Without Fear

Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

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!


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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Self-Applying the ‘Writer’ Label

When do you confidently start saying you’re a writer?

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ETERNAL Sales, and Why New Comics Need To Be Made

ETERNAL landed last week, and it did alright, alright, alright.

This shieldmaiden ghost story at Black Mask Studios from me, Eric Zawadzki, Dee Cunniffe, Dan Hill, and Courtney Menard has been a crazy passion project and we were beyond excited to see stores rally behind us and get us to #51 on the sales chart for January!

This is a staggering success for us, but the party isn’t over.

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ETERNAL Event at Harry Hartog

I’m going to be at Harry Hartog in Woden for an ETERNAL signing/q+a on Feb 15, 6pm

Scope the details from their newsletter here!

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ACAF in Canberra – This Weekend!

acaf-2017-150pxThis coming weekend I’ll be a guest at the amazing new Canberra show, the Australian Comics and Art Festival [ACAF – hit the link]

I love this show, and not just because it’s a local romp for me. It’s a show absolutely centred on comics, and beyond that, also spends a lot of time looking into the craft and business of comics. It’s a true blessing of a show for someone looking into making comics, and it’s also ace for those who just love the medium and want to immerse into it for a weekend.

I’ll have some panels, and will be tabling on Sunday, so here are the details.

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Riley Rossmo Draws ETERNAL’s Vif

Riley Rossmo is an absolute master. His art and storytelling have gotten better every year, recently culminating in his run on BATMAN/THE SHADOW recently that showed how good he was with the caped crusader, and I remember how intensely precise he was at dealing with emotion on GREEN WAKE nearly a decade ago.

The guy is aces, and he’s also an ace guy. Proven the morning I woke up to find he’d taken time to illustrate Vif from ETERNAL, my comic with Eric Zawadzki and Dee Cunniffe.

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This thing is wildly gorgeous, and also serves to remind me that comics people are the best people.

It also reminds me that Riley Rossmo and green is always a winner.


ETERNAL Lands This Week

Finally, after many years, ETERNAL finds a home in your LCS/hands/shelves this week. We here at Shieldmaiden HQ think you will love this Viking ghost story illustrated by Eric Zawadzki, coloured by Dee Cunniffe, edited by Dan Hill, and published by Black Mask Studios.

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If you’re on the fence, let other people convince you, perhaps.

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Why Writers Should Write

And I mean writers should write lots. More than they ever publish.

I wrote many complete comic minis. All before I pitched a publisher. Some before I pitched to an artist. And all of them never made it to the page. I would never do that now, why did I do it then?

Because I was young and dumb. Dumb enough to believe I’d get those stupid ideas made. Young enough to think I had the time. Dumb enough to think I had to do it. Young enough to think an artist would come on board.

I’d never script a full 6 issue mini now. But I did a decade ago. And I’m damn glad I did. Writing those issues gave me an appreciation of story structure far beyond what a plot document will. It showed me how characters fuck with your plot outline, how they won’t behave. How by the time issue 4 is ending, you know everything better, with gather clarity, and you know certain elements have to change.

We tell people not to write ahead. And we tell people not to write for free. But we forget sometimes to tell people that writing is a skill you practise. And you won’t practise with every page published, you don’t want to do that, trust me, so you want to practise in the shadows. You want to practise so when you do emerge, you’re pretty decent. Maybe close to good. Probably serviceable.

I tell people all the time about all the scripts I wrote before I self-published my first one. It was about 60 scripts. A ludicrous amount. But it all helped me understand how story flows out of me better. That I can trust the process that plots change, characters change, and you will have different strategies to figure out the hard stuff.

I think back and remember just banging away on these scripts like they were the most important pages in the world. And I still want to approach everything in that manner. I want my pages to still feel like the most important pages in the world to me. Because they kind of are.

And I always enjoy writing every damn word of them.

Take time to enjoy your writing. It’s a fool’s pursuit, done because we love it, and if you’re in for the ride then really throttle into it and give it everything.

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