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Since 1985, I have been a huge fan of the CEREBUS comic book series. Dave Sim (writer, artist, and creator the CEREBUS) has read THE SWORD OF EDEN. In Dave’s Weekly Update on Youtube, Dave reviews my graphic novel...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9hk1pJyNEI

 

Dave Sim: “This guy ain’t no rookie. Let me tell you that.” And “Just an amazing, amazing piece of work.” And “I really can’t say enough good things about THE SWORD OF EDEN.” And “Biggest tip of the year: Don’t miss Al Nickerson’s THE SWORD OF EDEN, if you can possibly help it.”

 

Find out what Dave Sim is talking about. Purchase your copy of THE SWORD OF EDEN at CBD/Christianbooks.com…

 

https://www.christianbook.com/the-sword-of-eden-graphic-novel/al-nickerson/9780578518206/pd/518207?event=ESRCG

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Churches need Geeks, now.

As California hunkers deeper into Corona Virus isolation, many churches (mine included) are being forced to seriously consider virtual church services. This forces praise teams, worship leaders, sunday school teachers and pastors into steep learning curves as they scramble to aquire and use the Apps and software that will get their voices online.

Geeks of goodwill!   Now is the time to contact your churches and voluteer your social media and recording abilities. Let them know you are willing and able to lend a keyboard and knowhow to getting Gods word to the isolated. Go!  Go!

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Developing a Virtual Indie Creator Con

For a long time now, I've had an idea for a virtual indie convention - an attractive site to easily search through various media and genres of indie creators and buy from them directly, to lessen the dependence on big corporations for entertainment and publicity. 

Now, with the pandemic, small businesses are shutting their doors - perhaps forever. Conventions and other places for indie creators to gain visibility are shut down. These smaller creatives have run close to the budget for years now and they don't have much to fall back on. 

I can't sit on this idea any longer. It is quite literally now or never. I'm going for it. 

First blog post here: http://www.otherrealmstudio.com/from-slush-to-pulp/indiegenxyz 

More is coming. 

Take care, everybody.

May God bless you and give you strength and peace.

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To help artists achieve a better understanding of human anatomy, I suggest using a pose-able plastic figurine for the purpose of reference. As flexible as the human body is, there are limits to how far the hips can twist, the shoulder can pull, and the head tilt. Some of the most commonly illustrated poses in modern superhero comics are simply not feasible... unless of course you have superpowers, right?
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Testimony - I had an actual vision! O.O

This happened on February 23, and I've only told one person until now. There aren't a lot of venues to tell this sort of thing anyway, but my creative brothers and sisters here will understand :)

I've been working with my friend Christen, who is a wonderful musician, to compose a melody for a lullaby I've written for the comic. This song is important to my main character because she learned it from her mother, and it becomes more significant over the course of the series. I'd been struggling with how I can afford to do everything I want to do with SoulBound, and trying to pull together enough knowledge to someday, maybe, possibly adapt it as an animated series. As a sort of pie-in-the-sky pipe dream - I have a lot of those, and usually they fade and are replaced with something else, but this one was quite insistent. So I started outlining what I'd need to actually do it, while also trying not to take it too seriously and break my heart by failing.

Here's part of the email I sent Christen the day after I had an actual real-life vision about it:

 

Yesterday, I was so tired I just wanted to sit and close my eyes, and when I did, I *saw* the intro to the series, just like I was watching it on tv. It was spooky, this hardly ever happens, and it honestly felt like God saying to go ahead, He'll let it happen. So I hurried up and wrote down a description of the intro so I wouldn't lose what it all looked like before I could storyboard it out. There's no dialogue for the first few minutes. It was all silent and I didn't know what the soundtrack for that section would be.

And so while I was listening to the teaser I realized that was it, it's all come together, you just sent it to me.

And now I'm kind of overwhelmed because SO MUCH is here and it's still such a tiny part of the entire project. O.O

God is good... and this is what I'm meant to be doing, and past that, I don't know anything else at all. My brain might have broken a little. Naturally I'm crying when I think about it too, so there's that to deal with before I can make sense again... XD.

Somehow I'm creating 10 issues of a comic, also got confirmation that a novel adaptation would likely be successful, and also, somehow, the animated series too and this is only one of my stories. I have no idea how and it's all completely beyond me.

 

I'm still not over it and I'm still crying when I think about it! This is such a weird thing to have a vision about. If I'm this broken and humbled by the possibility of producing a cartoon, imagine what a vision of Jesus would've done to me. o.O Yeah I think that's as much as I can handle. XD It was so real! I'm terrified of dropping the ball now. I always prayed that whatever God wanted for me, that He'd make it obvious so I can't miss it - but I didn't think I'd be tired and grumpy and starting a headache and close my eyes a minute and then watch the intro for my series pilot play out

So this is what I'm meant to do. It's going to take a team and it'll be such a huge responsibility to do right by them, but evidently I'm ready enough to think of it now?

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Hourly Comic Challenge

Last month I did the Hourly Comic Day challenge. I decided to do one large panel an hour, and use it to develop a character from BRYN, my WIP project.

 

"A Day In The Life Of Sophie Brice, aka Anthem"

Created in approximately 15 hrs. on 2-1-2020


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Dropping In

Hello all,

I haven't been too active here since my comic ended, but I thought I'd drop in.

I've been working on a new project called BRYN. BRYN is very different than anything I've done before, much less light-hearted. It's a superhero-esque story that deals with abuse recovery and CPTSD. It's been the most emotionally draining thing I've ever written or drawn.

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I've been posting a lot on Twitter and Instagram. I've been doing a lot of sketch cards and art challenges and so forth. 

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Hope everyone is doing well.

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Hi CCAS friends, 

I have a new Kickstarter that has just begun. It's for the Gospel of Matthew Word for Word Bible Comic. 

Please come and have a look and grab yourself a copy. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/word4wordbiblecomic/the-gospel-of-matthew-word-for-word-bible-comic-niv?ref=6btlwn

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Please help in these three ways : 

 

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You can download the sample PDF here 

 

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What Makes for Great Art?

I lead a number of rare digital art communities and just posted some guidelines about what makes for great art in the rare digital art market. These actually are written to have universal application for all creators.

https://joechiappetta.blogspot.com/2020/02/what-makes-great-rare-digital-art.html

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New comic strip I created for the Kentucky National Guard Wellness FB page. I'm sharing it here as well, in hopes that it encourages. It is a bi-weekly comic called CHAPLAIN TATE SAYS... enjoy and God Bless! comments are welcomed.chaplain%20tate%20says.pdf

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Mrs.Paula Richey of OtherRealm Studio has just published the first comic book in her series titled "Soulbound'. It's a fantastic book, a great beginning to what looks to be an exciting fantasy story, both enchanting at times, and terrifying at others. If you're intrigued about it, please consider visiting Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VP87H7X?pf_rd_p=183f5289-9dc0-416f-942e-e8f213ef368b&pf_rd_r=RM1YP8XY1Z40E8V8HF84

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