What’s lurking in the shadows? Dinosaurs? Bears?! Monsters?!?!
What’s lurking in the shadows? Dinosaurs? Bears?! Monsters?!?!
Hi there! This September, I’ve been toiling over the Shining Ascension website. What do you think of its appearance so far? This is my first attempt at web design since a basic html class in elementary school. I’ve been winging it solo, but if complications arise (and let’s be honest – they probably will, once we begin posting pages), I’m not afraid to bother T Hueston’s talented friends and other internets-savvy people. Heheh.
The first comic page will be posted on October 4th, followed by weekly Sunday updates. Just think: Shining Ascension Sundays! It’s catchy 😀 By the way, in case anyone is curious, I’m using wordpress.org + the ComicPress theme for the webpage.
Hi everybody! I have an exciting update about the Shining Ascension comic book project. Nick Robles, our artist extraordinaire, has finished line art for SA Issue #2. He’s working on colors now. Nick provided me with a sneak peek at Issue 2, page #1 (below, without dialogue). Bregga and Faatin are lookin’ snazzy! But why is Faatin floating and glowing like a firefly?! You’ll need to read the comic to find out. >.>
This October, we’ll begin posting the first two issues online. The SA official website is currently under construction – expect a bunch of cool links, faqs, and secrets once it goes live. Hope to see you there!
Behold! A big battle from the Shining Ascension comic book series, to celebrate the completion of the second issue’s draft script. After some edits, the inking/coloring process will begin. I wish I had a time machine to see the final comic book immediately.
In the meantime, here’s a pivotal battle scene, lovingly created by the Spectacular Nick Robles! Don’t worry – that isn’t a real dragon. We’d never hurt a real dragon in this comic. Never!!!
Faatin, Bregga, and Vars appear in this battle, as well as some unknown friends. Can you find them all?
As I begin to write Shining Ascension Issue #2 (Hueston and I plan to release #1 and #2 together), it occurs to me that I haven’t made an official “project explanation” post. Today, I will address the following tantalizing questions:
1) What is Shining Ascension? (THE ORIGIN STORY)
2) What is the future of Shining Ascension? When will it be available? How many issues will be released?
3) Who is T. Hueston?
4) Who am I?!?
Okay, here we go, here we go, here we go!
1) THE ORIGIN STORY
About 4.5 years ago, I invented a text-based role-playing game. For those who are unfamiliar with text-based role-playing, I essentially used the power of writing and imagination to build a high fantasy playground for my friend T. Hueston. We went on fabulous adventures together. Make-believe: it’s not just for kids anymore!
One fateful day, Hueston met an artist named The Incredible Nick Robles. They became friends, and Hueston commissioned a scene from our game, below (some parts of the scene have been cut, to prevent spoilers hehe). Wow! That’s a lot of awesome! The full work is even better … if you’re curious, visit Nick’s website and poke around: http://www.nickroblesart.com/ As you can see, Nick has a knack for action, character design, and coloring. He’s truly incredible 🙂
Before long, inspired by Nick’s work, Hueston suggested, “Let’s make a comic book based on our game.” As a pessimist, I was reluctant. I did not know how well the game would translate to a comic book medium. Honestly, I’m still nervous about the project. It’s new territory, and I have an anxious streak. But Hueston convinced me that everything would be ok. Plus, Hueston pointed out that the world needs more diverse, kickass comic book characters. Our cast includes many POC and/or LGBTQA heroes, the kind of characters Hueston and I wish were more abundant in mainstream comic books. By the way, the protagonist Faatin comes from a matrilocal society that is partially inspired by precolonial Apache culture. Hey-o! Represent!
So Hueston, Nick, and I began the Shining Ascension project – the rest is history.
2) FUTURE OF THE COMIC
The Shining Ascension Issue 2 script is almost finished. Once Nick inks and colors that comic this year, we’ll release issues 1 and 2 together, freely available online. Hueston and I have planned a 6-issue arc. If we scrape together funding to pay Nick, we’ll release Issues 3-6 within a year. If we have no funding, the project will take longer. Either way, we’re completing this baby, believe you me.
3) WHO IS T. HUESTON
In Hueston’s words: “I am a veterinarian and artist with an interest in European warfare, arms and armor.” Check out Hueston’s art here: http://jarahamee.deviantart.com/
4) WHO AM I?!?!
Check out my little biography!
Bregga, Action!Faatin, and Vars’s face are on the cover of Shining Ascension Issue #1, designed and painted by Nick Robles. Like the title says, there’s a lot to love about this art, but my favorite thing has to be Faatin’s smile. You can really see how she and Bregga have different personalities, but she always has Bregga’s back!
It’s been a joy to work with Nick, who is as professional as he is skilled. I can’t wait to see what he does next!
My next comic-related post will be less art, more information. What is this comic book project? What can you expect? What does “Shining Ascension” mean anyway? You’ll also hear from T. Hueston, the person who said, “There needs to be more kickass POC women in comics. Let’s make a comic book, Little Badger!” Yep, this project is Hueston’s baby – I’m along for the ride, haha.
Stay tuned! 😀
I’m excited to announce that Shining Ascension Issue #1 is (mostly) finished! Only the cover remains. As always, Nick has done beautiful work. I
Above: Sir Vars and Minister Mortikus play chess. They’re obviously party animals. By the way, I swear there’s a big fight scene in issue one. It’s not all chess. Not that I have anything against chess! I was in chess club during elementary school. 😀 Such fun.
T. Hueston and I plan to complete the 1st Shining Ascension story arc over five additional comic books. I’m writing my dissertation this year (yay science), so we’ll continue working on SA in 2016. Here’s my question: should we wait a year to release Issue 1? Or should we provide the comic book (free PDF) immediately? It’s something to consider. If you have any suggestions, comment below, or contact me on Twitter … https://twitter.com/ShiningComic
Faatin: Bregga, this parade is the worst. I can’t see anything. Humans are too tall.
Bregga: Okay. Hop on.
Faatin: Thank you! Much better. Uh oh.
Faatin: I think you have lice.
Faatin: Sorry! Sorry! It’s just dandruff. I can recommend something for that.
Bregga: … ;-;
The end. What an exciting tale.
For more gorgeous art by Asher, check out: http://dumonchelledraws.deviantart.com/
The exceptional Nick Robles has been coloring Shining Ascension Issue One, and he shared this gorgeous full-page spread with me. Faatin (left, in blue) and Bregga (right) meet for the first time, just hours before a terrible battle! Ah, how dramatic! I love Nick’s work, as always. ❤
The comic book release date is approaching quickly, and I’m on tenterhooks to see the completed first issue. Stay tuned!
Fun fact: Faatin’s yasha (the big animal with a yellow bow) was inspired by prehistoric mammals, most notably Macrauchenia.
Sir Bregga Laydon, masterfully painted by C. Bedford. Bedford’s ethereal art can be viewed here: http://cbedford.deviantart.com/ Check it out! I also encourage you to view the full-size image above by clicking the picture: from the creases on Bregga’s hands to the links in her chainmail, the details in this portrait never fail to delight me.
The gold eye on Bregga’s chest represents the Bright One. Some worship him as a god, while others believe that he’s a powerful alien with mysterious goals. In issue one of the Shining Ascension comic series, he will break centuries of silence with a message for Bregga …
In the lead-up to issue one (available early 2015), I’ll be posting more character art by exceptional artists, so stay tuned!