The individual panels for the first 12 pages of the “MoonWraith” web-comic have been rendered. Keep watching for the launch of the series in the near future!
Archive for September, 2012
Today is my gorgeous fiancée Desirée Lee’s birthday! A great way to tell her “happy birthday!” is by purchasing one of her fantastic books: http://www.amazon.com/Desir%C3%A9e-Lee/e/B003P77E68/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1348585853&sr=1-2-ent
This week on “Wake up Muse!” we have two excellent new pieces of flash fiction for you – “Emergence Day” by my very talented fiancée Desirée Lee, and “Hello” by the artistic William Wismer.
A new prompt is up as well. Desirée and I invite all of the authors out there to visit the “Wake up Muse!” blog, read the prompt and submit something to us for next week. We look forward to your submissions: http://wakeupmuse.wordpress.com
“Cereal Stalker” Part 1
My name is Chance Bainbridge. I’m an unusual man with an unusual problem. Most people would probably quibble over the term “problem”. Most people would probably be more apt to use the label “super power”.
Me? I call it a curse.
Just what is this power you ask? Can I fly? Do I have super strength? Can I shoot lasers out of my eyes? Can I communicate with aquatic wildlife? Do I have some kind of extra terrestrial ring that creates anything I imagine?
Sadly, the answer to all of the above is a resounding no. So, what can I do?
I temporarily absorb abilities from the themes of breakfast cereals.
That’s it; go ahead and laugh.
To clarify… Until I eat cereal, I’m just a normal guy. I’m 37-years-old and 6-feet-tall. My hair is dark brown and short. Long hair looks cooler, but short hair is far more practical; and with the messes I get into because of my curse, practicality is an issue. Let me eat certain cereals, though, and I change.
Again, let me clarify.
Some cereals don’t affect me. The dull, bland boring stuff—fiber that tastes like the box it’s packaged in, plain rolled oats, etc.—I can eat and remain myself. That’s because there’s no specific imaginative theme associated with these products. I say again—they’re dull, bland, boring stuff.
On the other hand, give me a bowl of Space Flakes and for the next few hours I’ll know how to pilot a spaceship, disassemble, clean and reassemble a blaster pistol, speak dozens of alien languages and take on dozens more alien races in hand-to-hand combat.
Why? Imagination and magick. Notice that I spelled magick with a “k” at the end. That’s the key.
“Magic” is slight of hand. It’s smoke and mirrors. It’s illusion. It’s fake.
“Magick” is the manipulation of energy to achieve a goal. Imagination—the same type that fires a child’s mind and makes them pretend to fight an extra terrestrial monster after having Space Flakes for breakfast, or causes them to pretend to be a pirate captain after a bowl of Ahoy! O’s—is integral to magick.
That’s how my power works. The more the young imaginations of children are captured by any given cereal, the more energy the spell that allows my power to work can tap into—which translates into better odds of me getting out of any mess I happen to find myself in at a given time.
Yes, I said “spell”—as in a spell cast by magick, not “How do you spell this word?”
How did this problem/super power come to be bestowed upon me you ask? To be brief…
To Be Continued…
Still no news on this project. Several months ago Dark Horse Comics requested the material for review. They won’t respond unless they’re interested in the project. However, it took them nearly a full year to respond to my initial query on this. Which means there’s still time and hope.
As yet, I have been unable to draw a producer/distributor to the “MoonWraith” TV project. This is despite having around 40 people interested in being cast or crew for the pilot episode.
Because of this continued lack of a producer/distributor, Desirée and I are in the process of adapting “MoonWraith” as a web-comic. Our plan is to do this with 3D CGI artwork of our own creation. At the moment, Issue #1 is written and the panels for the first few pages have been created. Once each panel for each page has been created, comic book software will be used to piece the panels together, creating individual pages. Those pages will then be lettered.
Currently, we plan to post one, maybe two, pages of the web-comic on-line each week. We want Issue #1 finished before we begin posting pages. Desirée and I are both extremely busy with other projects and getting more so all the time. We want to have the cushion of having an entire issue ready to go before we begin posting simply to make things more convenient for us.
Eventually, we want to look into publishing “MoonWraith” web-comic story collections in trade format. We might explore other merchandising options, also, if we think the fan base for this project would support such things. Anyone interested in a plush werewolf?
Desirée and I just finished signing another 50 promotional autographs each. From time to time I’m asked if I charge for my autograph. No, I don’t. I never intend to, either. That’s not to say that someday I won’t be contractually obligated to do so by a publisher or some such. But, as long as the choice is left up to me, I’ll never charge for my autograph. I like being in touch with my fans. Charging for an autograph seems counterproductive to that end and, thereby, wrong to me.