Hi tumblr, here’s our cat, Ragnar. He’s an unusual feline who loves having his belly rubbed…it’s a hardship to oblige. :D
Page #31 is up as normal, so go read and enjoy and spread the word about this little comic!
But then, let us take a moment here to talk about Irena and Cortland. Best friends since forever.
I really love their relationship, and though we have just started to get some glimpses of it, rest assured that it will be vitally important in the story ahead.
Because isn’t that the one thing we really take away from school? The friends and the enemies (or lack of them)?
This has been one of the hardest parts with adopting the novel into comic book form. All of a sudden you don’t have as much space. You have to condense chapters into pages, and figure out a way to make relationships stand out in a panel, without having walls of text to play with. At first I was really nervous about this, because I had never really worked with comic scripts and I had no idea how the panels would actually look on paper.
I needn’t have worried. Emma… I don’t think there are enough words to describe how filled with joy every single page make me. We wrote the story together, I adapted it to script form, but Emma… she gave it life. Made it better. Gave people faces and attitudes.
Seriously. I am so in awe of what she does.
*sniff sniff* was not expecting Malin’s comments on there, haha!
She’s right, it really has been hard having to make the jump from our own prose to comic in some ways. We naturally lose so much, but we’re able to gain some elements we didn’t have in the novelisation. Like Malin’s amazing scene edits and natural grasp of pacing. It’s been so much fun reading scripts and seeing where she’s chosen to mix scenes together or add new bridge moments, or how well she manages to integrate a random chunk of dialogue that I’ve emailed over in a moment of creative stupor…and then we get those times when one of us will have a brainwave and we get all excited about a whole new chunk of story that was never in the book version…
All in all, adapting your own novel is nerve wracking and you learn not to be precious….but it’s so rewarding!
Not all teenage life lessons are equal 0_O
As I was leaving my Brother’s wedding, the news broke at SDCC that I’d be writing the ongoing DARTH VADER book. Salvador Larroca draws, Adi Granov on the lovely cover above. In Canon, set between A NEW HOPE and EMPIRE.
(We did talk about maybe doing a live link up from the Wedding for the panel, but clearly midnight at a wedding in Scotland does involve the risk of a lot of men in kilts displaying their wares live to a horrified audience across the Pacific.)
Anyway - I got in last night, and tried to work out what to tweet about it. I ended up saying “So. As announced at SDCC, I’m doing a DARTH VADER book. What can I say? I fear it’s the mainstream comic book I was born to write.” Which still suspect sounds about right, y’know? I’ve been basically writing Villain books on the sly since I’ve been at Marvel. Time to really go for it.
Let’s pull a relatively restrained quote from the CBR interview which basically explains how the book operates…
So at the end of the first “Star Wars” film he’s the sole survivor of the greatest military disaster of all time. And more importantly he let the Rebels escape with the plans! He chose to let them escape with the plans. There are lots of people to blame for the Death Star. It’s not like it’s just Darth’s fault, but he certainly foots some of the blame.
Then the next time we see him in “Empire” he’s more powerful than ever. He treats people in “Empire” with more contempt than he treats them in “A New Hope.” So something happens between those two films. There is the question of what the destruction of the Death Star actually created. So this story is basically the fall and rise of Darth Vader and all the things that happen along the way. That’s why it interests me.
When I talk about this I tend to use the film “The Godfather” as a reference in terms of how it worked and that it featured a villain protagonist who we’re still interested in. The second reference I use is “House of Cards.” This is a man who is an incredibly powerful member of an organization and he feels he is being slighted. This is him choosing and being forced to do things he maybe wouldn’t have done originally and to rebuild and change his power situation.
Anyway - lots more interviews, and out next February.
And, yes, this is the one I left Iron Man to do. I think you’ll like it.
Can we order one hug here please?
This event is shaping up to sound like immense and geeky fun! It will also be super exciting for me as Malin and I will be doing a show together! This makes it a semi-official first full outing for BREAKS at a convention, since we’ll both be there to enthuse about how much we love it :D So - what am I actually doing over the weekend?
6.45pm - 8.00pm - COMICS TRACK
Sex and Violence
How comics do it right, how comics do it wrong: for a medium so inclined to (and so indicted for) using sex and violence for thrill power, can it ever be totally non-salacious? Should it be?
Howard Hardiman, Dan Hart, Emma Vieceli, Malin Ryden, Will Brooker, Hazel Robinson
(-wow… starting the show as I mean to go on then :D :D)
School Stories: prefects, headmasters and tuckshops, oh my!
10.15pm - 11.30pm - ALL THE BOOKS TRACK
School stories: why are we so fascinated by them? From Harry Potter to Ender’s Game, from St. Trinian’s to the X-Men, will we ever really escape our school days? Oi, no talking in the back of the class, there.
Panel: Aishwarya Subramanian, Zen Cho, Emma Vieceli, Tiffani Angus
CoffeeKitsch: brought to you by The Kitschies
9.15am - 9.45am
Up early? Start your day right by meeting up with your fellow writers, publishers and fans. And some donuts.
(Not an official event, but as if I’m going to miss coffee and donuts!)
Working with Artists: drawing up professional relationships
6.45pm - 8.00pm - ALL THE BOOKS TRACK
How can artists get the best from their writers, and vice versa? Advice about making great things.
Q&A, with Sarah McIntyre, Emma Vieceli, Gillian Redfearn, Djibril al-Ayad, Adam Christopher
Collaborative Fanworks: let’s play making up stories
22.15-23.30 - FANFIC TRACK
Emma Vieceli and Malin Rydén met through fandom, and their fan collaboration resulted in a new, original project that neither of them would have created alone. Emma and Malin, and some of the creative team behind the classic fanwork Steve Rogers at 100 will discuss how to make collaborative fanworks fun and fabulous, and how the process can inspire other forms of creativity.
Discussion: Emma Vieceli, Malin Rydén, Gavia Baker-Whitelaw and Erin Claiborne, Charlotte Geater, Nat Wilkinson
(The origin story of how BREAKS came to be! It’s surprising, a bit…)
3.15pm - 4.30pm - COMICS TRACK
More-Than-Mild Peril: beyond sidekicks
Young adults and children in comics: from fridges to firefights, legacy, parents and representation.
Louie Stowell, Kate McAlpine, Emma Vieceli, Malin Ryden, Melissa T, Heather Wickson, David Tallerman, Nat Wilkinson, Charlotte Geater
5.00pm - 6.15pm - COMICS TRACK
A/Romantic: asexuality in comics
A panel discussion on presentations of asexuality in comics - presumption and celebration; followed by comics artist Emma Vieceli (BREAKS, Young Avengers, Vampire Academy) discussing the ins and outs of drawing desire
Michelle Howe, Emma Vieceli, Charlotte Geater
(I know, I know…I’m not even sure quite what I’ll be doing yet either…XD)
YAY GEEKFEST! See you guys there! The retailers will have Vampire Academy (and yes, I’ve been kindly assured that the books will ALL be there this time!) and Malin and I will have BREAKS to throw at you in loving ways <3