Without Fear

Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

Why You Should Subscribe To My Newsletter

I send out an email newsletter every week on the Monday – it’s called THE TWO FISTED HOMEOPAPE.

And here is why you should subscribe to it, if you already haven’t.

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This newsletter is all about my writing life. If you’re interested in me, this is The Place to get your up-to-date info. If you’re a writer, hopefully I can share some high quality writing thoughts, or link to good writing vibes, or just keep our minds collectively spinning on this writing game.

I honestly care about this newsletter. I realised a while back this infodump was my weekly therapy. This was where I shared and bared my soul. If you’re after honesty and insight, this is where you’ll find it most raw from me.

I drop all the latest news. This latest edition alone I’ll be talking about: this latest pitch I’m putting together, some of the awesome Patreon content I’m prepping [and how much damn fun it’s all been], why I keep on writing one-shots, why my next two books aren’t ready because of how awesome they’re gonna be, and why I maybe kinda quit twitter this week.

The newsletter is the safe place for all this, it’s the all-access behind-the-curtain champagne room in my writing club. IT’s the place that matters the most.

I’ll link you up. I keep a list of the good stuff I read this week, some good crowdfunding malarkey from around the traps, and why what I’m reading/watching is nudging me towards being a better writer/reader/viewer each time. I want to unpack my thoughts on paper [as it were], and I’m happy if that ever helps anybody else dislodge one quality thought in their brain.

I wish to be free of this wild wheel on which we find ourselves. Man, social media sucks. Trolls, algorithms, huge profits that have to be coming from somewhere [if you can’t buy a product then YOU are the product, etc]. I love twitter, but it’s also a sinkhole. I’d be stoked if I could survive on the newsletter, and then my Patreon [with the odd Kickstarter], and maybe Goodreads thrown in for good measure.

This is why I want to see you over at THE TWO FISTED HOMEOPAPE – because that’s where I want to call home. Safely in your inbox, ready for whenever you want, and hopefully a delight to read, a fuel for the brain, and an elixir for the heart.

If you’ve got a newsletter, let me know, I love reading ’em as much as I love writing ’em. And if you wanna know what any of these pictures below really are all about, you gotta come join me, we’ll have a blast!

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Hope this wets your whistle.

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Patreon’s First Month

I gotta admit – I’m loving running this Patreon.

The primary goal is to make Comic Book Study Guides – a purpose that already excites me, 100%, but then it’s also becoming a place where I can dump more process thoughts and other educational malarkey involving comics.

The plan, right now, is to run one season, 12 months of Study Guides, and then we can take things from there. So, with our first month closed, I wanted to reflect on what’s on offer.

2 x Comic Book Study Guides

I released a guide for ETERNAL [by me, Eric Zawadzki, Dee Cunniffe, and Dan Hill], and one for GHOSTS [by Raina Telgemeier – so one is adult shieldmaidens and ghosts, and the other is all ages friendly and a tale of growing up and accepting death…and also ghosts.

1 x Podcast Study Episode

I recorded and released a podcast episode where I unpack some aspects of the guide for ETERNAL, and generally open up some deeper thoughts about the book’s theme.

Comic Script Library Access

I give out a link to a folder full of scripts, pitches, and other insanity I’ve cooked up over the years [some my best ever work, some insane sophomore stuff].

3 x Process Notes

I’ve written about Shaun Tan’s THE ARRIVAL and it’s gorgeous pacing, I’ve given out a free lesson around Frank Quitely’s TED Talk using a Google Form, and I’ve written about how Frank Miller scripted DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN and how that translated to David Mazzuchelli’s art.

2 x One Page Script Commissions

Oh, yeah, I had a blast typing up two single page script commissions – about two wildly different things – and sending them off in the mail.

All of these things are work, they take time, but I like the way they sit in my head. Analysing comics is professional development for a comic writer, and it’s just fun for a guy like me. I’d rather do this than scroll Facebook again, or write an extra 500 words into my newsletter [yeah, the newsletter will probably take the odd slide because of this, I’d rather give deeper process cuts here than on the newsletter for now, sorry].

If you haven’t checked out my Patreon yet, here it is!

And if you aren’t going to back it, I’d love to know what’s holding you back, and how I can help remove that barrier. I think pledging $5 a month is no small ask, but for that you get 2 Study Guides, 1 podcast ep, and access to whatever and however many process notes and posts I end up putting up there.

Patreon Launch – Comic Book Study Guides

Okay, I’m now officially in the business of making Comic Book Study Guides

YOU CAN SUPPORT MY PATREON HERE FOR THE FIRST SEASON OF THIS DEEP THINKING RESOURCE

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I’m excited.

I want to see comics taught in more classes, I want people thinking more deeply about what they read. I want to guide people to bigger questions and themes, but ultimately I want them seeking these things out and finding them without me.

These Comic Book Study Guides are documents that offer up guides for discussion and rich analysis, as well as some specific tasks students/readers can complete.

Support at the basic tier and you get two guides a month for $1.50 each.

I’ll also create one podcast episode a month unpacking one of those Study Guides and what’s in it, so that could also be a decent teaching/thinking resource.

I’ll open up my Comic Script PDF Library to backers, and I’m also offering a One Page Script Commission where I’ll type/print a one page script and mail it to you, so this is for those who really want to support and give me something to chew on.

But if you just want the guides, well, they’re affordable for a reason – hook in. I’m just making these for one year, a full season, and come what may after that.

HAVE A LOOK AT MY PATREON

If you support, or share the link, or do anything that sends good waves to me, and good education about comics into the world, then I greatly appreciate it.

Comic Book Study Hall Patreon – Coming Soon!

I’m writing Study Guides for comics worthy of being studied, because everyone should study comics.

I’m launching a Patreon where you can get 2 Comic Book Study Guides each month for the next year, and I’m hoping to be able to add a podcast to the campaign you can use in the classroom.

I love comics, and I love teaching them, and I’d love nothing more than to see some more classrooms around the world use this opportunity to push a few more quality pages in front of students and those with wide open minds.

This is 100% aimed at teachers, but I also know as a reader and someone who just likes to study, these guides would be my jam anyway. I want these to be used for brains in flight, and that isn’t always in the classroom, it can be solo as you hone your craft.

I’ve written well ahead and have got guides for works from the likes of Fraction, Telgemeier, Rosenberg, and more – not to mention my own work, because I’m unbiased like that – you can buy the Guide for ETERNAL here – and buy the Guide for STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET here – but they’ll be much cheaper in the Patreon :]

I’ve been online for a decade now thinking about comics and writing and talking about them, and now I want to give something concrete out into the world.

The Patreon should launch next week. I think you’re gonna dig it, so be sure to get in and don’t miss a guide [it might even expose you to some ace new stuff to find] and if you know others who would use this in the classroom/life, then send ’em my way. I’ll help them out.

Here’s to a quality season of giving back to comics for the next generation.

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ETERNAL Study Hall Guide

I have finally done something in that cross section of comics/teaching/learning/process/nerdy/insane in which I desire to live.

I have written a Study Hall Guide for ETERNAL, and you can buy the digital copy right here!

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This guide helps you unpack the comic I created with Eric Zawadzki, Dee Cunniffe, Courtney Menard, and Dan Hill through Black Mask earlier this year.

I want it to be used by teachers, but also by interested readers, and by people who want to write and are considering how much thematic stuff to layer into their work.

I’ve really enjoyed making this study guide, and there will plenty more to come. Hold onto your butts, because we aren’t finished delving into the curriculum of comics just yet. But I hope you’ll start with me here, and maybe have a little educational fun.

HEADSPACE Has Launched on Kickstarter

HEADSPACE is on Kickstarter, and I think you should check it out because the odds are you’ll dig it a great deal.

SCOPE OUT HEADSPACE ON KICKSTARTER NOW AND CHOOSE A PLEDGE LEVEL

For those who don’t know:

HEADSPACE is a comic created by me, Eric Zawadzki, Sebastian Piriz, Marissa Louise, Dee Cunniffe, and Dan Hill. It’s about a sheriff of a small town who comes to realise he’s trapped inside the mind of a killer.

From there, things go sideways. Should Shane figure out how to leave, or should he stick around a while and see what happens? It’s a tale of dark responsibility, but also a gonzo trip of dog-headed robo-bartenders, and ships armoured in dead bodies, and all kinds of metaphysical fun.

We made this book back in 2014, and now we’re collecting the whole damn thing, plus a tonne of back matter and scripts and annotations and fun in this Digital Omnibus and we can’t wait to get it out into hands.

HAVE A LOOK AGAIN AT THE KICKSTARTER

We think you’re going to find something fun that you’ll like!

 

HEADSPACE Back Matter for Kickstarter

The HEADSPACE Digital Omnibus Kickstarter Campaign launches in one week.

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I’m excited to bring the whole miniseries back from me, Eric Zawadzki, Sebastian Piriz, Marissa Louise, Dee Cunniffe, and Dan Hill because I love this story we told about a sheriff trapped in the mind of a killer and trying to work out how to get out, and then figure if getting out is the best thing he can do for the world.

I think, if you haven’t read HEADSPACE already, you’re going to love it. But this campaign isn’t just for those who haven’t read it. I wanted to bring some extra material to the table so even those who’ve had a trip through Carpenter Cove might be enticed into another round.

Obviously this Digital Omnibus collects all 8 issues, making up 112 pages of this story. We’ll also include all the covers. Then we’ll wrap up all the original back matter from the digital releases in 2014 – all material never collected in the trade.

But what else makes this Digital Omnibus necessary?

  • All 8 scripts – you can peek behind the scenes with every single page of script.
  • All 8 issue annotations – I’m a massive nerd who likes to write about the things I’ve written. These are in-depth and I hope you dig them.
  • The Pitch Package – see and read the short pitch we put together and shopped around at ECCC 2013 and marvel at our original cover no one’s ever seen, or the first pages which Eric improved before final publication.
  • I’ll also write a little new extra back matter just for this edition.

Fun, I tells ya.

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So stay tuned for 7 days from now, because we’re going to bring you a bold and thick collection, something I think you’ll love, and something unlike anything else you’ve ever plugged into your screen before.

Oh, and it’ll all be just $5.

You’re welcome.

Especially because this doesn’t even begin to address all of the extra material and downloads, or the bigger and better pledge levels available, we’re going to unlock along the campaign trail. We look forward to seeing you there.

HEADSPACE Coming to Kickstarter

Excited to announce that the ETERNAL dream team of Eric Zawadzki, Dee Cunniffe, and Ryan K Lindsay are joined by Sebastian Piriz and Marissa Louise to rerelease our miniseries HEADSPACE as a gigantic Digital Omnibus Edition that’s one of the most comprehensive and in-depth things I’ve ever assembled.

We launch April/03, and between now and then I’m going to lay out my battleplan and get us all excited for this miniseries about monsters in small towns, and sheriffs in killer’s minds, and the weight of responsibility we all feel.

Plus, it’s me, a tonne of extras and process material.

Stay tuned, this is only going to get more exciting!

DEBRIS, A New Comic from Alfie Gallagher and Pals

Okay, for those of you who dug EIR, and then most definitely dug the everlovin’ Dickens out of Alfie Gallagher’s artwork, I present to you his latest and greatest Kickstarter campaign, a 40 page comic of short stories called

DEBRIS – back it on the Kickstarter now!

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Alfie is an absolute must buy from me, forever and ever, and in this new book he’s tackling some different things from deep-space espionage, sun-burnt noir, dark sci-fi, pastoral horror, to teenage kicks.

He’s also teamed with a great bunch of writers, of which I am one, but you should pay more attention to: Lee Robson, Martin Hayes, and Fraser Campbell.

It’s a great looking book, and Alfie is amazing, but you should also think about maybe splashing out for some OG art – you can get more comics and a head sketch for a tidy sum and it’ll look gorgeous, plus you’ll score a print copy of EIR while you’re at it :]

 

Get in there, have a look around, and definitely make this comic happen!

BACK DEBRIS ON KICKSTARTER TODAY!

BEAUTIFUL CANVAS tpb lands this week

This week sees my latest trade paperback collection hit shelves – BEAUTIFUL CANVAS is coming to stores through Black Mask Studios and I could not be more proud of this madness coming into your hands.

This hitwoman pulp fu miniseries from me, Sami Kivela, Triona Farrell, Ryan Ferrier, and Dan Hill is like nothing else, and we think you’ll dig it.

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