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Tycho
12-31-2012, 02:14 AM
2013 is going to be a crazy year. Here it is the last day of 2012 and I am already looking forward to taking a vacation in 2014!

I have 5 writing conferences, 2 of which are in New York, and I might add a 6th one in Iowa (that's a big conference by the way - in Iowa of all places).

I may be on a winning political campaign and taking a new job downtown at City Hall.

I may be accepted to my Masters program to complete my licensing as a full social worker counselor helping kidney transplant patients.

I have at least 7 Civil War re-enactments and at least one already paying me for acting in an HBO series.

I have at least 2 rock concerts I'm attending (both The VooDoos / Geoff Tate's Queensryche).

There's Comic Con.

I have a new season with my men's baseball team.

The Padres begin a new season with a lot of home games I will try to make, including the New York Yankees in interleague.

If I actually have time, I will watch Football in the 2013 season (Chargers).

I have 14 or more gunfighter stunt shows I'm performing in / acting in.

I may be able to go on a book tour selling and signing my novels (but this will probably be deferred until 2014 even if I am successful - which I will be sooner than later - it just doesn't happen fast.

I have 4 nineteenth century sailing ship battles I am crewing on, teaching tourists how to sail the old ships in the ocean for brief cruises and cannon battles / pirate stunt shows.

I have that mobster movie about 1930's Hollywood that I want to see. Mobster Squad I think?

There will be a new Star Trek movie at last!

Iron Man 3 I think.

I should go to Universal Studios for the Transformers ride and check out Disney's new Star Tours but don't know if I can afford it in light of all these other things.

I want to go to Chicago and take BobaFrett to the Padres visiting the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The Padres play the Red Sox in Boston on the 4th of July weekend! I hope I can somehow get there!

Right now I think there are zero Star Wars toys (aside from 2 Jocasta Nu figures) and no SideShow Star Wars that I have any plans or interest in buying.

I will try to find some money for some rare Transformers that I want.

I will try to find some money to build up my toy dioramas that I've dreamed of displaying, and at least get a ladder to hang a lot of my spaceships from the ceiling.

The Walking Dead will continue on TV.

Breaking Bad will wrap up.

Hell on Wheels and Copper will return, as will Justified and Archer and another season of Sons of Anarchy.

Clone Wars can only get better.

More news about the next Star Wars movie will start to come out and I will either be really upset if the Expanded Universe is not continued and improved upon, or I will throw a tantrum even if I like the movie 2 years later.

I think I will get into following college sports (baseball, basketball, and football) at my alma matter if there's time.

I will start writing my 3rd novel.

And I'm sure that's only the start of things to come!

I hope I will learn to enjoy the ride instead of just look forward to 2014 when I might schedule myself some sleep!

Bel-Cam Jos
02-10-2013, 10:49 AM
Apparently, repairs: house heater (died first week of year; still delays in replacing unit), possible shocks or brakes (car), own health (currently nursing a bad cold), others' health (a couple family and friend deaths, a few serious surgeries), sprinklers (continually broken by neighbors' kids playing), classroom tech upgrades (IF they happen), stucco (outside of house, with too many patches to re-do). I hope the Year of the Snake is not an unlucky '13. :sad:

bigbarada
02-14-2013, 04:22 AM
I've got one really big thing going on this year. I should finally have the first issue of my comic book done soon and a friend of mine is going to pay to have 500 copies of it printed out. Then we're supposed to go to Comicapalooza in May to sell the book and see if we can find a real publisher for it.

So, right now, I'm focused on getting this book done at the expense of all else. I even quit my job at Walmart to make sure I had time to work on it and I've been selling off my Star Wars collection to supplement my income, because I haven't really been doing any freelance jobs while I work on this. But I'm currently down to only 12 action figures and one vehicle in my entire Hasbro Star Wars collection and that's probably going to be reduced by at least 50% in the next few weeks, so I've moved on to selling my comic book collection to keep the bills paid.

If this comic book doesn't work out, then I'll just have to get a real job again after Comicapalooza. :)

TeeEye7
02-14-2013, 04:20 PM
I've got one really big thing going on this year. I should finally have the first issue of my comic book done soon and a friend of mine is going to pay to have 500 copies of it printed out. Then we're supposed to go to Comicapalooza in May to sell the book and see if we can find a real publisher for it.

So, right now, I'm focused on getting this book done at the expense of all else. I even quit my job at Walmart to make sure I had time to work on it and I've been selling off my Star Wars collection to supplement my income, because I haven't really been doing any freelance jobs while I work on this. But I'm currently down to only 12 action figures and one vehicle in my entire Hasbro Star Wars collection and that's probably going to be reduced by at least 50% in the next few weeks, so I've moved on to selling my comic book collection to keep the bills paid.

If this comic book doesn't work out, then I'll just have to get a real job again after Comicapalooza. :)

Excellent BigB! I wish you all the luck in the world. Nothing worse than suffering from "what ifs" for the rest of your life for not taking this step. How can one be successful if they don't try?

I tell you right now that I would be interested in purchasing one of the first 500 copies of your book (signed, of course!). When it's ready, please PM me with the details of how we can make this so!

Again, good luck, sir!

Tom

El Chuxter
02-14-2013, 06:21 PM
I'm pretty sure I'll need to go to the bathroom.

Put me down for a copy, too. I promise not to read it in the john. :)

Bel-Cam Jos
02-14-2013, 07:45 PM
And if your publishing company does 15 variant covers, BB, I'll take 16 of 'em!

I plan to check off one of my bucket list items this week, as I've got tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters, IN PERSON! :pleased:

OO
:thumbsup:

bigbarada
02-14-2013, 08:34 PM
Excellent BigB! I wish you all the luck in the world. Nothing worse than suffering from "what ifs" for the rest of your life for not taking this step. How can one be successful if they don't try?

I tell you right now that I would be interested in purchasing one of the first 500 copies of your book (signed, of course!). When it's ready, please PM me with the details of how we can make this so!

Again, good luck, sir!

Tom

Thanks! I am turning 40 this year, so it really did come down to me realizing that if I don't take advantage of this opportunity now, then I might as well give up on the idea of the comic altogether. It's based on a story that I wrote while I was in Bosnia back in 1996; but it is a pure superhero book with giant robots, mad scientists, etc. So, it's not autobiographical in any way, it's pure fantasy escapism (which was the best way for me to deal with being in Bosnia).

I'm pretty sure I'll have plenty of copies left over after Comicapalooza, but I still plan to set aside at least 100 copies to sell in my hometown. I'm having the series take place in Hillsboro, IL, so at the very least people from Hillsboro will buy it. :) Anyways, I'll be sure to set aside a copy for you (and I will sign it).

I'm hoping to make enough money from selling issue 1 to finance issue 2, in case I can't find a willing publisher, then #2 would fund #3. I don't think I'd go any further than three issue if I had to self-publish everything, though.

bigbarada
02-14-2013, 08:40 PM
I'm pretty sure I'll need to go to the bathroom.

Put me down for a copy, too. I promise not to read it in the john. :)


And if your publishing company does 15 variant covers, BB, I'll take 16 of 'em!

I plan to check off one of my bucket list items this week, as I've got tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters, IN PERSON! :pleased:

OO
:thumbsup:

I'll be sure to set aside a few copies for anyone on here who wants one. Thanks guys! :cool:

It will also be helpful to get the feedback of people who will be reading the book from a completely fresh perspective. One of the biggest things I'm worried about with using a 17-year-old story is that elements that I've come to accept as a given, won't necessarily be established well enough for the story to actually make any sense. So I'm looking forward to getting some good objective feedback from you guys.

Tycho
02-14-2013, 10:20 PM
BigBarada: count me in for support, too! First, I'll buy your book. Second, I'll read and critique it. You made it sound exciting from what you've posted already.

Question: is the Comicpalooza like Comic Con, where you get to audition your work? Like to Dark Horse, Marvel, etc? At a lot of these Comic Cons, there are auditions you can schedule.

I start the same process tomorrow (Feb. 15) for my interest in auditioning my 2nd novel (this is the first of those writing conferences I mentioned above).

I want to wish you the very best of luck. Practice with a friend who will interview you and be skeptical, or even critical, and respond to that. Believe me it helps. I've had agents tell me that my level of action and violence in my story doesn't appeal to them, or (on my first novel) that they can't sell the Civil War genre.

I don't think you should treat any conference as "going for broke." Rather it's a year-upon-year process you trudge through. Eventually, you have to believe you'll be successful. (I like the way your warriors and giant robots sound - AND definitely say you were inspired to write the story while serving in Bosnia - it's a unique thing about you as a writer that those you present to will remember!)

Unfortunately, when you may become successful, you'll be sick of your own work, tired of marketing it, and presenting it, and it is less of an exciting ordeal (making it big) than you would've wanted it to be, since you just want to move on. THEN the fun starts, because when you DO want to move on and create something new or continue what you got started, your fans will want more of the same (that you're now sick of after presenting it for so many years) and they'll criticize you for straying from what you're actually sick of doing and want to ask you questions about that first book over and over again (the same questions, too).

But definitely go for it! Become successful - you have to! And you can never give up. Nevertheless, I hope it happens overnight for you BigBarada. Boy would that make it a lot more fun!

bigbarada
02-14-2013, 11:36 PM
BigBarada: count me in for support, too! First, I'll buy your book. Second, I'll read and critique it. You made it sound exciting from what you've posted already.

Question: is the Comicpalooza like Comic Con, where you get to audition your work? Like to Dark Horse, Marvel, etc? At a lot of these Comic Cons, there are auditions you can schedule.

I start the same process tomorrow (Feb. 15) for my interest in auditioning my 2nd novel (this is the first of those writing conferences I mentioned above).

I want to wish you the very best of luck. Practice with a friend who will interview you and be skeptical, or even critical, and respond to that. Believe me it helps. I've had agents tell me that my level of action and violence in my story doesn't appeal to them, or (on my first novel) that they can't sell the Civil War genre.

I don't think you should treat any conference as "going for broke." Rather it's a year-upon-year process you trudge through. Eventually, you have to believe you'll be successful. (I like the way your warriors and giant robots sound - AND definitely say you were inspired to write the story while serving in Bosnia - it's a unique thing about you as a writer that those you present to will remember!)

Unfortunately, when you may become successful, you'll be sick of your own work, tired of marketing it, and presenting it, and it is less of an exciting ordeal (making it big) than you would've wanted it to be, since you just want to move on. THEN the fun starts, because when you DO want to move on and create something new or continue what you got started, your fans will want more of the same (that you're now sick of after presenting it for so many years) and they'll criticize you for straying from what you're actually sick of doing and want to ask you questions about that first book over and over again (the same questions, too).

But definitely go for it! Become successful - you have to! And you can never give up. Nevertheless, I hope it happens overnight for you BigBarada. Boy would that make it a lot more fun!

I think it's just a standard comic book convention. Here's the link to the site:
http://www.comicpalooza.com

The friend who is funding the first 500 copies of my book is also trying to publish his own graphic novel, so he got us a table to show off our work in an area that he says is dedicated to new artists. Even if nobody buys my book, it will be cool to go to the convention just because of the guest list. Peter Mayhew will be there, as well as Alan Dean Foster (he wrote Splinter of the Mind's Eye and was the ghost-writer for the original 1976 Star Wars novelization). Some big time comic book and fantasy legends will be there too: Chris Claremont, Michael Golden, Bernie Wrightson, George Perez, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, etc. So I'm excited about going just for the potential of getting a professional critique of my artwork.

I don't think there will be any actual interviews or auditions for me. At least nothing formal. However, I do appreciate the advice. It's good to hear from someone who's been through a similar process as what I'm hoping to begin. If nobody is interested in publishing the book at the convention, I still plan to send out copies to companies like Image Comics to see if they are interested in it.

I also understand how parts of my story will start to feel boring to me as I continue to develop it. I've actually drawn out the first 4-5 pages a few times over the last 17 years, so it was a big challenge to find a fresh approach to the same old story that's been rattling around in my head for almost 2 decades.

Of course, overnight success would be the best possible outcome; but that would also bring it's own consequences. Because the more popular it becomes the more people will start injecting their own ideas into my story and characters. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, because it could potentially take the story to new heights that I'm not capable of taking it on my own; but there is also the risk of everything being derailed. So, right now I'm taking advantage of the fact that this might be the only chance I have to write and draw this book 100% my way.

Besides if I compromise my vision and the book fails, then the same doubts will haunt me as if I had never tried to publish the book in the first place.

So right now, I'm hoping that it becomes popular enough for me to make a living creating the book, but not so popular that other people are going to be constantly trying to take it over.

Tycho
02-15-2013, 11:20 AM
make sure you meet people that are in the publishing industries at these comic companies. Ask who to meet that is in charge of actually hiring in paying for new talent. Prepare a 3 sentence plot synopsis 2 interest them and then let them ask for further details such as a story summary. But make sure you tell them about Bosnia and why you were inspired to write. That's the fourth sentence in addition to the 3 to interest them. Practice with us here on the forums. it's a great resource you have.
Try writing a paragraph below with 3 sentences and then skip the space and write a forth about Bosnia and your inspiration. Just do it and Be unafraid to fail because eventually you won't be.

JetsAndHeels
02-15-2013, 12:42 PM
I hope you have success with your comic book venture, BigB!! I definately want a copy.

My 2013 has pretty much been like my 2012 so far, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

My work is still consistent, although I have been keeping my eye out for something different.

My hobbies are the same, but this year I have already decided to devote more of my efforts towards Star Wars rather than Transformers.

I'm looking forward to GI Joe, Man of Steel (cannot wait), Iron Man 3, etc. in the theaters.

I'm playing catch up on Walking Dead. I am still going through my season 1 dvd set, and enjoying it.

I'm still watching Supernatural every week and enjoying it. I kind of miss Smallville every now and then though, but only the earlier seasons. It was fun to watch.

I miss football season already. I want the Jets to do good so bad, but I am getting tired of waiting. I see a lot of the guys at the Jets club who are older and so irritated that I kind of want to get out so I don't turn out like them.

Carolina lost to Duke in basketball the other night. I hope they get better. That's all I have to say about that.

So yeah, basically not much change from last year, just new movies and new toys. :)

bigbarada
02-15-2013, 08:59 PM
make sure you meet people that are in the publishing industries at these comic companies. Ask who to meet that is in charge of actually hiring in paying for new talent. Prepare a 3 sentence plot synopsis 2 interest them and then let them ask for further details such as a story summary. But make sure you tell them about Bosnia and why you were inspired to write. That's the fourth sentence in addition to the 3 to interest them. Practice with us here on the forums. it's a great resource you have.
Try writing a paragraph below with 3 sentences and then skip the space and write a forth about Bosnia and your inspiration. Just do it and Be unafraid to fail because eventually you won't be.

I've thinking about this since I first read your post this morning, but I'm finding it a lot harder to summarize the book in 3 sentences that I anticipated. So let me ramble a little bit about what kind of book I want this to be.

I really want to create an open-ended superhero comic which simply acts as a platform for me to tell any kind of story that I want to tell. From science-fiction to fantasy to horror and everything in between. There will still be one main character who will star in each issue and there will be plot threads that run through the whole series; but each issue will focus primarily on a stand-alone adventure. I'm taking a lot of my story inspiration from the Silver Age comics where you usually got a complete, self-contained story in a book that cost only 12. Now you get 20-25% of a story for $3.99 per issue. Basically, I want people to feel like they are getting their money's worth when they buy one of my comic books.

My main character, Stump, was actually created back in 1993 for an "Ultimate Character Creation Contest" that ran in the pages of Erik Larsen's book The Savage Dragon. Only I was stationed in Germany at the time and my Army commitments prevented me from completing the submission in time for it to make it all the way back to the US by the contest deadline. So I decided to just keep the character to myself for the time being.

Stump's powers are pretty basic, super-strength and invulnerability, but his power levels are through the roof. His strength is up there with the Hulk and Superman, plus he could survive on the surface of the sun (but he wouldn't be happy about it) and he can survive in the vacuum of space almost indefinitely. Usually, this is when people start asking me what his weaknesses are; but, at least initially, his only weaknesses will be his physical size (5 foot 2 inches and over 600 pounds of pure muscle - hence the name "Stump") and his complete lack of resources - no secret base, no super-vehicles. He won't even have a costume, just some baggy clothes that were taken from a Salvation Army donation box; but he can't find any shoes that fit him, so he will spend at least the first issue barefoot. So if he needs to go somewhere, he'll either have to walk or bum a ride from someone.

I do have a plan to sort of introduce a weakness in case Stump turns out to be too powerful; but that weakness will tie into a secret plot thread that will be vaguely hinted at throughout the book but never directly referenced. At least that's the plan. I'm kind of hesitant to give any details of the secret plotline, because it's my "ace in the hole" so to speak. Like I mentioned, I want this book to have that "come back next issue for another exciting adventure" kind of feel to it; but I also understand that modern comic book audiences might be expecting something a little more in depth. So I have this ace up my sleeve that I can pull out if I feel that the story needs it.

Wow, I can't even summarize this book in 4 paragraphs. lol

I actually wouldn't have thought the fact that the storyline for the first issue was written while I was in Bosnia would be something worth mentioning to a potential publisher. But it's funny because the basic plot for the second issue was written while I was in Korea. So all of my favorite stories have been written while I was in a foreign country.:confused:

Bel-Cam Jos
02-16-2013, 04:11 PM
I do have a plan to sort of introduce a weakness in case Stump turns out to be too powerful; but that weakness will tie into a secret plot thread that will be vaguely hinted at throughout the book but never directly referenced. At least that's the plan. I'm kind of hesitant to give any details of the secret plotline, because it's my "ace in the hole" so to speak. ... So I have this ace up my sleeve that I can pull out if I feel that the story needs it.

Wow, I can't even summarize this book in 4 paragraphs. lol I've already guessed your secret plot, BB: Stump is Anakin's father!
Qui-Gon: "Who was his father?"
Shmi: "What's that 'suposed to mean? Why you gotta get all up-in my face 'bout that? You don't got no manners, ain't you?"
Qui-Gon: "Credits WILL do fine..." [waves hand frantically, backs away]

bigbarada
02-16-2013, 08:39 PM
I've already guessed your secret plot, BB: Stump is Anakin's father!
Qui-Gon: "Who was his father?"
Shmi: "What's that 'suposed to mean? Why you gotta get all up-in my face 'bout that? You don't got no manners, ain't you?"
Qui-Gon: "Credits WILL do fine..." [waves hand frantically, backs away]

Dangit! Not I gotta rewrite the whole book. :mad: :p

bigbarada
05-08-2013, 05:41 PM
Well, I guess I'm officially a published comic book writer/artist... self-published, sure, but why quibble over technicalities?

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I was only able to afford to get 225 copies printed, instead of 500; but it's still pretty awesome to hold a book that I created in my hands. :cool:

Tycho
05-08-2013, 10:02 PM
That is awesome BigB!

I hope I experience that for myself this year.

Right now I'm soley focused on that goal.

Once I get the time to read something for pleasure (besides re-reading my own work who knows how many times now?!) I will be interested in getting a copy of your comic.

Dude. That is so awesome and I'm so happy for you! :) :) :)

Bel-Cam Jos
05-11-2013, 07:50 AM
That is cool! But it's so sad that they couldn't spell "bigbarada" correctly on the cover as the creator. :( ;)

Let us know the best way to get a copy each (or SEVEN each! :eek: ).

JediTricks
05-25-2013, 11:01 PM
Well, I guess I'm officially a published comic book writer/artist... self-published, sure, but why quibble over technicalities?

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I was only able to afford to get 225 copies printed, instead of 500; but it's still pretty awesome to hold a book that I created in my hands. :cool:Very cool. 225 is better than 000. Gonna offer it on Kindle as well? Black and white translates well to e-paper. Either way, LMK how to buy a hardcopy.

El Chuxter
05-25-2013, 11:35 PM
I'll post some more specifics later (and I'll shoot you a memo, BigB--just feeling a bit tired out at the moment), but I'd definitely recommend it.

Bel-Cam Jos
05-26-2013, 09:41 AM
Should I point out the spelling error I found? No, that would not be nice. Or wait... maybe I have the variant! :eek: Retirement, here I come! ... in about 50 years. And BB, I meant to ask, when you opened the case of your books, was Biff Tannen washing and waxing your car to appropriate standards? ;)

But I guess the big thing I'll do for the '13 summer is drive. Clark W. Griswald-style, to Mt. Rushmore, via multiple other states (I think 9 is the count, once the trip is over) for a fortnight-plus-some. And fall '13 has new school (speaking of) Standards called the Common Core. Maybe I'll poll the local educators while on the trip about their views of this national system.

Tycho
05-26-2013, 12:45 PM
Do you believe aliens sculpted the portraits of our presidents on Mt. Rushmore?

El Chuxter
05-26-2013, 01:12 PM
Someone needs to make a YouTube spoof of Ancient Aliens, set in the future, where they try to prove that Mt. Rushmore was built by aliens to honor their generals.

bigbarada
05-27-2013, 01:13 AM
Very cool. 225 is better than 000. Gonna offer it on Kindle as well? Black and white translates well to e-paper. Either way, LMK how to buy a hardcopy.

PM sent. :cool:

I had thought about digital publishing when I realized what printing costs would be; but a friend of mine actually loaned me the money to get the printing done and I'm going to pay him back by doing some web design work for him. I might still look into digital publishing once the initial mini-series is completed, but for now I just love the idea of having a physical book that I can hold in my hands.


I'll post some more specifics later (and I'll shoot you a memo, BigB--just feeling a bit tired out at the moment), but I'd definitely recommend it.

Cool! Looking forward to getting your opinion on it.


Should I point out the spelling error I found? No, that would not be nice. Or wait... maybe I have the variant! :eek: Retirement, here I come! ... in about 50 years. And BB, I meant to ask, when you opened the case of your books, was Biff Tannen washing and waxing your car to appropriate standards? ;)


Yeah, please point out any spelling or grammatical errors. There are actually a few minor things that slipped through the cracks that I would like to fix if I ever got around to doing a second printing (technical stuff like panel borders disappearing or layer masks getting turned off for no reason), so if you find a typo let me know and I can add it to the list.

Also, Biff was out mowing the lawn when the books came in and I'm pretty sure he ran over a squirrel at some point. :D

bigbarada
06-09-2013, 11:55 AM
Well, I managed to get my picture in the paper but in a good way:
http://www.thejournal-news.net/people/meet-the-area-s-newest-superhero/article_a11e5938-ce51-11e2-b7ba-0019bb2963f4.html

There are a couple of minor inaccuracies in the article, for example it's clear the lady who wrote the article didn't really read the story that closely, plus I never actually collected Spawn. I was listing some titles that Image published back when I was creating Stump and I think Spawn was the only name she recognized. No biggie, still pretty happy with the article, even though I look like a total dork in the photo.

Bel-Cam Jos
12-29-2013, 07:14 PM
So, what'd I do in 2013?

- travelled 5000 miles this summer to 9 different states over 2+ weeks
- got a new car to replace the one with growing mechanical issues
- acted as Jay Gatsby and Jack Benny in various events
- read 52 (and counting?) books this year, including 29 in the summer
- finished my 11th year, and began my 12th, teaching (survived the Common Core issues... so far)
- began a yoga routine at school (and haven't died or been injured! )
- won a door decorating contest at school, also began a Special Education collaboration class for the first time
- saw Ohio State and Globetrotters basketball games in person
- replaced some home devices
- joined a fantasy hockey league (and didn't go winless)
- participated in "Movember" for the first time
- met some SSGers once again
- became a centenarian :D

JimJamBonds
12-29-2013, 08:50 PM
Was in all 4 time zones of the continental US (granted I got a 2 for 1 being in Arizona in March for Daylight Savings)...still that should count for something right?