Thursday, February 28, 2013

Astrogirl--Pulp Style

Ever wanted to make your own pulp novel style cover? Now you can, thanks to the Pulp-O-Mizer. It's a most awesome web page and a good use of your time if you want to have a little fun and love the covers from the good old days. I couldn't help but make a cover for Astrogirl, though the costume looks nothing like what I had in mind.  You are limited in choices though, so you pretty much have to make do with what they have.

It's still an impressive site. Go to them. Buy products from them. CONSUME!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Friday Night Frights Intro

I can't remember if I ever shared this. I don't think I did. You see, for awhile I fancied myself a little bit of a  horror movie reviewer, maybe even crafting a persona in my head to host my own horror show, like Elvira and Zacherley in the good old days. And Grandpa Munster. I had some skits written out and planned on using a public domain horror movie to start. I even made up an intro for it, as well as a them song.

The name of my show? Friday Night Frights, which you may have seen tagging some posts on this blog. So far, I haven't done anything with it, but I'm hoping one day I can play dress up and do something stupid and funny for your entertainment while introducing some classic stuff.


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Awhile ago I submitted my still being edited novel "The Secret Life of Astrogirl" to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Nuts, I know, as it still needs some polish and such thing is usually frowned upon and I normally wouldn't do it but I really wanted to get it in in time.

Well, I got notice that I made it to the second round.

A total of 2000 entries out of a possible 10000 submissions have been moved into the next round, and my book is one of them as part of the 400 novels selected in the Science Fiction category.

As you might have guessed, I'm pretty stoked.

You can check the list of authors who have moved on to the next round here.

I'll keep you updated on my progress, as two of the rounds require customer voting and you can be sure I'll be letting you know when you can do such a thing.

Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Outlines and Outlanders

Today I have finished the outline for the second novel in the Secret Life of Astrogirl series, and will begin writing it in earnest in the next few days. I must say, it went a lot faster than I expected, though I guess having the seeds of a plot even before I wrote the first novel helped immensely.

So what the hell is The Secret Life of Astrogirl? It's my second novel that I deemed fit enough to publish, though it is currently being edited and shopped around. With Lost at Comic-Con, I just wanted to get it out there into the wild. Now I want to get all fancy and have it published by one of the big publishers and maybe even sell out a little and make some money on it.

Wouldn't that be nice?

Anyway, the first book deals with Astrogirl, a superhero who is trying to adjust to having a secret identity after years of living without one and the adjustments she has to make in learning how to juggle the two, a love life and saving the day on a regular basis. I think it's pretty good, but I may be biased. Hopefully, the editing on that can go concurrently with the writing of the sequel.

It may drive me crazy, but maybe, just maybe, I can pull it off.

I'll keep you posted.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Marvel MTG Tokens: Revisited

I just wanted to give a little elaboration as to the previous post. Those cards are tokens to be used in Magic: The Gathering. Wizards of the Coast has standard ones that they pack in the boosters that you get occasionally with artwork that fits the theme of the set. They're nice and all, but I like something a little more fun and that represents my interests better.

Hence, the 3D Marvel tokens.

They're not truly done in the style of 3D MTG cards, as I have done that before and wanted to pioneer a new style that I like to call "lazy". It also helps keep them thinner since I don't have ten layers of cards in each one. Instead, it's about half that.

They're fairly easy to make, which lets me churn out a bunch at a time and since you can end up needing a lot of tokens, this is a good thing. I was inspired to make them after playing with Magic Set Editor at work during lunch. I made up a ton of zombie tokens for Horde Magic using Black Lantern and Marvel Zombies pictures, which look great but aren't super because I don't have a professional printer.

What I do have, is about three years worth of comic and horror cards from my collecting days and a bunch of tokens that are sitting in a box on the shelf, begging to be used.

The first one I did was Ant-Man, which was simple and made good use of him in conjunction with the ant-like art on the Insect token. I knew I was going to run into concerns with the backgrounds for later cards, as I didn't want to use up all of my Zendikar full art lands or use up other tokens and cut my supply further, as for some like zombies, I have a ton, but others I only have one or two of and wanted to get some distance out of them.

So for Captain America and Destroyer, I went back to the box to find thematically appropriate comic cards to use in back of them. It worked, and thus a shitload of tokens were born and are ready to be traded to find a home in people's decks. I just need to get some protectors for them so they don't get damaged while sitting in a fat pack box.

This is the first batch and I have more on the way. Unfortunately, I'm limited to mostly Marvel comics as I didn't really collect DC back then. That is fine with me as more of my market likes the Marvel characters anyway.

Time to break out the razors.