Rico Rico Ricochet

We are finally at my favorite page in the series so far.  I have a soft spot for ricochet, as I too was (kind of still am) as flighty as a hummingbird.   He’s really infatuated with his butterfly.   Expect that to be a bit of a re-occurring theme in the remainder of this series.

But yeah, this page just reeks of awesome.  Twyla inserted a bit of energy and just a twinkle of her mischief in this page.  I think she had a blast drawing it.  I had a blast seeing it for the first time.  The fact it still makes me crack a smile means that there is something to it.

I may have to buy this page up the road.

I digress.  I’m writing this to let me people know that we are coming up to the end of the first issue.  It’s been a bit of a learning curve for me.   Even though the pages are done, life seems to have a way of getting in the way of things like this all too often.   When we finish issue two, this problem will not exist in any form or other.

The other major issue is the fact that we need to advertise this book better.  i appreciate each and every one of you that do visit.  It’s cool to see people pop in and out.   So I need to come up with some kind of content in between the story.  I think I have a solution there, but we’ll see.

Beyond that, I’m glad to see this first issue is nearly done.  I’m hoping in the coming weeks to do an interview with Twyla on the site in order to do a proper commentary on issue one.

In the meantime, I got the rest of issue two to finish.   I must be going now.  Page 21 is going to drop before you know it.

Thanks for reading!

I know, I know

It has been a crazy couple of weeks.  I realize that there is no excuse.   I’ve been juggling balls the last few weeks.  Opportunities have come my way since I last talked.  I’ve been trying to do them, but in doing so I’ve been neglecting this site far more than I should.

I’m hoping to FINALLY be back on track the rest of the month while I finish the first issue.  And yes, we are finishing the first issue this month.  I’m hoping by the end we’ll be ready to start the second.   Twyla is hard at work on issue two as we write this  and I’m happy to say it’s going well.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for signing announcements if you are in the Calgary area.  Twyla and I will hopefully be sighted doing some book signings at comic shops and other random places in  a week or so.

Our first run is selling quite well.  Even without signings, copies are going quickly.  It’ll be a matter of time before we go to our second run.

I know I’m being cryptic as all hell right now and saying a lot of hopefully’s and maybes.   The next blog will talk about certainties.   I’m tired of being up in the air on a lot of things and hoping this week that this will change.  Until then, I wish i could be clearer, but as I said, doors are opening for me.   Some of them I’ve been dreaming about for years.

I may have some big news in the coming weeks.  In the meantime, enjoy our newest page.  Also, if you have a chance, check out my interview with Larime Taylor on my main page right here.   I hope you enjoy it.

Will be back next week.  By then, everything should be on schedule.

Joshua Pantalleresco

Off to the Printers

My computer apparently had a caught a cold – a minor virus to  exact.  Figuring out how to deal with that took a few days, as did just some general maintenance to the machine.  As is, I apologize to all of you about only one page being available this week.  The regular two will be up monday and wednesday next week as we resume schedule.

On my other blog I will be posting up part two of my interview with Jimmie Robinson as soon as this blog is finished.  I’m really envious of Jimmie’s ability to do well with absolutely every aspect of comics.  Here I am with my stick figures in revolt, and Jimmie is the one man rock show.  Take care to click on this link here to read part one.   Part two will be up shortly.

Twyla is becoming a first time radio guest this week – from Japan.  I’ll have more information with the next page, when, and where you can hear it.

Paradigm is also officially off to the press.  Next month, along with the release of another book, issue one will be out in its entirety and available at any convention Twyla or Myself will attend.   More details are coming soon enough.

All in all, things are going well.  If you like to leave a comment on any of the pages do so.    Thanks for reading!

Works In Progress

I can’t believe we’re already on page three.  I know the change of scenery on this page here may seem a touch abrupt, but I do promise that the school will become important somewhere down the road.   Hopefully it will all make sense in the end.

Some of my fascination with Paradigm comes from video games – in particular, one of my inspirations for this game is the persona series.  While this series will get nowhere near as dark as any of those games, the idea of masks and personas and shadows do resonate with the concept of Paradigm quite a bit.  I’m a bit of an identity freak, and I’m always fascinated with the concept of figuring out who the heck you are.

One thing I read once in an interview with Terry Goodkind once was that writers should really get serious about writing when they are older.  His reasoning was that people needed context and experience to fully write a story .  While I don’t buy his argument at all, I do have to agree a bit on context.

One of the hardest things I think any artist in any endeavor has to figure out is who they are.  Because it’s difficult as heck to communicate anything without some concrete idea and clarity of what you are trying to say to people.  What I wanted was an easier question for me to answer than this and I had to go through a bit of a wringer to find part of the answer.  Once I did, I’ve noticed that by and large my writing has improved.  I still have a few technical snafus to work on.  Grammar and diction and how to tell a tale are artforms I think I’m going to be working on till my dying day.

That said, I know who I am and I know what I want to say.  I think that makes me a touch ahead of the game.  What do you all think?

There is going to be an archive soon.  Don’t be surprised if it’s finished by the weekend.  I got enough pages on here to make need of one finally.   Beyond that I promise to hunt down Twyla April and make her write her own bio.   All in all, expect this site to be constantly being improved upon in the weeks and months to come.

Beyond that, I’m at Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this weekend promoting this said comic as well as the Watcher which will be out…I think I’ll save it for my other blog on thursday.  I need to be sure I can tell everyone at this point.  Beyond that, if you are in the Calgary area this weekend, come by and say hello.

Every monday and wednesday there will be a new page.  Count on it.

See you all again next week.  Tell your friends.  They’re welcome too.

The Secret Origins of Paradigm

Welcome one and all to Paradigm.   What is Paradigm?  I think I will refer to the definition of Paradigm to the all powerful thesaurus.   Which is:

1.  a model or pattern for something that may be copied

2.  An insomniac teenager using his superpowers and imagination saves the world from his parents.

Okay, the second one isn’t exactly in the dictionary, but I like to think that it should be the second meaning.

This is something I’ve been working on for about a year.  Twyla April (who I will talk about shortly) came to me and decided that she wanted to do a comic with me.  I quickly and haphazardly wrote the first eight pages and saw what happened.   It took some doing and some momentum, but I think Twyla and myself finally clicked.

I’m not sure this is a classic comic.  I mean, I hope it’s good, and think it’s good, but that is ultimately going to be up to you the reader and art appreciator to interpret.  I do know that this script was fun to put together and it has all the things Twyla and I loved about cartoons and anime.  You will see pretty much everything.  Guaranteed.

I want to take the opportunity to thank Twyla April herself.    Twyla is a creative, talented artist that got better with each page.   It’s been a pleasure to work with her.  I want to also thank Jim Reddington who had the unenviable task of lettering my words.   I really messed up on a couple of things.  His professionalism has been beyond reproach and I hope to continue to work with him in the future.

A special thanks should also go to James Julin.  He is a talented cat that I owe many a beverage to for his help.  The last person I need to thank is Jonathan Morrill.   Jon is Twy’s significant other and has enjoyed this odyssey as much as we have.  Because of him, there is lava lamps.  (be warned.)

In the coming weeks there will be a donate button, announcements, and other things but for now all I want to do is say welcome.  I hope you enjoy the journey.

Let us begin shall we?

Joshua Pantalleresco