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From Endings to New Beginnings

Aug 27, 2013   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

I’ve got some sad news :( As it turns out, Michele and I may not be working together on So-Called Living after all. Why you ask? Well, for two reasons.

1. An opportunity for her to work on storyboards in Thailand has turned its ugly head (ugly for me that is, great news for her).

2. The cost for hiring Michele was a little more than I could afford at the moment. I am willing to pay an artist to draw So-Called Living, don’t get me wrong. It’s just that… well, when it comes to the finances, I need to go back to the drawing board.

So what do I do now? Do give up is what!

After my meeting with Michele, I had a talk with a few people at FanExpo in Toronto, namely Jim Zub, creator of Skull Kickers, and Corey Reid, creator of Reform School Ninja Girls. Both were very informative.

Before FanExpo I had a script, and no plan. I was floundering , no idea what to do next, but now I have a direction. Where will it lead?… I’ll keep you posted.

Revising So-Called Living Book: 1

Jan 4, 2013   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

It’s 2013… time to get my shit together!

Now that both my Top Cow Talent Hunt submissions are sent off, I can get back to working on So-Called living.

After showing Jamie my Top Cow script, he asked if I could format our So-Called living scripts the same way. You see, what’s different about my So-Called Living scripts, is that my descriptions were vague, on purpose, for two reasons. 1: I see Jamie everyday and we talked through every panel in person. 2: As an artist I assumed he would want the freedom to express himself, and not be tide down to my vision of things. So here’s where I went wrong…

Drawing a comic is a lot of work and according to Jamie, he would rather me break the panels down for him, so he has “less thinking to do” (his words not mine); Thus allowing him to focus more on creating the art asked of him, and less about directing the story itself. Fair enough.

Also, I never broke the story up into pages (panels yes, pages no). I did this to put less constraints on Jamie’s creativity, but now I see the errors of my ways. My panels were labelled, PANEL 1 – PANEL 90. Not a good idea.

So that leaves me with my latest task. I have to go back to book 1, expand on my descriptions and break my panels up into pages. So far it’s taking me longer to do that than it did to write the story in the first place.

FYI: I’ve never written a comic before.

I’m Back!… ish

Dec 10, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

Hey guys… We’re back! Well I am anyway.

You might have noticed that I haven’t blogged for quite some time. The reason is because So-Called living was put on hold for a bit, while Jamie was dealing with other things in his life such as, moving out of his old house and into his brand-spanking new house.

Now that he has, we should be able to get back on track… not that the holiday season is the best time to do that, but what the hell.

In the mean time, I’ve been working on a submission for the Top Cow Talent hunt. You can find more details here:

Well that’s it for now, but I should have more soon… maybe even later today. We’ll have to wait and see.

Valid Excuses

Apr 16, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

Quick Status update on our little mini series

1. No new art :( Jamie is in the middle of a big move and has little time to draw, but he does think he can get back to the book next week.

2. This weekend I couldn’t write anything either :( Between dress shopping with the wife, an all day migraine and Proday (a day where pros from the video game industry work with students that want to get into the video game industry) I had zero time

These are both perfect examples of life getting in the way… but we won’t let it derail us!

Push Through The Crap

Apr 11, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

I was talking to Jamie yesterday, informing him of the piss poor job I was doing on the script for book 3. If there are any other writers reading this today then you’ll understand, that some days everything you write comes out shit! You’re tired, agitated and maybe even a little hungry, but yet you’re determined to write anyway, and so you do, and that’s fine, but you’ll be writing it again. ’cause if you’re like me, you’ll know its crap when you’re writing it, but you know what… screw it. Just keep writing if you want, get it out of your system. Then after a day or two away from it you’ll come back, realize the mess you’ve made of things and then fix it. I like to think that I have some good stories inside me, and some bad ones, but they all have to come out, and I don’t always have control of when, but I can control what I show to others. If you’re not confidant in your work, be it writing or drawing, don’t try to pass it off to someone else hopping for praise, you’re only lying to yourself. Part of being good at what you do is learning to accept your failures, and the other is learning from them.

A Much Needed Kick in the Ass

Apr 3, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

As I mentioned in a previous post, the story for the second issue of So-Called Living was less than stellar according to those who read the early script. I can’t stress how important it is to have a group of people you can trust to tell you that your story is shit. Sure it’s nice to hear how “awesome” your story is from your friends and family, but in the long run they are not helping you, but If you’re the kind of person that takes criticism badly and sulks over bad reviews, then chances are your friends aren’t going to tell you the truth, even if you ask for it, that’s just the way it is. I’ll admit, when given a bad review, I probably appear angry or upset, but never with the reviewer, always with myself for not doing better or catching the problem from the start. If someone doesn’t like your work and you trust their opinion then there’s a good chance you have to go back to the drawing board (or in my case the keyboard), and that’s just what I did.

I wrestled with different ideas in my head for a few days, and then yesterday it hit me! I ran down to my office and started writing, and you know what? The story is sooo much better for it. So in the end, after the smoke of criticism clears and you get down to what really matters (maximising your potential), you’ll be all that much happier with the end result, trust me.


Mar 30, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

There are a trusted few people that I allow to read my script, and in return I want their honest feedback. I don’t want to hear how “awesome” it is if you don’t like it. I want the truth, because if something sucks, I would rather it suck now than out on store shelves. Thus far the feedback for book 1 is really positive, although the feedback for book 2 is less than positive. Some of the feed back I’ve received tells me that I don’t have anything in book 2 to entice people to buy book 3, which is a problem. Clearly I need to fix this problem, but how? One thing I don’t want to do is cram in a fight scene or introduce another plot line in an attempt to “spice it up”. After some informative discussion with my trusted circle, I’m leaning toward the insertion of foreshadowing that will tie into events of book 3 and 4, not so much that it would distract from the current events of book 2, but just enough to keep people wondering… “what’s in the hatch” (Lost reference, for those of you less hip… or too hip, depending on how you look at it)