Cape Augusta, Maine. Sounds like the perfect place for a Stephen King novel, doesn’t it? Well, in this case, it’s not a King horror novel we’re discussing, but the horror comic, The Plot, from Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci from Vault Comics. Let me first say the colours, the drawings, and the expressions on the characters will not just draw you in, but they will make you very uneasy. Completely uneasy. Unnerved, let’s say.
The colours are spot on perfect to enhance the mood, the lettering not only moves you through what happens, but actually lead you into emotive moments in such a way, you feel them deeply. The storyline is paced perfectly and as someone who is picky about pacing and a story which feels deep yet not dragging–this story is perfect so far. You need this story, even if you’re not a horror fan. Truly. If you are a horror fan, you must make room to read this series. Continue reading →
Let’s talk about Sera and the Royal Stars #1. The opening sequence is enough to stir anyone who loves fantasy novels. You arrive when it should be the end of a battle and it’s time to retrieve the fallen, and yet, it seems Sera’s enemy seeks to continue their fight a while longer. Sera shows a depth of intimacy with death and war as she casually removes an arrow from a fallen warrior. Then things go a bit sideways for our beloved Sera. Suddenly, she’s no longer aiming at the enemy, she’s in outer space speaking to an entity known as Mitra.
Mitra tells Sera there is a task to be accomplished. She must release the bonds on the eternal celestial lights, otherwise the physical realm would be impacted as well. Sera, unnerved by the situation, demands to go back. What happens at that point is not what you’d expect in any situation. I would tell you more—but I can’t. You’ll have to read for yourself just how amazing Sera is. The scope of the artwork is amazing. You can see and feel the difference between the physical realm and the vision realm. When you realise just what is at stake—or what you think is at stake versus what is known among the physical world, you wonder- what would you do?
The artwork is spectacular. From the spectacular scenes that spread across the pages, to the colours which set the mood so perfectly, Mok and Angulo deserve major kudos for bringing this issue to glorious life. The colours just fill your soul as you follow Sera as she makes a choice that can change not only her world, but everyone’s. The scenes with Sera and her family are coloured in such a way, you see the emotion pop as the facial expressions and movements come alive. Angulo did such a brilliant job here with the deftness of colour to convey such intense emotions. Mok’s linework in just conveying meaning is top notch. Truly, when you see this land, it has emotion and comes alive with each layer.
Now, I want to mention Jim Campbell’s lettering here for a moment. His lettering choices throughout this issue is superb. From the very beginning through the visions, and going forward, you never once feel pulled out of the storyline. In fact, his lettering is so congruent to the artwork and colouring, it’s why the flow of the story is impeccable. As a writer, the written word calls to me, so seeing/not seeing the words as I read this fabulous story is truly an apex moment. It enhanced so much of my experience, allowed me to enjoy each panel as it unveiled itself.
From start to finish, this is not just a fantasy story. It’s an epic adventure which is both mythic in scope as well as a call to arms for anyone who thinks doing the will of the gods is simple or easy. Vault Comics has paved the way for a fantasy story which not only draws you in, but guides you into something bigger than yourself, showing how anyone become a querent on a quest to save the world.
Tsuei has written an amazing first issue of Sera and the Royal Stars. The storyline is tight, smooth, and it just flows like a river. It’s a testament to editor, Adrian Wassel, on the high quality, well-polished prose within the story. The verbal exchanges are intense, spot on without dragging. Tsuei makes sure to get the point across without info dumping. Droplets of info here and there, enough to make you want to know more. That is something many comics don’t do enough of- great foreshadowing. This one has delivered with some great hooks and foreshadowing that make you yearn for issue two.
Tsuei, Angulo, Mok, Campbell, and Vault Comics needs to be proud of this issue and the series. There aren’t many fantasy novels that transcend the same old mold out there. This is one of them and it breaks it in such a way, you cheer Sera on as she gets on her horse and rides out of the compound to find the first part of what’s needed to free the bound celestial lights. I cannot wait to read the next issue and see what else is in store for Sera as she seeks out the Royal Stars and her own destiny.
Sera and the Royal Stars #1
Writer: Jon Tsuei Colourist: Raul Angulo
Artist: Audrey Mok Letterer: Jim Campbell
Publisher: The Vault Comics Editor: Adam F. Wassel
There are many stories out there about worlds of hidden magic, a world just out of our reach. Growing up, I can’t tell you how many times I prayed for the magical world to come and take me home. Thus, when I got my hands on book one of Image Comic’s Blackbird by Sam Humphries and Jen Bartel, I was beyond excited to read this story set in the Los Angeles Basin area. This story is not like any other magic or superhero story out there. In fact, I got so swept away by this story- I’d love to see it in prose format—it’s that good.
What can I tell you about writer Danny Lore, artist Jordi Perez, colourist Dearblha Kelly, and letterer Kim McLean on this story which is more than a story? When it comes to Queen of Bad Dreams, they’ve created a world so real, so unique, you need to truly experience it for yourself. (Then again, you have to ask yourself- are you human or a figment? If you’re a figment, it might not be good to experience it. Keep reading to find out why!) By the way, give Kim McLean and Dearblha Kelly some serious props for the lettering and the colouring in this issue. It’s amazing and truly brings you into a new universe which just brings you right along without you realizing. Continue reading →
Writing in a new medium is tough. I grew up reading comics. I always wanted to write a comic. Luckily, I found a great teacher to help mentor me, as I mentor him in novel writing. This turned into me submitting my first comic scripts for an anthology. He helped me to prep my stories through the process.
I’m grateful. Whatever else, I still need to learn the ins and outs of the full scripting. My happiness is knowing I’ve got the basics. Now to get to the details. I have some sample scripts to help, from the great Greg Pak to my friend, Jay Sandlin. I will get this scripting down to a science if it kills me. LOL
My happiness is I can look at my old half finished books and see which ones are meant to be graphic novels. It has increased my love for the medium. More, it’s giving me happiness because life is shifting in a positive direction. My creativity is increasing ten fold.
I recently started filming videos. Many are decks reviews with readings. Some are free pick a card readings that allow people to choose a deck of cards to unlock information regarding a topic. Popular themes are about soulmates, past lives, psychic talents, new careers, love life, and more. I find I enjoy watching and creating these, especially when I do a “Choose Your Own Reading” by crystals. To me, it’s one of the best ways to let people customise their own readings so it’s unlike anyone else’s. Here’s one of my Pick A Card readings for you to enjoy.
It’s definitely a crazy week or so. I’ve been sick, still managed a few readings, and now, I’ve done something to my left knee. I’ve been using my Reiki on it, which helps, but it’s definitely unhappy.
Plus side, I’ve discovered I’m regaining my joy of intuition reading again. My skills of picking up vibrational energy has increased dramatically. I’m so grateful to the Elements for their grace on this. Now if they’d pull back the pain, we’d be gold and silver.
This week coming, my card is Desth. Change is coming. Life will be crazy as change continues. More, this change is a new beginning which has bold consequences for the action. So, someone is due for a big payoff for some hard work making those changes internally and without. Good for you!
Remember, no matter where you are in life, the cards can guide you, hold you, even help you craft energywork. So, be brave. Be proud of who you are. You are worthy.
It’s October. One of the few months I truly enjoy. It’s a time where people tend to wear a mask that reveals their inner most self, while they cover up themselves. It’s also the time when hot, muggy Florida begins to settle down and cool off a bit.