Browsing articles tagged with " Ideas"

Untitled Project

Sep 11, 2013   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

Ray has put together a 2 page spread for the story we’re working on together. He’s not completely done with it, but I thought I would share it anyway. You might remember this robot from previous posts of ray’s “work in progress”



Feb 11, 2013   //   by Mark Maia   //   The Facts About Mark Maia  //  No Comments

Back in the day when My Singing Monsters (one of our games here at Big Blue Bubble) was just an idea, I was asked to write a short story for it. What I wrote didn’t really fit where the game was going, but I rode the inspiration wave just the same.  One of the artists on the project Chris Elliott sent me a few of his monster drawings to help get my creative juices flowing and this is what came out…


A simple poem inspired by the works of the fine artists here at Big Blue Bubble.

Monster life

Banner art by: Chris Elliott

In times of great despair, when the situation looks most bleak, the creatures of good will rise to see us through the evil. When darkness was all that we knew, and fear was all around us, the creatures of light came to beat back the darkness and chase away our fear. When the land dried and cracked along with our hopes, the creatures of rain showered us with new life and new possibilities, and when the silence, so deafening, muted our inspiration, the creatures of music filled our lives with song and fuelled our imaginations.

Life is a song, so dance.

Using 3D to Direct my 2D

Jan 30, 2013   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

So here’s the plan.

Now that I’ve completely rebuilt So-Called Living issue 1 to be a little more “artist friendly”, I’m taking it to the next level. Using Maya (the 3D software package), I’ll be storyboarding pages for Jamie myself. I’ve downloaded some pre-rigged characters from, so that I can pose them, and position the camera where I want, to achieve the scene that I want to see in the final product. Each rendered scene will then be taken into Photo Shop where I will be laying out the comic pages, panel sizes and word bubble placement. After which I’ll hand it off to Jamie and have him draw the scene I laid out. Not sure if anyone else does this, but I think it could work out pretty cool.

In case I wasn’t clear… The final pages will be all hand drawn, no 3D art will be used in the final product.

New concept art for Jack!

Jan 16, 2013   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

Jamie is back on the drawing train!

He just sent me this new concept for Jack. This is concept number four actually.

Is this the final look for our hero?… Stay tuned to find out!


The Image Route

Mar 29, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

After talking it over with Jamie, we’ve come to the conclusion that submitting to image comics might be the best route to take. I’ve checked out their submissions guidelines and I think I got a good handle on what they’re looking for. They stress the importance of looking professional, and I think that’s where working in the video game industry gives us a leg up. But I won’t be submitting anything to Image until we have this first book completed.

Aside from that… I’ve started working on the final script for the 3rd book, but really it’s only “final” till I re-read it, hate it and write it again. Jamie’s been tide up with renovations at home so I have no new art to show you, but maybe if we pray really hard, he’ll take pity on us and throw down a scribble or two for the blog ;)

Looking for a Printing House

Mar 26, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

It’s Monday! Jamie tells he had some time to work on art this weekend (awesome news), although I did not get to work on the script :( This week my goal is to buckle down and get the script for book 3 nailed down. On a side note, Stan (The Man) Lee is going to be at FanExpo this year in Toronto and I’m hoping to hand him off a copy of our completed first issue. I think I’ve found a place that will print our book, although I’m having a hard time ordering a sample from their site, If anyone out there has a better suggestion for a print houses I could check out, please let me know.

Nuff Said

Mar 21, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

No More Storyboards

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

Our illustrious illustrator feels that I’m divulging too much content with these storyboards, and maybe he’s right, so no more storyboards for you! But I can bring you up to date on our progress. I’ve finished the script for book 2 of our 4 issue mini series, well… kinda. The first pass is done and it’s a little long, and according to Jamie’s storyboards, book 1  is to short. We’ve talked about taking the beginning of our long book 2 and splicing it on to the end of our short book 1, which should equal a normal sized book… we hope. To give you some perspective, I plotted out  60-ish panels in the first book, and thus far I’m over 120 in the second… see the problem.

Jamie also suggested that I let you guys know what the book is about instead of letting you guys think it’s just a story about people buying fries? Now as awesome as that would be, So-Called Living is not just about buying fries, but you’ll have to come back to the blog on Monday to find out.

Have a great Saint Patty’s weekend!

Getting Ready for the Toronto ComiCon

Mar 9, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

I’m headed off to the Toronto ComiCon this weekend and I thought, “Hey! What a great time to spread the word about So-Called Living”, but how…? Time was running out and I needed something fast! I send Jamie a message “Jamie, I need a bunny STAT!” Why a bunny you ask? You’ll have to wait and see. So later that night (after work) I get the bunny, and slap together a promotional give-away, in the form of a business card (They’re small, easy to carry and fast to get printed). Early the next morning I drop the file off at Kinko’s! A few hours later I get the call, “Your cards are ready”, thank you Kinko’s. I run over there on my break and pick ‘em up, and considering how fast these cards were thrown together, I think they came out all right.



Now printing these did cost a little more than I had hoped so I only got 100 done, and if I find any on the floor, I’m dusting them off and handing them out again :)

Face to a Name

Mar 2, 2012   //   by Mark Maia   //   So-Called Living: The Blog  //  No Comments

I’m just going to come out and say it. I love reading comics, and I love talking comics, but when it comes to remembering the names of writers and artists, I’m at a loss; and when I do remember a name, I have no idea what they look like! I was watching an interview with Robert Kirkman (the writer for The Walking Dead) and I had no idea it was him (so sad). So I thought to myself, there must be others out there like me, there must! So, I’ve come up with a solution. Why not include a picture of the artist, writer, etc. next to their name on the credits page just inside the cover? It’s got to be easier to remember a name if you have a face to put it to (well for me anyway). Therefore, So-Called Living will do just that, and it’ll look a little something like this.


Mark Maia: Writer                        Jamie Riehl: Artist