Hey! :) About a Week ago I found this beautiful piece of art and I fell in love with it [the comic]. [It might have something to do with the fact the art reminds me of Alex Rider visual novel which I enjoyed. A lot. ] I'm absolutely amazed by this work and by the way it is going and I'm also super excited. I have a one question tho. I used 2 of your pictures as a draft for a shirt I made and I just wanted to ask if I can post it online? I will credit you and etc. :) Thank you and good luck :)
Aha, I am indeed the current Alex Rider artist, so you did well to spot the connection, haha! ^_^
Thanks so much for the kind comments and omg…you HAVE to send/post pictures of the shirt! We insist! You’re more organised than we are…we’d love to sort some BREAKS merch at some point. But, in the meantime, yes! Show us what you’ve been making please ^____^
(We welcome any creative response! Always the most exciting thing for a creator xx)
Are you an artist? Looking to get into comics? Digital publisher Madefire are running a great competition on DeviantArt to find an artist for their fun new character, Fran. And guess who the writer is?
Yes, the winner will bag themselves a contract with Madefire and will be drawing my script. I’m so excited, you guys! I’ve never written for anyone else before…and having it all tied into a competition with fab judges is very, very cool. Check the link for an interview and more information. I can’t wait to see who gets to draw Fran! ^_^
How exciting to be this close to the first Patreon BREAKS level-up!
If we hit it, it means a new, requested piece of BREAKS art each month. Maybe a backstory moment, an off-page scene we didn’t see in the comic, a potential outcome…anything my lovely patrons can think of.
And $20+ backers will also get each image sent to them as a high resolution file to print out and keep!
I can’t thank existing patrons enough for being so supportive of the comic and of my work. *hug*
And if you’re someone whose been considering joining the BREAKS party, this might be a great time to do it. Together we can hit that first milestone and enter the domain of monthly BREAKS commissions for all patrons. ^_^
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I just popped on to send a page snippet out to my shiny patrons, and realised that - thanks to a few recent additions - we’re just $50 away from my first milestone goal! If we hit the goal, I’ll start creating a piece of art exclusively for patreon followers each month, based on patron suggestions. It’ll be an image I won’t post in full anywhere else, and won’t ever print out. Sort of like a group commission every month. ^_^
If you think that sounds kind of cool, or if you’ve been reading www.breakscomic.com and fancy becoming a supporter, do pop along to my patreon account and join the family. You can pledge as little as $1 a month, right up to a crazy generous $50 a month, with various personal rewards - and big group rewards up for grabs if we hit some more milestone goals. Or, as I like to call them - level ups :D
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 County C&D 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 County C&D 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 County A 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
It’s gonna be so much fun! I’ll have copies of BREAKS and Dragon Heir to give to the 9w books track shop, and Malin and I will have BREAKS at our panels/signings…and I’ve been sweetly assured that Forbidden Planet do have my Vampire Academy books, amongst others, in stock!
Advice to the mid-career cartoonist who has failed to build an audience
I’ve been publishing comics for coming on twenty years now. It’s hard to pinpoint a start-date, as like many cartoonists I’ve just been drawing my whole life, but sometime around ‘95 would be when I began putting out ‘zines…
Wow. This was great, if painful at times, to read. Brave writing, but I’m so glad it was written. I often wish there was more openness and honesty about expected audiences and book sales, rather than us all finding ourselves comparing our personal sale figures to the best seller numbers that we do see published, and then feeling like we’ve failed.