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New site, new label new new new

Hey Everyone, I have a new site up and a Patreon. Considering getting together everyone and trying a kickstarter. That makes me crazy nervous though. I just want to write and draw monsters. Anyway, here’s an outline of what’s going on. Thanks again and please stop by the Patreon and share with your friends.

OH! It’s the 13th and it’s my birthday.

 

Happy News

It’s been a long journey to get Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley finished. It’s now complete and I was picked up by a small comic book company in Hawaii, EC. Digital versions of the complete tale as well as on demand copies will be available soon. I’ll send out another email when that is ready to go.

Vist Crowsong.net

My Patreon
I have started a Patreon page to help readers and fans support my projects. In addition to early access and exclusive content, I’m adding pictures and free drawings and more for those that support me. You can support my projects for as little as $2 per month. Please stop on by and spread the word. It’s critical to be able to raise funds to print, research and continue to bring you more projects like Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley.

Visit Crowsong’s Patreon

Native American Comic Symposium

Keep your eyes peeled everyone-We are working on a Comics symposium at the University of Washington featuring myself, Jeffrey Veregge, Lee Francis IV and Johnnie Jae. Contact me for more details or keep up on my social media.

Review Copies

Above you’ll see the cover of the complete tale of Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley. If you know someone that would like to review the book, please let me know. Or, if you’d like to acquire copies for class or other academic pursuits, please contact me or my agent ACES.

Heather  Reed, CEO
Asylum Convention and
 Entertainment Services 
A.C.E.S.
(814)312-1220

Happy to help.

If you prefer digital, right now we have Vile available through Comixology. Read the single issue that started it all.

You can also order the first issue on demand from Indy Planet.

Buy Digital Vile: LOTV #1
Buy comic book Vile: LOTV #1

 

 

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Tales from Lilac City

Hey all,

 

Just recovered from my 2-day trip to the eastern most lands of Wa. Spokane was a fine city and the convention center was a good host. There was a lot of extra room though. Way too much elbow space, as if they were trying to make up for the lack of vendors and artists.

Anyway I had a good time with the guy and met some new folks. I also ran into Miss Haley’s bombshell Boutique folks and they knew how to party like it was 1999. We even made a little jaunt over to Idaho to get some Turkish food. I didn’t take nearly enough pictures especially with those that bought the book, but I do have a few that I’ll add here.

Leave a comment! Thanks

Crowsong

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These little beauties are our handmade stickers and bookmarks that we put together before the Con.
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I’m at Lilac City Comic-con

That’s right, G6 with Goldrush comics. Me (Crowsong) and my pal Miles Greb, and his editorial person Drew Pierce are going to be in Spokane June 3-4. Come by the Spokane Convention center Sat and Sun @ 10 am. I’ll have copies of my graphic novel Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley and other goodies too.

 

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The complete Vile tale is here tomorrow

That’s right everyone. Although the printing hit a snag a few months ago, the complete tale is here and will be in my hands in time for Lilac City comic-con. I’ll be with my pal Miles Greb from ATGR comics. 60 plus pages of story and some other nice goodies.

 

I’ll have some goodies for that convention and I hope to see some folks out. There is more news to come. In the mean time, enjoy some interesting teasers from my next project “Ded-Head Made of Lead.

 

PS. Although Vile is finished, until we set up a publisher, the only way to get the complete tale is to write me through the website or through conventions. They are coming to your local seattle store soon however.

Lilac City Comic convention here.

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Todd Mcfarlane’s birds

Hello darlin’

It’s been awhile, but not as long as before. Just celebrated another Santa Claus holiday. Lots of goodies for lots of good boys and girls. I was pretty proud of some of my gifts too. I got Kris a keychain with a scorpion inside because she’s a scorpio. I also ended up picking her out some magical healing crystals. Boy was that a funny story. I got a pretty sweet Israeli paratrooper messenger bag and a blue tooth lamp that has sound! I did TOO need it! You don’t know me at all.

 

 

Lost 3 dear people this past few days. George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. So many others this year.

What’s next?

In addition to finishing Vile, and getting ready for the next project “Ded-Head, Made of Lead”, I’ve been working on my coloring and drawing skills. I’d love to be a good flatter and save a colorist time. I draw well enough, but not good enough for comics, so I’m trying to go from being able to plan-out a rough storyboard, but I want to help conceptualize and better relay what’s in my head to the fine readers. What about coloring though?

 

Living Colour

I started flatting Kirby pages a couple months ago. I started by inking and then coloring a Blackbolt pinup, and now this week I’ve decided I need something more complicated. I decided I’d find an old Mcfarlane Spidey page and give it a shot. Let me just say-holy crap he liked drawing birds. In one page of Spider-man there were like, 12 birds. And that beautiful webbing that he changed. Oh goodness, it is magnificent. Until you have to color it however…(my grumpy face here). Love the way it looks once it’s done, but Todd’s pages are SO full of information. The dude must never sleep.

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Pretty proud of this little bad boy. Jack Kirby drew this for Thor 158 and these are my flats.

Dr. Feelgood

We’re running a kickstarter starting January 3rd to raise a few more dollars for printing. As it stands now, we are clear to print 3000 copies and have that revenue from publisher. If we can raise 2000 more though, we can get a better deal with the printer and get the price down to less than a dollar. Anyone that knows anything about business can understand the cost and margins concepts. It’s creative and it’s artistic… but it’s still a business. I want to find a way to tell more of my stories because I think they help and people like them. Anything we raise over $2000.00 will go to paying back the expenses of creating the comic itself. Anyway, I hate hocking my stuff, but that is coming up.

Get a look at the Kickstarter before it goes live.

The “process stuff

P.S.

So, a little bit about process. My little Post Script area I just conceived of. So, with any comic book, or book, or work of literature, there is a long and arduous and on-going process known as editing. Or proofing. Or checking. Or all of those. We check and test and read and let others read. It helps to catch mistakes and to round the edges so to speak. When I decided to finish Vile, and get a new team together, I wanted to say FUCK it and do things punk rock. I was paying to have it made anyway, so why not do it how I want?

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This is a great example of what I meant. The colored bubbles look fine to me, as do some of the sound effects, but seeing it all cleaned up, I am happy with the results.

I’m the fucking boss, ain’t I?

I made some decisions early on to be edgy and experiment with speech and text and SFX. I wanted to be full of shit is what I wanted, HAHA. I found a partner in Dyan Johnson who decided to experiment. Anyway, I got a list of changes from the editor, and it included all my edgy ideas. Ugh. What an ego hit. So, anyway, knowing how close I was to this thing, know what I decided to do?

 

Sendin’ out an S.O.S.

I decided to ask someone for help. Anyone close to me, within arm’s reach, knows that I don’t take critique as well as I should. So, knowing myself and knowing that I needed to breathe, to do things the right way and to stop sabotaging: I reached out to two of my comic book friends. I asked them to look at the edits and the story and to give me their honest opinions. They both did and it was so helpful. Thanks so much Frank Mula and Miles Greb. Anyway, I made sure that we would make the deadline of November and I’m proud to say that. I didn’t want to potentially delay the book, but in the interest of it, I was willing to do that if it were the right thing. My point here? …

Check out Frank’s Comics here.

Check out Miles’ work here.

 

Come see how good I look!

… Is that I am awesome. Yeah, I have some swagger and confidence. I should. I’ve fought and lost and won a couple times too. I finished up a 2-month training regimen, and I killed it. I was beating myself of over not making better progress, but that’s just silly. You can’t beat yourself up because it wasn’t. You can be proud for what it wasn’t and then became. Yeah contemplate THAT one kiddos. Talk soon.

 

Crowsong

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Too long, and more to announce

Folks, I am too sorry to even be here typing. It seems as though every time I type here, or post something, it’s been forever, so I won’t apologize anymore and we can all agree that I’ll be better about being a good friend. Awesome, moving on.

 

A few things, house cleaning, announcement stuff etc.

Vile is complete. The story of Hard Pants and Clem Styles has been told in graphic novel form. It was arduous, but it is finally complete. The team was up late into the night filing and editing and shifting and coloring. I wish I could say I was one of those people-my parts were done, and I was playing the role of oaf and being hard to get a hold of on the last day of deadline. Sorry again my dear friends Eleonora and Dyan.

PLEASE and pretty please preorder and tell your local comic store to carry Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley. It’s as independent as it gets and comics aren’t cheap to make. Indie Comics are never easy easy in any way. The finished book is 60+ pages of western-fantasy goodness.

You can trust this link and follow it to preorder the finished tale.

 

If you want to read the comic that started it all, it’s available here at Comixology and print on demand here. I’ll be posting some teaser pictures here over the coming days and getting ready for a couple of comic conventions, so, stay tuned. I promise to write more. Oh, speaking of teaser art, the featured image here is a western style scene from Vile. It features a character named Masterson Kline from the story. Antonio Brandao did an amazing job bringing his character to life and helping to define him and the other characters in the story. Anyway! Anyone is welcome to use it for non commercial uses. If anyone is interested in using art form the book as wallpaper for their computers, or home :).

Eleonora Dalla Rosa did the amazing colors on the previously described art too.

 

Oh, and we have prints coming today as well as a revised updated edition of Vile coming tomorrow, which is the amazing Black Sparrow’s B-Day. Happy Birthday love.

 

That’s it for now I think.

 

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Vile and Richard to appear at Central City Comic Con 307

So, thanks to my new pal Miles Greb, of ‘After the Gold Rush’ fame, I’ll be attending Central City Comic-Con in Yakima, WA. October 14th-16th.

I’ll have some of the first issue of Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley, so great cards and some other goodies. Help support indie Comics and come see me.

Miles will be there and I’m sure it will be a great time. SO thankful for the opportunity to do my first con as a creator. Remember that we’re booth 307

 

Have a look at some teaser art for the finished One-shot tale that is releasing on Rats and Crows publishing in January 2017.

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@RPDgame

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Interview with artist António Brandão

What initially appealed you to about Vile ?

 

I found the story and the subject very interesting. It also helped that I liked Richard’s approach and the way he explained and presented the project was very compelling.

 

 

What kind of research did you do to prepare for the work?

 

Since it’s a story set in time period with very specific characteristics I had to research some visual aspects of the story. Mostly clothes, furniture, houses,… so it lends a bit of realism and historical accuracy to the story.

 

 

What is your favorite aspect of working on Vile ?

 

Getting to work in a different subject, a different environment. I’ve done several stories but this one it the first one set in the old west. I also truly like the interaction between the members of this team and the liberty that Richard gives me to tell this story. It’s great when you get to work in a great project with nice people.

 

 

Are there any moments or portions of the book that you are most proud of?

 

I especially like the double spread page. It’s the kind of page that lets you push the limits of your craft.

 

 

For anyone that is unfamiliar with your work,  please describe your style and approach? Follow up-where can we find more of your work?

 

I grew up reading all the books I could from Marvel and I especially liked the work of John Buscema, John Byrne and some other of those 70’s/80’s Marvel artists. Later the work of Mignola has impressed me much and more recently Coipel and Immonen are some of my favourites. I like to think my style has a bit of those artists in it.

You can find some of my work at toze-barnabe on deviantART and in some comic books published in the last few years.

 

 

In your words, give us a brief pitch for Vile?

 

I think it shows us the struggle of a native woman held captive by a vile man and the ways she copes with the situation. All of that with a bit of supernatural

 

 

What was the one tool you used most on Vile? It can be a certain sized pencil, an eraser, something new that you tried out?

 

I like to vary my tools a bit. It depends a bit on my current disposition and what the story demands. I don’t do very tight pencils because I’m inking my own work so I think my most used tool would be my brush pens. I’m also trying the new Pigma Sensei pens by Sakura and I like them a lot so far.

 

 

Every member of our team lives far apart from every other. We have Wa, OH, Portugal and London I believe. 

 Is there anything you would do to help streamline things?

 

I think everyone is doing their part just fine and we’ve been managing to deal very well with the fact that we have members of our team scattered around the US and Europe.

 

 

My friend! I love the grittiness you’ve brought to this book. The detail you put into Clem, we haven’t seen that before with him. I really love your ability to adapt to different environments. Do you change tools to do that? Different pencils or inking differently?

Thanks, Richard!

I always try to give some personality to the characters, sometimes more than just the technical aspect. Heavy brows and an evil smirk, some hand gestures or even the posture might help to define a character’s nature to the reader.

About the tools, yes, I sometimes change tools. I usually use more brush work if I need a more organic feel and markers for more static subjects. I also prefer pens and nibs that allow me some flexibility in the line.

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Meet the new “Vile” team

Hello everyone. I wanted to drop in and touch base. Because, it has really been too long. I was inspired, got off of my butt, and now Vile is off of life support and running naked through the woods. I’ve added some really great members to the team, made some more friends and gotten things going again. Issue #2 is nearly complete! Although, the news about issue #2 has to wait, because we have another publisher! Rats and Crows Publishing, and they have some great things in the works.

Yeah, so right now, the plan for Vile is to release it once the story is completed and release it in February.  Finally, the REAL hard work can begin. That brings me to the point of the writing. The new team.

But before we do, my new pal Steve Orlando, the writer for Midnighter, Super-Girl and Batman and Robin Eternal had this to say about Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley

VILE is a bold drumbeat resounding with Native American culture infused with raw myth and wonder — a rich, textured world where new gods are born every day and wake to welcome the tough face of a new century.

I’m honored this fine writer and person took the time to not only BUY Vile Legend, but to also give me this blurb. We need more people like Steve Orlando in the world.

 

The members of Vile: Legends of Thunder Valley, or Vile #2

Dyan Johnson-Lettering-lettering and flourish director/proof-reading

Eleonora Dalla Rosa-Colorist/Technicolor wizardry

António Brandão-Pencils, Inks, Blacks

Richard Paul Davis-Writer, Creator

 

 

 

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Interview with letterer Dyan Johnson

What initially appealed you to about Vile #2?

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Letterer Dyan Johnson working on another page for Vile.

I was impressed with the writing style and originality of the story. Richard has a way of expressing emotional topics without cluttering up the page with unnecessary details.  

What kind of research did you do to prepare for the work?

I read issue #01 and fell in love with the story. After that, I winged-it.

What is your favorite aspect of working on Vile #2?

I love our team. Everyone is friendly and communicative, and I feel we each find a piece of ourselves in this story. It’s important that all members care about the project from the first read of the script to the final product.

Are there any moments or portions of the book that you are most proud of?

Page 09. I think we all put our hearts into our first page as a team and it turned out beautifully.

For anyone that is unfamiliar with your work, please describe your style and approach? Follow up-where can we find more of your work?

Ha. I think my style should be called, “hot mess,” but in a positive way I suppose. I tend to think a bit out of the box. My style is basically my brain trying to organize itself on paper. I don’t ask the questions. More hot mess can be found on my website: dyanj.com. (That sounds dirtier than it is.)

In your words, give us a brief pitch for Vile?

A Native American woman is kidnapped by an outsider and must fend for herself. Little does her captor know, she puts up one hell of a fight. The bounty hunters are probably helpful, too. 

What was the one tool you used most on Vile? It can be a certain sized pencil, an eraser, something new that you tried out?

The pen tool in Adobe Illustrator — the most important tool in the program. It takes a lot of patience to learn, but it makes all the difference between professional and amateur work.

Every member of our team lives far apart from every other. We have Wa, OH, Portugal and London I believe. Is there anything you would do to help streamline things?

I think we’ve got it already. 

Dyan-I love what you were able to do with little direction from me. You came on to the project before Eleonora and Antonio. How did you find your direction with the first 8 pages, and then switch gears to the next phase? Antonio has a really different style than the previous artist in this issue.

I prefaced every page with, “if this is too out of the box, I can fix it…” but Richard never held back. Basically, I dumped all the noise in my head out on paper and took it from there. That’s how this stuff works, right?

 

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Dyan Johnson lettering example and sneak preview for Vile.
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Interview with Colorist Eleonora Dalla Rosa

1. What initially appealed you to about Vile?
The story, first of all. I read Vile #1 when Richard contacted me to color the second issue and the plot was pretty engaging and the characters so well portrayed that I was really curious to know more and give my contribute to it! 
 
2. What kind of research did you do to prepare for the work?
Reading the script is of course essential to understand which mood I need to give to the page. Then, depending on the story, sometimes I need to look for some real life images, especially if the plot is set in the past, in a precise period of time with its own visual culture references! And last, movies and comics are always a great source of inspiration for a specific scene/atmosphere.
3. What is your favorite aspect of working on Vile?
I think seeing how the project slowly comes to life: there are many people working on it, writer, artist, colorist, letterer… everyone puts something necessary in it and together we make it worth. Looking at the final result makes me really proud! 
 
4. Any moments or portions of the book that you are most proud of?
Well, the pages I started working on, of course, so from number 09! I really wanted to make a good impression with my coloring and at the same time I was pleasantly surprised to see how much freedom Antonio’s drawing style could give me!    
 
5. For anyone that is unfamiliar with your work,  please describe your style and approach?
I start working on each page dividing the inked lines from the white background, then i do the flats colors. My coloring style is soft shaded so the next step is to add soft lights and shadows to make objects and characters three-dimensional. The final part is adjusting the lightning depending which kind of atmosphere i need to give to the scene.
6. In your words, give us a brief pitch for Vile?
Badass guys, brave ladies, old gods and good luck.
7. What was the one tool you used most on Vile? It can be a certain sized pencil, an eraser, something new that you tried out?
Adobe Photoshop, the software I always use for my digital coloring combined with my pen tablet.
8. Every member of our team lives far apart from every other. We have Wa, OH, Portugal, London I believe. I think that our work flow is pretty convenient and professional. Is there anything you would do to help streamline things?
Although our communication system by email is already quite efficient, I would say that maybe we could have all the materials we produce (scripts, references, drafts and pages) gathered in just one place in an even more organized way.
9. After I found your colors, I knew I had to have you work on this book. I adore your style. You add texture and depth that I don’t see very often in comics. How careful are you with choosing the textures and palette while working on Vile?
The Vile western-thriller atmosphere naturally suggested me that using a kind of worn-out paper texture could have helped to make the pages mood even rougher and old, like a story lost in time. I really like mixing the hues and the texture grain using a soft brush, creating a kind of watercolors effect. About the palette I generally try to experiment using opposite tints (blue and yellow, green and red) to emphasize the contrast between background and characters, to drive the attention on a specific detail and to make the readers feel the tension of the scene.
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This Pretty Rocket Comic strip premier

My posts have been pretty sporadic. So much going on and I’ll post on those things soon enough. Right now, I want to announce the premier of my (hopefully) self created comic strip “This Pretty Rocket.” It’s going to be little silly stuff from my life. For the most part, everything will be real pictures that are horribly edited by myself. Hopefully I’ll become good enough to start drawing over the images and be able to do a comic strip without an artist. I have to be able to create and waiting on an artist can be a pain in the royal ass.It’ll often star The Black Sparrow. In fact, the first strip is from a trip we shared to Mt. Adams. Without all that ado…

Richard

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Belated fear piece

I haven’t written any of my blathering posts in a long time. Working on published work, or getting Vile out the door. That’s BS honestly. I’ve been procrastinating a lot, playing video games and coaching baseball. Crying a bit after the Cardinals lost to…the Cubs. The universe is right again after the fall of the mythic Maddon Cubs though.

 

Vile

Vile is everywhere in Seattle. One store in particular…Arcane Comics…has restocked 3 times. I can’t explain why, or how, or who or any other thing. The guys there are great, and Indy comics, or ones that the staff likes are behind the counter, right above all of their valuable ones. Tiny store, so shelf-space is quite valuable. Definitely considering an updated, ‘Arcane comics’ version for the world. Have it at cons and sell it in Arcane. Yeah, we’re going to do that. An Arcane edition of Vile. We meaning my Mac and me. If any of you guys at Arcane read this, by chance, (it could happen because I added them in my tweet) then thank you, thank you so much. Selling you folks copies is offsetting my serious and nearly debilitating habit of collecting comics. Bravo. Bravo.

In case you’re interested in getting Vile digitally, go to comixology. Here’s the link. Not the Zelda one.

http://bit.ly/1FULiCO

Comics I’m reading

The Midnighter is hitting for me, and it’s hitting hard. Nothing is pressed or forced, the dialogue is snappy and seeing Dick Grayson make a couple of appearances gives Midnighter a place in the DC universe for me. I love seeing his personal life. Somehow, some way, this gay super-droid’s personal life seems more real than Peter PArker’s Or Bruce Wayne’s.

Head Lopper

Seriously, this is the kind of comic book that reminds me of why I love fantasy, and comics and so many things. Reminds me of Samurai Jack in a way. Hope that’s not insulting. It’s daunting to see it next to my comic I have to say. Vile is bare bones at 16 pages and $2.99, and Head Lopper is what, 100 at 5 or 6 bones? Ridiculously good-deal.

The Fade Out

Outside of a couple of things, like the Maltese Falcon, I’ve never been much of a noir guy. Kenshi at Arcane (I’m really not pandering here) suggested it was a good read. It is. It really is. I love Brubaker so much I want to be his housekeeper and go through his trash can and read his notes. Or bake him cookies or something. No spoilers here.

Space Riders

Another Kenshi suggestion. Picked up number one and it’s electric man, electric. I’m hoping Electric catches on. Anyway, this is the kind of comic, I imagine, that the cool guy I hung out with in High school read. The guy that dropped out and did drugs and had an anarchy tattoo. Had a T-Bird but quoted Bukowski. That’s a crappy description and I still hope you pick it up. It’s on issue #4 I believe.

Enough…now you read my words. Written last night. Goodbye.

Lightning, Lightning and Thunder. Lightning and thunder but there aint no rain.

-Guthrie Kennard

Real writers

I’m hoping to get to where I’m writing a ton again, though. I subscribe to the Warren Ellis newsletter, or blog. From the Thames Delta. Damn I like that title. Also, Keeping up with Kelly and Matt. Like we’re on a first name basis, right? Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction. I’m in it for the Kelly Sue bits. And the Chip Zdarsky. That dude is clever. I’ll link to their posts below so all 3 of your faithful readers can go over there and have a look. Sign up. Don’t unsubscribe though-Ellis is a demi-god and has those demi-god powers.

Warren Ellis’ latest newsletter

OMG is Matt and Kelly…with Chip

On to my ramble

Clean and Me

This, I hope, is the type of writing that is clean and free of pretense. No longer soiled by whimsy or defiled by fantasy. Strict adherence to order and minimal joy or candor.
Where do you even start? “You” being me in this case, being a coward and hypocrite. You raced long enough to circle back around to what you were running from. You thought it was something to catch, that you’d chased. You took the baton and raced on. I’m seriously not trying to use cliches or other things that make some things sound more exciting by making them sound like other things.
But, I think that since you’ve seen what you’ve done, and how you’ve become, that you can realize you were running in place of a ghost-a wraith from the past. You’ll look around and you will be okay with not being a prodigy, or a pioneer in anything. You will stop and be thankful you’ve become me.
Writing exercises
I want to take Spider-Man and have him sit down with the Punisher. Nick Fury and Captain America too. Have a general discussion. Or, I’d like to write that. I know, there’ve been people to do that before. It’s always done in comic-book style (imagine, that right?) and conversations are done light heartedly, or within crazed battle scenes. I want to do something different and see what makes them tick. But…I can’t. All i can concentrate on is my phone vibrating and these small bushes on the rooftop. I just did a triple-take. An honest to goodness triple-take. Only referenced in hushed whispers and top secret encoded writing amongst abnormally gifted observational artists. What makes these things fucking tick? The scions of American comic culture and heroic archetypes can go to hell. I want to deconstruct these fertile little rotodendrums. Holy hell. That word and description is all wrong. Spell-check cant even help me with that blunder. Seriously though. Are they stoic? Can they be stoic if they’ve never been…the opposite of stoic? Is this why we come up with jargon and colloquialisms? To describe nonsense like this? I nailed colloquialisms if you noticed? Oh sweet wonderous surprise…there are abnormally large wheat stalks to my left. Are they stalks? I’ve delved too deep into this blackish brackish pond. I must return to my comics below.
Richard