Now that my second novel, SJM is done; at least the first few edits, I'm getting back to working on the NETERS™ comics. Not just building the characters from scratch in 3D, but the actual comic books. I fired up Comic Life to add some updated images to issue zero. Can't sing enough praise for Comic Life. This program makes laying out a comic fairly easy. My operating system on my desktop is a little old and hence wonky, but this application gets it done. And it's under $50!
And then there's celtx. It's free. It's a script writing program that has a ton of power under the hood. I use it to write my comic book scripts. The above is a sneak peep at issue 3 of Neters. read more.
Many of you know that my second novel is complete. I'm currently doing the second re-write ... again; which is really like the fourth edit, but hey, gotta do it right. I had to put the NETERS™ novel to the side in order to finish Sun Juice Mechanics. Man ... cifer-RA, a brand of African American Speculative Fiction; or simply put, African American Science Fiction is a genre unto itself. Keeps me busy.
So ... I opened the Neters novel file and took a good read. I'm afraid the time for a pure Neters novel is over. The story still needs to be told though. Problem is, I'm writing other novels AND I'm rebuilding all of the characters from the Neters universe from the ground up. Taking a bunch of time, family.
Going old school to bring a fresh approach. Illustrated Novels.
Doing research for the exact approach and look or format for the Neters novel. I'm sure the illustrated novel format will work for a wider crowd. Found some pictures online for study purposes...
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Id-Type: Gelatinous Fibrous.
Huge 100 ton floating monsters that roam the sulfur rich skies in the NETERS™ universe. These immense creatures, or ids, are a kind of terrestrial jelly fish or hydra. Cloud Tigers generally have anywhere from 6 to 10 powerful tentacles. They use their muscular three-finned tails to push themselves through the heavens; all the while held aloft by concentrated helium within bladders that rest atop their bulky bodies. It is believed that they reproduce asexually.
- The Process -
... this critter started life as a box in my favorite modeler application - Hexagon.
Imported into what's probably going to end up as my main app; Blender. Using the feature rich program, I created seams to unwrap 'em, and generated a texture map.
After moving the 'islands' around, I generated the map, exported the pdf file and painted over the image map in Pixelmator.
Brought the texture back into Blender, applied the tex to the model and played around with the settings until I got the look I want using the Freestyle settings in Blender.
The entire process took about 3 hours.
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The first draft is complete. The first full edit will be done next month, then it's off to a professional edit and, 'Sun Juice Mechanics' will be available for purchase. SJM will be the second novel under the Daathrekh Publishing banner. I'm gonna need to get some reviews as soon as possible ... need a blurb to add to the back cover, etc.
Issues two and three of NETERS™ (read more), is in the works; as well as the novella which will be available early next year. Back on track ya'll.