Category Archives: My Projects

My First Oni Press Rejection Letter

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So Oni Press rejected my pitch for Astra Etherium: Adventures of a Space Bounty Hunter in Space. What to do… It’s already in the format Dark Horse wants, I just need to change a few words for captions and stuff like that. Maybe Dark Horse or someone else is a better fit anyway. Still waiting to hear back on Dodge Battle High. Since I’m not expecting a positive response, I’ve already started setting up the things I need for Kickstarter. Going to get some sample pages together and I found an artist I want to work with so Dodge Battle High may be coming whether it’s with Oni Press or not. If it’s not with Oni then I guess Killswitch has to get on the grind.

Maybe it’s good that Astra Etherium was rejected. It gives me time to get the game wrapped up and out and then maybe I’ll already have an installed fanbase for it or at least I hope so anyway. I could end up with 1 person buying my game and everyone else using my picture as a dartboard. So I wait on Dodge Battle High’s acceptance or rejection but either way I’m pushing on with the book. Out of the first 675 or something like that, only 2 books made it to the big desk so I’m not holding out hope.

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Another Pitch for Oni Press

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I haven’t mentioned this other pitch much because it was meant to be a light novel at first. Not sure when the idea popped in my head but I asked someone who read the sample stuff I had and he thought it would work. I asked 2 of the others who read it and they think so too. So Mr Killswitch will be submitting Dodge Battle High to Oni Press also. I only have 10 days to get the package together so have to get on that ASAP. I should be able to bang out the comic scripting quick, it’s the summary and cover letter that seem to be tripping me up. So I guess I will have 2 pitches and hopefully 2 books getting published.

Dodge Battle High is a story about dodgeball but not in the traditional sense. You will have your regular schools but Dodge Battle High is a school where dodgeball determines a high percentage of your grade. It’s a slice of life/comedy type book but it will also deal with subjects like death, self esteem, friendship and more.

If I had this idea earlier, I might have even pitched my 3rd idea but that’ll be for the next open submissions at Oni Press. Well, time to get crackin.

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My Graphic Novel Pitch

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When Oni Press released the info for the open submissions, I was nowhere near ready. I had nothing at all done really. I wanted to get the game out first and then look into the novel part of this but it’s a great opportunity. If I can get my pitch straight and that may be my perfectionism getting in the way. If Oni Press takes my submission then I can be a writer and still do everything else without doing the art, lettering and coloring myself.

When I used to do comics in high school, I would sketch out my pages but never actually scripted it. That part I actually found kind of easy, it’s the cover letter and other stuff that is tripping me up big time. Every time I think I’m ready to click the submit button, something comes up.

The picture you see is of my main protagonist Maximillian. For those reading this for the first time, my pitch is a novel based on my game Astra Etherium: A Space Bounty Hunter in Space. Maximillian is a cocky space pirate, who sacrificed his life to save another. What Maximillian doesn’t know is that he will be offered a second chance, if he becomes one of the “good guys” and captures some of the same people he used to run with.

Unfortunately for me, the person who drew this Maximillian has disappeared without a trace and I don’t even know why, so he may have a different look when things are finished. This is something I had to deal with while developing the game, people disappearing. That’s why things have been delayed over and over but it looks like we’re coming to the end of the line on the game end of things. The first version of Astra Etherium should be out late June/early July for OUYA and some mobile platforms and then release to other platforms from there. So hopefully my game will be out with a positive response from Oni Press. If not, then at least I have the game and I have enough of the pitch to work on it on the side.

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Astra Etherium Graphic Novel Pitch Sent to Oni Press

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So Oni Press was looking for graphic novel submissions. Due to all my projects going on or planned, I sent in Astra Etherium as a writer. I just won’t have time for art and all that. Oni Press can hook you up with an artist and they’re looking for them too so that’s always a plus. Hopefully someone will be able to match the look I have for the book.

Astra Etherium wasn’t planned to be a graphic novel but if it can get me in the door then why not. It does fit graphic novel more than a light novel anyway and if this works out then I just have to write and someone has to finish the art. It works out well for me.

Look at me talking like they already accepted me. Since I have big plans for Astra Etherium, this would be a great starting point. I have the game coming, then the remastered version of the game, and hopefully the graphic novel. It’s something that I can see as an anime someday and hope it progresses to that or that I have a legion of fans that would back the project on Kickstarter if that was to happen.

**Update** False start, going to submit Monday after realizing I left out a synopsis and summary. It gave me time to rewrite scenes and I think they came out better this time. I had to cut down the scenes for the submission anyway. They won’t take over 20 scripted pages and I have 26. So now they will have the first 13 pages of the story and an introduction to a character who will play a big role later on. Even if Oni Press says no, at least I have it scripted. Even though I drew comics in the past, I never scripted it in comic format. From the feedback I’m getting, it seems like I have it down and the few people did enjoy the scenes.

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Astra Etherium – The Graphic Novel!?!?!

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As some of you reading this know, I planned to have a light novel or graphic novel of my game Astra Etherium: Adventures of a Space Bounty Hunter in Space available in the future. Well there is an opportunity with Oni Press where they are looking for submissions so this may be my chance to make this happen without going the Kickstarter route or shopping for publishers. I wanted to keep it as a light novel so that it isn’t completely art heavy but now that the opportunity is here, I’m writing out a few graphic novel pages to see if they’ll take me on. If not, then it will go back to being a light novel plan and hopefully some day maybe an anime show. Whether it happens or not, Maximillian has many more adventures to come.

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Astra Etherium is Getting Closer

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Unfortunately, Astra Etherium didn’t make the end of March date I had hoped. There were some other issues that popped up, the HUD had to be redesigned and just a bunch of other things that are out of my control. Anyone who knows me knows, I hate when things are out of my control when it comes to my projects.

Astra Etherium will still have most of the features mentioned like leaderboards, achievements, etc. but Nuggeta changed their API so 2 player online may be dropped for now. Every time we seem to be near the finish line, something else pops up. Just like when I thought I had an easy solution to the localization issue and the asset had to be pulled. I have someone helping on the code side and he actually coded something himself which I’m sure took time though he hasn’t told me how much time he spent on that (he might be avoiding answering the question.)

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Scrambling…

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Feels like forever ago when I thought this thing would be done. Astra Etherium: Adventures of a Space Bounty Hunter in Space is moving into the final stages (I thought it was there before but some issues came up.) The game really was supposed to be much simpler but then we added speech, had to change art, went through several music people…it just kept going on and on and on. It will feel like a weight lifted off my shoulders when this thing is finally out there. Hopefully someone out there likes it. Hopefully more than one.

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Anime and Manga Thoughts

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I’ve been watching a lot more anime lately than I have in the past. Probably have one specific person to thank for that but it continued to be more than that when I started plotting out an anime show based around my game Astra Etherium. Now I have a potential anime if funding ever happens and a light novel based on the game, both of which are projects for later. Plus another light novel that I’m actually in the process of writing now.

There is a lot of anime out there, good, bad and ugly so I will be providing some of my thoughts on some of it also.

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