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Progress Report #1

Well, it’s been a busy summer and progress on THE BONESETTER is moving along at a pretty good clip.  This has been the season of research and education on many fronts.  I’m learning a great deal about myself as a creator and it’s been quite an eye-opening experience.

The state of the industry

I went to my first comic book convention in 10 years.  I hear that comic book sales are nowhere close to what they were in the 1990’s, but the sheer volume of fans at this year’s Toronto Fan Expo shows otherwise. image[3] Fan Expo was a shoulder-to-shoulder experience that was simply incredible.  I attended the convention to mainly check it out, and wow, it was quite the scene.  The days of the lone comic book fan are over.

A comic book fan is the same person that loves popular movies, television and video games alike.  It felt like things are finally coming together as a synchronized pop culture orchestra where everyone gets to play their own respective instrument.  I had a great time, with my limited budget, I had some cards and t-shirts printed for friends and family to wear at Fan Expo. A small but effective way to promote THE BONESETTER.NET.

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Creating THE BONESETTER

I’m enjoying the writing process, especially the craft of dialogue.  It’s fun to create unique character personalities and allow their banter to help move a story through its acts.  THE BONESETTER takes place during the late 1800’s, after the American Civil War.  I’m having a great time injecting the slang and dialect of the era into the appropriate characters and situations.

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There was a moment where I was struggling to keep up with my own deadlines for the graphic novel.  I weighed the options of hiring help and spent a few weeks looking for a color artist for THE BONESETTER.  I had an amazing response from dozens of talented folks.  In the end, I think the whole process forced me to re-think how I wanted the color to reflect the story, and really propel the mood and emotion of THE BONESETTER.  I decided that my style of heavy inks and rendering would benefit from a process of ink-wash and a limited/saturated color palette.

Things are really coming together with the graphic novel.  All the tests are complete, the research phase is over. The next time I post to thebonesetter.net will be hopefully, fingers crossed…samples of the first 6 pages. WP_Clr

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