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!
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)
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)
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.
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!!
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.