Without Fear

Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

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.

Dungeon Maps on Patreon – Early Bird Offer

Over on my Patreon, I’m adding a new tier where you can buy a one-of-a-kind Dungeon Map I’ll ink for you – for your wall, or for a D&D game – and there are only 5 spaces, and only 2 months to get in on this.

YOU CAN CHECK OUT MY PATREON HERE

You can read more information below, straight from my Patreon.

“I’ve been diving into map creation for dungeons. It’s partly to help with D&D story creation, partly to get a handle on it for my school club, and partly for mindfulness because making these things is a joy. A fiddly little time/labour intensive joy.

I’m happy with how they are turning out, see the image attached, so I wanted to make you all an offer.

I’m going to make available five early bird specials for the next two months only. If you hit up the $20 pledge level before October, I’ll send you a dungeon map for the month. I’ll even make some of the landscape reflect some of my comics with names and such.

Come October, the pledge level will jump to $40, so this is an offer for right here, right now. It’s also a pledge I don’t expect anyone to lock in for a year. You might only play it once, but you’ll get a nice map for your wall for your pleasure.

There are only five spaces available, and only 2 weeks left in this month to make a decision. Happy dungeoning, pals. See ya round.”

Patreon Season II – Creativity Firestarter

I’m shaking my Patreon up – we’re entering Season II, and I want you to come along for the ride with me.

YOU CAN BACK MY PATREON HERE, STARTING AT $1

Season I saw me making a Comic Book Study Guide a fortnight for a whole year. It’s was amazing, if you were there, I hope you dug it.

Season II is an all access pass to my creative headspace. I’m going to spend the next year sharing the way I work, I’m going to offer up thoughts and resources and early access to new material before it hits shelves anywhere else in the world.

I’m going to pull back the curtain on my writing life, but I’m also aiming to creatively rekindle the fire in my brain, make it burn higher, brighter, better.

I’m really excited for what I’ve got planned out, so if you’re a writer [or creative type], I think you’ll dig it. If you like reading my stuff, and you want more, and you want to support me making more, I think you’re going to dig it.

RKL Patreon Season II – starts in July – come find us and hang out. You never know, if I make enough money, I could take a day a fortnight off from teaching, and that would be insane.

SCOPE OUT MY PATREON HERE – DO YOU WANT TO BE PART OF A MONTHLY CREATIVE Q&A?

Writing is Therapy – Why an Online Scratchpad?

I’ve started a separate site, somewhere to hack out weird ideas and thoughts and stupidity. It’ll lack the structure and finesse of this site [don’t laugh]. You can follow my there by clicking the link in the image below.

This site will remain my professional home, home to announcements, essays, and other more structured things, but tbe will have the shortform, the undercooked, the mental shards and slivers. The other site will be my madness, while this remains [what’s left of] my sanity.

Enjoy.

Alchemical.

“…it’s important to keep in mind that a lot of this job of ours is alchemy, not chemistry.”

From the Jonathan Hickman interview on CBR. Yes.

Passion

I think passion might be the only thing that matters.

I’ve only got time in my life for things I’m passionate about. I want to write what makes me absolutely thrilled to be at the table. I want to chase what excites me.

I don’t want to worry about the rules. Or feel locked on by them.

Passion drives us to do big, wild, crazy, amazing things. Usually. I think.

Well, they’re usually enjoyable in the doing, and what else are we asking for, really?

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.

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