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Wondercon Day2

Feb. 12th, 2006 | 08:51 am
mood: goodgood
posted by: frenchhie in grey_community

On Saturday, I came to Wondercon at 10:30am - once more because of obligations at Crunch. This time there were a lot more people running around. Lots of people in costume. But that's not why I was there, so I didn't linger on them any. I was interested in taking photographs of things that I only had a chance to glance at and talk to more pros.

I talked to the character designer for The Boondocks tv show, David Colman - not to be confused with Aaron McGruder, the creator. He's really talented and has a lot of good advice and he even offered to look at my work and says that he'll definitely respond if I emailed him questions.

Before I left (in a huge hurry) I took in a panel discussion. They were showing clips of movies and I had the chance to see the teaser for the remake of The Omen. It looks really creepy, but... remakes. SIGH...

I wish I could have stayed longer - stupid part time job... I'll have an almost completely free day tomorrow though the homework I'd been avoiding is sure to creep up on me.

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Wondercon Day1

Feb. 11th, 2006 | 09:23 am
posted by: frenchhie in grey_community

This was my first comic book convention and I wish I had gone to one sooner! Me and Von went together to see it and she kinda guided me along as this was my very first time. *blush* Hahahaha! After I got over the size of the place, I realized that the convention was basically a larger version of my neighborhood comics shop, only with the creators mingling with the fans. When I realized this, I was not nearly as intimidated. I was trying to take in as much as I could in as little time as I had - I had to be to work by 6. I was also running on way too much sugar from the Ben and Jerry's I had earlier.

I met a lot of people I'd only read about or who's work I was aquainted with like Peter David and the creator of Bumperboy. Everyone was really cool, accessible and willing to help me with advice and questions I had about my work or just publishing in general. I'm really excited to be going back again today as I had bought a three day pass. Still, it sucks that I'll have to split the con early again as I also have work today at 1pm. I'll be missing Kevin Smith and a bunch of other awesome stuff.

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Postponed

Feb. 6th, 2006 | 10:16 pm
mood: irateimpatient
music: "Staring at the Sun" - TV On the Radio
posted by: frenchhie in grey_community

I regret to say that I will have to postpone some of the items that I wished to have available by mid February. Items such as having the first pages of Grey available. Why hold off? Well, I took a second and third look at Grey as it is. I also sought the advice of professionals in the area. In the end, I need to revisit some pages.

This isn't to say that I will not eventually have them uploaded in the future. It just means that I can't exactly say with certainty when it will be uploaded. Annoying? Yes, I know. I don't like the idea of having to hold off either, but this is a necessity. The graphic novel pages are an essential to my thesis and like anything else, need to have a certain level of finish to them... To be honest, I was rushing things and after I slowed down, I noticed flaws. Grey is a work in progress.

I will continue working on the website and on other elements of Grey. I will also be updating as more information becomes available on the project.

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Grey Messageboard

Jan. 19th, 2006 | 09:45 am
mood: productiveproductive
posted by: frenchhie in grey_community

I finally have a messageboard for Grey! Go to http://p097.ezboard.com/bgreygn. It's still in rough form, but it is there. Join up!

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Redesigns and re-edits

Jan. 19th, 2006 | 03:32 am
mood: pleasedpleased
posted by: frenchhie in grey_community

Over the past few days I have been really working overtime on Grey. I have completed 26 fully pencilled pages. As I go along, I've been discovering that I can and should re-edit some thumbnails. This is done for the sake of continuity, to remove unneccesary panels, and thus strengthen plot points.

I discovered as I was working that I really adore drawing wide shots and close ups. As a result, I had too many wide shots and close ups!!! ^^; They lose their effectiveness if they are overused and become boring. :P Soooo, I began to re-thumb and then redraw those pages. Its a pain in the ass but - meh! I am not cutting anything out of the storytelling, but I am accomplishing much more visually. This results in fewer pages that I have to draft - and avoids dragging scenes out for too long.

The book has moved to being around 60 pages now so I have only 34 left to go! I'm almost through with phase 1.

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Progress

Jan. 11th, 2006 | 07:38 pm
mood: busybusy
posted by: frenchhie in grey_community

I have finished pencils for pages 1-9 of my graphic novel! My deadline is to have 3 pages done per day in order to finish pencils of all 67 by January 30th. January 30th is also the first day of school for the Spring semester. School work is sure to limit some production which is why I am wanting to finish pencilling by that time. After classes begin, I should be able to crank out some inked pages in black and white and have them online on a regular basis by mid-February. I know it seems like a long time coming, but it'll be worth the wait!

Also I have some things in the works just for my Grey Community member(s). Keep watching this space!

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New for 2006

Jan. 5th, 2006 | 01:42 am
mood: busybusy
posted by: frenchhie in grey_community

Grey Updates to look for in January 2006:

- New Homepage: with bi-monthly updates

- Creator: will include downloadable resume and biography

- FAQ: answers to frequently asked questions about the project)

- Related Links: links to influences, inspirations, research, etc.)

- Community Involvement page: a place where people interested in Grey can find ways in which to contribute to Grey and learn ways in which Grey will benefit the community at large

- LJ Feed of Grey Community: a link to the place to speak on Grey

- Character page: descriptions and images of the characters


Member Greeting!

We have our first member of the Grey Community. Thanks for joining, Oshidori!

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Adventures in Funding

Jan. 5th, 2006 | 01:26 am
mood: goodgood
posted by: frenchhie in grey_community

In order to gain funding for Grey, I've been doing a lot of grants research. After digging around, I've managed to locate even more possible outlets for funds. My hometown's local Arts Council, the Art Alliance of Jackson/Hinds County offers a number of grants for individual artists, so does the Swann Foundation and others. If - and that is a big "if" - I am able to obtain all the grant monies I've found thus far, I'd have over $16,000 toward the Grey Project. I better get those applications and proposals underway!

I've also signed up for a workshop on January 24th at the Foundations Center to learn more about grantseeking for individuals.

Know of anymore organizations that may be interested in funding my arts project? Send them my contact:

Frances Liddell
fliddell@grey-gn.com
http://www.grey-gn.com

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Xeric Foundation

Dec. 29th, 2005 | 05:57 pm
posted by: frenchhie in grey_community

A friend of mine told me about the Xeric Foundation that gives grants to comic artists interested in self-publishing their works. I'll definitely be submitting "Grey." I still have quite a bit of work to do on the refining of the graphic novel (holidays make me forget my work!) but I'm hopeful to meet the deadline.

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Promotions, promotions, promotions...

Dec. 15th, 2005 | 08:49 am
mood: busybusy
posted by: frenchhie in grey_community

I'm working on some new ideas for promoting Grey. I don't have a whole lot of financial backing right now so I am starting off small with something that I can do until I have a grant or other funds.

Promotions ideas:

Buttons (1-inch pin back buttons with Grey artwork and a link to the website.)
Flyers
Stickers

I can put these on the counters of shops or pass them out to people. Maybe even sell the buttons to help get some cash flow. Other ideas, such as tees, hoodies, and large-scale posters are in the works but that requires help. Design is not an issue but the all mighty dollar is! If anyone can point me towards some inexpensive but high quality resources, I'd be very thankful.

In the mid to long term, I would like to also make some of these other items, but some of these will probably require a collaboration with others...

PVC figures (prototypes for a Grey figurine) - I found a company that can make them. :)
Posters (16x20 and 3x4 foot)
Calenders
Key Chain
CD (A music collaboration with songs inspired by Grey)
Art books (for each volume)
Tees (stitched and screenprint designs)
Hoodies (stitched and screenprint designs)
Slip dress (based on the design of Grey's apprentice apron in the Wood)

Some of this does seem a bit ambitious but this is the scale of work that I'm wanting to accomplish for the Grey project. If anyone is interested in assisting me with producing the PVC figures, CD and clothes (in particular the dress idea) let me know.

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