On the weekend I found a necktie in the family compost. This discovery got the head gears turning and by the close of the evening I had a new comic script outlined in my head. I’ve given this project the temporary title “Compost” and it has jumped to the top of my development list.
I have a number of exciting writing related announcements to make– some of which I could have made a few months ago but decided not to until the projects were more likely to be a sure thing. The first bit of news is that my friend and long-time collaborative partner Manoel Magalhaes started drawing a new comic for The Grim Collection. Manoel was responsible for art on The Orphan for The Grim Collection and for The Three Princes in the crime comics anthology Acts of Violence. You might also recall we collaborated on two sci-fi comics, Colonel and Synchronicity.
This new short comic for The Grim Collection is more in the crime genre than horror, but The Grim Collection was never intended to be just straight-up horror stories. I had always wanted thrillers and crime to be explored, too. Basically, anything that might make folks uneasy when reading the material. The new comic is called Glen. It is about a troubled business professional whose day spirals out of control.
Manoel started drawing Glen in 2016 but we ended up putting it on hold when Manoel asked me to work with him on something that was very exciting for me as a writer. I’ll be back tomorrow to post about that…
But, for now, take a look at the image below– that is Manoel’s pencils for page 4 of Glen. (click the image to see it in larger form)
I am pleased to post that Those Who Devour was posted last night on The Grim Collection. Artist Butch Mapa finished the artwork in the winter of 2015, but I fell into a funk brought on by grief and lost all interest in most creative endeavours. I had a long period of feeling overwhelmed by most things and this made it hard for me to feel passion about anything. I can’t report that I’ve overcome these feelings, but I can report that not all days are bleak and in recent months have taken to writing again even if that writing pertains only to D&D and a 40K campaign in which I am involved.
A new comic written by me has been published on The Grim Collection. The Dig is drawn and lettered by Wilson Dela Fuente.
The plan was to have a new short fiction on The Grim Collection on June 1 but I failed to do so. I’ve been unhappy with what I’ve been writing and, to be honest, much of my writing time in May was focused on my return to writing a daily journal and preparing for an epic D&D session I was running at the end of the month. I don’t regret my decision. Both the campaign preparation and the journal writing is a type of writing even if one has a small audience and the other is private. I enjoyed doing both and these were in keeping with the key goals of my return to writing– regular output and writing as an enjoyable act.
Ryan Howe is currently working on another comic for The Grim Collection. He started at the very end of May. I will definitely need to have a short fiction ready for July 1 because there won’t be a finished comic for me to fall back on.