qwixotic Posters during FanEXPO’11. It was kind of a spoiler, however, the whole purpose of this Blog has been to document and record the progress of our Qwixotic Webcomic.

So, with that in mind, in the next few weeks we’ll get to see the art evolution of the character of Guru, with notes from me and Gui to Vince and how he came about. But before that, check out the first ever concept sketch of Guru from QWIXOTIC Webcomic, by Vince Sunico of Spent Pencils!!

I know what you’re all thinking. ‘This isn’t the bad ass Sikh Yoda we were promised!! Rip off!!’ But rememeber this was the FIRST concept sketch. And looking back, he actually looks does look a lot like Yoda in this interpretation than the final product. However, Gui and I wanted Guru to be a strong character. Not just in his impact to the story, but his principles, ideals, etc. This first sketch works for ALL of that. However, we also wanted Guru to be a physically strong character. That’s the only downside to this sketch.

We wanted Guru to look deceptively big. He’s always going to be dressed in traditional South Asian clothes, so there’s not much of his body that we’ll see. However we’ve got plans with Guru where he makes a compromise, that’ll see him in… the other kinds of situations that comics are famous for. *wink* No, not slapstick comedy. *facepalm*

Let us know what you think of this initial sketch, in the comments section below. See if you can guess the next step that Vince came up with to make Guru have a strong physical presence in the Qwixotic Universe.

‘Till next week… QWIXOTICANS Ho!!