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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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And now, some words to go with that glorious picture. 
19th-Jan-2007 01:54 pm
(And it is glorious, isn't it? I am continually giving thanks that an artist as incredibly gifted as m0usegrrl fell in love with my story. It is so freakin' incredible that someone else sees and can translate the world in my head.)

Yes, this is a radical shift in format, but it's one that makes sense. Dead-tree, single-issue comics are just not the way to go as an independent publisher (thousands of dollars to launch a single issue!) or as a storyteller (only 22 pages, infodump, cliffhanger). We'd been planning on doing it as three graphic novels - the trade paperback format is where comics are heading, and also, this way, we'd get to be in bookstores and amazon.com. But no movement was happening on the creator front.

Then I had an idea. "Huh. Mouse? What about if we do it as a webcomic?"

Mouse: "Omigod YES I have been wanting to do a webcomic forever!"

So. A couple of months now I've been sitting on this, just ready to explode. Hee! And now I can talk about it. :)

I have always been very aware of my medium, taking every opportunity to use it to the maximum. It's why I write this as a comic instead of straight prose - there's so much more I can do when you add in that extra layer.

Well - here's another layer or two I can use. :)

You'll get character blogs. You'll get vocal tracks. You'll get a hell of a lot of surprises. If Mouse and I pull this off, and I'm pretty sure we will...

You've never seen anything like what we've got in store for you.

Over the next months, I'll be writing my ass off, finishing the Primer and kicking off the webcomic. Mouse will be drawing - creating a nice big backlog.

Two months before the premiere, we will start rolling out the cool shit. Every Tuesday, you get a piece of promo art. Every Thursday, you get a piece of story.

And we're opening up with a multipage short comic-book-in-itself - Donna, telling the story of the Dasaroi from the beginning of her first life, through the Fall, through to today.

Boom, baby.

And yes, there will be icons, wallpaper, and merch. I want a T-shirt of this first promo piece. :) There will be a forum. There will be contests. And lots more, that we're holding secret for now. :)

I am going to tell you my story.

19th-Jan-2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
And we will all dance joyfully and obsess.

19th-Jan-2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
I love the site! The idea is Great! If you want some help with Search optimization of your site let me know. It's what I do for a living and I'd be happy to help out!
19th-Jan-2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :) I may well hit you up for that after the overhaul...
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19th-Jan-2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Dude, I will happily just sit and talk about Shayara for hours. *laugh*
19th-Jan-2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to it! I've already read the teaser you have up on the site.
19th-Jan-2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
That teaser is so clunky... *laugh* It's the first thing I wrote after seven years of block. The new one will be *much* better.
19th-Jan-2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
Exciting news, indeed! Godspeed!

Since you are going the webcomic route, I will suggest some reading material for you and your team (if you haven't read these already):

Understanding Comics
Reinventing Comics
Making Comics

...all by Scott McCloud. Also, http://www.scottmccloud.com/

Web comics are the brave new world for this industry, and Scott does a magnificent job of boiling down the possibilities of blending interactive content with comic-style storytelling. It sounds already that you are considering broadening the horizons of your comic by including multimedia content. Reading Scott's work might give you further ideas on how to innovate with the web format.

Plus, they're really good books. *grin*
19th-Jan-2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
*nods* We have the first two - I'll *definitely* have to get the third. Thanks! :)
19th-Jan-2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
Judging by this, it looks like I'll have to follow yet another webcomic, doesn't it.

Also, just from the one piece of him I've seen, I'm already loving Napalm. He's just so... Me. :)
19th-Jan-2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
*laugh* He's Mouse's favorite character to draw, and I think it shows... he has great energy, he just jumps off the page!
19th-Jan-2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
"I am going to tell you my story."

I, for one, can't wait it read it! Congrats!

"You'll get vocal tracks."

Vocal tracks, huh?

Need a deep-voiced male actor? *grin*
19th-Jan-2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
I'll put you on the list. :)
19th-Jan-2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
If you need some very talented voice actors, I know a few I could put you in touch with.
19th-Jan-2007 07:40 pm (UTC)
I will - thanks!
19th-Jan-2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
So exciting!!

This has got to be the coolest thing I have ever witnessed the beginning of.

Will continue to plug as much and as often as I can.
19th-Jan-2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
Did you mention it was on comicspace
19th-Jan-2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Shira? Have I been incorrectly addressing things?
19th-Jan-2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
Not yet. :) The name change is in the works.
19th-Jan-2007 08:01 pm (UTC)

Oh, yay yay yay yay!

Heh. Sorry. I got a little excited. :}
19th-Jan-2007 08:36 pm (UTC) - THANK YOU
This is such a fantastic story. Thank you for keeping at it. This should be awesome.
19th-Jan-2007 11:43 pm (UTC)
19th-Jan-2007 11:57 pm (UTC)
This is awesome to quite awesome (and the Julia in your new icon looks a lot more like the Julia I imagined, incidentally).

Also, Shira? So much more you.
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