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It’s been a long road. Paved with obstacles, writers’ block, financial depression, soul sucking part time jobs, babies, continental separation, complete renovations of our internal thought process. Honorable mention goes to mental exhaustion, artist/writer delays, and last but not least…second guessing ourselves.
As well as evil wizards, murderous pirates, mythological Viking Gods, super-human Nazis, planet devouring intergalactic squid clouds—wait… We’re confusing reality with summer blockbusters again…but not allowing them to affect us too much.
The point is, it’s been an infuriatingly awesome journey in getting our QWIXOTIC Webcomic, from an idle thought to a fully formed, comic story. However, that journey was merely a precursor of what’s to come. In a way, our battle to overcome the monolith that is breaking out into the world of comics with the QWIXOTIC Webcomic Series, mirrors the struggles of our lead Qwynn and her companions throughout the story arch. We hope to promote a sense of urgency towards awareness of the times we live in… The entire planet runs on a non renewable resource. Governments need to look at the bigger picture, beyond the grey region of profit, beyond the greed that fuels their lust for more.
QWIXOTIC depicts the possible effects of the petroleum wars that plague our current societies in an alternate, very possible future. The need for incursive technology, and of course corruption, will all be present in this story of resistance, a rising up against the machine, with fists in the air. QWIXOTIC is written for the people, take from it what you will… but be sure to give us all your feedback.
Thus far the prequel to our story has been documented for you on this Blog. The last five years have been a warm up, up until now, everything has been what was seen in the first film of the LOTR Trilogy. The crucial to critical and commercial success, sequel of the franchise begins now on the official QWIXOTIC Website!
2012 will be the year of QWIXOTIC. The QWIXOTIC Webcomic Website is here!! From now on, all Blog posts and updates will be featured in the “Blog” section of this website. Be sure to subscribe to this site and become infected with QWIXOTIC as each Webcomic page releases, as well as any and all updates.
Tune in next week as the first ever Issue of the QWIXOTIC Webcomic debuts on our official website!
QWIXOTIC’s issues will be a little different than everyone’s used to with the Webcomic format. We will have multiple issues of 5-6 pages each. Every week will feature a new page of an Issue. Each issue will feature a self-contained story arc, which will tie into the other issues over the long run. Every issue will be archived for easy viewing from the above navigation bar.
We would like to officially welcome each and every one of you… into the world of QWIXOTIC! Let this new year, be QWIXOTIC!
In 5 days… All will be revealed…QWIXOTIC for the masses!
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!
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!
- QWIXOTIC… posterized! (qwixotic.wordpress.com)
- Ah, the simpler times. Final concept sketch of Guru! (qwixotic.wordpress.com)
- Vince Sunico develops Telepathic powers with the final concept sketch of Nab! (qwixotic.wordpress.com)
- Just like the pros… (qwixotic.wordpress.com)
This week was a momentous occassion for Gui and I. No, we didn’t get accepted into Starfleet Academy. That’s both ridiculous and impossible. (But how cool would that be?!)
For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been massively brainstorming with a very talented Web Designer to create the QWIXOTIC Website. Yesterday we finally got to see a basic live preview of the site online. Both Gui and I were stunned speechless (there might’ve been tears) in our individual corners of the world. It’s a basic layout so far, however it was HUGE for us, to see the culmination of almost 5 years of work taking shape in front of us.
OK. I’m done with the feelings fest. Honestly though, our Designer is awesome. And as lucky (I believe our wicked personalities play a part in it too) as we are to get an awesome Artist on board like Vince Sunico of Spent Pencils, we’ve been just as lucky to get this person as the official Website Designer from Spiroline Studios for QWIXOTIC.
Check out her portfolio here:
Web on friend, web on!
Stay tuned next week for the continuation of sketches by Vince Sunico from the QWIXOTIC Webcomic!!
- Vince Sunico’s revised sketch of Nab from QWIXOTIC! (qwixotic.wordpress.com)
- QWIXOTIC… posterized! (qwixotic.wordpress.com)
- The personification of class into badass… (qwixotic.wordpress.com)
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)
It was basically 4 years ago that a random conversation mocking the future of fast food joins led to a mind bending mental roadtrip that ended with us coming up with the QWIXOTIC Universe, and deciding to portray it in a Webcomic. 4 years…
More recently, I’ve been promising a lot of progress updates, and artwork to be on the Blog , and all that is still to come. (I don’t lie or tease… much) However this week is a mucho special time for us at QWIXOTIC (the three of us).
August 25th, 2011 will mark the most official start of the QWIXOTIC Wecomic since its inception. The marketing campaign for The QWIXOTIC Webcomic is being launched at the FanExpo 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from August 25th to August 28th, 2011.
If you’re in the area, (or even if you’re not… do a road trip with friends!) then head on over to the FanExpo to pick up a free poster of the QWIXOTIC Webcomic, signed by its creators.
Check out the Spent Pencils booth and meet our very own QWIXOTIC artist, Vince Sunico! He’ll be there with his most talented crew. You may even get some sketches done by him!
Also for the first time ever, Gui Girolmini, the co-creator and co-writer of the QWIXOTIC Webcomic series will also be in attendance along with Vince. Be one of the FIRST ever, to get a free poster of the upcoming QWIXOTIC Webcomic Series signed by Vince Sunico and Gui Girolmini!!
Unfortunately, I won’t be there. I know, I’m pretty broken up about it as well. Wild Unicorns shooting rainbows wouldn’t have kept me away, however I am majorly geographically challenged, being in South Asia at the moment. Otherwise I’m fully there in spirit… but not in the creepy GHOSTBUSTERS kinda way. More like GHOST, without the sexual bits.
All the info is posted below. The event is 4 days long. And it’s the first opportunity for everyone to get a look at some official artwork and posters of QWIXOTIC. Not to mention own a signed copy of it. This is only limited to FanExpo so go get your poster while you can. DO IT NOW!
Fan Expo 2011
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre / Artist Alley. Booth: A140-P
When: August 25th to August 28th 2011.
Hope to see you there (from the pictures) and have an awesome time, especially on my behalf!! ‘Till next week QWIXOTICANS!
Delays plague the professional comics industry. Series planned for months stretch into years. Monthly issues became an issue every 3-4 months. Some titles debuted years ago, are still awaiting the next issue in the series.
Recently Gui and I met with artist extraordinaire Vince Sunico. And I’m proud to say that the pencils for Page 1 of Issue 1 of the QWIXOTIC Webcomic are complete. It took a while to process for me, that the images on the page were what we had written months ago. The panel to panel descriptions, shots, angles, transitions… all brought to life from our texts, to images from by Vince. Makes you appreciate the process. The pencils will be on the blog shortly.
During that meet, the three of us also had to re-assess our situation and the way we had approached the release and premiere. Given the delays, the QWIXOTIC Webcomic Series will now debut in early 2012. Now this is not another delay for the sake of delay. Things are still progressing with QWIXOTIC at break-neck speed, however, for everyone to get the full effect of QWIXOTIC, it’s best for a proper debut, not a shoddy one.
We’ve been super anxious to get this out to everyone and have our 4+ year creation come to fruition. However, reluctantly, we decided that our eagerness shouldn’t take priority over the quality of the release. A proper site, proper marketing, etc all play a huge part in the success of QWIXOTIC, or any creative venture to be fair. In the next coming weeks and months, there will be a lot of updates on the Blog. Marketing prints, logo, storyboards, pencils, and other awesome nonsense that only we can provide. Along with it, there should be some QWIXOTIC presence in the Cons and events going on through out the GTA in the next few months.
If delays are part of the professional comics industry, then QWIXOTIC is well on it’s way to being a very professionally created comic series… we hope.
Hey all, sorry for the few missed weeks. Been busy wrapping a lot of things up and not to mention travelling. Back in Canada after a 6 month absence. Damn the weather is nice. Happy Canada Day to all!!
Just a quick update on all things QWIXOTIC. We will be meeting with the Vince Sunico in the next few days, to get some progress reports along with a game plan for the next few weeks. Website is being worked on by a very creative designer. Updates on that as it comes…
Till then I’m going to enjoy my time in Canada, team up with my co-writer of the QWIXOTIC Webcomic, Gui, and brainstorm some more awesome-ness that will culminate in visual story form in the next few months for your reading pleasure. We’re going to try to stick to the schedule release date of the summer for everyone… as hard as it might be… cross your collective fingers!
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.