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photo 2014-07-09 22:34
Hope Barrett of North Door 37 Publishing receives her pre-order of Charm School Graphique Vol 1!
Reader Sam Stabbin Adams' awesome pre-order!
The Fairer Than illustration plate, in the inking stage.

Many things Charm School! (maybe not that many, but . . . )

 

A book review of Charm School Graphique Vol 1! My thanks to Vanessa Clark, aka V.C., author of LGBTI, glitterotica, and wicked romance. V.C. sez:

 

"The style and theme of Charm School is Archie meets manga, meets Betty and Veronica, meets Monster High, and so many other doses of teenaged comic goodness . . . "

 

Check out the review, here: http://vcerotica.blogspot.com/2014/07/book-review-charm-school-graphique-vol-1.html?zx=86311cd0776d25d2

 

Also, people's pre-orders are arriving in their mail boxes, pictured above! I'm very happy that everyone is enjoying the books and their bonus extras. Hope Barrett of North Door 37 Publishing sez over at Facebook:

 

"Last night's reading: Elizabeth Watasin's Charm School, featuring vampires, witches, and the very hot Fairer Than (see pic attached). Originally published by Slave Labor Graphics, this edition has been re-inked and touched up by Elizabeth. I have no idea what the first edition was like, but the current 2014 publication has a beautiful cover ~ to look at and touch; the storyline is quirky and just a touch loopy.

The best line: "I've encountered this gorgeous faerie and now I can't eat, sleep, or understand what people are saying! Whatever could be wrong with me, Doctor??"

A delightful addition to the LGBT comic collector's library, especially wonderful to see Elizabeth's artwork in print again."

 

Loopy?? I'll have you know, madame, that I was entirely sober whilst composing Charm School! ;D

 

The 'hot Fairer Than' pic Hope refers to is, I believe, the 'inking in progress' pic I posted at Facebook.

 

Charm School Graphique Vol 1 is available only in print currently, mostly because I have to figure out if I have to process the whole book again just to make it digital. And because there's an animated flip corner for 'real space', not 'digital space'. Bah. But anyway, it's at Barnes & Noble and you can see it at any Amazon in the 'verse via this geolink:  getBook.at/charmschoolgraphique1 

 

Huzzah! And now on to more things~~~

 

all the best,

~~eee

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photo 2014-02-22 21:01
Charm School advert to insert in CS books.

The *new* advert page for Charm School, to be included in the Charm School Graphique books. The first one I'd made (back in Oct) was errm, quite boring. So this is the snazzy one, full of digitally realized prettiness!

 

More! To be! Made! And then I actually have to draw, just for the front matter of the book.

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photo 2013-11-15 00:33
Long Beach Comic-Con 2013

( Next year . . . I'm only doing three events. ;) It's been fun but I really want to make more books! )

 

Long Beach Comic-Con 2013:

 

It is with great pleasure that I announce that children's illustrator and old animation buddy, Kimberly Dwinell, will be sharing Table AA1007 with me, Nov 23 and 24! Come by, come buy! :)

"Celebrated children's illustrator and storyteller Kim Dwinell has worked for animation studios such as Rich, Turner, and Disney and teaches at California State University Long Beach and California State University Fullerton inspiring brilliant, young people to bring their own stories to life. Her highly anticipated graphic novel, Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point, will soon debut. When not teaching, painting, and writing stories, she can be found running or surfing to combat the effects of a chair-bound profession."

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photo 2013-10-24 02:29
working on Charm School Graphique Vol 2 cover art and back
Indesign; interior of Charm School Graphique Vol 1 being laid out

Managing: there's a great interview with Joss Whedon on how to get things done, and it merits repeat reading so I can remember what needs applying to Life. Project-wise, this includes setting up all of the Charm School material for publishing---digital and print, and actually making new Charm School stories. Fancy that. As the old material will make up five graphic albums, I can safely say (or dangerously, however one looks at it), that to bring the storyline to a satisfying end, the albums will go to seven volumes.

 

With that finally visualised, there's more to also maintain (and start): The Dark Victorian series, for which I've revamped covers planned. The Elle Black Penny Dreads, also getting new covers (ha! I haven't even finished writing book 2 yet, but yes, a new look for that line). And I certainly would like to get Wit's World: Never Was, my YA novel, off the back burner and nearer to reality.

 

Joss gives some keys to understanding, and so does a book I'm consulting at the moment for further guidance. But really, it's all sweat and tears. And luck.

 

Joss Whedon link:

http://www.fastcocreate.com/1683167/how-to-be-prolific-guidelines-for-getting-it-done-from-joss-whedon

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photo 2013-10-20 04:22
The new Charm School Graphique Vol 1 cover (front and back)
part of page 1 from Charm School #1 (first published by SLG Publishing)
WHEN we used to paste in dialogue by hand (must erase the shadows from pasting)
WHEN we used to apply screentone by hand :) cut with an X-acto.

What I'm working on: It took quite a while for me to figure out how to republish my (old) indie comic series, Charm School. First published by Slave Labor Graphics (SLG Publishing) in the form of 'floppy' comics, the first 3 issues were then gathered into a graphic novel.

 

But when I asked for the property back, I knew I was going to publish all 9 issues, plus the 10th, which I'd yet to finish. But how would I like it to manifest? What kind of Charm School book do I want on a shelf, to take down, hold, slowly page through, and enjoy?

 

Would my gorgeous book be in the traditional (American) graphic novel size, which is about 7x10? Or should I go for the 'dream' size, the European graphic album (8.5x11)?

 

I went for the 'dream' size. :)

 

Two issues per graphic album, plus extra matter, *front* matter (which I love), and I am contemplating tiny cartoons running along a margin (or 'gutter' as it's said in sequential art), with a very nice surprise in the lower right corner. It will become clearer when I get to those ideas and make them real.

 

I wish POD (print on demand) had the capability to print on the inside front and back, then I could do a really nice inside pattern (like endpapers---though not that, exactly). But offset printing is a dream for another day. 

 

The digital version of these comics is a different story. One where the boggling question of 'what do digital devises want from me?' needed answer. So I've a great formatter working with me on that. Thing is, just as I was prepping images for digital, HD devises came out. >_< So---yay! Glad I didn't have to dump too much work already done. ;)

 

More, later. ^v^

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