First Drafts

The Conjurers Book One, first draft

The Conjurers Book One, first draft

So this is what a first draft looks like. At least the hand scribbled part. After the notebooks, I transcribe it all in to the computer, cutting and patching bits as I go. Then I give it one more look, jotting down a few notes of things that need renovating and it’s off to my editor.

There’s lot’s more to be done. Rewrites, cover art and interior art. All of which I am greatly looking forward to.

Where the Wild Sophies Are

where the wild things are

where the wild things are

Can’t believe I’ve never tossed a reference to this in the strip before. This is a little peek at a strip that will run in March.

Burning through Moleskines

Time to open a new notebook. A fresh, Hobbit Moleskine. For the most part I'm writing this novel longhand. Means quite the workout for the Lamy. The advantage to pen and paper is the ability to write anywhere, anytime. Gotten used to that over the years. This also means a chance for some chunky editing when I transcribe the words into the computer. I used to try avoiding the whole transcribing process. Save time. But really, it's a huge advantage. Mainly, by not getting into the habit of having to sit at the laptop to work, I can squeeze a lot more words out of the day.

 

Butt in chair time

A quick morning post to loosen the fingers. It's butt in chair time. Last night was the pre-visualization for what I'll write this morning. No make up trailers, or camera shots to set up. Get the actors on the page and let 'em have at it. Let the agonizing fun begin.

 

 

Puppets. Always some puppets.

No matter what I do, puppets always work they way into the story. These guys were a bit of a surprise. However they became a fun way to convey some backstory and foreshadow upcoming scenes.

Landscapes Doodling

Spending some time sketching out landscapes and bits of architecture from around the Conjurian. Helps on two fronts. For one thing it helps discover new places that might be useful to the story. And, when I'm writing scenes, visualizing them in ink makes it easier to focus on the important details.

 

 

Religion in the Conjurian

Religion in the Conjurian

Here's a quick concept sketch for the Dedites, a religious order that believes Dedi created the Conjurian. They sprang up when I worked on the origins for this world. Their counterparts would be the growing majority that Dedi merely discovered the Conjurian. However, as you'll see in the first novel, the truths behind their beliefs will play a huge part in the future of both worlds.

The monk pictured here is loosely based on another of my favorite magicians, Kenton Knepper. A brilliant thinker and a major influence on many of the effects I perform.

 

Some Novel Concepts

I take breaks from writing to doodle out concepts. Mainly for two reasons. One, the book will have illustrations, and two, it helps me visualize the character or scene. Scribbled up the first new concepts for the Grubians Brothers. They were two of the first characters to pop up in my original Conjurers sketchbook way back when. Roughly based on Penn and Teller, they were originally my Shakespearean clowns. Now, they are so much more. Much more than I ever expected.

Concept art from the Conjurers novel.

The Grubrian Brothers

 

 

Time for some magic

Back home from a glorious road trip visiting family. Managed to squeeze in some writing and stripping (comic stripping. What were you thinking?). Also got some quick concept art scratched off. Here's a snippet. This is part of the tower of Dedi, the center of Conjurian City.

 

The Conjurers novel

 

Big News for the Conjurers Novels

I’m thrilled to officially announce that the Conjuers novels have found a home. ¬†You can read the details here:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/book-deals/article/60195-book-deals-week-of-december-2-2013.html

A lot of hard work has payed off. A mega, huge thank you to my agent, Rosemary, for finding the perfect home. Of course, a ton more work is ahead. There’s some work to do on this site too. I think I’ll just link to the comic on gocomics instead of running it on both sites. This site will then be my journal for creating the comic and the novels. It will also house all the backstory stuff and a few other cool surprises along the way.

Thanks to all of you have been riding this rollercoaster from the get-go. So, so much more to come.

The Conjurers on gocomics.com

Sorry that today’s episode is not posted. However, since the comic recently launched on gocomics.com, I wanted to consolidate and sync where and when the comic is posted.

If you would be so kind as to head on over to gocomics, subscribe to the strip there, and leave a comment telling the awesome, god-like beings that run the site, thank you, I will forever be indebted to you:

http://www.gocomics.com/the-conjurers

Lots of Conjurers related material will continue to appear here. This will include posts on the novel, background stories and such on the Conjurian and bits and pieces on magic.

Thanks again to all of you who have faithfully supported this endeavor for what seems like an eternity. I promise, cool things are a comin’.

-Brian

 

 

 

New Conjurers Comic

Well we might be gettin’ all “Reservoir Dogs” up in here. Next week, we’ll learn more about Steve. Is he on their side? Could be some screaming. You’ll have to wait and see.

New Conjurers Comic

And a car chase! Yep, not as involved as I would have wanted, but still fun. There’s going to be some odd alliances coming up.

Also, this comic will launch on GoComic.com starting on October 28th. It’ll still run here, along with all other Conjurers related stories, but GoComics will open it up to a larger audience. I’ll be promoting that a lot more in the coming days.

New Conjurers Comic

What’s not to love about a chase scene involving floating skull creatures. The style is a changin’. I’m focusing more on form and value and laying off the heavy atmospheres and textures.

 

Pencilling the next page.

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Here we go on the start of the next page. Script is done, and you can see some of the thumbnails in the sketchbook. Thumb nailing from the script is always another rewrite.

As you can see I’m going long form again with this page. In fact, I think, from here on out, all pages will be this size. Cuts down on speed but makes a lot more room for storytelling. And I’m continuing to evolve the style. On this page, my main focus will be form and value. Cutting waaaay back on the heavy atmospheres. Only when necessary. I’ll post more steps along the way.

New Conjurers Comic

Little time jump here. Now, the script called for Savachia turning the cup over to the old couple and all, but I felt the story needed a breath. Mostly from the real-time plotting so far. Just a bit of space. Also, you’ll notice the art has lightened up a lot. Again, I’m still experimenting and am pushing the art in a slightly different direction. I want to keep it painterly, but I need to focus on better rendering of the characters and such. We’ll see how that progresses.

And, if you can’t tell by this week’s episode, things are about to get battle-licious. Things were moving slow in the original script. So I’m editing a lot as I re-write the pages and thumbnail ‘em. I have a habit of trying to explain too much in too little space. Makes things drag. Simple solution: add more conflict, ramp up the stakes.

Also, we’re not far off from Savachia’s journey into the Conjurian. Which will be the end of this comic arc. His story picks up in the novel. I’ll have more on what story will be next soon. It’ll be quite different in many ways.

Thanks for reading!

New Conjurers Comic

This one was brutish from an art perspective. Like I’ve mentioned before, this is a new style for me, so I’m constantly in search of new mistakes and hoping for happy accidents. And I was trying to push this one towards more of a painterly feel and it got away from me a bit. Still, learned a ton for the next page, which I am off to finalize the script for now.