Time seems to fly as the holidays get ever closer and 2012 comes to a close. All of my collaborators have been working extremely hard and I wanted to take a moment to spotlight what’s happening with my sci-fi comic book, NEW LIFE, coming in 2013 from 215 Ink.
This is the smallest creative team I’ve ever had on a book. It’s me, Logan Miller, and the letterer, Amanda Kent. Together this 3 person show will bring you what I hope to be a breakout book in the new year.
Logan is a trooper, penciling, inking, and coloring the pages and I can’t begin to thank him enough for his hard work. Currently, Issue #1 is nearly complete on pencils. About half a dozen pages are inked and colors applied to a few of those. Everything is shaping up amazingly to create one visually stunning book.
Since I’m a process junkie, both on the writing and art side, I wanted to share Logan’s process from initial rough concept sketch to inked panel to finished colors. I hope it helps to convey all of the hard work, attention to detail, and artistic sensibilities that he’s bringing to each page.
Since I made the announcement that my sci-fi comic book, NEW LIFE, had been picked up for publication by 215 Ink, a lot of parts have started moving and the train is going full speed ahead on production.
Series artist Logan Miller has been sending over amazing concept art and breathing a ton of life into both the characters and the world. It’s been great to see the cast make the jump from my brain to paper and I’m really excited about the look and feel of this book.
Immediately after getting the green light for the 4 issue mini-series I began revisiting my first drafts of the scripts, looking for ways to tighten up the story and punch of the dialogue. I realized that there was so much I wanted to do with this story and the arcs I wanted the characters to have, but with only 88 pages in which to tell the tale I had to pick apart my words and reconstruct them so you, the reader, will ultimately get the biggest bang for your buck. A lot of darlings were killed, but that’s writing.
I’ve turned in the production script for Issue #1 and yesterday I received Logan’s page layouts for all 22 pages. Even though these are scaled down sketches with very rough details, I swear we could publish it the way it is and it’d still be amazing! I’m currently finalizing Issue #2 and making some extensive rewrites to the final issues. This has definitely been the most challenging comic book I’ve written to date, but I feel good that I’ve constructed a story that I would want to read and I hope you’ll all come along for the ride!
In typical update fashion, here’s a character sketch of our protagonist, Tomas Uri, to hold you over til the next post.
Exciting news for my comic book, NEW LIFE!
As was posted on the social media websites within the last few days (Facebook and Twitter) we have “inked” a deal with Philadelphia-based publisher, 215 Ink, (see what I did there?) to bring our 4 issue series (I bet no one’s ever made that joke before) to shelves!
Artist Logan Miller and I are now in active development on the series. Expect a digital release of issue #1 within the next few months with a print run to follow.
I completed the re-writes and edits on the first issue and Logan has been sending some wonderful character sketches my way. It’s been a real treat to flesh out this universe a bit more than we did in the initial five page pitch. I hope you dig reading this story as much as I did writing it, and big thanks to Andrew at for believing in our book!
Be sure to check out all of the amazing releases from 215 Ink to see what independent comics are all about!