Thursday, February 28, 2013

WHAT MAKES A GOOD COMIC

Are you looking for tips for writing a comic book? Do you need some input regarding comic book art? Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj has some helpful tips below for writers and artists.

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What Makes a Good Comic by tonydoug25

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR OUR STEAMPUNK ANTHOLOGY

I recently received word that Steve Bryant, the creator of Athena Voltaire, will be developing the cover for the Champion City Comics Steampunk Anthology which is scheduled to be released at the end of 2013. Champion City Comics is truly honored to have a great talent like Steve Bryant designing the cover for our project. There are going to be even more updates this week and next so stay tuned to Champion City Comics.

For your viewing pleasure, I am including some great examples of Steve Bryant's work. Click on each image to enlarge and enjoy!





Tuesday, February 26, 2013

STEAMPUNK PART II

Yesterday I informed our readers that Champion City Comics was developing a Steampunk 64 page full color anthology that is scheduled to be ready for sale by the end of this year. The creative team at Champion City Comics is interested in what Steampunk fans that are comic book readers think about this project. What types of stories interest you as a Steampunk fan? Share your thoughts below in the comments section and enjoy the Steampunk Iron Man below.


Monday, February 25, 2013

STEAMPUNK!

Champion City Comics is currently developing a Steampunk anthology for our faithful readers. We are currently in the planning stages, but our goal is to produce a 64 page full color anthology by the end of this year. Artists and writers are being assembled and we will have more information for you in the upcoming days and weeks. In the meantime, you can whet your appetite with a Steampunk story we posted last year titled Gaslight.



Friday, February 22, 2013

CHAMBER INK WASH BY RYAN CAIRNS


Ryan Cairns is a friend of Champion City Comics and he always submits some fantastic artwork to showcase at the site. Today we have a chamber ink wash from Ryan. If you are interested in checking out his original drawing of Swamp Thing then click here and if you would like to check out his original drawing of Wonder Woman then click here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

ZOMBIE PAUL MCCARTNEY BY JEFFREY BROWN

Jeffrey Brown was the artist for Alan Goldsher's zombie tale Paul is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion and he keeps in touch with our resident comic book artist Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj. Recently, Kav sent me an image of zombie Paul McCartney from Jeffrey brown and I decided to post it for our readers at Champion City Comics. Enjoy.

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AM I AN A-HOLE OR IS IT EVERYBODY ELSE?

This tale follows the day-to-day adventures of Mr. Bob Toben who has been described a curmudgeon, a surly fellow, and a total a-hole. Maybe the people are right or maybe he's just one misunderstood dude. Take a read of the comic below and enjoy. WARNING: CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE.


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Am I An A-Hole? by Tony Wright

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

PSYLOCKE AND WOLVERINE BY JOE HAEMMERLE

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Champion City Comics artist Joe Haemmerle has submitted some artwork for the fans of this site. Today, I am posting two originals of Psylocke and Wolverine. If you wish to check out Joe's main page then click here.

Monday, February 18, 2013

STORM BY JOE HAEMMERLE


Champion City Comics artist Joe Haemmerle has submitted some artwork for the fans of this site. Today, I am posting his original piece for Storm. If you wish to check out Joe's main page then click here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

RAPID CITY #2

Writer: Josh Dahl

Artist: A. Kaviraj

Letters: Magnus

Josh Dahl and A. Kaviraj have teamed up once again for another exciting superhero comic book.

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Rapid City2 by tonydoug25

ORIGINAL SUPERMAN DESIGN BY ANAND KAVIRAJ

Champion City Comics artist and Superman fan Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj recently submitted an original Superman design. I really like his version of Supes sans the cape and the stars on the suit is a nice touch. If you'd like to purchase any original artwork from Kav then contact him at ddkaviraj@aol.com.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

CHAMPION CITY COMICS WRITERS ACADEMY: VILLAINS V

The villains series comes to an end today, and so does the Champion City Comics Writers Academy. The doors to the Academy are not going to be closed for good because I want to talk more about my life in webcomics next week, which really doesn't fit into a writing tips article.

The last bit of advice I want to give up and coming writers is that when you create a villain, then include a dose of humanity. If your villain is a human then allow them to have emotions. We're tired of the villain that's always in an evil mood. Villains can be happy or tired. They can go out on a date, get their hair cut, or even crack a joke.

Not allowing your villain to have a human quality is a major flaw. We've had the evil for the sake of being evil talk, so I really hope that sank in to your skull.Watch the video below to see how villains have a soft side and a funny side at times.



TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. His webcomics include Dr Death vs The Zombie, The End of Paradise, The Red Devil, and Day 165.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

CHAMPION CITY COMICS WRITERS ACADEMY: VILLAINS IV

Bring back the old Amanda Waller
I've been going over tips for writing villains this week, and today's post is just a friendly reminder that villains can be female. However, the real challenge for a writer will be to create a female comic book villain that looks like the pre New 52 Amanda Waller and not some finalist for Miss Beach Bikini Bimbo 2013.

The topic of tomorrow's post will be villains and humor.

TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. His webcomics include Dr Death vs The Zombie, The End of Paradise, The Red Devil, and Day 165.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

CHAMPION CITY COMICS WRITERS ACADEMY: VILLAINS III



I'm posting some useful advice to up and coming comic book writers about developing villains in their stories. I've got a small bit of advice for today's post and it involves fighting. If you are going to develop a fight scene then PLEASE do not subject us to the fight scene where the villain and the hero trade punches while delivering witty banter..

Watch a MAA fight or a boxing match and count the number of times they stop and trade wisecracks. Did Mike Tyson say anything witty before chewing off a portion of Evander Holyfield's ear? No. It was *CHOMP* and *SPIT*.

I love a good fight scene in comics and I don't mind it when the hero is thinking to himself or herself how he or she needs to suck it up and win the fight against their arch-nemesis. A part of me gets Mike-Tyson-about-to-bite-off-some-fool's-ear angry when a good fight between a hero and villain is filled with too much banter. STOP IT! Talking and fighting do not mix unless you are Muhammad Ali.

Tomorrow's post will be about how the ladies can be villains too!


TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. His webcomics include Dr Death vs The Zombie, The End of Paradise, The Red Devil, and Day 165.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

CHAMPION CITY COMICS WRITERS ACADEMY: VILLAINS II


 Welcome to part two of our series that deals with developing villains in your comic book script. If you missed part one then click here to read a few basic tips on developing your villain. Today's post is about goals. 

A villain should have goals because they can not be evil simply because you need a villain in your story. What will set the villain apart from your hero in the goals department is that the villain will act in an unethical manner to obtain their goals. For example, they'll con someone or hurt someone or blow up a building. It is important to point out that the goals of the hero and villain should be believable. World domination is a goal that has been done again and again in comics, so it is important to have the reader believe this villain wants to dominate the world because that's their goal and not because they are assigned the role of the villain. 

Tomorrow's post will be talking during a fight.

TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. His webcomics include Dr Death vs The Zombie, The End of Paradise, The Red Devil, and Day 165.

Monday, February 4, 2013

CHAMPION CITY COMICS WRITERS ACADEMY: VILLAINS PART I

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A common problem for rookie comic book writers is that they create one-dimensional villains that are just plain evil. I have had the opportunity to read some scripts where the villains are these purely evil men that kill a bunch of people for no reason. Stop creating these one-dimensional villains and start creating more well-developed characters.

Here just a few basic tips:

1. Villains are people too, so drop the every villain is a psychopath mentality. Sorry, but not every villain is born as pure evil. Life shapes a person's psyche, so perhaps you could include a moment or series of events that turned your character from good to 'evil'.  

2. If you have a psychopath in your story, then at least do some research regarding mental illness to understand that type of behavior. Watching a bunch of action movies is not the right kind of research.

3. Villains are at different levels of evil. Some are ruthless businessmen who want nothing more than to destroy their competition via sabotage. Some are bullies who are out to torment weaker kids because the bully has a parent at home that torments him or her. Some are crooked politicians who look the other way when a company dumps a bunch of chemicals into the drinking water supply of some poor community.

4. A villain could have a hobby. Maybe they enjoy cooking or fishing. Remember that villains are human. 

5. Villains can be non-human. They can be aliens or robots or demons. However, develop the 'why' portion of their evilness. 

These are just a few tips you can use for your villain character development.I'll have more villain stuff for you tomorrow.

TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. His webcomics include Dr Death vs The Zombie, The End of Paradise, The Red Devil, and Day 165.

PSYCHEDELIC WOMAN BY ANAND KAVIRAJ

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Champion City Comics artist Anand 'Kav' Kaviraj has been in a Jim Steranko kind of mood and has submitted this piece titled 'Psychedelic Woman'.

Friday, February 1, 2013

CHAMPION CITY COMICS WRITERS ACADEMY: THE SLICE OF LIFE SCRIPT


The Champion City Comics Writers Academy is for up and coming comic book writers. I'm here to give you some helpful advice for developing your scripts. I've mainly dealt with creating scripts for more action oriented comic book stories, but today's topic is for the slice of life script.

It hasn't happened yet, but one day I will have someone send me their slice of life script. These are stories about the lives of people and they will either go the true life route (i.e. Jerusalem by Guy Delisle) or tales inspired by real life events route (i.e. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes). The inspired by true events route is the easier path, so let me direct the rest of this article towards the real life script writers. 

Slice of life stories have to be incredibly engaging works, and if you need examples then read Maus I: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman, Blankets by Craig Thompson, Stitches by David Small, and My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf. All four were major page turners for me, and all four were true life stories.

If you want to tell the true life story then it better be a page turner. Don't pull a James Frey and make your life more fiction than fact. That is wrong, and you can simply write an inspired by true events version instead. They'll find the lies and you'll look foolish. Have fun sitting on Oprah's couch.

Most importantly, a life lesson is necessary in these true life stories. Show us that you learned something along the way which made you a better person. Don't pull a Laurie Sandell and write something like The Impostor's Daughter where it's all about you while dropping famous names. That's not cool, plus you're going to irritate a bunch of readers.

True life is not always that interesting, but there are people out there with amazing stories to tell. Tell us the real story, and don't be afraid  to show us mistakes you made. Show us what you learned and how you became a better person. Don't give us a Hollywood treatment or make it a self-congratulatory piece of work.

Next week, I want to start off the week talking about villains.

TonyDoug Wright is the owner and editor of Champion City Comics. His webcomics include Dr Death vs The Zombie, The End of Paradise, The Red Devil, and Day 165.