It has been too long since I’ve done one of these and I have to get back to doing them on the regular.
The first thing I would like to do is to thank everyone who supports The Oswald Chronicles with your votes and those that helped via Kickstarter. Just as a spot of news there will be a new Kickstarter for vol. 2 of The Oswald Chronicles starting up in late January 2014 so the clock is wrong and will be reset soon On that same note a good buddy of mine and fantastic artist Courtney Huddleston is holding a Kickstarter for his book Bully. I suggest you go check it out and support it, the link is below.
Now seeing as I’m writing my blog I’m going to talk about myself, not that, that ever changes But this week I successfully survived my 45th birthday on this earth. I was wholly expecting to survive and plan on surviving another 45 years but the real point to all of this is that I took a week off from work and instead of looking inward retrospectively which is what I’ve done in years past (and I did do a little of this time) I instead decided to watch a bunch of movies, TV shows and documentaries and read not as many books as I would have liked.
One of the films I want to talk about is the Hobbit extended edition.
The reason I wish to discuss it is because of its uneven nature and despite that how much I still enjoy it. For starters I enjoy the beginning of the film and the set up which establishes the world and a firm connection with the LOTR films. The introduction of the dwarves and their world is something I can watch over and over again just on the strength of the visuals. We then wind up with the dwarves at Bilbo’s home making a mess and singing merry songs, again it’s a scene I enjoy all the way through and my patients for the film doesn’t get tested until the next set of occurrences when the trolls are confronted and the Dwarves are captured along with Bilbo. Now I know this was written before LOTR and it was meant as a children’s book, but why are these Dwarves so ineffective in battle? There are 13 of them working in preternatural unison with one another and they can’t get the task done. Now maybe my expectations are too high since in the LOTR films we see a human (albeit a long lived one) an elf and one dwarf run down a whole squad of bad guys take them on and only come out with a few bruises (it’s fantasy all the way through I know, lol) but I’m just using this to make a point here we have 13 Dwarves unable to take down 3 trolls, while Legolas looks like he can take down a dozen of them by himself, and didn’t Aragorn take on a pack of wraiths with 3 hobbits and come out on top. Then to add insult to injury we have Bilbo talking his way out of the situation to buy Gandalf enough time to put the kibosh on the trolls and this doesn’t just happen once but 3 times throughout the course of the film, thank goodness for wizards and hobbits. I’m poking fun but in truth I enjoyed the scenes with Radagast, the elves, Bilobos encounter with Gollum, and when anyone broke out into song, only because they’re either fun or completely bonkers.
I watched the extended cut which I prefer and always hold out when buying the Blu-rays. The extra scenes add some fun to the film and the Appendices which chronicle the making of the films. Now if you’re not interested in how a film is made or how art on this scale can be achieved then this won’t interest you, but if you want to get a glimpse into film making then these are great and I have to say after watching these over several days it makes me want to see the film again just to see the minor things I didn’t catch the first and second time I watched the films but got to see in the extras. Now I just have to wait for The Desolation of Smaug to come out.
The other film I watched was Wu Dang
Now this one I caught on Netflix indemand so if you got it you can see it there instead of buying a CD or Blu-ray. I’ve been watching Asian and foreign films for years and this by far isn’t the best I’ve ever seen but it was fun. The real reason it stands out for me is for the reason of how heavily it seemed to borrow from Raiders of The Lost Ark, yes, Indiana Jones. It does sound strange for an Asian film but it did and did it well. In the opener we meet a well dressed collage professor going to check on an artifact. He discovers that it’s a fake and the offended party attacks the professor who steals a map, with much Kung Fu fun, this is where the real goods are and so our story begins. The professor goes to an ancient set of mountains in China so he can steal 7 artifacts under the cover of his daughter fighting in a competition that occurs once every 500 years. When I was watching the film I wondered what was the motive of the professor and why was he stealing the artifacts he doesn’t come off as the type and he didn’t have the brazen self righteous motive; of this stuff belongs in a museum, even though I’m stealing them from the natives of the land. His motives don’t come through until much later in the film which made me sit back and wonder of the character of a man like Indiana Jones, who is a good man but is selfish in his academic pursuits and the professor in this film is just as selfish, but which one is more so, does it even matter? I don’t want to ruin what happens in the film and some of you will probably feel that I’m a sentimentalist, I am and I don’t have a problem admitting that. I think the real reason I found the film fun is how the writer of the film took the basic plot of ROTLA put a slight spin on it and made it his own thing and as a writer I always find this sort of thing fascinating.
That’s it for now and I’ll get back t doing books soon enough, I have piles of them to go over.
Now here’s something special for those of you who want to see a glimpse of what’s coming up here’s an image Daphne did of Oswald and his family while he was the Emperor of the Mar.
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Daphne here again, just to tell everyone that I have finished updating the Archive so that every page now has a proper title. Looking for a particular story? You can now easily find what you are looking for instead of wondering what all the random gobbledygook titles meant. Now to see if I can get JD to continue following the title pattern when he uploads new pages.
Also just to remind everyone that we are still offering the hardcover in the store with FREE SHIPPING on every order. Just enter coupon code OSWALDKICKSTART to get the discount. We also lowered the price on the book so even more savings! Check it out!
Well, gotta get back to finishing more Oswald art for the website! Gotta keep everything looking nice and pretty! Thank you for all your support!
Hey, everyone! JD’s other half, Daphne here filling in with a website update!
The Oswald Chronicles Volume 1 hardcover from Kickstarter is NOW AVAILABLE for purchase in the store!
Missed it on Kickstarter the first time around? Now’s your chance to pick up a copy of the limited edition hardcover. Only 500 copies were produced and they are both numbered and signed by myself and JD Calderon. For those of you wondering, I illustrated the story exclusive to this collection “The Great Turkey Rebellion” so yeah, I get to sign the book too!
We are also offering FREE SHIPPING on every order of the hardcover! Just enter coupon code OSWALDKICKSTART to get the discount!
Thank you for all your support!
It’s been a while since I did one of these and I wanted to let everyone know that the Oswald Chronicles Vol. 1 has arrived and they look great and I’m going to begin shipping these out to everyone who helped Kickstart the book Just as a note these books are hardcover and are limited edition to 500 copies and 50 artist proofs and the only way to get them is on Kickstarter, the store on the website in a few weeks and at cons. There will be a trade paperback version and that’s going to be a full release and I’m looking to have it distributed through Diamond and I’ll be pursuing that over the next few weeks. Once the books are sent out there will be another Kickstarter for Vol.2. I will keep everyone posted as that comes closer.
Here is a cover done illustrated by Jade Gonzalez and colored by Thomas Hayes. Now the one on the top was Thomas coloring the cover without knowing what I wanted for Clive’s colors and the second one is the corrected one. Although insane I love the first cover colors even though it’s not what I envisioned for Clive, enjoy.
A long time internet friend and at one time printing client Courtney Huddleston got in touch with me to ask about Kickstarter and some of the pitfalls to be avoided and my answer follows along with a bit of a tirade about pros who sometimes look at Kickstarter as strange piggybank that can be shaken for their lifestyles to be supported.
Kickstarter the toughest thing I found was the stress and how easy it is to get carried away with promoting whatever it is you’re doing. You may have a better chance of getting through it without all the hand wringing I went through, I hope for your sake. But for me it was a struggle to get to my goal and I got burnt out of the whole social media thing and what’s really nuts is I’m getting ready for my second run at KS as well.
The biggest issue I had with KS was that SM took up so much time I got barely any writing done in those 45 days, but I sent out tons of messages and e-mails to anyone who would listen. So my only real advice, is try to take it easy and don’t wig out, and keep your goal realistic. There’s a guy now on KS trying to raise 200,000K and although he’s a great artist and I like the book and I have contributed I see him having a hard time making it, because he wants people to pay him to stay at home sit on his butt and draw the book. Sounds reasonable from a pros perspective I’m sure, but from an average person’s perspective who goes to work every day or from any indy creator who has to work a day job and do their books on the side with little or no compensation, it’s like a slap in the face, so I don’t see many people going out of their way to support this. And telling me you worked at DC for 25 years is like telling me you worked at the local gas station it doesn’t mean much if I wasn’t reading and enjoying the books you were creating over there. If he had asked for 30 or 45K I could see him having an easier time of it.
I think what many of the pros who come into KS are having an issue with is the stance that their books sold in the tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands at DC and Marvel or where ever it is they made their bones, they think it will translate over to KS sales and it’s shown in many occasions that it doesn’t. Especially when you’re asking for people to support your lifestyle, which again from a pros perspective I’m sure doesn’t sound unusual but from folks who come from indy circles it sounds a bit outrageous, if not flat out unreasonable. From our perspective (indy creators and this is really only my view on it through the general lens of the collective indy community) we look at it like this, I go out do my day job and on my off hours I do my comic, why can’t you? Now if your book is done and all you need is money to print then fine I’ll chip in and help you make that happen, Mr. Pro person you, because I like the feel and vibe of your book and you took the time to create this on your own and I appreciate that both as a fan and as a aspiring creator.
Now in contrast there have been a number of pros who have come in and have raised quite a bit of money for their projects, but those that have, have been reasonable in the amount they ask for and have set up some really nice pledge levels. The creators asking for the 200,000 have put in some nice pledge levels and I have contributed to get a hardcover, but that steep goal I think may keep them from raising the funds they’re seeking for the reason I stated above. The link for the project is below and I would suggest checking it out and come away with your own opinion. If you have any thoughts or feeling on the subject please let me know?
On top of that Courtney is a MMA fan as am I and he had a few questions for me. So here are the questions and my answers
1. Do you think Anderson Silva is gonna get serious, and win his belt back the second time around?
Yes, I think Anderson is going to get serious and take his belt back. If he doesn’t I just hope Weidman can at least beat him in a way that will make me feel that he won it rather than Anderson just lost it.
2. Is George St. Pierre gonna keep his belt against Hendricks?
I don’t know. I’m not that big of a fan of either really. I was rooting for Condit when he was fighting George and I thought Hendricks lost his fight against Koschek and I think he’ll lose against Condit in a second fight. So who knows, but I do know it’s all going to hinge on Hendricks being able to stop GSP’s shot, if he can shut that down he can win. If he can’t do that then he’s probably going to be in for 5 rounds of GNP from GSP.
3. I would ask about Jon Jones losing his belt, but I can’t see that happening…unless he lets his guard and hands down like Silva. But you may think otherwise.
Jones is solid at 205. I think his real challenges are going to be at HW where his size and reach will mean much less and where he won’t be able to overpower guys. Him against JDS or Cain will be interesting and even him against someone like Barnett will be telling.
4. Pettis already beat Henderson for the belt back at WEC. But, Ben Henderson has improved. Who wins?
Man Henderson is my boy but that’s a tough one especially since I don’t care for Pettis. I think it can go either way but if Bendo sticks to take downs and GNP he may win this, although I would like to see a finish form wither fighter. And just to add in I think Aldo would’ve beaten the breaks off of Pettis. Another side note I think Mike Chandler the 155lb champion from Bellator can beat either Bendo or Pettis.
5. Who’s the current pound for pound best MMA?
My heart tells me Anderson still even after the loss, but my brain tells me it’s a tossup between Aldo and Jones only because of how dominant they have been.
That’s it for now and thank you all for stopping by and please keep supporting The Oswald Chronicles by voting for him on topwebcomics.com
Thank you all for the support.
I just sent off links to those of you who contributed to the Oswald Kickstarter.
So please check your e-mails and download your rewards
But please download the files before August 1, 2013 because we’re taking down the files on Aug 2, 2013
Thank you to all of you for the support and please keep voting for the site on www.webcomics.com
It’s been a while and I thought it would finally be a good time to let everyone know what’s going on. First the good news the book is pretty much finished, just a few more proofing steps and then it’ll be off to the printers hopefully either by the end of this month or the first week of May. Now the bad news is that despite me waiting for as long as I felt I could Luigi didn’t meet my deadline. In all fairness to Luigi I never informed him of the deadline, because I didn’t want him to rush the work and get pages that look rushed. So instead of that story which will have to wait for a future volume I’m putting in a gallery with art from various artists that I’ve either commissioned or was gifted with to help promote the series. The book still comes in at 198 pages so there’s still plenty of story at 180 pages worth On top of that we’re changing the cover to the one below because without the other story the new cover makes no sense, so we’re going back to my original choice I’ll find a use for the other piece at a future date. I am sorry that this is taking longer than I had originally promised but I want the book to be just right and there are many little steps that have to be taken. If any of you have any questions, concerns or advise please feel free to send me an e-mail or post up on the message board.
Thank you all again for supporting my efforts on The Oswald Chronicles and I promise you all that I will do my best to continue to bring you wonderful flights of fantasy (I know it’s supposed to be fancy but I like fantasy better
With any luck soon I will be sending out pics of the samples from the printers and more news.
Take care and live the dream.
Hello everyone update time again and I’m happy to report that we have a cover and the book is coming together. Luigi Teruel is working hard on his pages and sent me a note recently saying I should have the remaining pages by the 3rd week of March, which is awesome. All of the other pages have been lettered and the rest of the book has been put together so there’s only a few more steps to go and we’ll finally have a shiny new book.
The cover colors are by by Liezl Buenaventura
That’s it for now and with any luck in a few weeks I should have some more good news.
Please keep supporting the site by voting for it on topwebomcis.com
Thank you all for the support.
Had a bit of a mix up so we have 2 pages up today.
It’s time for another update
Things are coming along slowly but they are coming along. I got the final art work for the cover from Jade and it looks great.
I sent the piece out to be colored by two different artists and I got back the first one and it looks fantastic, now I’m just waiting for the second colorist to send the cover back. I think it’s going to be a real tough choice, but one I’m looking forward to making. Luigito the artist working on the fifth and final story (Adventure Time Unbidden) has sent in 4 more pages and they look great and he said he’s looking to send another 6 pages by the first week of February. I’m kind of hoping I don’t have to use reverse Scotty time and add a couple of weeks but if I do it’s cool the pages are looking good and I don’t mind waiting for them.
Now please keep supporting The Oswald Chronicles by voting for the site on www.topwebcomics.com and go check out www.TallTailsonline.com for some fun sword and sorcery action.
Now Here’s the cover and a page from Luigito, enjoy
And now for some really overdue reviews:
Nexus Omnibus Mike Baron Steve Rude
I remember Nexus from when I was younger and going to comic shops and seeing it but for one reason or another I never picked up a copy. Good thing because it left me a great run of books to pick up and read now. I’ve never been a big fan of Baron’s writing but he really clicks here and does some great stuff. If you want to see some great artwork and some really interesting stories with strange science fiction slant you may want to check this out.
Hopeless Maine Tom & Nimue Brown
I took a shot in the dark on this book and I got lucky, this was a fun book about a young girl who lives in a strange place with weird goings on, while discovering how she fits into the setting she lives. Fun book that I’m looking forward to seeing vol. 2
The Sixth Gun vol. 4 Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurt, Tyler Crook, and Bill Crabtree
Zombies, monsters, ghosts, magic, six shooters and the fate of the world in the balance all in the wild west. Fun book that I’m always looking forward to getting my hands on and soon to be a TV show I hope.
Rock Bottom by Joe Casey and Charlie Adlard
This book was interesting and wasn’t what I was expecting when I ordered it. I thought it was going to be some sort of weird superhero story. Instead what I got was a weird superhero origin story. I’m on the fence about this book, because the artwork although good was done in a style where it was obvious the artist was expecting it to get colored, so there are no spot blacks in the book. Instead what you have are a lot of thins lines with nothing on the page being distinct. The story is self contained and ends in this volume and was good but not really something I think anyone needs to go out of their way for.
Spaceman by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
Spaceman has some really great artwork with an interesting story that I enjoyed. There was something in the book I didn’t enjoy and that was the authors use of a strange dialect he imposed on his characters, other than that I thought the book was well done and I’m happy I picked it up.
Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Work by Richard Corben
Richard Corben and Edgar Allan Poe what more do I have to say, go out and get a copy, it will fill you with the creeps and make you happy at the same time. My only complaint is that the story only fills a standard comic book, I just wish there was more.
BPRD vol. 4 by Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Guy Davis, and Dave Stewart
This volume continues the adventures of the BPRD crew as they try to save the world from demon frogs, ancient underground dwelling trolls with giant bio mecha and any and all other dangers to humanity. Fun, fun, fun is all I can say great art, fantastic story in a great format. Hundreds of pages of monster hunting drama
Fables Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham, Craig Hamilton, Jim fern, Ray Snyder, and Mark Farmer
I always look forward to anything that Bill Willingham sets his hand to so this book was no different, although I was a little disappointed by this book. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the book, but this book is a Fables special, like 1001 nights of snowfall, and Peter & Max. Now the difference between those books and this one is that those two books were very good to great, while this one is just good, which isn’t really a bad thing, but when I think of a Fables special I think of something special, not a Midwestern werewolf story, that does give some background to Bigby but not much else. If you’re a Fables completest as I am go out and get it, it’s a good story with some good background, I’m greedy though, I wanted more.
Valentine by Alex de Campi and Christine Larsen
I bought this book purely on the strength of the cover and man was I surprised when I opened it up, because the style inside is an anime/manga type style. The story is about a fairy dimension traveling adventure, fun book but I would’ve preferred if the cover was more representative the interiors.
Pinocchio Vampire Slayer of Wood and Blood part 2 by Dusty Higgins and Van Jensen
This was a fun series of books that I’m sad to see end and it’s a shame because this book was a ton of fun and is worth looking at if for nothing else the sheer strangeness of it.
Marvel Tales by Alan Davis
Many years ago Alan Davis created a group of super hero family within the Marvel Universe called The Clandestine. It was a beautifully illustrated book with some okay writing, but I remember having fun reading it. That series was cancelled after a few issues and Alan Davis being the determined dude that he is hasn’t given up on his creation and I’m happy that Marvel allows him to do these sneaky Clandestine adventures in other books. This is clearly a Clandestine limited series that he was allowed to do in three other titles and I have to say I really enjoyed it. So if you like great art and a fun story go check this one out.
Journey Into Mystery by Kieron Gillen and various
Loki, demon dog and a death maiden as a girl friend, along with a strange guilt complex, although he doesn’t understand why no one will trust him, even though he comes through on the good side every time. These three books and the series as a whole was a lot of fun from his goofy dealings with Mephisto and Helstrom (formerly known as Son of Satan to him dealing with strange ancient gods. It’s a shame they decided to end Kieron Gillen’s run and I don’t know if he’ll carry this type of style over to his next project or not but I will keep an eye out for it. Great stuff, go check it out.
Thank you all for supporting me and The Oswald Chronicles. I will try to make these more frequent as we get closer to press.
Time for another update
We’re making progress, Daphne is putting the book together in InDesign and she’s almost done with the book at least with the portion of the book that we have.
Some real news and I have to apologize for it, that we decided to produce a trade paperback as opposed to a hardcover. The hardcover was something I wanted to do but it was just too cost prohibitive and would’ve put me in debt which is something I’m looking to avoid. But on a positive note the book will be 192 pages instead of 128 pages which I think is awesome and it’s going to be a great looking book.
We’re still waiting on some pages from Luigito Teruel but he’s delivered the first ten pages and he’s provided layouts for the next nine and here are some of those layouts.
On top of that Jade is providing a new cover for the book and here are some of those layouts, from these a new cover will rise. Which one do you like?
Again I would like to thank all of you for the support, have a happy new year and be safe.