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Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

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SKYSCRAPER on Kickstarter – First 48 Hour Backer Party

SKYSCRAPER IS LIVE ON KICKSTARTER!


Today my next comic went up on Kickstarter, you’ve probably read about it in this newsletter before, so let me tell you why you should hit the link above [or here] to back it in the next 36 hours.

Y’see, SKYSCRAPER is a one-shot murder mystery comic I’ve put together with Mitchell Collins on art, and Simon Robins on colours, and Dan Hill edited this business to get me into shape. The comic is funky and unreal and we’re in love with it, which is why we’re hyped to get it out into the world.

One of our favourite parts of the book is that every page has the same basic layout/design. It’s the front of a building. But through the magic of Mitchell’s art, and the power of panel borders and gutters, we play with pacing and time and movement on every page to tell a story that spans decades, and paints a whole epic while only ever taking the one angle on it.

I love how comics work, and this is one of my biggest leaps forward in using the comic medium. I think you’re going to dig it.

To respect this concept, we’re printing the comic in newspaper size just so you can appreciate all the work Mitchell and Simon have put into making this wild idea come to life. Just look at this page and see how gorgeous it is.

Now imagine a whole comic of that madness and majesty.

So, why should you back in the next 36 hours?

Well, I’m having a little First 48 Hour Backer Party. For everyone that gets in during that time frame, I’m also going to send them PDFs of:

  • A PDF of BEAUTIFUL CANVAS #1 [art by Sami Kivela], and
  • 2 PDFs of my short comics about a prison for supervillains and a guard with size manipulation powers, LITTLE MAN IN THE BIG HOUSE [art by Paul Tucker, and Francesco Iaquinta]

FREE.

Plus, you’d be joining into an experience that’s good enough for Brian Michael Bendis, and you know he knows good comics, so hit the campaign up now and then sit back and let the good times roll!

Kickstarter works well when projects launch strong, they work well when people get involved and get invested, and they work well only through the involvement of you. This comic won’t exist unless we cross the line, so have a look at the link below and work out what pledge level you wanna get in on.

A $4 pdf is easy, but a discounted early bird print copy of this oversized beauty will be something to really hold for life. Have a browse, find the level that’s right for you, and if you can…please share the link around, I’d greatly appreciate it :]

BACK SKYSCRAPER ON KICKSTARTER NOW!

If you have any questions about the whole Kickstarter malarkey, or you want to ask about the comic, or suggest something, just hit me with a reply. Happy to chat to help you across the line to make this Kickstarter my biggest opening day, my biggest launch overall, and my biggest print haul of comics out to readers yet.

And here’s another page, just for being patient!

SKYSCRAPER – KS Pledge Levels

SKYSCRAPER launches on Kickstarter next week. This is our murder mystery one-shot comic published in oversized newspaper size so you can drink it all in.

So, let’s run down some of the ways you can get your eyes into this goodness.

$4 gets you SKYSCRAPER in PDF, as well as a copy of the script in PDF, and access to other goodies as they drop [especially if you back in the first 48 hours, stay tuned!].

The pdf will give you the story, the art, but not the experience. We’re printing this in newspaper size/format, so it’ll still work on a screen [tablet, not phone], but it won’t be quite as boss.

$10 gets you a lettered pin up of the building where I’ll write something stupid/poignant/stupid on a page of the building, as well as the comic and script in PDF.

This level is for those superpeople out there who want to see this happen, they want to support, but the print options are a little more expensive, or perhaps you just prefer the digital experience.

$20 is the Australian backer price to get your hands on our gorgeous newspaper-sized comic, as well as all digital pledges listed above, with postage and shipping included.

$30 is the International [non-Aus] backer price for the comic + digital accoutrements, with postage and shipping included.

Wanna buy 2 copies? No problem, there’s a secondary pledge level that’s just an extra $10 for your extra copy, postage and shipping still included. Easy.

Later, I’ll post about some of the high end pledges, the kind of fun stuff you can only roll out on Kickstarter – the OG art, the script annotations, the OOP back issues of mine, etc.

We cannot wait to deliver this comic, so hopefully people are feeling this energy.

SKYSCRAPER – 5 Page Preview

SKYSCRAPER is coming to Kickstarter next week. It’s a one-shot murder mystery comic presented in newspaper size so you can soak in the glorious Mitchell Collins artwork.

There are five unlettered pages below, have a scroll, you’ll see why the entire team is excited to drop this goodness in super-oversized format, and forevermore place Collins in your heart as a rising star to watch. Every page uses the same format, but we play with space and time through the panels. Each tier might only move a second forward, or a few decades behind. It’s a wild ride, and you can see from Mitchell’s art, and Simon Robins’ colours, that this is a labour of love.

 

To find out more, stay tuned right here as info rolls out until next week.

SKYSCRAPER – Meet Mitchell Collins

Hot damn, Mitchell Collins.

He’s a local talent, a little bit of Samnee and Mazzucchelli and genius and youth all mixed together. He’s the main reason our new comic, SKYSCRAPER, even works. Every page has the same structure, but then Mitchell’s job is to break it up in slight variations, he’s drawing zoom circles one moment, cutaways the next. His characters act and emote in a variety of scales, across timelines, and he never misses a beat.

Working with him is a true delight, so I can only imagine how fantastic it’s going to be for you to discover him while reading this beauty of a story.

SKYSCRAPER launches on Kickstarter next week – find out more here. It’s a murder mystery one-shot presented in newspaper size as a print beauty you won’t want to miss. There will also be a chance to commission Mitchell to draw you something, or someone, so get in quick because these opportunities won’t last long.

SKYSCRAPER: Coming to Kickstarter

SKYSCRAPER is a mystery one-shot comic we’re bringing to Kickstarter, and we are crazy excited about this one.

I’ve written this story, and I’ve pushed myself to do something different with it.

Mitchell Collins has illustrated this and he’s definitely going to be your new favourite when you see how fine every single page is.

Simon Robins has coloured this beast so well he actually used a spreadsheet to keep it all in check. Absolute boss move.

SKYSCRAPER is a one-shot comic, it deals with a death in a major corporate building. Or more accurately, right in front of it when the victim came flying out of a window from the top floor. To tell this tale, we decided to employ an interesting structure: every single page is a front shot of the building, and it’s sliced horizontally into panels. Mitchell does amazing work zooming in on certain moments, and carving cutaway sections on other moments. I’ve mapped it out so different panels can show different time periods, sometimes jumping forward five minutes in the floor below, sometimes showing a flashback a few decades ago on the ground floor.

It’s fun.

We’ve also decided to make this structural behemoth oversized, making it a newspaper sized item.

To help print this oversized wonder, we’re going to Kickstarter to hit a funding goal and get this comic out into the world. You’ll be able to order the comic, posted directly to you, as well as adding some other additional items which we’ll unveil in the coming weeks.

The Kickstarter launches on September 24th and will run for 3 weeks.

Indie comics is a game of passion, and we’re 100% here for this story and we cannot wait to share it with you.

ETERNAL Short Listed for a Ledger Award

Humbled to discover our little OGN that could, ETERNAL, has been short listed for a Ledger Award.

ETERNAL gets the props it does on the backs of Eric Zawadzki’s art and lettering, Dee Cunniffe’s colours, Dan Hill’s edits, and Courtney Menard’s gorgeous wallpaper – and big ups to Black Mask Studios for putting out something this different [European size, oversized one-shot format].

Stoked to see this strong line up of Australian comic talent, so go have a look and track down whatever you’ve missed so far.

I still love this book, and hopefully one day we can get back to doing more of the same – not a sequel, but more a companion piece.

Until then, good luck to everyone at the Ledger Awards, and keep reading good comics!

*NEW* THE JAM SESSIONS and ETERNAL Available Online

I sell all kinds of comics and four colour paraphernalia on the Ownaindi storefront!

I’ve put up some new stuff and if you don’t have any of these then now is the time to strike.

Buy ETERNAL for the first time directly from me online – each copy is signed, and has a sketch of a Viking weapon inside. This OGN from me, Eric Zawazki, Dee Cunniffe, and Dan Hill is one of my very best works yet, so dive on it while stocks last.

Buy THE JAM SESSIONS for the first time in the world – each copy comes signed and with a suggestion for something you should read in 2019. This magazine format book is over 30,000 words of me and Dan Hill [my creator owned editor] talking about how a few comics and tv/film favourites work and why they resonate with us. It’s a complete process deep dive bonanza, and you will absolutely love it. Probably only do this one print run, so get in while you can, these have been selling well.

Buy my back catalogue [INK ISLAND, EIR, STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET, all 4 BEAUTIFUL CANVAS issues] and I’ll sign them all. Y’know, help a brother out, splash some cash so I can afford to make more comics!

You can also get 10% off everything this week only if you subscribe to my newsletter and read this week’s missive!

Thanks, and enjoy. Also: if you see other cool Aussie content on Ownaindi, definitely buy it.

Making Things in 2019

They say you should start things the way you want to finish them, so I guess I want to end 2019 doing a whole mess of work.

Here’s a quick visual guide for how I played the first week of 2019.

MAKING COMIC BOOK STUDY GUIDES

I read BEOWULF by David Rubin and Santiago Garcia and it is just utterly stunning.

I instantly knew I had to write a Comic Book Study Guide about it for my Patreon, so I launched into it with vigour, the above image showing what the front cover will look like.

I’ve enjoyed running the Patreon to create study guides to help thinking around comics, and explicit use in the classroom, and I’m putting together some plans and ideas for 2019 which should make it an exciting place to be and thing to do.

Support my Patreon now to help me make study guides, podcast episodes, and lesson resources for bringing comics in the classroom!

 

WRITING AN UNDAD ANTHO STORY

I’ve been brought in by Shane W Smith to contribute a story to his UNDAD series, whic is aces, and so I’ve been breaking all kinds of thoughts on this, circling around the exact thing I want to say with this idea of a suburban dad becoming a zombie and trying to reconcile that with the man he still is.

Oh, Newsletter, My Newsletter!

Every week you’ll find me writing my newsletter, in which I discuss my writing week, my process, my thoughts, fears, ideas, everything. I also dive into links for other good things for other good creative brains, some Kickstarter love, and hopefully you think about something differently, or get a smile from each weekly missive.

Subscribe to my email newsletter about this writing life right now!

A Novel, My Novel

Dipping my toes back into prose, just to feel that power once more, and I’m enjoying the change of pace this brings. I don’t know where it’ll go, but I clearly don’t know where anything goes.

This story is always going to hit the back seat for the other comics writing, but it’s nice to have in my back pocket.

The Shiny New Project

I write lots of shiny new projects, but this one has really caught fire and spread throughout my brain. I can see and hear the lead character, which I’m loving, and it’s been a genuine treat to write this past week. You never know where that feeling comes from, or for how long it will stay, so I’m off to enjoy the good vinez.

Cubby House Library Fort

I took the kids to the local library, and we stocked up on all kinds of goodness, and then we returned home to tidy the cubby house and decorate it as a reading place. I need to get to hiding up in here way more often.

Every child deserves a reading space in their lives [so do most adults].

So, that’s been my first week, roughly – I didn’t want to screencap all of the many emails I’ve dealt with, and sundry other things.

For now, enjoy your first week into 2019, may it be productive, or restful, or relaxing…or whatever it is you need.

What is Best in Life? 2018 Edition

Nothing like an end of year round up. A time to reflect, a time to take stock, and a time to project.
Overall, 2018 has felt like a year of building pressure. Whether we get a glorious wave into 2019, I don’t know, and whether I have the balance to ride that wave and not get crushed I also do not know. But I’ve done my best to stay positive and keep wheels behind the scenes moving, so while I didn’t publish a lot this year, I did prep 4 pitches, and put the scripts for one project to bed, and wrote a tonne on another one, and have lined up a few one-shots with artists I’m excited to bring it all together with.

If everything I worked on in 2018 came out in 2019, it would be a stellar year. So we shall see.

And while I said I didn’t get much out in 2018, what did come out was stuff I’m crazy proud of. The BEAUTIFUL CANVAS tpb landed in Feb, collecting last year’s acclaimed mini-series, and the month before it we started the year strong with ETERNAL, and I’ve been saying if you only publish one new thing all year, but that thing is ETERNAL, then it’s been a good year. Eric Zawadzki and Dee Cunniffe deserve all the praise this year.

Now, onto some things we can list!

MY TOP COMIC OF 2018

I really dug some good good stuff this year. Image tops the list with so much quality: GIDEON FALLS was something I got caught up on recently, and that book is very fine, as is CEMETERY BEACH, for totally different reasons. SHANGHAI RED was my jam in the same way SINK at ComixTribe is. PAPER GIRLS and SAGA and DEADLY CLASS continue to be masterpieces, and I really enjoyed MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES, but the top book really has to go to something that’s one of my very favourites from my very favourite creative team:

KILL OR BE KILLED

Just a stellar end to a wicked story where both Sean Phillips and Ed Brubaker were on superbly fine form.

MY TOP NOVEL OF 2018

Man, THE OUTSIDER from Stephen King could have run away with this, if I’d only stopped before the final hundred pages. It’s not *bad*, but it is not as blistering as the first half of the book. That first half is pound-for-pound King at his dark criminal best.

I also really dug PLATO WYNGARD AND THE ARMOUR OF THE GODS, the second novel from my two brothers, Marc and James Lindsay, but that feels a bit nepotistic, and would make them far too happy.

I took a few weeks to smash through HANGMAN, where Jack Heath writes such a ballistic crime novel that you can’t help but be impressed with the layers of familiarity he builds into his characters alongside the wild intricate puzzles and violent moments.

But there can only be one, so, I’ll lay this one at the feet of:

WE RIDE THE STORM

This fantasy epic from Devin Madson was something I bought because she showed the opening line on her table, and it’s a banger:

I honestly hadn’t read a fantasy book since my David Eddings days in high school, but I was keen to try this out. It’s Book One of a bigger story, so the opening hundred pages is a lot of table dressing, but by the final hundred pages it’s just fistfuls of food being slammed into your mouth faster than you can chew. And I mean that in a good way. The action and character drama continue to rise, and I was hooked on all three plot threads as they wind ever closer.

There were also two particular chapters where I finished them and thought…damn, that’s some good reading.

If you get the chance, track this down, it’s bloody, glorious, and bloody glorious.

MY TOP TV SHOW OF 2018

THE GOOD PLACE came so so close to running away with this one. The third season has been just as good as the rest, and in a way that’s different from S2, which went about it different from S1. The show is a titanic force, and I’m a better writer for having watched it, but something else from this year jumped ahead of it through sheer force of will. And it wasn’t DAREDEVIL S3, or GLOW S2, or THE KOMINSKY METHOD S1 which came out of nowhere to absolutely thrill me, nor was it my marathon catch up of three seasons of THE LEFTOVERS, which I’m discounting because it’s an older show. No, the top gong is kinda easily held onto by this one which should be absolutely obvious when you really think about it:

ATLANTA S2

This show good, this show real good. Some of these episodes, mostly in the middle in and around the Teddy Perkins ep are just A+ analyses of the modern world as told through gonzo noir small screen cinema. So so perfect.

MY TOP MOVIE OF THE YEAR

It’s one thing to announce a tie, and it’s another to give that tie to two polar opposite things. Both of these flicks did what they needed to do nigh perfectly, and they left me in very different places, and I can barely separate them. One will be endlessly rewatchable, one will be a hard watch again, though I will. One is high pop bubble gum joy, one is brutal art house insanity. Both, though, are long. I can’t separate it, so I’m letting the chips fall where they may – the top flick[s] of 2018 are:

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR and SUSPIRIA

Watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe come to this big break moment at the end of Infinity War was something to behold, a truly special feat. The movie is top notch event comic action fun. It’s *BIG* and it’s wild and it’s a smile injected into your lips. It’s not high art, and it shouldn’t be. It’s not a great character study, and it shouldn’t be because there are about 500 principal hero cast at play – though it is a study of Thanos, which is both as bold as it is brilliant, and it’s for that reason it crossed the line at the top.

However, across the aisle, SUSPIRIA does everything different, and is most likely the more true superior flick. It is high art, it’s weird, it’s a character study, or more of a location study, a look at witch hierarchy in dance schools. It’s unsettling, and everything holds huge gravity – which is funny when you consider the death count in Suspiria must be about 0.0000001% of the other cape-inclined movie. I feel like Suspiria is more likely to sit atop Best Of lists when we look back in 20 years, but Infinity War will be more remembered, and more wildly remembered, and will sit on its own Best Of lists, too, for its own reasons.

MY TOP PODCAST OF 2018

I’ve gone deep into WOW IN THE WORLD and STORY PIRATES with the kids on all commutes, and they’ve fed my brain in wonderfully small ways. SERIAL returned and was interesting, but lacked that central narrative engine that makes it a binge-worthy podcast. I also found it crazy depressing, to the point where it almost felt like it was inducing anxiety in me after listening for an ep, and maybe that’s a huge point: if listening to it all give me the shivers, imagine living it 😐

I’ve caught up on a tonne of the GOOGLE TEACHER TRIBE PODCAST just to keep my dayjob game tight, and it’s worked a treat, making me feel energised about all kinds of things for work, especially going into 2019.

But, I think this year goes again to OFF PANEL, the comic interview podcast where the creators are well picked and always get down to real talk. I still love this podcast, and still get a constant stream of quality inspiration and joy from it.

MY TOP MUSIC OF 2018

There was new Sarah Blasko this year, I got DEPTH OF FIELD and it’s a great writing record, but it lacks the punchy catchiness of her other albums, so I think sneaking in at the top might be the SUSPIRIA soundtrack.

And I think that’s a wrap. 2018 had some good stuff, and it also felt like mental quicksand. But walking into 2019 will feel like walking free, so I better make the most of it.

Here’s to building a better stronger list of live in yet another year.

ETERNAL Hits Best of 2018 Lists

2018 saw me publish only a small amount of comic work, but it was inspiring to end the year with one of those books getting a lot of attention in people’s lists of favourite work from 2018.


ETERNAL was created by me and Eric Zawadzki, with Dee Cunniffe on colours, and Dan Hill editing, with Black Mask Studios publishing it and it obviously stuck in people’s minds:
Paste Magazine lists us in the Top 25 Comics of 2018
Villain Media lists us as the best comic of 2018
Pipedream Comics lists us as one of the best comics of 2018
Big Comic Page gave us some end of year love
DoomRocket lsts us one of the best comics of 2018
Comicon puts us near the top of the list of best graphic novels of 2018
The Off Panel website rated us as one of the 20 best comics of 2018

If you want a copy you should talk to your local comic shop, they can still get it in, or it’s here on Amazon. Or if you dug it, drop it a quick star rating on GoodReads :]

Thanks to everyone who already bought a copy, loved it, or told a mate – this book is something I’m really proud of and it made 2018 a memorable year.

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