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I've been trying to think of some cool stuff to post and figured this ought to shut Gary up. I've been reading the new 52 Super Girl series hence the costume choice, it's definitely one fo the better New 52 comics, at least in the sense that it acts like an origins and introduction to the Super Girl character. Also I like the new costume it looks practical but sexy and a bit less 'girly' than some of Super Girl's other looks.

 

Super Sad

 

I think this kind of update could become a regular thing. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

 

 
Quick recap - The QMU Comic Mart, April 2012

So we just had our first sale of Villainous issue 2 in our home turf, how'd it go?

 

Not too great. The mart was uncharacteristically rather dead for a good portion of the day. It is Easter however, and people are probably out with their families instead of doing the best thing to do - buy comics!

 

Even if it was a slow one, I still had a blast. It's almost like everyone is your best friend at comic conventions (even though this is a mini one), you've got a giant subject matter in common. I got to have a great chat with exhibitors and attendees old and new. It was awesome exhibiting with fellow GLOW writers Gordon and John, even if the buggers done better than me! Nothing wrong with friendly competition, eh?

 

Aye Graeme was okay to sit next to too, but here's the question - when will he update his blog?

 

Next blog update is gonna have some more depth, I got a suggestion via Twitter to write something on the creative process of making comics. More than happy to oblige.

 

 

 
Previously on OR Comics! The Mid Season Hiatus.

Writer's Blog, star date - insanely late.

 

Yeah it's been a while since I touched this thing. So what's new? And why the absence?

 

Uni, uni, uni. This has been my final year and the dissertation and work load has been asbolutely killing me. Glad to say I've now handed it in and I'm on my way to holding an Honours Degree. It feels great, my shoulders are so light they're floating. Apart from trying to get a pesky day job (even Supes had one), it's time to focus on my passion:

 

OR Comics.

 

My ultimate career ambition is to be a writer. To write comics. To write screenplays, to write video games. As long as it involves a word document and telling a story, I'll be thrilled. With uni behind me, and OR Comics picking up some steam, I'm feeling really positive about the direction I'm heading in. I literally will not accept failure, and will make this my future career. Hold this blog against me, I promise I will!

 

So now that I'm free of uni expect a more steady stream of content, we're trying to focus alot more on one-shots while we brew Villainous in the background for it's grand finale this year at Thought Bubble. We'll also aim to bring fresh Collabatory's to the site, and really keep activity and buzz going. I'll be back to updating Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter and spreading the word of OR Comics.

 

Just to say a thanks to everyone who has read our material, follows us on social networking and has spoke to us at cons. We appreciate all the support and interest, and to have a comic fan like your stuff is just the greatest compliment ever.

 
Good times at Thought Bubble 2011

Well I'm at that part. You know, the part after a convention where everything is a drag. Back to work, back to study, back to the real world. No rollergirls skooshing past me in the street, I can't turn my head and see Batman, Judge Dredd and Harley Quinn hanging about, and I also can't start talking to completely random people with so much ease, because no one else are huge geeks.

It's the post-con blues, baby.

But damn, let's remember the good times of the con, here's my brief summary:

FRIDAY

Drive down, fun road trip with boring games that don't involve polygons, or you know, anything. Started filming stuff to compile a video, and attempted a vlog... god I suck at it, from now on, it's my friend text box. Oh and then my camera ran out, no footage at all! Mandatory arrival beer at the hotel, it ruled.

SATURDAY

If you ever notice me acting strange at a con, it's cause I'm absolutely knackered. The nerves and excitement the pre-con night always result in a crappy sleep. But even with the bags under the eyes, the Saturday was a fantastic day. The con ran smooth as ever, the Thought Bubble staff were great and the place was positively buzzing. All the attendees were really friendly and easy to chat with at our table, and I owe a big thanks to all those who took a stab with Villainous. I had a great time meeting everyone and hopefully will see some familiar faces in future cons. Also, the cosplayers, how cool are they? Some were incredibly good, I wish I had the balls to do it, especially the certain people that were showing some more-than-usual skin. Plus, it musta been cold! Brave, awesome people.

SUNDAY

Quieter day, but this served as good way for me to explore more. It was much more relaxed so I browsed the two halls, and wish I had time to check out all the cool stuff people had. Attempted to que for Charlie Adler but the wait is just too long since I'm meant to be at a table. It is cool that the artist spends so much time with each person tho and give them really excellent artwork. I managed to grab a sketch from Al Davidson as a wedding gift to my wife to be (well me too), a sketch of Batman and Wonder Woman with Mr. C and Mrs. C on their chest. Such a great piece of work and a good cute gift for display in the house.

SHOUT OUTS

Daniel Clifford of Sugar Glider fame, artist Cuttlefish, Ed Murphy of Rough Cut Comics, the awesome Team Girls Comics team, Rosie Stoker and Jamie - a great video team who makes you feel totally at ease, Matt the Thought Bubble guy who gave us lots of advice (and slaggings!), the Comics Anonymous group, John Farman of Black Hearted Press, and I hope I haven't left anyone out!

Till next time, folks.

 

 
Changes...

Been a while since I blogged, so everyone who cares (i.e Graeme) - apologies!

 

So what's new?

 

I've joined a group of writers based called Glasgow League of Writers (GLoW), which has so far been an absolute blast. Not only am I gaining contacts within the comic scene and bettering my work, I'm also gaining friends during the process. It's probably one of the best steps I've made as a writer, as I didn't really know any other comic writers to bounce off of.

A big thank you to Gordon Robertson for starting up the group, which will ony grow bigger. Look out for the first anthology later this year.

Check GLoW out on Twitter for all the latest info on the members projects and GLoW work.

 

During my GLoW adventures I managed to gain advice that is drastically changing our approach to making comics. Inker and colourist Jamie Grant told me while I nursing a pint in the pub some guidlines when it comes to production. The problem with the way its done now? Getting bogged down by a long comic series and putting too much work on the one artist.

It's obvious that Villainous issue two took far longer than expected (issue one says late 2010 on the back!), but it just happens when this is all done in spare time. There is work, social life and other commitments that get in the way. But now we have an oppurtunity to really improve, by doing the following:

 

Release Villainous pages individually weekly instead of bulk. Content is smaller but it gets it out there, and the site updated with fresh content. This means we don't get slumped down heavily with work and nothing to show for it.

 

Focus alot more on one-shots and getting in extra hands to produce them. Graemes a talented artist for sure, but taking on pencilling, inking and colouring aswell as designing and maintaining the website is extremely time consuming with his full time job as a game designer. I am eternally grateful for his dedication, but it's time to loosen the load a bit and get more stuff on the site.

 

So I'm pretty damn excited for the future of OR Comics, expect steady and regular material, with some guest artists hopefully in the near future!

 

If any artists here want to take part, drop me a line at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it - I'll be actively seeking some when I've written some material.

 
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