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Series Mania and the Sovereign Writers
An edition about my latest adventures in the World of the TV series (and more)
WELCOME TO A NEW EDITION OF MY NEWSLETTER
First of all, updating my releases. Elixir graphic novel had a little delay due to distribution reasons but it’s coming!
UPDATED RELEASE SCHEDULE
Now on sale:
FAHRENHEIT 451 graphic novel (now on sale in Spain)
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE: MASTERVERSE issue #2 with Tim Seeley
PARANOIA KILLER: VIRYA and PARANOIA KILLER COMPILATION (digital)
April (USA): ELIXIR graphic novel with Frank Barbiere and Ricky Mammone
September (USA): PROJECT MONARCH with Mike Oeming
This year is the first time I attended the Series Mania festival in Lille (France), where we have been trying to get funds and partners for the project I created, MOTORWAY (a live-action young adult six episodes series). In fact, I was some days before the event for attending a four-days course about audiovisual creation. We were only ten students, five teams of two, creators of different TV shows in development. I attended with my partner-in-crime Anthony Alleyne, who is developing this project with me, and others crazy ideas like the Ezequiel Himes adaptation or the Irish-Japanese martial arts movie Left Hand of the Devil. And when we finished the classes, we attended the festival. After this date in Lille, we are invited to continue our formation attending the Toledo Conecta Festival and the Sarajevo Film Festival.
So there I was, back at the school, with very different (and super-nice and super-pro) people from France, Spain, Croacia, UK, Burkina Faso or Benin invited by the Going European programme to educate and advise professionals. We worked together with prestigious writers, producers, distributors, F/X experts, lawyers, composers… Very productive and very motivating. Not bad for a newbie in this world like me, isn't it?
After the four days of classes, we spend the rest of the days in the Festival focused on our own projects. Meetings, pitching, talking a lot and (in my case) constantly learning about how the TV shows are done. I meet a lot of people from broadcastings, distribution companies, and more. Meeting people, making contacts, meeting old friends again (some of the comic-book world, like me!) and learning all I could about this fascinating world. An intense week and I hope we get the desired results soon!
ABOUT SUCCESS AND MERIT
I have talked a lot these days about what I like and dislike. Sometimes I have discussions about TV shows, movies, books or comics with my friends. With people who I consider “experts” (people who are professional writers and artists which criterion I value) and with other friends and family out of this creative world. Like everybody. But I’m sure you sometimes feel you are not in sintony with the rest of the world. Why does everybody love this story I consider flat, unoriginal and clumsy? Why is nobody able to appreciate this little hidden gem? And sometimes you see how works of perfectly executed craft are ignored by critics and audiences, while the wide audiences enjoy like childs with this repetitive regurgitation of old-fashioned clichés.
I think nobody is special in this case. All of us have our philias and phobias. But as a creator I sometimes think: “If this guy I admired so much did a wonderful work and crashed spectacularly, what should I expect?”
I have tell you that Science has proved that I’m literally the only guy in Earth who loves Ultraviolet?
One of the things you must assume when you are trying to make a living with a creative job is that quality and success are not always linked. Sometimes the universe rewards the E.L James and a modern Raymond Chandler is punished with oblivion. The best you can do is just doing the best you can. And maybe you will find a reward with the thing you put the major effort in, or maybe this silly thing you did in between assignments will be the next big hit. But whatever happens, enjoy the process and for God’s sake, FINISH IT. Because there is no success or failure if you don’t finish it. And then you can learn from both (and surely you will learn more from the second one, I can promise it).
THIS HAS BEEN A LITTLE VISUAL NEWSLETTER…
So here is a never published variant cover of Until my knuckles bleed:
(There is something about UMKB I’ll tell you in the next newsletter)
And that’s all for today!
Next week, you will have your monthly dosis of Ginger revenges!
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