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)
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.
All right, so enough dragging on with this would be logo for the past few weeks. Today I bring you the final image / logo of the attempt at creating a brand image for the QWIXOTIC Web Comic.
So it’s an amalgamation of things. Someone asked WTF it has to do with the Comic. Well if we revealed all that then who would read the comic itself? Let’s say there are a lot of symbolism in this image, a lot of story related details that have gone into it. It seems in hindsight almost TOO much thought went into it. But for now… this is what it is.
We will most likely use this as some sort of commercial promo material for the Web Comic launch this year. In the meantime, there’s big thangs poppin’, I’ll keep hitting you with updates throughout!
Its been pointed out that our new ‘logo‘ attempts is looking more like an image. Being not skilled in the graphic arts, and being content in my usage of whatever the hell phrase/term I come up with… (make ’em up 90% of the time) I took a step back and tried to put our ‘logo’ into perspective.
And it’s an image. Yep, it’s just a picture that more is in keeping to our QWIXOTIC Web Comic story, than a ‘logo’. First off it’s too complicated for a logo, it’s got a lot going on and it’s uber detailed. Well here, take a look at the most recent changes made to it.
So you get to see how… a LOT is going on in this image for it to be a logo. (Thank you very much Vince Sunico for shattering my perspective by pointing that out.) But it’s actually not a big deal at all. The way this image has turned out (final version will be shown next week) it’s still in keeping with the story and has a lot of symbolism built into it that connect directly with QWIXOTIC, so we can definitely use it for something or the other.
In the meantime, Vince is doing up Issue # 1. We’ll still looking for a Summer 2011 launch date, so will bring you news on that as it develops more. Let me see some comments and back talk about this version now….
Whew. It’s been around 2 weeks I believe since I’ve set foot into this Blog. I’ve been overseeing (of course) however, haven’t had much time to contribute. But I am back, so set your hearts to a-flutter!
It’s been a busy few weeks. Been fine tuning the QWIXOTIC Logo, along the way learning some things about trying to get someone who you may not be creatively in sync with to DO a logo in the first place. You’ll see what I mean. Along the way, Vince has been hard at work with Issue # 1 of the QWIXOTIC Web Comic. But first things first, lets take a look at the evolution of the Logo from the earlier first draft I posted a few weeks ago.
As you can see, I’ve modernized it a bit. The previous version seemed very medievil , dark ages looking to me. Thought this would look more modern. There’s still a bit to go with it, things are missing, and as I figure out what they are, it will be added/modified/updated, etc. Feel free to leave your comments on it below.
Like I said earlier, we are aiming for a summer 2011 launch for the comic. The website is being worked on. And Vince Sunico of Spent Pencils is already hard at work. Speaking of, be sure to check out FREE COMIC BOOK DAY at Stadium Comic in Shoppers’ World, Brampton this May 7th! Vince will be there doing his thang, and a li’l birdy tells me the other co-creator of the QWIXOTIC Web Comic (Gui) may… or may not be there. What? Oh I can’t confirm, I have no idea. You’ll have to find out yourself by attending!
Till next time Qwixoticans!
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!
So first things first… who missed me?! I know I definitely missed you… anonymous, faceless, visitors of my blog, recognizable to me only through your e-mail ID’s and avatars when you comment. 😐
Anyways… I wasn’t here last week, as I mentioned the week before I’d be super incredibly busy planning things for the launch of QWIXOTIC. And I was. But this week I can actually show you the progress that’s been made with some of those things. I have the first mock up of a logo or marketing material that we’ll promote prior to the launch.
I know. It’s not purely ‘wow’… but it’ll get there. Keep in mind it’s just a first draft that I’ve gotten so far. I’ve some very cool boys working on this, and hopefully they’ll give me another draft by next week with the modifications I requested.
Till then, lemme know in the comment below what you think of this as a logo. And till then, I’ll see you next week… or maybe Gui will. We’ll see. Peace out Qwixoticans!