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Caustic Soda: Hello the War is Here 1 of 3

7 May

Happy New Comic Book Day!

Late last month, Dan Crosier finished the illustrations through page twenty-four, completing the first issue. Issue one of our three-issue book was then sent to Patrick Brosseau for lettering. I worked with our layout guru and hops-connoisseur, Muana Fanai on layout and print prep. The variant cover by Joe Triscari worked incredibly well, check it out:

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Issue 1 will be available in extremely limited quantities and for sale at Denver Comic Con http://denvercomiccon.com/ (June 13-15) and also at the Caustic Soda/Show Devils launch party at Three Kings Tavern, Sat. June 14 (more info on that soon), online at the CS Shop and at San Diego Comic Con.

You can purchase a copy in the CS Store, COMING SOON.

Below you will find a link to a Spotify playlist that captures the scope of Part 1 in sound. Songs by The Stooges, Joy Division, Talking Heads, Wire, Max Richter, Wu Tang, MC5, Baby Huey and more have been part of my ongoing, working soundtrack and inspiration for Caustic Soda.

ComiXwriter Scriptwriting Software

23 Jul

Aside from being an incredibly amazing way to fund creative endeavors like graphic novels (Caustic Soda, ahem, 109% funded!), films and even video game consoles, Kickstarter is also a great place to discover new tools to create.

I recently contributed to a campaign for ComiXwriter,  a scriptwriting program specifically for comic books. Currently, I’m using MS Word, color coding dialogue, pages and blocking out panels. I probably spend 1/3 of the time formatting the script prior to sending a final draft to Dan to work on the pages. Add direction, description, setting into the equation, i.e. basically every panel, and the .doc becomes a labyrinth of notes, hyperlinks to source images, etc.

And so, having backed several projects on kickstarter, I found ComiXwriter shortly after launching the campaign for Caustic Soda. Unfortunately, I missed them while they were at San Diego Comic Con over the weekend. SDCC is all shock and awe. I’m lucky I made it out of the convention center without having my face latexed into a post apocalyptic zombie grimace.

The trend spotters at Bleeding Cool did a post on it earlier this week and the venerable Kevin Smith ‘tweeted’ about the software a few nights ago, spiking ComiXwriter closer to their modest goal. Post at Bleeding Cool: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/07/22/comixwriter-a-software-package-that-helps-the-comic-writer-in-us-all/

I’m hoping they can make their goal and maybe, if you’re reading this, you can help them as well by spreading the word.

Check it out on Kickstarter at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/219402484/comixwriter-scriptwriting-software-for-comic-books

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Caustic Soda mini-comic preview for ComicCon

13 Jul

Shane and Dan headed up to Anderson’s to pick up copies of their mini-comic preview for ComicCon.

Why am I writing this in third person?

Okay, we’ll redact the last but keep it in the post for posterity.

I picked up Dan at the airport. It was a total clusterfuck. Construction everywhere. I miss the days when it was just a bunch of concrete barriers and heavily armed National Guardsmen. Oh wait…

Here’s photographic documentation of Dan and Shane picking up the copies. Compa/surprised human awesome machine, Mike Spratley also pictured.

See you at San Diego Comic Con.