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Hello everyone. I'm currently knee deep in a 2+year project creating a graphic novel adapted from the harmony of the Gospels. The end result is a 220 page comic version of the life of Christ that I want to use as a ministering tool to youth who might not be so quick to pick up their bible, but may be interested in this instead. I'm pretty confident in the creative aspect of this but have little idea as to how to get this published or financed. I'm including the youtube link here for anyone interested in viewing it (hope that's okay). Your feedback/advice, etc will be greatly appreciated.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyB2ZtZ8zCw

 

 

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At present I have a publisher who has contacted me and seems to be interested, so pray that God guides this as He sees fit. I'm aiming for the 10-30 year olds, which seems to make up a large demographic of the comic industry. I hope that it finds it's way into the hands of all ages( Currently, I've been able to track the viewership of the trailer and it seems that the largest audience is 17-40 so I'm at least in the ballpark.

Dominique Fam said:
Hi Brian, that looks great. What age group are you targeting? I guess you can self publish or get a publisher, or even get a publishing agent. It will cost more to self publish but you get to keep the profits, if you go with a publisher you'll negotiate for a cut of the sale proceeds.
Couldn't have said it any better! That's what I figured. Once I get it finalized, I think this might be a plausible option to consider. Thanks again for the info. You've been a great help!

Bob Luedke said:
well, prices at the New York Con are a bit high (comparitively speaking). A booth in the small press area (which is where I'm at) I believe was about $800 and their artist alley is about $400. But Wizard Conventions (like Chicago's last week and the Boston, Atlanta and Austin ones I'm doing this fall) are a bit cheaper (if I remember right, artist alley space...which is where I go there...is $200 or $250).

Now when you add, travel, lodging and food, it can be hard to turn a profit at these events...but of course not impossible. My goal is always to try to at least cover my expensives. If I do so, I consider it a successful event. And for me...and I'd guess for you too...a secondary goal is always, whom I'm reaching, who I've impacted with my work over the weekend...did I meet whom God led me here to meet?

bob-

Brian D said:
As I read this, it opens some new ideas in terms of promotion. I'm curious what a booth costs and if you have much success at attending?

Bob Luedke said:
My pleasure Brian!

If you're planning on visiting the NYCC in Oct (seeing how you're in DE) make sure to come find me (I'll be at booth 953) and we can talk at length. And I also "might" be at the Boston CC the week after...but I'm still working on that.

bob-
Yo man you spoiled me now.i don't even want to see the comic book. I want to see the cartoon series! ^_^
Ha! I'm thinking seriously thinking about it! Thanks

Christopher Haupt said:
Yo man you spoiled me now.i don't even want to see the comic book. I want to see the cartoon series! ^_^
could you if you wanted to? do you have training in animation? or would you have to hire someone? Or do you know people who know people? 8)) The artwork and poses you have in the trailer I would love to see that exact thing in the animation. So I guess the comic would be like the foundation for the cartoon series.

Brian D said:
Ha! I'm thinking seriously thinking about it! Thanks

Christopher Haupt said:
Yo man you spoiled me now.i don't even want to see the comic book. I want to see the cartoon series! ^_^
I've wanted to do traditional animation for years, but have no experience and the faintest of knowledge in regards to starting it. I heard somewhere that it's roughly 15,000 drawings per minute of animation. That's incredibly daunting to me. I could do it in less, but the animation would suffer. I wouldn't be happy with it unless it was "Disney Quality". So it's safe to say, it would be a LONG TIME for that to ever see light. BUt I keep telling myself, I've spent two years getting the comic this far- something I would have never gutted out in the past- so it's not completely unattainable. In my dreamworld, the graphic novel would be such a success that someone would offer to pick it up at a studio and take it on. I don't care about the fame or money from it, but I know I would pay (multiple times) to go see it on the Big Screen. Imagine how many kids and adults might start their walk with Christ if it ever happened! I'm getting chills just thinking about it, lol.

Christopher Haupt said:
could you if you wanted to? do you have training in animation? or would you have to hire someone? Or do you know people who know people? 8)) The artwork and poses you have in the trailer I would love to see that exact thing in the animation. So I guess the comic would be like the foundation for the cartoon series.

Brian D said:
Ha! I'm thinking seriously thinking about it! Thanks

Christopher Haupt said:
Yo man you spoiled me now.i don't even want to see the comic book. I want to see the cartoon series! ^_^
That's a great point, Buzz. And since there aren't many car explosions or ninjas in the Bible, it lends itself to more of a dialogue piece than action thriller. It may be "cheating" but I suppose I could even recycle ceratin sequences of spoken scenes to a degree or two. Although I remember wacthing the He_Man cartoon and feeling somewhat jipped when they would reuse the frame sequence of him running towards the camera....

Buzz Dixon said:
Brian, the trick with limited animation is to work with the limitations. Warner Bro cartoons have a lot less animation in them than comparable Disney cartoons, but they knew how to use those limits better. If you can master Flash animation, you can do a lot of the animation yourself. The trick is to steer the story away from big elaborate actions and more towards smaller set pieces that can be more easily achieved. You'll need to do a lot of pre-production planning, but it is within grasp.
Just rewatched the trailer, and enjoyed it all over again. Is the music copyrighted? Wouldn't want you to have any trouble with that. Looks terrific, Brian. You make me want to see a film that does not (yet) exist!

Alec
No, music concerns here. I'm about 20+ pages from completing the pencils finally. I'm pretty close to meeting my December deadline then I'm gonna take a serious look at it. I really appreciate all the inspiration you guys are giving me. I know I have a project that will give glory to God, but you guys have really helped me push that extra mile here lately. Its almost as though the fires that fueled me two years ago have been stoked again. So... Thank you.

Calvary Comics said:
Just rewatched the trailer, and enjoyed it all over again. Is the music copyrighted? Wouldn't want you to have any trouble with that. Looks terrific, Brian. You make me want to see a film that does not (yet) exist!

Alec
God bless you brother I love to purchase your book how can I please email me cause I visit as a volunteer to the prison and join with the brothers in worship in the chapel in the prisons and also I work along with the youth pastor at the congregation i fellowship and I love share young people
Great bible epic graphic novel by great artist like your self please email me the link on how to purchase your book thanks and May God continue blessing you and using you for his honor. campusanoedgar1968@gmail.com

really inspiring to see an artist like yourself toiling away at a Gospel creative project:)  I've been chipping away at a project for years myself- among other work etc and the comments in this thread are really interesting too.

Your work really reminds me of Javier Saltares author of "David's Mighty Men" a few years back.  Is he an influence??

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