Without Fear

Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

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Some stuff I’ve been reading. You might dig.

THE TOP 25 JASON STATHAM FLICKS – because you know you love them, and because you might have missed on. Catch up now.

POST-SDCC LAY OF THE LAND - It’s a BC article but it’s the kind of peek behind the curtain that tells us so much about the comics industry and how it really goes at different publishers. The sort of thing you need to read, if you are breaking in, but always keep a few grains of salt nearby.

WE ARE THE CANDY BARS OF POP CULTURE – in Which my good friend Julian darius exposes himself a s a Major League Fun Buster while reflecting on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. My 2c: I loved that flick, and yet I know it’s dumb, but enjoyable over smart is often a path I’d rather take. The opposite – smart but not enjoyable – certainly holds few merits.

DREAM THIEVES – I’m not even sure what to clarify this as – it’s about a US ban on sleep – but I dig it.

DEER EDITOR – 100% Funded – Onto Stretch Goals

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Aw, yeah, we got there. And in 24 hours, to boot.

And we are still going. Cannot thank you enough for the RTs and water cooler chatter and your hard earned money slapped down for a product we believe in.

Now, what next? Well, no reason to close up shop and go sip mint juleps in the shade just yet. Let’s roll out some rad STRETCH GOALS!

For those uncertain, a stretch goal is something I promise to do or give if we hit further funding goals. The idea being, we’ll all be keen to see these things happen so we’ll lay out crab pots and snare more backers for the campaign. Right, now that we’re on the same page, here are the Deer Editor 2014–

STRETCH GOALS

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$1250 – PITCH PROCESS – get a free download of a pitch I did for A LOVE SUPREME, a book about a Doctor Strange type hero who is defeated in battle but uses the power of love to save her consciousness and insert it into the mind of her boyfriend with him. Then, four months later, they break up, and she’s still stuck in there.

This download is aimed at those process junkie types who wonder how to assemble and structure a pitch. Which can be hard when you can’t find many to look at, so here will be the whole thing.

$1500 – COMIXTRIBE SAMPLERS – I wrote short stories for the OXYMORON and SCAMthology shorts at ComixTribe and you can get handy DRM-free PDF downloads of both stories, one with Daniel J Logan art, the other with Adam Masterman art.

$2000 – GET LOVESICK – a while back I got to place a 5 page comic short into the back of an Image comic. The short was LOVESICK – with Daniel J Logan art, Jordie Bellaire colours, and Ed Brisson letters – and it ran in the back of GRIM LEAPER #2 by Aluisio Santos and Kurtis J Wiebe. It’s a nasty short many wouldn’t have seen before, so I’m dropping it here as a bobbing lure of a DRM-free PDF download.

$2500 – ANTLER PROSE – if we hit this goal, I’ll add a short prose story to the BROADSHEET PDF (yes, I wrote prose, too, I’ve even been published by Crime Factory). I’ll be sure to make the short nasty twisted fun.

$3000 – CURRICULUM #1 – I’ve been busy squirrelling away at a new property called CURRICULUM, along with my writer’s room of Dan Hill, Ben Rosenthal, Grant McLaughlin, and Danny Djeljosevic the Destroyer, and artists like Sami Kivela, Daniel J Logan, Elsa Charretier, Bryan Coyle, and more. It’s a tablet page sci fi periodical about an intergalactic class that ends up lost on the other side of the universe and must find their way back. The first issue is written by me, illustrated by Sami Kivela, coloured by Marissa Louise, and lettered by Nic J. Shaw. If we hit $2.5k I’ll give it out as a DRM-free PDF download – which means you’ll get the first issue well before the title actually launches.

Yep, that’ll get us started. Help us out, spread the word, and let’s see what magic we can weave.

DEER EDITOR Kickstarter is Alive

The DEER EDITOR Kickstarter has begun. $1k goal, $1 PDF, 1 whole mess of noir and journalism and antlers.

I really hope you and maybe 200 of your mates dig on this.

DEER EDITOR KICKSTARTER

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I am superexcited to bring this issue to the world. Sami Kivela and I began the journey of DEER EDITOR waaay back in 2013. Now, it is ready.

We decided on a Kickstarter for our launch because it allows us to gain a higher profit margin, because Kickstarters can be fun, and because it allows us to deliver all sorts of fun extras we couldn’t do effectively anywhere else like:

RKL SCRIPT PDF – a download of over 200 pages of my scripts from many projects

RADIO DRAMA – the whole DE issue as a downloadable radio drama made by me

I couldn’t do any of those if we just launched on ComiXology Submit or through micro-distribution. We wanted to do something different and we think this campaign has lots for all sorts of different people.

If you dig the campaign and the book, back it, natch. But if you don’t 100% dig it, or you’re strapped this month, then that’s no problem, but considering passing the campaign link through the usual social media crab nets in case someone else might dig it hard. Indie comics always live and die on the vine based on word of mouth so we thank you in advance for sending up a little flare in your sphere of influence and passing along our tale.

We’ll be around for the month. We’ll be aiming to deliver downloadable fun as we hit milestones towards the goal, and maybe even a few cheeky stretch goals.

Hit the campaign up, scrub through what we’re offering, and we hope you find something you like.

DEER EDITOR 2014 – you’re favourite new B+W tablet digital comic all about crime, journalism, and antlers.

DEER EDITOR KS – RADIO DRAMA

DEER EDITOR – a tablet crime comic about the editor of the crime beat who’s also a deer by Sami Kivela, Nic J Shaw, Dan Hill, Christopher Kosek, and myself – launches on Kickstarter in under a week.

I dropped the main beats on that earlier this week – click through for the downlow, the basic book pledges, and a preview of some pages.

Today, we talk about the pledge that is my favourite, the pledge I’ve never seen offered before, and the pledge that could get us across the line if people want some good times, are willing to take a gamble, and have a heart. I give you:

$20 – RADIO DRAMA

Ryan will record the entire issue as a ‘radio drama,’ with audio files sent to you. Comes with BROADSHEET PDF + RKL SCRIPT PDF.

Dear lord, I’ve been wanting to do this for years. Now, take into account, this won’t be some slick production, but man alive is it going to be fun to do. I just hope I have the voice to carry such an activity. The SFX from my mouth might seem suspect at first but I’m certain they’ll win you over. For me, this is the heart of this campaign. If you’re looking to really support with your money and get something rad in return, here it is. Enjoy.

To listen to a sample of what the radio drama will be like, check this video here.

 

I am crazy excited to do this. It could end up terrible, who knows, but man alive it’s going to be fun. I really hope people dig down on this one hard.

UNDER ONE WEEK.

You’ve got yourself under one week to get excited, tell your friends, ask me questions if you want, and generally bring the ruckus. We launch next week, on Monday/Tuesday (depending on your relationship to the international date line), and will run for a month. All updates will run here, some updates will run at the DE HQ, deereditor.tumblr.com

Keep up with the story, don’t get gored.

DEER EDITOR KS COMING SOON – RKL SCRIPT PDF

DEER EDITOR – a tablet crime comic about the editor of the crime beat who’s also a deer by Sami Kivela, Nic J Shaw, Dan Hill, Christopher Kosek, and myself – launches on Kickstarter in under a week.

I dropped the main beats on that yesterday – click through for the downlow, the basic book pledges, and a preview of some pages.

Today, we talk about one of my favourite pledges from the upcoming campaign:

$7 – WEEKEND PDFs

That’s right, TWO PDFs. One is the BROADSHEET PDF, and the other is the RKL SCRIPT PDF, feat. scripts of MANY of my other projects.

The extra PDF will contain scripts to:

HEADSPACE #1-3 — THE MANY HAROLD HOLTS OF SPACE AND TIME — LOVESICK — SURVIVOR — My shorts for the OXYMORON +SCAMthology books from ComixTribe — JONBOT V MARTHA - the guest one-shot strip I wrote for the SICBA award winning Colin Bell and Neil Slorance’s webcomic — LITTLE MAN IN THE BIG HOUSE #1 – a short story about a prison for supervillains that is in the works — YELLOW – a short story I have coming soon — CAPTAIN HUMAN THE ROBOT, both the All Ages Edit and the After Hours edit — CURRICULUM #1 – a forthcoming sci fi tablet periodical — and a few other projects, as well as whatever else I can find floating about that isn’t terribly embarrassing. It’ll be worth easily over 200 pages.

I love reading comic scripts, they certainly help hone my own writing, so I hope some process junkies out there really dig on this beast of a package. I know I have pretty much every script available to download online so I’m always keen to see new stuff pop up, I hope you are, too. And it’s been fun to read through these old time capsules of my talent (imagined, and nascent, and never quite real, ha). This PDF is going to be monstrous, and if you like it, you’ll love it. You also get a peek at things coming down the pike, so that’s exciting.

UNDER ONE WEEK.

You’ve got yourself under one week to get excited, tell your friends, ask me questions if you want, and generally bring the ruckus. We launch next week, on Monday/Tuesday (depending on your relationship to the international date line), and will run for a month. All updates will run here, some updates will run at the DE HQ, deereditor.tumblr.com. Tomorrow I’ll run details of a high end pledge level, one of a kind, some original art.

Keep up with the story, don’t get gored.

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Deer Editor Coming Soon to Kickstarter

DEER EDITOR is a 48 tablet page one-shot which you are going to need in your life. With art from Sami Kivela, letters from Nic J. Shaw, edits from Dan Hill, and words by Ryan K Lindsay, this book is dark and strange and completely what you want.

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Bucky is the editor of the crime beat at The Truth. He’s also a deer. This journalistic crime story starts with a John Doe killing and drags Bucky down into a world of political intrigue, a wi-fi enabled grotto, and a station locker full of a story bigger than he thinks he’s tackling.

If you dig CHINATOWN, ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN, or TIGER LAWYER then this gonzo pulp fu anthropomorphic slice of crime and words is absolutely a must for you. This issue works as a one-shot story, but there is also room to build many more stories with this fantastic character, and I will get to them in time (the next one is already scripted).

DEER EDITOR will be coming to you on Kickstarter next week as a digital only campaign, where we’ll be selling PDF versions of the book. We are going digital only because it’s something we believe in, but it’s also the most realistic given my Australian HQ situation V international postage. I am not keen on charging large on anything in this campaign. Light price points are a firm stance from me so I’m putting my money (your money) where my bearded mouth is.

$1 will buy you the TABLOID PDF – wherein you’ll find the entire issue.

$3 will buy you the BROADSHEET PDF – wherein you’ll find the entire issue, as well as back matter, sketches, pin ups, design prints, and the full script of the issue in over ~115 pages of crime comic/process junkie goodness.

Beyond that, there’ll be some other cool pledge levels with some ideas I’m really keen on that I haven’t seen done anywhere else before. I think you will be piqued, intrigued, excited, and definitely down. To get further down – so down you’re underground – let’s see a preview:

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WHY KICKSTARTER?

This campaign is to get the creative team paid. Sami Kivela worked his genius fingers to the bone on this book and he got some money but I want to see him riding a space yacht to go get crunk on one of the party moons of Jupiter.

I also want to get some scratch for Nic, Dan, Christopher, and myself.

I also really dig Kickstarter as a tool to reach out to a new audience and get that profit straight into the hands of the creators with minimal slices taken by others, and also proving the project viable so we can continue it in some manner.

ONE WEEK.

You’ve got yourself one week to get excited, tell your friends, ask me questions if you want, and generally bring the ruckus. We launch next week, on Monday/Tuesday (depending on your relationship to the international date line), and will run for a month. Some updates will run here, all updates will run at deereditor.tumblr.com. Tomorrow I’ll run details of the next pledge level, the RKL SCRIPT PDF.

We hope you’ll run with us because you can’t chase down a story walking.

Buy CMYK Magenta This Week

This week sees me become a Vertigo published creator. Pure. Insanity.

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The CMYK anthology series from Vertigo Comics seems bent on injecting new creators amongst old favourites to tell short stories tied to some form of mild colour theme. This week sees the release of the Magenta issue, and within you can find the story GLOVES with Tommy Lee Edwards art, John Workman letters, and words by me.

I cannot tell you what a privilege it is to have a story with Vertigo. This is beyond a wild dream come true. Then to get this creative team, I’m a lucky man.

I hope you’ll consider picking the package up. It’s got 80 pages of superb stories – the brilliant Jody Hauser and Nathan Fox deliver what I think is the story of the issue, so buy for that alone. Our story shares an ink wall with Fabio Moon so that’s beyond comprehension in my world. There’s also a Michael Moreci story, and plenty others.

If you dig the stories then tweet or facebook the creative team, share with your friends, enjoy out loud. Anthologies for life, guys.

Marvel 99c Digital – Fantasy Editor

Sometimes it’s fun to play ‘fantasy comics editor‘ and align creative talent with characters. It’s super lame, I know this, but it’s fun. It’s also a mental game that keeps you thinking and can be done on the side – while doing this I managed to cook up two little story ideas and also get a break on one I’m scripting right now. Any time you are using your brain, that’s good stuff. And for a guy with two little kids, I need all the mental gymnastics to stay in shape I can find.

So, I have to disclaim, the proceeding fantasy comics list is totally just for fun. I’m not pitching the publisher, I’m not being really all that serious, and I’m just having fun. Fun.

I also wanted to have this around for reference to check back on in 5-8 years to see what did happen to all these comic making peeps. So, yeah, just fun, I hope you enjoy.

The set up is: Marvel are doing a line of weekly 99c digital comics on ComiXology. Given my druthers, here’s a line up I’d put forward for the B listers using only up and coming talent. YMMV

THE DEFENDERS – Eric Zawadzki + Paul Allor

This would be the flagship title of the line. The team could be malleable but I’d want Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Spider-Woman on there to shifting degrees. Netflix tie in ACTIVATE, natch.

This is the big team book and it’s where the event type material would go. Paul has shown his chops on team books like TMNT and GI JOE so he seems like a superb fit, and Eric’s art is just so damn good, I’d love to see him cut loose with these characters.

Oh, yeah, if you couldn’t tell, this list will include plenty of my mates. Yes, I am biased.

DAREDEVIL – Sami Kivela + Ryan K Lindsay

Yep, biased. But I wouldn’t give myself this book if I didn’t have something to say. And I’ve got plenty of stories for ol’ Hornhead so this would be perfect fun. I’ve also worked with Sami enough to know that he knows how to elevate my scripts, and he’s great at some dark undertones. This would be the dream gig.

IRON FIST – Louie Joyce + Ryan K Lindsay

I’d want to tie Danny Rand in closely with Matt Murdock, and I know just how I’d do it, too. So to bring the fu, there is none other than Louie Joyce. His page composition, and ability to portray motion and fight in sequential form is second to none. He’d be the rock star of this book, by far.

LUKE CAGE – Johnnie Christmas + Matt Miner

Matt is a sharp dude, can bring emotion and intelligence to the page. Those are the two things I want from a Cage book. As for Mr Xmas, well, his stuff is just always great. Always. This book would be able to flip tone very effectively.

JESSICA JONES – Ibrahim Moustafa + Christopher Sebela

You take the HIGH CRIMES team and throw them at another fantastic female lead. Seems like a no brainer, right? Yep, that’s because it is. I’d pay good bitcoin to see this happen in any reality.

SPIDER-WOMAN – Mack Chater + Paul Allor

Allor writing a smart strong female lead. Mack’s work is so poised to break out that landing him here would be a coup. This would be a very on point street book.

DR STRANGE – Daniel Warren Johnson + Fabian Rangel Jr

Rangel Jr likes the olde school pulp fu. of DOC UNKNOWN and this new SPACE RIDERS malarkey. Let’s get him to really cut loose. Johnson is just magnificently brilliant. Imagine the composition, the insanity, the fun. Man, this is the sort of thing to make anyone giddy.

HOWARD THE DUCK – Valentin Ramon + Ryan Ferrier

If I have to explain to you how the D4VE team crush on this book then you have not been paying attention.

TALES OF ASGARD – Hugo Petrus + Ryan Ferrier

Go read GODDESS. Now imagine them doing Beta Ray Bill one-shots, and Sif arcs as she destroys Frost Giants. Anything Asgardian is game.

SHIELD – Michael Walsh + Ed Brisson

Brisson and Walsh together again. Street level crime with powers. No holds barred. Go.

THE PUNISHER – Christopher Peterson + Ed Brisson

Brisson doing a similar thing, and I’d love to see this crossover with the SHIELD book by having this anti-hero chase the same big bad the agents are in the other book. As for Peterson, yep, he’s ready for a stage like this. He does flowing action so damn well.

NICK FURY – Vic Malhotra + Dan Hill

Dan is a mate of mine (it’s all about who you know), he edits HEADSPACE for me as well as some other upcoming things, and his knowledge of war and espionage and writing is well above par. I’d kick and scream to drag him in on one title and this would be it, hands down, without fail. Plus, dropping Malhotra on art is going to cover up whatever newbie mistakes Dan makes because Vic’s art is just so sublime. Emotion, action, high levels of the fantastic – Vic has us covered.

SPIDER-HAM – Ramon Villalobos + Ben Rosenthal

C’mon, just imagine Ramon Villalobos doing Spider-Ham. Now try and chisel that smile off. Impossible, right? Then I’d hand the writing chores to Ben Rosenthal, a guy building his name doing puntastic books, but who I also know has great abilities at mining emotional depths. And while Howard the Duck would access the Nexus of all Realities and be spread across all space and time, Spider-Ham would be more intimate. In fact, it should just be in NYC. In fact, let’s put the little arachnid-pork bastard on house arrest in an apartment block. Now that could be fun.

THE INHUMANS – Ben Holliday + Michael Moreci

Galactic intrigue, familial intrigue, intrigued by all the intrigue? Holliday could rock some rad designs on this lunar family and really bring something to the title that hasn’t been done before. Moreci knows how to do sci fi, and strange goings on, and yet still always put character interaction in the fore. I would be buying this book so hard coins would spray out like Mario was punching the block.

GHOST RIDER – Justin Greenwood + Jeremy Holt

Greenwood on a flame-headed superhero riding a bike, and no doubt other transport. Yep, this is going to work. Bring in Holt’s knack for page flow and structure and you could really have something special here.

DR DOOM – Chris Mooneyham + Frank Barbiere

High fantasy Victor Von Doom. Across multiple worlds. Meeting a bevy of women. Angsting in a variety of tongues. Dr Doom presented as high art and with gonzo ideas coating a core of the analysis of one man. One great man. Yeah, the team behind FIVE GHOSTS can definitely do this.

TALES OF THE FRANKEN-CASTLE – everyone

Every second week would drop an anthology style book all about FRANKEN-CASTLE. Sometimes one-pagers, sometimes a multi-part story of 8 page instalments. Whatever took our fancy. I’d do this title purely because I’d want to read it, I think every creative team here could bring the thunder, and because it would be fun. You could just as easily broaden and offer a STRANGE TALES title but that might encourage people to make stories without Franken-Castle and I just don’t think I could bear that occurring. Not on my imaginary editorial watch.

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So, that’s how it’d go down.

I want to include more creative teams, and characters, but I also realise this list is bloated enough as it is. I also know I’ve been doing this during kid’s naps and before sleep, and it’s time to just put the piece to bed. And I also know I’m a massive nerd. I know.

I’d love to know what up and coming creative teams you’d throw at a Marvel B-lister. Hit the comments, or tweet me, whatever. I’d just love to know which characters you dig, and which soon to be superstars you think could cut their teeth on some Marvel stuff soon enough.

I hope you dug it. Later.

Parent Nightmare Fuel Conversation, July Edition

I’m the one who puts my nearly 4 year old son to bed every night. It’s a lovely time of day where I read books with him, give him kisses and cuddles, and generally load him up on my love that he misses daily while I’m at work. After I’ve read him two books, I turn the light off, lay on the bed with him, cuddle him, and we talk.

Lately, he’s been asking me if he can ask me some questions before I leave. We haggle on how many questions, and usually settle on 2-3. Mostly they are just ‘Dad, are there monsters in the house?’ or ‘Dad, are there trees in the house?’ or ‘Dad, are there worms in my room?’ Weird things for a 3 year old kid to wonder but who the hell knows how their crazy brains work, right. He’s usually concerned about possibly nefarious things being in the house that might cause him harm, but not too concerned. I always tell him those things not only aren’t in the house, but I would never let them in the house. I tell him monsters are just pretend, and that trees are out in the garden. The conversation nearly always ends in him laughing and telling me he knows monsters are just in books, etc. It’s all fairly innocuous.

Then, tonight he asked for only one question.

‘Dad, is Gary Loggins in the house?’

I laugh, what a funny name. He nervously laughs with me.

‘No, who is he?’

I can feel the room get colder as I say this. I put on my brave face but my feet are hanging off the edge of the bed, I’m on my belly, I could not be more vulnerable.

Vulnerable to Gary Loggins and whatever agenda he’s running in the dark hours of our lives.

My son then replies.

‘Gary Loggins is no one’s friend.’ – Oh, god, there’s an origin story right there – ‘He’s just a monster. 100 years old, I think. He knocks down houses and he’s a statue above the streets.’

I mumble something about Gary Loggins not being in the house, though pretty clearly my voice gives away the fact I can’t confirm this with hard data of any sort. I leave the room.

I start cleaning the kitchen and about five minutes later I hear three thumps come from my son’s room.

True story.

Throw It All Into The Pot Until You Have Jam

An artist I’ve been wanting to collaborate with for ages recently hit me up about doing so. We’ve been dancing for a while, slow old white man shuffling (maybe with me throwing in some of Elaine’s kicks) but now we’re grabbing hold tight and making some moves.
But, I had nothing in the chamber. I’ve got some pitch ideas being saved for…something. I just knocked another one-shot up a gear with a new artist. I actually just recently got into a space where all projects were kind of looking snug, at least for the time being. So we are chatting but I don’t have a thing to just whip out. Which is weird. I’m used to having a thing in my back pocket, all ready, to just conveniently display and from there it’s easy.
So, I just started chatting with him. What genres would he want to do? What do I think he’d be killer at? What could we make work? Real loose stuff. Reeeaaal loose stuff. Like “Action, yeah, crime, cool.” Loose. Well, not that loose, but loose. You dig?
And again, I can’t stress this enough, but I nearly always have something sitting around ready to sling. I’m never caught out without some ideas. And I haven’t done the whole “What story would you want to draw?” type question before because I can’t be certain I can yield a good story from that. Story, for me, can sometimes take time, so I like to preplan.
So we had our chat and I left to allow percolation to occur. I then promptly passed out at my desk with FEAR AGENT HC VOL 2 in my lap. A sure sign I was overtired.
Somewhere between sleep, being woken up to French toast and coffee, and driving to work, a few of the genres started to mash up. An idea bubbled, a character was trapped in that bubble.
The day might have looked like me teaching and being social to people but really I was just hacking away at the forest of story to find the one strong oak on which I could hang my hopes.
Tonight, in the living room while emailing and prepping an ep of ORPHAN BLACK, then at the desk, and then in the baby’s room with her on the shoulder going back to sleep and me pacing in pitch darkness, it all came together.
My mind is a bower bird and throughout the day it collected strands of things and by the time night came, I was ready to build with the assembled accoutrements.
The outcome: a one-shot with a character, a location, a world with a history behind it, a small supporting cast, a major conflict, an (I hope) interesting resolution, and an overall theme to the story. I never work like this but this has worked. Here’s why.
The Artist – I dig his style, so I broke story down through the lens of him. This helped refine story ideas, beats, paths.
Just Jam, Man – it was us just throwing genres and silly words and ideas out. My brain picked out the best and made them work. I have my storybreaking ways – questions I ask myself (and ask the characters) but that’s another post. For now, the tip is – just throw stuff to the wall, see what sticks. In this case, it started with two key words. Two words and I dreamt a world.
Here’s hoping we can build it. Stay tuned.

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