How to create a graphic novel

I wrote about the process of creating Starblood the graphic novel and its sequel Psychonaut on my blog, including the script, character concepts and finished pages. Follow this link to read more.

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Starblood

 
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Satori, an adept Chaos Magician, casts a spell to try and win back his lost love, Star. Lilith, mother of demons, has other ideas. Summoned by Satori’s magic, she makes it her mission to manipulate and separate the doomed lovers.
 
Satori knows he and Star are meant to be together. He battles demons, travels worlds and even transcends death for her but, however much she begs, he can’t grant her the freedom she craves.
 
The Starblood Trilogy is a tale of sorcery, demonology, murder, sexual obsession and Gothic subculture. In the words of Jef Rouner (Houston Press) “You don’t read [Carmilla Voiez’s] books. You survive them.” and Starblood may be the most brutal female-centred horror of them all. Winner of numerous indie awards, The Starblood Trilogy is being adapted into a series of graphic novels with art by Anna Dmitrieva.
 
“Carmilla Voiez is more of a singer than a writer. She tells her compelling story in a hypnotic, distinctive voice that brings her eerie world vividly to life.” Graham Masterton.
 
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Preacher, 2016, a review.

Imagine a town so degenerate that it makes Twin Peaks look like an ideal place to settle. A town with a diseased heart, run by a murderer who worships the god of meat. This town is Annville and it is the setting for the first season of AMC’s brilliant series, Preacher.

Add plenty of bloody violence, and “Misfits” style humour, in a large part thanks to the wonderful acting of Joseph Gilgun and Ruth Negga, and you start to get the flavour of what this superb series is about.

But the recipe is much more complex. We have a dark and dangerous town, we have insane and violent background characters, and then we have equally violent angels (complete with a chainsaw), trying to recover the voice of Genesis, which for some reason has found a home within bad boy preacher Jesse Custer. Custer’s best friends are a vampire and his childhood sweetheart, Tulip. Their enduring friendship and their simultaneously heartbreaking and heart-warming romance is the most realistic thing in the show. If “True Romance” starred a vampire and angels it might still fall short of the glory that is Preacher.

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Every episode is a delicious treat, as Jesse tries to bring the townsfolk to God. Forget Ash v Evil Dead and Z Nation. Preacher is the funniest and most violent horror show I’ve seen so far. If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t wait too long. Season 2 promises to be even better.

5/5

Watchmen, a review.

Watchmen was a potent mix of narrative styles – comic, journal entries, newspaper editorials and academic articles. The smooth transition between stories was masterful. Everything in this book is interconnected to make philosophical points while remaining an entertaining read. It shows the danger of right-wing, violence-worshipping America and the rise of fascism mirrored by a very real (still) Cold War terror of nuclear annihilation. Dr Manhatten (USA’s ultimate deterrent) was created by a destruction and reconstruction of self on an atomic level and the book mirrors this as America and the World are faced with the same potential of destruction and the philosophical question of whether reconstruction is still possible. The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was a lack of characterisation in my opinion. If it had achieved that too it would have been a masterpiece.

4/5