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CHAMPION CITY COMICS WRITERS ACADEMY: GOALS

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Welcome back to the Champion City Comics Writers Academy. The purpose of these articles is to aid novice comic book writers. I've learned from my mistakes and I am here to provide some useful tips for your comic book script.

I've already discussed not getting married to your script and having a boring story. Yesterday, I told you that it was OK to have stories that feature superheroes, vampires, and zombies. Today, I want to talk more about your story. Your story needs a goal for the main character. This may sound easy, but you really need to get this right or your story is an EPIC FAIL.

When scripts are submitted to me for review by up and coming writers, I do see some rookie mistakes. A major problem for some writers is that they have not developed a goal for their main character. If you are developing a superhero tale, a sci-fi story, a criminal tale, a fantasy story, or even a horror story, then set a goal for your main character. Most importantly, the goal has to be som…

CHAMPION CITY COMICS WRITERS ACADEMY: SUPERHEROES, VAMPIRES, AND ZOMBIES ARE OK

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Welcome to the third installment of The Champion City Comics Writers Academy. This weekly column is for those aspiring comic book artists that are low on funds to hire an artist and lack any artistic abilities. The first article dealt with not getting married to your script while yesterday's article dealt with the fact that your story just might be boring as hell.Today the purpose of this article is to tell you that it is OK to develop superhero, vampire, or zombie stories.

There have been a few moments where writers submit scripts to me and they are somewhat apologetic about the fact that they wrote a superhero, vampire, or zombie story. There is no shame in developing a superhero, zombie, or vampire story. Having said that, you must set yourself apart from the pack.

Do your best to come up with a superhero, vampire, or zombie story that is slightly or vastly different from the rest. We have stories that deal with all three at Champion City Comics:

Rapid City is a superhero tale …

CHAMPION CITY COMICS WRITERS ACADEMY: YOUR STORY IS BORING AS HELL

The Champion City Comics Writers Academy is a daily column where I provide some advice for rookie comic book writers.I'm writing these columns for the writers who have no artistic abilities and do not have the cash to hire great artists. Yesterday, I wrote about not getting married to your script.Today we need to talk about the fact that your story is boring as hell.

A majority of scripts sent to me by aspiring comic book writers are boring as hell and that is very disappointing. I've been guilty of committing the same crime and have learned from my mistakes. I want you to know that when it comes to pitching a comic book to an artist, and eventually to a publisher, then you better bring some action or major conflict to the table.

When you develop a script for a comic book or webcomic, be sure to have a good balance of plot development and action. If your story doesn't require action then conflict is something that will keep the reader interested. You must grab the atte…

CHAMPION CITY COMICS WRITERS ACADEMY: DON'T GET MARRIED TO YOUR SCRIPT

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It has been a long time since I've posted anything regarding writing tips, but I'm back with some more tips for rookie comic book writers. This column is merely advice, so I'm just sharing what I've learned as a writer at Champion City Comics. These posts are going to be aimed at the writers out there who have no artistic skill plus lack any funds to pay for an artist.I'm hoping to make this a Monday to Friday series. Cross your fingers, boys and girls.

My first post deals with the dreaded move of getting married to your script. It sounds silly, but it's true because writers I encounter have a script that is THE script that will change the world of comics. It is the script that will sell 300,000 copies in the first week and will win an Eisner Award plus the Pulitzer Prize.

 As the owner and head writer of Champion City Comics, I receive on average one to three scripts per month from aspiring comic book writers. The majority of the scripts show a great deal of…

EMMA FROST BY JOE HAEMMERLE

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Champion City Comics artist Joe Haemmerle has submitted a drawing of Emma Frost, a major foe for The X-Men. I finally had the opportunity to see X-Men: First Class over the weekend and it was a great movie. I am way behind on my comic book movies for numerous reasons, but I am doing my best to get caught up on a weekly basis.
If you enjoy the artwork of Joe Haemmerle then check out his main web page here.

STRYFE AND ZERO FROM X-FORCE

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Artist Ryan Cairns has submitted some artwork of Zero and Stryfe from X-Force. If you would like to see more of Ryan's work then check out some of his works like Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, and Thor vs Fin Fang Foom.

PRISTINE: A STORY BY DARRIN O'TOOLE

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Writer Darrin O'Toole and Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj teamed up for some great projects last year like Tales From The Voidand The Amazing Mister X. This year they will release a five page steampunk story titled Pristine, which will be published later this year for a publication titled Steampunk Originals Volume 2. Check out an image from the story below and enjoy.

If you want to contact Darrin O'Toole about greeting your hands on a copy of Tales From The Void and The Amazing Mister X then click here to email Darrin.


CABLE BY JOE HAEMMERLE

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Check out the latest artwork submission from Joseph Haemmerle. X-Men fans, what do you think of Joe's Cable design?

MYSTIQUE BY JOE HAEMMERLE

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Champion City Comics artists Joe Haemmerle has submitted some more artwork for viewing. Today, we have his version of the evil mutant Mystique from the X-Men comics.

KAV'S ARTWORK FOR ACTION COMICS #403

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Resident artist and comic book guru, Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj, decided to re-draw two pages from the 1971 comic book Action Comics #403. Titled 'Attack of the Micro-Murderer', Superman's body is attacked by a strange being named Zohtt.

Kav redesigned two pages from Action Comics #403 and here are the results.






HELLBOY BY JOSEPH HAEMMERLE

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Champion City Comics artist Joseph Haemmerle has submitted another piece of original artwork. Today, we present his version of Mike Mignola's Hellboy. Enjoy.

CHEW FICTION BY JOE HAEMMERLE

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Star Wars fans should get a kick out of this artwork by Joe Haemmerle where Han Solo and Chewbacca meet Quentin Tarantino. If you want to see more of Joe Haemmerle's work then go here to view more great images.

DIRK MCAWESOME

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Joe Haemmerle has designed the cover to Christopher Smith's latest short story, Dirk McAwesome and The Giant Fire Breathing Space Ants. This looks like it is going to be a fun read, and if you are interested in reading some of Chris' stories then check out A Killer's Eyes and Purgatory. If you want to see more of Joe Haemmerle's fantastic artwork then click here for his main site.

WHISKEY GIRL BY JOSEPH HAEMMERLE

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Check out this original piece titled 'Whiskey Girl' by Joseph Haemmerle, the artist for The Red Devil and The Champion City Fire.

COVERS PROJECT: SPYMAN #1

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Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj sends me comic book covers to post and this one is a great selection. Spyman #1 is the first professional work by legendary artist Jim Steranko.

COMICS FROM THE EDGE #139

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Bob Toben, the artist for Comics From The Edge, has proclaimed this comic a 'special MENSA comic panel'. Do you know what it is?

COVERS PROJECT: ACTION COMICS #101

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Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj loves to send me covers of comics to post at Champion City Comics, and a few weeks ago he sent me Action Comics #101 which shows Superman holding a camera while an atomic bomb blast rocks some unknown location. According to Kav, this was the first comic book depiction of an atomic bomb blast. Released October, 1946, this cover ushers in readers to the atomic age. Enjoy.


COMICS FROM THE EDGE #138

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We hope you enjoy this gingerbread man comic.

KAV AND JEFFREY BROWN SUPER TEAM-UP 'MEETING KAV'

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Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj and Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son) have teamed up to bring you a comic project titled 'Meeting Kav', which that tells the story when Jeffrey Brown met Kav. Enjoy.