Work on the Fabula Exposition book continues, today two things happened in its production; the final story page count was finalized and I received the roughs for pages 6 through 9 from my artist Bill Young.
The story page count stands at 42 (and yes I find the Hitchhiker Guide coincidence highly amusing), with 22 of the pages comic panels and the remaining prose story. I figure with the extras I will be adding the final full page count of this mashup of comic/prose story telling will stand around 48 pages. Making it a fairly decent size graphic novel.
The roughs I received are from the attack of Mechaniod section of the book. Which is also one of the more complicated sequences and a huge chase scene. I think Bill has captured some pretty good dynamic movement here, let me know what you think.
It is my hope in few days I will have the first set of pages laid out with dialog, and I will put them up as a preview so you can see what Fabula Exposition is really all about.
Continuing our on going open look at the production of the Fabula Zero Exposition book; here is the first look at the pencil rough for page five. This is the last page of the opening comic panels before the book flips into prose mode, see if you can guess what is going on.
Below is a small gallery of the revisions that were needed to made to the last set of pages; more Ninjas were added, Spik gets an extra gun and Spak is happier now he has a blade at the end of his chain, kudos to my artist Bill Young for turning these around so fast. Enjoy and watch out for more updates as we race towards our production deadline of July 31st.
Just giving you another sneak peak at the production work going on for the Fabula Zero Exposition story. In the Gallery below you can take a gander at the first four rough pencil layout pages by Bill Young. The roughs give us an idea of how the action from the comic script will play out across the page, and at this point any major changes or details are added… Like for example, add more Ninjas or Spik needs two guns. Please let us know your thoughts, very soon we hope to bring you a preview the first fully laid out complete pages; and yes I am geeking out over seeing my character Captain Avenger come to life on these pages.
Sadly the Kickstarter funding for Project Fabula fell through. I am a little disappointed, but I’m going to move forward with a smaller version of the planned publication to show what I intended to do with Fabula.
For Project Fabula Issue Zero I’ve chosen my story from the 3C anthology The Cruelest Month called Exposition. Which is a tale of what happens to Jack a comic book writer with an extreme case of writers block. When Jack’s characters start to appear out of thin air he finds himself caught up in action right out of the pages of a comic book. This is a story full or Superheroes, Dastardly Villains, Evil Henchmen, Giant Robots and Ninjas. The question is; is Jack on the verge of a nervous breakdown? Or are these events more real than he realizes…
The prose story was a lot of fun to write, and a perfect story to convert into the storytelling Mashup that Fabula is, as it naturally lends itself to prose and comic book action.
I’ve teamed up with up and coming artist Bill Young for this story and the aim is to bring Project Fabula Issue Zero to publication for Baltimore Comic Con, in just over 78 days from now. Below is a preview of the character concepts for Captain Avenger, Doctor Dark, Mechaniod, the Spik & Spak twins and the Metacarpal Ninjas.