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Ground Floor

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Get in on the ground floor—advertise in the new comic book series “Wendy Markland: Chronicles Nocturnum”!

“Wendy Markland: Chronicles Nocturnum” is written, and lettered by award-winning, bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Scott Harper. Pencils, inks, and colors are by artist James Smith. Additional graphics are by bestselling author Desirée Lee. Issue #1 is ready to go to print! “Wendy Markland: Chronicles Nocturnum” is based on Scott Harper’s Wendy Markland novels.

We’re looking to fill eight ad pages in the first issue of “Wendy Markland: Chronicles Nocturnum”, bringing the page count up to the standard 32-pages, and off-set the printing costs. This project is being published by a new comic book publisher called Timeless Comics. The book will be launched locally, and grow from there. Because of the limited—for now—release, the rates for these ads are much, much lower than is typical for comic book ads. But advertisers still get the full impact of the name recognition of the team who put this book together!

Full-page ad—$50
2-page splash ad—$80

Any businesses in northern California or southern Oregon who would like to take advantage of this rare offer by securing ad space in the first issue of “Wendy Markland: Chronicles Nocturnum”, please contact project creator Scott Harper at Scott@scottharper.net.

Scott Harper
www.scottharper.net

Wrapped Comic Project Edits

Edits are done on the Issue #5 script for “MoonWraith”—www.MoonWraith.com—and the actual finished pages for Issue #2 of “Confluence”. What does this mean for fans of myself and Desirée Lee? It means good times are coming!

 

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Artwork will begin on Issue #5 of “MoonWraith” very soon, now that the script is good to go. Currently, Issue #4 is running on the site—a new page each and every Monday, just as you’ve come to expect. The pace of the story is picking up in Issue #4, and continues to do so in Issue #5. We know some of you were enjoying the all-out werewolf carnage action in the earlier issues. We did, too, and there will be plenty more of that to come in the future. For now, we’re getting into more dialogue-heavy pages that focus more on characterization, and plot development/forwarding. Some of these things are setting up for more of the werewolf horror/action that will come in the future. Now, onto another topic before I start tossing out spoilers!

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Expect news regarding the official launch of “Confluence” in the near future. Desirée and I plan to release the series bi-monthly—assuming our personal and other professional obligations allow us to do so. Our plan is to offer each issue of “Confluence” both in e-format and print. As we keep saying, “Confluence” will be unlike anything you’ve ever read before. It will be a mash-up of science fiction and fantasy that we think all of our fans will enjoy. “Confluence” will be published via Umbral Press—www.UmbralPress.com.

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Scott Harper
www.scottharper.net

“Wendy Markland: Chronicles Nocturnum” Update

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It’s been a while, but things are getting back on track for “Wendy Markland: Chronicles Nocturnum”! We’re getting some book launch signings set up, and there are plans for something larger in the works this autumn!

We’re also looking to fill eight ad pages in the first issue of “Wendy Markland: Chronicles Nocturnum”, bringing the page count up to the standard 32-pages. This project is being published by a new comic book publisher called Timeless Comics. The book will be launched locally, and grow from there. Because of the limited—for now—release, and the fact that, at present, only Issue #1 is ready to go to print, the rates for these ads are much, much lower than is typical for comic book ads:

Full-page ad—$50

2-page splash ad—$80

Anyone interested in securing ad space in the first issue of “Wendy Markland: Chronicles Nocturnum”, please contact project creator Scott Harper at Scott@scottharper.net.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Artist or Art Team Needed

Desirée Lee and I are looking for an artist or art team for an on-going, bi-monthly, fantasy comic book series. The project is titled “Warder”. Please see the ad below for details other information.

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Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Comic Book Lettering

Comic book projects are taking over more and more of my work. I use a  program called Comic Life to assemble the pages, and to letter them. I’m open to taking on lettering projects for other people’s comic book projects, too. If you want samples of what Comic Life can do, check out the webcomic “MoonWraith”, that Desirée Lee and I have running—keeping in mind that “MoonWraith” has been optioned as a movie, too—www.MoonWraith.com.

Anyone interested in hiring me to letter your comic book, or graphic novel projects, please contact me with information. I’m sure we can work out the details!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“Confluence”

Desirée Lee and I are working on a new comic book project. The title is “Confluence”. The opening story is called “Influx”. Our plan is to release “Confluence” on a bimonthly basis in both print and e-book editions. This comic series will be a blending of fantasy and science fiction. We’re devising a world in which anything can happen. “Confluence” will be unlike anything you’ve ever read before!

We also plan to sell advertising space in each issue. Each installment will consist of 24 pages of story, and eight pages of ads. We’ll get a rate scale for the ads up soon. For now, if anyone would be interested in purchasing ad space, please e-mail us.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Something New

Desirée Lee and I are putting together ideas for a new comic book project. We plan for this one to be a monthly, e-published comic series. Please stay tuned for details as this project progresses.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Aquaman

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The DC Comics character Arthur Curry—a.k.a Aquaman—has, over the past couple of years, turned into one of my favorite fictional people. Before DC launched into the New 52, I had never really followed Aquaman. I had seen him cameo in other comics I read, but had never read his book. I keep mentally kicking myself for that, wishing I had picked up “Aquaman” a long, long time ago. Granted, I don’t know what the stories were like before the extremely talented Mr. Geoff Johns began writing “Aquaman”. But I love his work on the book, and am sorry to see him leaving that title.

Anyone who knows me—even a little—knows of my fandom (all right; near obsession is closer to the mark) for Batman. I first began reading the Batman family of titles back in the early 1990s, coming to them only a month or two after the “Knightfall” trilogy in which Bane was introduced. Before then, I had been a reader of Marvel titles, but came to my senses and hopped over to the DCU. I instantly discovered that I vastly prefer the DCU, and have never looked back.

Anyway, since the early 1990s, I have been a die-hard DC fan. Especially of Batman. Yet, as said above, I had never really gotten to know Aquaman. For some reason that I still don’t understand, I had a very, very strong urge to read “Aquaman” when the New 52 launched. I picked up the first issue, loved it, and am now almost as big of a fan of Aquaman as I am of Batman.

Regularly, things show up on-line regarding Aquaman. Most of these things take the slant toward bashing the character. I’ve come to the conclusion that these people either don’t know the character at all, or, at the very least, haven’t given the current title a try. Aquaman, as written by Geoff Johns, is a solid character. Being half-Atlantean, Arthur Curry is only half-human. Yet, he had more humanity in him than most fully-human comic book characters.

His non-human lineage has blessed him with an array of powers—an entire physiology evolved to withstand the crushing, cold depths of a deep ocean environment. This allows for super strength, the ability to breathe underwater, being able to swim faster than any human could even begin to move in the water, and skin toughened nearly to the point of being bullet-proof. On top of that, he is able to telepathically communicate with sea life. Contrary to popular belief, he doesn’t control them, however. He can simply communicate with ocean life, calling upon them for help.

Yet, Aquaman is a thinking, feeling being. He has a wife—a mermaid named Mera—and is deeply in love with her. Never knowing his mother, and the loss of his father, affect Arthur in a very fundamental way. He’s been hurt time after time by betrayals by those he thought were close friends and allies. These things make Aquaman someone any reader can identify with.

Keeping these things in mind, I truly think that an “Aquaman” movie could be a spectacular thing. Recently, I read something about this on-line. Apparently, Warner Bros.—who owns DC Comics—has estimated that an “Aquaman” movie would take around $200 million to make. This is due to all of the CGI and underwater photography that would be needed.  According to what I read, Warner Bros. is also of the mindset that Aquaman is a “third-tier character”, and that they wouldn’t recoup the cost of making the project.

I wholeheartedly disagree.

Aquaman is a fantastic character. He’s strong physically, yes, but also strong morally. Yet, as said before, he’s more human than most other fully-human comic book characters. He struggles emotionally at times. His dual heritage means that Arthur Curry is not fully at home—or welcome—on land, or in the ocean. Each side finds him suspicious because of his bloodline from the other. He’s an outcast wherever he goes. And, despite his moral strength, Aquaman has killed. He accidently murdered the father of a man named David (last name still unknown) in a rage-filled attempt to avenge the death of his own father at David’s hands. David, in a on-going attempt to avenge his own father, became Black Manta—one of Aquaman’s greatest foes. To this day Aquaman deeply regrets his actions that day; that never stops eating at him.

Aquaman’s personality, social status as sometimes King of Atlantis, yet mistrusted by people both in Atlantis and on land, combined with his physical attributes, would allow for a deeply-compelling, layered film. A movie focusing on the character could incorporate so many things. We could see an emotionally-vulnerable, yet morally strong superhero on screen. Aquaman could well be a role model for everyone if people would simply show this character the support and respect he deserves.

On top of that, for those who are drawn in and captivated simply by eye-candy CGI, an Aquaman movie would provide lots of that, too. I keep imagining what Atlantis and the underway seascapes would look like in such a movie. They would be truly incredible.

People who simply want lots of action in a film could also be satisfied by an Aquaman movie. Even when not working as part of the Justice League team, Arthur Curry is a man of action. He has a rogue’s gallery as impressive as Batman’s in length, on top of the companies he takes on who are harming the ocean environments of the Earth.

The possibilities for a film focusing on Arthur Curry are endless. I very much hope that the upper echelon bozos at Warner Bros. pull their collective heads of the sand and realize that very quickly. From what I keep reading on-line, they do plan to give us an Aquaman-centric film at some point. But they keep pushing that back, further and further. It seems they want to release the Batman/Superman film, which is currently in development, and then release “Wonder Woman”, “The Flash”, “Green Lantern 2”, and “Justice League” before working on “Aquaman”. There other in-development films based on DC comics characters, too, that will probably see release before “Aquaman”. And, I fear that Warner Bros. will simply slap something together, half-heartedly, in the expectation than an Aquaman film will fail, thus sabotaging the project, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. I don’t want that to happen. I want them to release a solid, well-thought out “Aquaman” movie. I want them to promote and market the film properly. Such a project could prove to the world that Aquaman is an excellent, solid character who is to be admired and respected.

As a writer, and a fan of Aquaman, I would relish the chance to work on an Aquaman project—be it a novel (where the lion’s share of my experience lies), comic book project, TV series (live action, or animated), or a film (again, live action, or animated). Warner Bros.? DC Comics? Are you listening to me? Here’s an experienced writer who wants a chance to help prove to the world that Aquaman could be a gold mine for you. Where do I sign up?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Reposting—Attention Media Outlets

Desirée and I are looking to do more media interviews. Each of us has an accumulation of expertise in a the various facets of writing, and, given the nature of the majority of our work, the paranormal and cryptozoology, as well. Of course, we’re also both always quite willing to be interviewed about our myriad projects—past, present, and future—anytime, too!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

“MoonWraith”

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This is the next-to-last article that we had written for use on “Nuclear Winter Entertainment” before that site shut down.

“MoonWraith” is a webcomic by bestselling paranormal authors Scott Harper and his wife Desirée Lee. Scott and Desirée write the series, as well as creating the artwork by way of three different graphics programs. The end result is artwork that appears to be hand drawn. The webcomic can be found at http://www.MoonWraith.com, and a new page goes live each and every Monday.

Recently, “MoonWraith” was optioned as a movie. As yet, nothing about the film adaptation can be said for legal reasons. Fans should keep a close watch on the “MoonWraith” Facebook and Twitter pages—https://www.facebook.com/MoonWraithComic and https://twitter.com/MoonWraithComic—for news and updates.

Set in Medieval Europe, “MoonWraith” follows Kizzy Faw, a young Seer, sent by the king to use her power of the Sight to help locate the fabled MoonWraith. The MoonWraith is a talisman which was used to create a race of werewolves centuries ago. The werewolves’ population has grown rapidly since their creation. This has led to a war between them and humans. It is hoped that, if the MoonWraith can be found, the same thing that created the werewolves can be used to destroy them. However, on her way, Kizzy and her escort were attacked by a group of werewolves in human form. Kizzy suffered a head injury, which has robbed her of the Sight. Now, she finds herself stuck in a middle of a war against supernatural horrors, bereft of the one reason she had been sent in the first place.

The original concept for “MoonWraith” was as a television series. After years of trying to sell the project—and four agents who did nothing tangible to make the series a reality—Scott and Desirée revamped the concept as a webcomic. The hope was to build up a fan-base for “MoonWraith” the webcomic, and then use that fan-base to help draw in a producer for “MoonWraith” the television series. The plan worked. In fifty weeks of running, the “MoonWraith” webcomic has tallied over 24,500 page views, and caught the attention of a producer. The only twist is that the producer has picked up the project as a film, rather than an ongoing television series.

Again, the webcomic can be found at http://www.MoonWraith.com. New content goes live each and every Monday. Currently, Issue #3 is running on the site. Work is well underway on Issue #4.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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