Air Gear is dated due to what the subject matter is but that doesn’t take away from the show. Air Treks (roller blades) are sweeping the nation and ‘gangs’ are being formed around Air Treks for control of territory. Itsuki (Ikki) a ‘tough’ middle school kid who lives with his 4 sisters knew nothing about Air Treks until he has his ass handed to him by a ‘gang’ called the Storm Riders. So Ikki started to pick up Air Treks and building his own gang which leads to many adventures and secrets about the people around him. Continue readingby
So I’m getting a lot of writing done lately and I think it may be close to time to get a Kickstarter prepped and ready. I have to figure out the rewards and all that but what would people want for an unproven commodity? Bookmarks? Stickers? Extra art? I figure those would be included but what about figures or something? Have to have a plan and execute the plan to perfection.
I did want to include an anthology type thing but the first person I approached didn’t even get back to me. There are a few others I thought of asking but after that first one I may scrap the idea. I figured it was a chance for people to have their stuff printed and have something thy can show off or say “look I’m published”. Maybe I was wrong though…
Also debating if I should have some art done that’s just so people can read some of the content but it’s not finished art, something where I can post like 5 pages a week on a separate site (probably here), then have finished art on the Kickstarter page so people get a taste of the finished product. The artist I picked does all digital though so there won’t be sketches and all that to post.
I really just want this to go off without a hitch the first time and not have to try again. Plus it would show that there are people out there who want the book. Would hate to do all this work and then no one wants it but the people who have read the script so far have said they liked it. They could be lying but I hope not.by
Ayane’s High Kick is about a 17 year old high school girl which wants to become a pro wrestler, like her idol Manami Toyota. She tries over and over to qualify but she keeps failing her audition chances.
A coach sees Ayane at an audition and invites her to his gym which really isn’t a gym. He has ulterior motives for her (no not THAT). But her desire to be a wrestler has her take him up on his offer to train her.
There isn’t much I can say about the show without blowing up the whole thing since there are only 2 episodes and it’s mostly her training and hiding her wrestling practice and everything else from her parents and the school administrators who will ban anyone caught doing extra curricular things for money even if it’s something athletic. Continue readingby
Yes this is the name of the pitch I sent to Oni Press during their submissions process (also Astra Etherium which was turned down though I think it fits their line of books also). I haven’t given many details to those outside of the few who read my scribbles from when it was going to be a light novel. A few have seen my comic scripted version which has a decent amount of pages now. I have the first 100 pages or so in my head and need to put about 55 more of it on paper and script it.
Comic scripting is definitely not as easy as someone would think it is. You have to picture each frame and describe it so that someone reading it can picture it in their head or draw it if it’s an artist. I used to draw comics as a teen with Marvel on my mind but I would sketch my stories then draw. I stopped drawing like 15 years ago so my skill has diminished a bit and I’m much more of a perfectionist now which causes me to not finish art, plus the fact that I never learned to do it all digitally.
The book will be a mix of sports (dodgeball), family, slice of life but also tackle some topics like death, loneliness, and other psychological things that teens go through. Don’t worry, it’s comedy and light hearted for the most part so you won’t want to sit in a dark room wishing your life was over. Even the sports part probably won’t be as pronounced as the interpersonal relationships. The relationships whether good or bad will be the main focus of the books.
Where do I see this going? Well I would like to cover their 4 years in high school for the series which would mean 20 books or so and if it’s really popular then I have plans for the next set of books where they have graduated but I won’t let you know about that part yet. I also would like to see this adapted into a show. I think it would lend itself well to an adaptation and I may look to form my own “production committee” for funding. I’m even thinking if maybe the characters will be put into this dodgeball game concept that I have had for a while but I’m currently in gamedev hell so I have to wait before I think of that part but also a possibility.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled blog stuff.by
Well I’ve been sitting and waiting for a rejection letter but nothing yet. I’m on day 62. They extended the response time from 30 days to 60 but I know one person said it took 72 days. I’m debating what to do with Dodge Battle High because I made a few changes to what I sent them. What if they get back to me and say “we want your book”?
I’m still looking at a Kickstarter but it may be around October. By then, I should have a clear answer on Astra Etherium (the game) which is being held up by external issues beyond my control and I’m not happy about. I will probably send Astra Etherium (the book) to Dark Horse. It’s probably more their thing but I heard they ask for a piece of film rights or something in their deals. Which can be good and bad. I’d like to see it hit the anime market but if a movie can be made then why not. It lends itself well to a movie.
So I just keep writing, hoping it’s good…the few who read it say that it is. Hope they aren’t telling me what they think I want to hear…
Ugh. I guess I just want to know what’s going on in the process.
**Update** I guess someone heard me. I got an email today saying they need longer than the 60 days. It looks like about 2 weeks ago they still had 950 submissions to go through so I guess there is still hope before having to turn to Kickstarter.by
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.by
I decided to give people a peek at the shows I’m watching on a weekly basis instead of the ones that I can shotgun marathon because they’re already finished shows. 3 of these shows will be on the list for a while since they’re current shows but the other spots will be open.
First up is Assassination Classroom. I went to check what’s selling in Japan so I can compare and contrast with some ideas I had and then I found this one. Print media is slipping but Assassination Classroom is still holding strong.
The show is about an alien who has come to destroy the planet, like he did to the moon. He is giving the people of Earth a chance to survive but it all depends on kids who are the lowest class in school. They’re not delinquents, except for one but they don’t test well. They’re Earth’s last hope and no one outside of this classroom knows it. Continue readingby