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It’s December 2 2011, Shah and I find ourselves merging into year five of what you have come to know as: QWIXOTC.
SO what does QWIXOTIC really mean?
Last time I gave you the dictionary definition, now lets’s talk about what it means to this co-creator… a retrospective on our most peculiar of journeys.
I have to keep saying the date outloud to remind myself that it has thus far been half a decade since “Writer meets Director”. That training class brought together two creative minds that thought alike, but fed off one another at the same time…our age difference was seamlessly bridged. I had tried this formula in the past but never succeeded…I found persons interested in exploring a writing project easily, but never ones with enough conviction to follow through…including myself at times.
How do you begin?
I never read the manual on that one, but thinking back on it now its clear what the trigger was…The first initiative will always be the desire to stop talking and just “do”…At the risk of sounding like a running shoe advertisement, its the simplest place from where to start if any of you are thinking about perusing something similar.
Where do you go from there?
Throughout our time of loathing as cell phone client care representatives -and yes, I must profess, that it was most certainly a time of dread!- , amidst the fury of being pressured to sell a product we didn’t believe in, came the idea of fast food culture decimating an already obese population in North America, in the not too distant future…some kind of bizarre world deeply rooted in the past, beyond the last war for petroleum nations and languages died out, governments crumbled…and yes, the ever present shortage of gasoline.
How do you create a world from an idea and populate it?
Taking a page from our call centre’s management handbook back in the day: How does one motivate a team or group? The answer is you cannot motivate a team, you have to motivate the individuals on that team…So we set aside our newly born world and were main character bound going forward. lol. Our 15 minute brainstorming power sessions have become famous in our own minds, these were the seeds of what was to come…or maybe they were just small air bubbles in a glass piece caused by defective firing! Who is to say?
What kind of a name is Qwynn?
We know for certain that the world of Comics is riddled with gorgeous female and male bodies, perfect figures who encapsulate the very essence of endowments, ability, super strength, mutations etc. Characters who can really wear a good leotard and get away with it. We took it to the opposite extreme. Qwynn is the unassuming lead…the spectre at times, the pauper at other times, the anti-host, the victim, the outcome. She is the cause of both Co-Creators figuratively bashing their heads against walls crying: ” how do you write as a woman!!!”
Will it be expensive?
It most certainly will…investors in the form of PUBLISHERS are most welcome!! Unless money is not object, moonlighting will be the only way to finance you project. Both myself and Shah live the dual life of day/night job…the night job actually spilling into weekends since its the only available time to create…our system just happens to be even more complicated since we are doing it on opposite sides of the planet…thank you BBM, emails and cheap long distance arrangements. I just realized I shamelessly plugged Blackberry on that one, it happens to be my primary tool, I spend what seems like half my time on busses commuting to work…so if you are mobile, TAKE advantage of it!
Is there strength in numbers?
Two writers and no Artist didn’t seem to work. Through a great connection We found Vince Sunico and the Spent Pencils crew. Our newly found Artist Community has brought life to our words and ideas. Together with the internet and the many other forms of social media, our ensemble cast will be at your fingertips as of January 2012, bringing you what we hope is the long awaited debut of our artistic creativity.
QWIXOTIC for the masses!
Minutes into my sweaty enhance, FanExpo welcomed me with a black rubber stamp and a program guide…I leafed through it I rapidly, even with the floor plan map inside, I buzzed around rapidly in my own disorientation.
Instead of frantically trying to find the Spent Pencils booth, I decided to let the sweat dry and sweep the place slowly, taking it all in.
In retrospect it was the best plan. I had just spent an hour in a loading dock tunnel that took us(me and the sea of heads) from the street, down two levels…all the while growing hotter. The concrete spiral finally opened up into a massive rectangular load bay.
Ahead I could see the wickets on display, tickets underway…
Back inside after the clean sweep of the place, I focused on artist alley and started to snap shots of things in the awesome category…that began with the life size model of Abin Sur‘s dead body (Green Lantern) inside a containment pod (geek-o-meeter flashing)…awesome at DEF CON 1! Lol.
My top two hats off to the DC Comic Universe and Hasbro for rocking us with their displays. The George Lucas Element was heavily present and yet…still no sign of George Lucas himself…Stan is coming to Montreal in two weeks George…you could at least try…
Glad to see other Canadians of the famous sort making themselves available. William Shatner and Trish Stratus most notably, they have the right idea.
My greatest moment at 2011 FanExpo Canada came to pass at both A140-p in a flash, on Friday, day two of the exposition.
Our artist Vince Sunico was at the Spent Pencils Booth (A140-p) with his colleagues when one of the fans grabs our QWIXOTIC group shot poster, turns to Vince and says “when does the movie come out!”
If a single poster can render such an emotional response…what could a webcomic do?
…What could a graphic novel do?
…You might be thinking “way to jump the gun”… Or maybe The Shah and I have stumbled upon a way to get through to the masses…QWIXOTIC for the masses.
Most notably in the highlights: original Bob Kane (Batman creator for the Batman challenged) ink illustration of Bats and Robin selling for $5,500.00! A bazooka wielding Jesus, a 15 foot tall Lego reproduction of the Hogwarts grounds keeper Hagrid (for the Harry Potter Challenged).
Awesome-ness on the Geek-O-meter.
The plan was to share pics of myself posing William Shatner, Marina Sertis (Troi from Star Trek TNG), Lance Henrikson (Aliens) and Eliza Dushku (Doll House/Buffy)…but alas, each foto op was $40 and not in the budget.
This was my first major comic festival which hosted fans to the tune of 70,000 over the course of 4 days. I can only imagine the madness of something bigger like San Diego ComiCon…The Shah and I are currently planning the possibility of QWIXOTIC making an appearance along with artist Vince Sunico for 2012…it’s still a work in progress.
Armed only with my Blackberry camera I managed to get a few pics for you just in case my thousand words are not enough. Lol.
So there it is…just another peek into the QWIXOTIC camp and into our UNIVERSE.
QWIXOTIC for the masses.
BONUS COSPLAY MOMENTS FROM FANEXPO’11:
- Eliza Dushku Slams Daily Mail For Hayden Panettiere Diss (socialitelife.com)
- FanExpo Canada 2011 Followup… (wired.com)
- QWIXOTIC… posterized! (qwixotic.wordpress.com)
- QWIXOTIC @ FanExpo 2011!! (qwixotic.wordpress.com)
Qwixotic for the masses…
Having said that, I need you to know that the underlying message to [ultimately] the QWIXOTIC graphic novel, is one that we hope you will envision and interpret in your own way, begining with the WEBCOMIC. All of your interpretations, your comments, become multiple bits of exposure, putting Qwynn and her world closer to more readers…and more awareness. Part of the journey thus far, and to come…
Could I be getting ahead of myself by saying Graphic Novel? It’s a strong possibility…but its also part of the master plan aptly titled QWIXOTIC…
Since Life seems to have given me reprieve today, let’s not spend our limited time together defining the stumbling blocks that lead to wicked banter and other exchanges of light, playful, teasing remarks and call for warp factor 9!
As we look forward to WEBCOMIC launch, be prepared for the graphic nature of our story, because Qwixotic is in part, a culmination of repeated diatribes and finger pointing against politicians and their cohorts. Individuals who invoke the defense of free institutions to create profit; using it as a blinding veil to cast a web of dream-like deceit. Qwixotic is all of us spellbound… then awakening from decades of slumber and ignorant sweat…like a mini movie on paper. If you happen to say “WHAT?!?” After reading it…that’s a great place to start 😉
Ya, pulled a heavy on ya…lol.
We hope what you will soon see, and read about, speaks for itself in every known language, at the same time to you.
I know its been a while…LOL but I havent gone a anywhere. Where have I been you say? BUSY CREATING! Or as close to that as we can get. So much to talk about and so little space in which to do it…or risk boring you into a most annoying death. Did I mention we are THIS close to Website launch?!?
Lets just jump right into it then, shall we?
So what do you think thus far? My parter Shah and I have come a long way in a short time (if 4 years is a short time and 10 years is a long time) and it’s all just getting started really… lets quickly recap all thats happened in a few months, and whats to come by way of…I dont know…WEBCOMIC and Website….A possible San Diego Comic-con appearance…well a least in printed spirit lol.
Most recent would be out delving into the Logo Abyss, you’ve noticed (we hope) our attempt at subduing the corporate beast with an identifiable Logo of sorts…even though it’s truly not a WOW yet, it’s our attempt at pouring all that our QWIXOTIC universe is…into an single, identifiable Image…it will of course take some time to get it down to it’s basic science, or pure essance…perhaps a little less medievel…we shall see what H20 has in store for us (the creators) and you ( the brilliant audience) in the next few months as we reveal the nature of our beast to you.
As tragic as saying goodbye to our monochromic girl may be…her full color rebirth drives me into a state of bliss. Vince Sunico has outdone himself breathing conceptual, and green-hued goodness into our girl Qwynn! There was a comment some time ago concerning Qwynn’s hand looking a little too manly. I replied stating that the observation was true…but that’s the beauty of her special talent. The more manly, or well endowed her hand, the better to strike you down with…so many unstoppable possibilities, don’t you think? I love the putrid, forgotten city of industry envisioned in the full color shot of our girl, and its translation into digital wonder, care of our artist Vince…Still… LONG LIVE THE BLACK AND GRAY! lol. We may go back to those trusty tones in time.
Why am I being so cryptic? Am I just covering for a design flaw in our main character? Guess you’ll just have to wait and see…and by the way the wait will not be too much longer, *he smiles and licks his chops* 😉
Our final image for the S.O.S Soldier became less henchman, and more human. Besides the mighty, hairy forearms commented on some time ago, the human essence has been captured. we wanted to see past the uniform and all the “gear”, into the heart of the human behind the mask, if you will…The S.O.S Soldier has become more of what we wanted…and less G.I JOE/Cobra. Down to the last detail including the S.O.S LOGO on the belt buckle. So here we have human characteristics with a full back story, personal reasons for joining and doing the biding of the Server, their own lives and families at stake, running the gauntlet.
As for our girl Qwynn, we have seen her in black and white, black and gray, full on blow your mind color, and broken down into head turns and body shots…is it radiance and magnificence yet? Soak it all in…better yet, subscribe and let it percolate like a slow trickle into the senses as we rev up for WEBCOMIC launch real soon!
For the life of this Blog I’ve been in the background, and truly it’s been quite comfortable(he chuckles and wipes the beads of sweat from his partner Shah’s forehead). With all due respect to the front of the house(Blog/FB/networking), and it does command quite a bit of it! I’ve been foraging in the back of the house, in the kitchen as they say, carving out what has become this little comic that could; and hopefully without plagiarizing the little engine, because it also could.
Enough with the cute-sies and such. We (the Shah and I) can safely say that impulse power has been breached, it’s taken three long years and slowly, eventually, we insist on achieving a warp factor of 1 with the WEB COMIC. Next will be the construction, nay! The inception of the website thanks to our associate Sexy Jesus, master craftsman and virtual doctor. [ Shah’s Note: The name of the person making the website for us actually mean’s ‘Jesus’, so don’t set your offense-o-meter to high. ] This is an opportunity for us to stop carrying and give birth to Qwixotic, like Zeus giving birth from his cranium. Except we are not Gods, not cool like that. Also we confuse the mythological names like Hermes/Mercury, Poseiden/Neptune, Ares/Mars, Hades/Pluto and it just get’s sloppy and so on…
Somewhere amidst all the placentas and other birth sacs, sectioned off between thunderbolt and lightning and Zeus’s verbal labor pains, you will find the Shah and me… no wait, go back a bit, you missed us. A little to the left, ya, right there, there we are. I know, I know, you can barely see us. That’s because we’ve just suppressed the man behind the curtain who told us not to pay attention to him, waiting to stretch our limbs and grow, itching to create something worth your time.