Thursday, February 4, 2010

no guarantees.

I bet you thought i was going to start blogging with more frequency...sucker.
nah, i thought i would too. oh well. My car recently blew up for nearly $1000 dollars, which for an unemployed broke person trying to get married, is just great.

I've decided i would begin to blog my successes (ha!) and failures in attempting publish comic books. I may also include other professions into which i am trying to scratch and claw.

I doubt it will generate further interest in my writing, but hell, i'm willing to try most anything at this point.

I don't really feel comfortable sharing any of my stories on here, though i bet it's not the worst idea on the planet. Though with my luck I'd post one and my worst enemy would use it to become the next JK Rowling.

I have wanted to write stories for as long as I can actually remember. In 2nd grade I wrote a serialized story which i would share each week in our sharing time. I liked it enough that I kept the notebook in which i wrote it. I found it a while back, and attempted to read it. It made absolutely no sense, but was funny to me regardless. It had something to do with 2 animal friends who rode some sort of machine down hills. Around the same time my parents bought me my first comic book (and only comic until later in life). If i took the time to investigate i could tell you the exact issue number, because that comic is burnt permanently in to my mind. Im not going to chase it down though. It was an X-Men comic and it was awesome. From that time forward i practiced drawing thinking that "my mother is an artist, I can be too!". Wrong. As I began to realize that i wasn't cutting it in the art department I started thinking of the business side. I would just start my own company. Well, time progressed and as childhood dreams do, this one did not so much fade away as transform into infinite other ideas of dream professions that would promise a life of excitement and grandeur (and yet here i am, nearly 27 and an aspiring academic. yipes.).

As I entered my senior year of high school, I suddenly got wise to the fact that I had passed the Advanced Placement English exam as a freshman, and as such, I was wasting my time in the AP English class in which i was enrolled. I decided to get out of there and make my final days of secondary education as painless as possible. I switched into another English class where my friend (an excellent artist) was the teacher's assistant. The teacher, knowing that I had transferred out of AP and had passed the test as a younger student, excused my from any of the assignments, and I was free to hang out with my friend at the back of the room and performing the occasional taco run for the teacher. Most of our conversations revolved around what super hero would defeat another in a fight. I don't think i knew much about comics at this point, but one thing became clear. Comics were awesome, and I had been missing out on them for years. I began collecting. Discovered that some other friends were also avid collectors. It seemed to be that my niche had been waiting for me all this time. As i began to read comics, my mind hearkened back to the time in which I had wanted to create these 24 page stories of violence, melodrama and heroism. From that point forward I began to write out ideas as soon as they came. Some were better than others, and some I love to this day.

Long story short, i just keep writing in hope that someday some of these ideas will stick and someone will pay me a paltry amount of money to make my stories into books.

Anyhow, a quick summary of my publishing attempts, which are not as extensive as they should be...

In 2008 I submitted a proposal to Oni Press and I believe Boom! Studios. The proposal was my first, and was probably a bit rough. If i am being honest, the art of crafting a submission is still foreign to me. I submitted a small synopsis with a summary of the story and how I envision the book being promoted. I included a small portion of script and fully colored and lettered art samples (drawn by my friend Kory. He is awesome at art). I thought it was okay; that at very least it deserved a thorough looking over. I never received word back from Boom! Studios, and I received a mass email from Oni suggesting that I read Eisner's book, and a book about comic scriptwriting (which, ironically I've read).

In 2009 I submitted again. This time only to Oni (as they are the only company i know of that will consider a submission without an artist attached (more on finding artists and the impossibility of the task another time)). I submitted in July and have followed up various times since, but here it is February 2010 and I have not heard a single word. sighh...

Other than that I suppose my writer's credit on "Bloodoween", a short film i made with friendsm could be used to my advantage, but I don't quite know how. It saw a decent amount of success considering its lack of budget and time. I'm still proud of it.

I fancy myself an educated, capable, professional type person, but I am loathe to admit that it doesn't appear that the comics industry respects those qualities (which is not to be confused with not liking those qualities. It's just that they don't seem to care one way or the other) nor does it function with them in mind.

But from here on out I am going to start to poke around, investigating how to get into this crazy biz.

I am going to start emailing whoever i can to see what can be done. Is this what they call "networking"? in my mind it just equates to spam abuse. Who can get me Spike Jonze email? Whose email CAN you get me?

We'll see where it goes from here. It can only go up right?

1 comment:

Andy said...

You need an agent. If I was going into entertainment law, I'd be your man, Josh.