Without Fear

Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

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.

THE FIREMAN – A Study in the Modern Insanity

THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill is an astonishing novel that’ll completely engulf you.

I love Joe Hill, I’m a complete mark for his work, and this book is definitely one of my absolute favourites of his stuff. It’s a great premise, handled well in the narrative line it chooses, the characters lure you in, and by the end you’re exhausted in all the right ways.

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On the ISLAND OF THE LIZARD KING’s Cover

For as long as I can remember, I always dug playing the Fighting Fantasy books.

My brothers had copies of these strewn around the house, and I don’t even know at what age I picked them up, but I can vividly remember playing them when I was about 7, half laying under our coffee table, and half poking out with a cushion under me, to roll the dice, to battle the pages, and to make my own adventure sheets in an art pad.

I loved the adventure, the nerdy mathematical/chance aspect of it all, and the scenarios and art were wild. These were infinitely better than the Choose Your Own Adventure books – these were the Horror Section of your old VHS emporium compared to the Kids Rental Section of your safe old library.

I didn’t realise it at the time, but these were the METAL interactive story/game pages of my youth.

We owned many of these books, and I played the all, and while many hold a dear place in my heart, it is always this cover that fires up my imagination. behold, the ISLAND OF THE LIZARD KING!

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BEAUTIFUL CANVAS TPB Out in Feb 2018

BEAUTIFUL CANVAS was my comic minisieries published through Black Mask last year. The stellarteam of Sami Kivela [illustrator], Triona Farrell [colourist], Ryan Ferrier

[letterer], Dan Hill [editor], and myself [writer] put out 4 issues of this gonzo pulp madness in 2017 and we are wildly proud of this story.

Now, in 2018, you can preorder/buy the trade paperback collection, which will hit shelves on Feb 21.

 

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What Is Best In Life? – 2017 Edition

I love a good year end list. And this list is very much about me, and my year, and what works for me. If you dig what I usually dig, then seek these things out.

Oh, and this just means things *I* did/imbibed in 2017, not necessarily things *from* 2017 because I’m crazy behind on things all the time.

Okay, roll the thing!

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ETERNAL – Our Shieldmaiden Book Lands This Month

Get excited, this is not a drill.

This shieldmaiden oversized one-shot from illustrator Eric Zawadzki, colourist Dee Cunniffe, editor Dan Hill, and co-written with me is coming out from Black Mask Studios at the end of the month [shelf date is Jan/31].

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2018 – Break

2017 was a wild year, and I am now all here for 2018. This is going to be a year, mark my words.

I’m going to try a few new things this year. This site is a constant. I’ve seen that other platforms…might be more nebulous in their entirety, or in how I want to use them.

I also know I just want to have a little fun. So death to 2017, long live 2018* [*or, at least, y’know, live for a full year, if you can, but probably not beyond that, it could get awkward for 2019]

My 2017 was fun, and I want to use it as a step, not a place to squat and nap for the next decade.

Last year I released my 4th comic miniseries into the wild, and BEAUTIFUL CANVAS did well.

It was a blast to work with Sami Kivela, Triona Farrell, Ryan Ferrier, Dan Hill, and Matt Pizzolo no this one. Black Mask Studios is a hell of a home, and I loved landing there.

I landed successful totals on Kickstarter Campaigns Numbers 5 + 6 and now we have INK ISLAND with Craig Bruyn and STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET with Alex Cormack in the world.

I also spent a lot of the year planning things for 2018, so you’ve been warned. It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be full of writing, and it’s going to all be coming at us faster than we can manage.

I hope you’ll join me in the fun that’s to come. I’ll be looking for you.

2018 – break.

ūüöÄ STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET Kickstarter is LIVE!

This is not a drill.

The Kickstarter for my latest one-shot comic, a spacesuit noir revenge story with artist Alex Cormack is up on Kickstarter and you can get the PDF for $2

GO TO THE STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET KICKSTARTER NOW!

Or you can look around and score Audio Commentary files, or OG art from Alex Cormack, or help push us so high that we unlock a bundle of rare variant cover printed copies of the book.

I love putting one-shots up digitally on Kickstarter, it just seems like the magic combo, so I hope you’ll join me on my 6th campaign and get us funded, and beyond.

For more info, hit these links, too:

You know what the basic pledges are. You know what the deluxe pledges are. You’ve met the creative team, and lead characters.

Dig in.

STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET – The Stretch Goals

STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET is coming this month, launching in 2 days on Kickstarter. It’s spacesuit noir revenge from Alex Cormack and me, you’re gonna love it.

You know what the basic pledges are. You know what the deluxe pledges are. You’ve met the creative team, and lead characters.

But my campaigns aren’t complete unless there’s some high quality Stretch Goals getting unlocked, so here’s what we’ve got.

Hold onto your hats, because this campaign might be my best value-for-dollar month ever.

~~~~~~~STRETCH GOALS~~~~~~~

Stretch Goals will release in direct messages, from me to you, throughout the campaign to download all kinds of extra good, and in selective tiers.
For each milestone we surpass, Stretch Goals for different pledge tiers will unlock. The more you’ve pledged, the more unlocks you’ll get in your inbox at each milestone – with higher pledge tiers getting all unlocked content. Make sense?
Check below for a list of the Stretch Goals, and what pledge tiers get which ones.

$3500 РBattle Reports eBook

At $2+, we’ll release a PDF full of my script annotations from 2013-2015

At $4+, We’ll also add on a PDF of¬†DEER EDITOR #1¬†from Sami Kivela and Ryan K Lindsay

$4000 РPDF Bonanza

At $2+, NOIRVEMBER eBook Р31 essays about noir in pop culture by Ryan K Lindsay

At $4+, you’ll get¬†To Squid and Die in LA, short comic PDF from Boy Akkerman and Ryan K Lindsay

and:

HEADSPACE #2-3 from Eric Zawadzki and Ryan K Lindsay

And at $7+, we’ll unleash¬†The RKL Scriptbook Vol.1 [previously only available through the DEER EDITOR #1 KS]

$4500 –¬†More PDF MADNESS!

At $2+, you’ll get¬†LITTLE MAN IN THE BIG HOUSE x2 – short stories in PDF form from Ryan K Lindsay and artists Paul Tucker and Francesco Iaquinta

At $4+, you’ll get the¬†JAM SESSIONS¬†ebook – discussions about comics and things by Dan Hill and Ryan K Lindsay

And at $7+, we’ll unleash¬†The RKL Scriptbook Vol.2 [previously only available in the DEER EDITOR: FEARLESS campaign]

$5000 –¬†Unlock a Variant Cover in Print

THIS ONE IS HUGE!

If we hit $5k, we’ll release the opportunity to buy from a small batch run of 100 Variant Cover copies we’ll have printed up. Half will be signed by RKL and sent to the Southern Hemisphere, the other half will be signed by Alex Cormack and sent to the Northern Hemisphere, and will include an A5 Script Ashcan.

These will unlock at $30 each, which will also cover postage anywhere.

We’ll also add the following downloads:

At $2+, you’ll get my¬†YMMV ebook¬†of essays about a year in the life of a comic writer

At $4+, you’ll get the complete PDF trade collection of¬†I PLAY THE BAD GUY¬†from Alex Cormack and Andy Arnott

AND, at $7+, we’ll unleash The RKL Scriptbook Vol.3¬†¬†[previously only available in the DEER EDITOR: HACK campaign]

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This is the extra value we want to give to our backers. This is how much we care about you, we’re clearing out the warehouse.

This means if you back at $7+, you will receive:

StSS Deluxe PDF

The RKL Scriptbooks Vol.1-4

1 x full trade

4 x ebooks

6 x minicomics/single issues

Oh, and we nearly forgot:

~~~~~FIRST DAY BACKER PARTY~~~~~

To say thank you to everyone who already follows me, and came into the campaigns early, which helps spread the word, I wanted to thank you all and reward you all, so here’s the deal: all first day backers will get downloads at the end of that day for:

OXYMORON: THE LOVELIEST NIGHTMARE #1 from Alex Cormack and John Lees

HEADSPACE #1 from Eric Zawadzki and Ryan K Lindsay

CHUM #1 from Sami Kivela and Ryan K Lindsay

I hope some of this excites you. Stay tuned for the updates online, or follow me on Kickstarter to get an email as soon as I launch.

See you in November for STAIN THE SEAS SCARLET, we launch this Wednesday, around 3:30pm Aussie time.

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