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Game On!

Oct 16, 2014   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

Game On

Game on! Everyday Hero rewrite is complete!

That took a while.

Although I’m still waiting for some feedback on the rewrite, I’m confident enough to start working with Ray on character concepts and blocking out pages. I’ll be posting samples and such as they are created.

To help out Ray, I’m blocking out page panels, and prepping word bubbles (sans tails). Now I know having the writer block out the panels on a page might not be the norm, I want you to keep a few things in mind.

  1. I am an artist myself, and work as an art director 5 days a week, so I do have experience with layout/composition.
  2. Ray and I see each other almost every day and are in close communication about art, layout and framing.
  3. Last but not least, I worked with Ray to come up with a system that works best for him. This is not a case of me imposing my will. I’m all for supporting an artist’s vision, but if there’s anything I can do to help I will. So if laying out panels in Photoshop helps, that’s what I do. Every artist is different, and as a team it’s important that you adapt to each other to figure out a system that works for the both of you. This is what works for us.

Right Side Up

Oct 1, 2014   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

Mark Maia - A Quick UpdateLately I’ve been dealing with some serious personal issues. My life has been turned upside down, and working on Everyday Hero has taken a back seat to harsh reality of said life. So now it’s time to get myself right side up again. Although I do have the aftermath of my situation to deal with (a house in shambles), I will be getting back to working on my dream, to write a comic, and have it published. Stick with me through this, and the outcome will not disappoint.

Brain Farts

Aug 25, 2014   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

All work and no play

So, I’ve started the rewrites for my one-shot title “Everyday Hero” (working title). My first sit-down with the rewrite consisted of putting together a new game plan based on the feedback I received: done! Next, I put the plan into action and started writing! NOT so done. I sat with the script for about an hour, working on my opening line and came up with nothing! Well… Nothing usable that is. So, I thought I would share my brain farts with you :)

Here are a few failed attempts at an opening narrative for Everyday Hero. You’ll get the gist of what I’m trying to say with these, but none of them quite hit the mark.

WARNING: These are pretty bad.

  • Sometimes you just gotta play the cards you’re dealt, and as far as metaphors go, I figure that’s one of the better ones. I mean, good people don’t always get the good in life. (WTF am I talking about?)
  • Sometimes I swear, the bad people soak up all the good in life, leaving us good people with all the bad.
  • I swear… sometimes it feels like the bad people are sucking up all the good, and leaving nothing but the bad, for the rest of us to deal with. And it changes a person, but how it changes you is what defines us (Blah)
  • There comes a point in your life when you have to make a choice. Give in to the life you’re dealt, or say fuck it, and become the person you want to be, not what life makes you. (There is nothing good here)
  • There are those of us who crack under the pressure of the shit life deals out, and then there are those keep their shit together, and try to make something of themselves. (derpa derp derp)
  • In life, you either play the hand you’re dealt, and make the most of it, or fold and write bad poker metaphors when you should be focusing on the task at hand.
  • We all have shit we deal with in our lives, but it’s how we deal that defines who we are as a person. So stand up and make something of yourself now, or lay down under the weight of it all, and be crushed. (All shit)
  • Life isn’t always easy, sometimes it can be downright shit, but it’s how we deal with it that defines who you are as a person. (closer)
  • Don’t get me wrong, I love living, but life… that’s a whole other story. Sure, there are good times, but a lot of it is shit; and that’s our test isn’t it? It’s how we deal with the shit that defines who we are as a person. Do you work to be what you want to be, or fall victim to circumstance? (I think I have something here… need to work it out)

FYI: I make those comments as I write, as notes to myself.