Another week, another QWIXOTIC Webcomic update. But this week isn’t a hum drum text heavy update. Today’s update is like a visual tasting of Baklava. The metaphor is appropriate considering I’m talking about our first ever sketch of Nab from QWIXOTIC!! (He’s European, so is Baklava… you see what I did– never mind.)
This first sketch has been done, like always by Vince Sunico of the Spent Pencils Crew. It is a concept, so keep in mind it may (if not already *wink*) change.
This Nab is great. He’s got the air and facial expression of exactly what we wanted. A young guy who’s playful, innocent almost and very normal… compared to our fucked up world of anarchy and… fucked up-ness. (The scripts are a LOT better than that… I swear, and a lot!)
However, this Nab is older than we preferred. He’s supposed to be 17, and this sketch makes him look more exprienced and older than he should be.
As always, everything is a work in progress, and this has to be slightly modified as well.
It’s been a while since I’ve introduced any new characters from the QWIXOTIC Webcomic. So today I give you another one of the central characters of our Webcomic.
The only person that a psychotic killer trusts happens to be a 17 year old boy, who looks up to her.
Nab is an orphan who’s a part of The 8 1/2, with a very specific role: Attend to Qwynn’s any and every need. Nab acts as Qwynn’s caretaker/confidant/nurse/aide… whatever Qwynn needs, when and however she needs it. Most notably, he acts as medic when Qwynn returns from her various ‘missions’. Nab’s history with violence has made him an experienced field medic, and Qwynn’s damages further pushes the boundaries of his self taught knowledge.
In an organization like The 8 1/2, who only uses Qwynn as a means to an end in their fight against The Server, Nab is the only person who gives a shit about her well being. And in turn, Qwynn allows him to do so.
Nab’s past is unknown. His relationship with Qwynn begins when she ‘rescues’ him from a child slavery ring where he spent most of his childhood. For this, Nab idolizes Qwynn. To a point where he glorifies her brutal deeds for The 8 1/2 as a sort of crime fighting. He thinks Qwynn is a hero.
Nab is a idealistic young boy with misguided sense of heroism and a twisted past that is strongly tangled with the anarchy in the world of the QWIXOTIC Universe.
Stay tuned next week for the character sketches of our boy Nab.
The first sketch showed us a very subdued and shrouded ‘Myra. That sketch is essentially ‘Myra when she’s not kicking ass. Her normal everyday, civilian look… well maybe a little less combative and intense.
Well now I give you a second sketch of Humayra from the QWIXOTIC Webcomic Series, created by the moi and my partner (for writing only) Guillermo Girolmini… with art by Vince Sunico of Spent Pencils.
This sketch gives us a better idea of who Humayra is. She’s elegant, beautiful, respectable, dignified and best of all… she’s a powerful woman with strong ideals, who doesn’t hesistate to take matters into her own hands if needed.
This sketch says it all about Humayra. And there’s more to come.
Stay tuned next week for more upcoming Character Sketches from QWIXOTIC along with more news.
- ‘Myra gettin’ her brood on… (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)
After a busy couple of weeks at the QWIXOTIC think tank, our trio of likely comic creators have officially launched the marketing campaign for the Webcomic Series at the FanExpo’11 that went down last weekend. It was a pretty successful event, as it always is, and QWIXOTIC’s presence with Vince Sunico at the Spent Pencil’s booth went down pretty well as well.
QWIXOTIC’s presence was known by two posters that give a promo at the Webcomic Series with it’s major cast. There will be some more upcoming cons and events that Vince Sunico will be attending, where fans will be able to get any remaining QWIXOTIC posters signed by Sunico himself.
In the meantime, for all you lazy asses and geographically challenged folk that were unable to make it to FanExpo’11, I’ve got a surprise for you. What? Don’t like surprises. Well suck it up just scroll down. You won’t be disappointed.
The first poster is obviously of the star of our show, Qwynn. It’s awesome work by Vince Sunico, taking a shot from one of the issues of QWIXOTIC and turning it into a cover poster for the series.
I give you, for the first time ever, the main cast of the QWIXOTIC Webcomic Series. We’ve got Qwynn, ‘Myra, Guru and a mysteriously creepy silhouette of someone. *cue ominious piano music*
This is for everyone that couldn’t make it out to FanExpo to pick up one of these babies for real. Stay tuned in the new coming weeks, for more artwork, details and character sketches from QWIXOTIC!
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!
It’s been a while since we’ve had some character sketches up on this Blog. Those seem to be what gets everyone riled up and screamy. So I’ve decided, being the decider that I am, that for the next few weeks we’ll be putting up some character concept sketches of the cast from the upcoming QWIXOTIC Webcomic Series.
I’d like to take this time to clarify something. When I upload the artwork for our Webcomic onto Facebook and what not, people seem to applaud and are very impressed by my art skills. I’d like to thank those people. Your words mean a lot to me. Especially considering my art skills don’t go beyond the etching of my name in various fonts and honing my mustache grafitti on the various newsprints I find laying about the house.
All the artwork for the QWIXOTIC Webcomic Series has been done by Vince Sunico of Spent Pencils. Everything from the concepts, issues, character design, logo, posters, etc… are all Vince. Vince brings our written words to life in image form. But still, thanks for all the kind, kind words.
Now you all know Humayra, our very own Muslim warrior chick, who is one of the leading ladies of QWIXOTIC. It’s been a few months since you all read about her, and years since Gui and I conceptualized the character. Now, we, by which I obviously mean you, get to finally glimpse her in all her glory.
This image is a very tense and combative Humayra, than her character will be. She’s basically getting her brood on in this one. Vince, once again took our direction and designed this first sketch and it’s just awesome. For a first sketch, we have no complaints. What do you all think? Too much? Too little? Let us know!
There is one more sketch of Humayra, that properly captures her essence and who she is at the core. More on that next week. Till then, feel free to leave us your comments, love, hate, or recipes for wicked apple pie in the comments below.
After months of running around, concepts, even attempts at a logo (let’s not even discuss that whole scenario) we’ve finally got our own. *does a little Chandler dance*
Created by Vince Sunico of Spent Pencils, with design input from myself naturally, and my co creator/writer Gui… here is the finished and official logo for the QWIXOTIC Webcomic Series.
We’ve finally been able to brand the QWIXOTIC Series with its own unique and individual image. This is what you all will see in the next coming weeks during the marketing of QWIXOTIC launch. The logo itself has a deeper connection to the story, it reveals a lot about the lead character, Qwynn, and also some heavy tid bits on where the story is going. — I’ve said too much.
Check out the logo and let me know your thoughts, comments… or even what you’ve had for dinner, if you truly wish. Go nuts… in the comment section below I mean.
Continuing on the progress of the QWIXOTIC Webcomic ‘logo‘, (because I think a few delays is already too many, and you deserve better!) this week I give you the first draft of the logo, which is nearly completed.
I was initially going for a branding aspect with the logo, something that screams ‘QWIXOTIC’. This logo conceptualized by Vince is something that I can confidently say not only screams, but flips its top and beats QWIXOTIC into everyone’s mind. Well, that’s the goal anyway.
This one is completely going a different way than what I initially tried to come up with, through another designer (no comment) but it truly speaks to the webcomic. It does everything we want, and then some. I’m speaking metaphorically of course. The logo can’t pay my bills for me… (but maybe this webcomic can, some day… hmm.) Obviously the symbolism behind this is relevant to the story… but that will all be revealed in due time.
There’s still a few tweaks and changes to be done to this… but for now, revel in all is logo-tastic glory!!
Well well, a lot’s happened since my last post, unveiling our future QWIXOTIC plans to you all. Like a LOT. Well you’ll see.
First things first, I’m sure all are aware of the oddity (let’s say) which was the first attempt at creating a logo for our Webcomic that could. Apparently Vince took note, and while doing the artwork for Issue #1 of QWIXOTIC, he inadvertantly came up with the Logo. (Best thing in life are accidents no?)
Here’s how that conversation went, more or less:
Vince: So these are the designs I had for the _______ (spoilers!) of Issue #1.
V: So I was thinking–
S: HOLD UP! *chair gets thrown back as he stands up agressively and points to the page* THAT… could be the logo!
G: Dirty Irish Mother!!
V: Hmm… *stroking bearded chin* that could work.
S: Oh it’ll work.
And behold! The Qwixotic Logo!
OK, it’s not ‘the QWIXOTIC Logo’. Not even a first draft really. It’s more of Vince just throwing around ideas based on our collaborative brainstorming session. Yea, I’m a li’l tease. The design of the Logo is completed. This is just an idea being thrown around for some layout elements. Just playing around with the colors and styles, and that sort of thing as well. Obviously the final completed Logo will be up soon. Very soon.
In the next few weeks, I will be posting the progress of the logo, the final draft of which is more or less completed. Also! We have new character sketches! Notably, some may remember the Humayra character whose profile I put up, way back when. Well you can finally catch how she looks, in all her glory. Well… not that kind of glory, well– you know what I mean. There’s a bunch of other characters from up coming issues as well. Their concept art, progress, changes and that sort of thing will be up gradually on the Blog. Like I said, we’re not gonna be sitting on our asses during the next few months, and the Blog will reflect that accordingly.
’till next time, QWIXOTICANS ho!!