October 2017 Roundup Post!

Well! It's been awhile since I updated the newsfeed here (all right, two months, which I believe translates to forever in internet years), so I wanted to make a quick update to round up some of the BIG NEWS!

First of all, VERY excited to announce that my webcomic with talented and amazing artist Eric J. Lee, BEAUTY, launched in late September. It's a rococo bugpunk take on BEauty & the Beast, heavily science-fiction in the vein of the bizarre and wonderful classic European comics. It updates every Thursday. Read it online at beautycomic.com

Alongside BEAUTY, I also launched a science-fiction black comedy serial novel, THE ENDLING. It's a fun and fast (if dark) read loosely in the tradition of light novels, and it's been a TON of fun to work on. Backers of my Patreon can read up to Chapter Eleven for a mere $3 pledge, and if free content is more your speed, or you want to take a sip before you take the plunge, it's up to Chapter Eight on Wattpad. Alternating chapters are illustrated by manga-style artist Cap O'Rushes! That makes THE ENDLING officially a light novel, I believe, so no doubt the anime will be hitting Netflix any day now (eh, Netflix? eh?? I know you self-google!)

A project I'm less directly involved with, but just as passionate about, BEYOND 2, the queer sci-fi and fantasy comics anthology, is at the printers now! I'm not a creator in the anthology, but I am the print lead on it, and it's a project I'm really proud to be a part of, so definitely check it out.

More in the works-- stay tuned, and thanks for following along!

Bloodborne: The Texture of a Dream (new comic!)

My comic/illustrated essay/narrative graphic ramble on wandering Yharnam and the texture of dreams is available for reading at ZEAL magazine now. Mega thanks to the wonderful editors there who were just as excited about a more experimental approach to discussing exploration and setting in video games. There's a lot of great articles and other comics on ZEAL, so be sure to check out their other works, and if you're a fan (like I am), subscribe!

Artist Resource List & Sample Scripts

"A Fire in the Heavens," woodblock print by Rhiannon R-S

"A Fire in the Heavens," woodblock print by Rhiannon R-S

I've had several requests on Twitter for two major resources-- one, a list of illustrators and comic artists that writers can approach for work, and two, sample scripts that aspiring comic artists can work from for their portfolio. I put out a call for and got over five hundred responses-- I ended up enlisting a friend to help me compile the list (thanks Capo!!) and I'm happy to be able to present it to you now. Of course this list (although it's huge!) represents only a small fraction of artists working today, and there are many ways . As both an author and an illustrator myself, I recommend that any writer reaching out to work with an illustrator have a budget of at least $100 on-hand and either a complete script, story, or pitch packet rather than an idea; it'll make both communication and work go much more smoothly.


Now, for all you comic artists-- I'm releasing three of my own 3-8 page scripts here in a variety of genres for you to draw. These scripts, linked below, are being released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License so that you may adapt (draw!) and share (portfolio!) your adaptations, but you may not sell the resulting comics. If you DO draw one of my scripts, have any questions, or want to include a version of one of the stories in a collection, feel free to drop me a line!

Science-fiction (3 pages- spacesuits, zero-gravity and spaceship wreckage): Cold Frame, Warm Heart
Fantasy (4 pages- early-dynasty Chinese garden & later-period clothing, all-ages, no dialogue): The Stone Lion
Slice-of-life/domestic drama (8 pages- three generations of characters, contemporary interiors, lots of dialogue): Que bonito es ver la lluvia (To See the Rain)