Bootcamper/Holmes Inc artist for all THREE issues, Christopher Yao, has put together a comic of his three 7-page stories… Can’t wait to get my hands on one! (and look! The FIRST time my official Bootcamp logo is on one of my Bootcamper’s comics! Yayyy!)
Based on characters created by Ty Templeton (Not inspired by the new movies or BBC series–Holmes Inc. was originally created as part of a pitch many, many years back, for a comics company that didn’t get off the ground), the anthology series is done by students who’ve taken by Ty’s Comic Book Bootcamp or Writing for Comics classes.
The writers pitch him three story ideas based on at least two characters, the group as a whole votes…Ty weighs in, and the writer goes off to write their story. The artists work together to design props, backgrounds, characters. Once the writers have a finished script, their assigned artist goes off to produce the pages (Ty picks the artists based on who he thinks will work best together, in terms of complementing each other’s work, and more).
After months of weekly meetings, the group ends up with a lot of new friendships and partnerships. I’ve seen a lot of these guys continuing to work together on other projects.
It’s THAT time again!! Fan Expo Canada 2012 is right around the corner…or straight down the street because it starts THURSDAY!! And copies of this year’s HOLMES INCORPORATED will be available for sale from Christopher Yao at Booth 614, from me and my wife in Artists Alley P30A and P30B, from Rachael Wells at A165. And we should be making an announcement about digital downloads once it’s confirmed with the individual sites.
This year’s cover has been done by Holmes Inc. #1 alum Adam Gorham (Teuton), and he knocked it out of the park!! Adam will be at FanExpo with Teuton writer Fearless Fred Kennedy, keep a look out for him as well!
Some of the creators for Fit-to-Print wanted to both write and draw… This year, the decision was to have those creators write a five page story…and get to illustrate another creator’s five page story. That way, they got to experience what it’s like to work as part of a team; having to deal with how another artist treats your script, having to interpret another writer’s work. For those who want to work professionally, it’s good to get used to the idea of a creative team, and understand that you don’t get to maintain control over the finished product–that’s the EDITOR’S job.
Yayyyyy!! HOLMES INCORPORATED #3 is off at the printer’s and will be available for sale at FanExpo Canada 2012 August 23-26. I’ll have a list of the digital sites it will be available on in a couple of days…
Check out the cover for Issue #3 by Bootcamper/Holmes Inc. #1 artist ADAM GORHAM!! Adam pencilled and inked this hours before he jumped on a plane to go dig up dinosaur bones in the Montana Badlands. (As he packed up his “just-sharpened hunting knives” he reported that he had to sign a waiver agreeing that he understood that there was a possibility of “rattlesnakes, mountain lions and flash floods”!!).
Holmes Incorporated #3 writer Kathleen Gallagher also acted as Assistant Editor on this ish, and is alive to tell the tale! For her own story, Recipe for Chaos, she created a brand-new supervillain (whose story we hope to see told in a future ish!), drawn by Marshall Geddes.
The benefits of working within a group to produce your first comic book, “Meeting of the Minds”, from Holmes Incorporated. (I didn’t make it in to a lot of meetings, but I was impressed when I went in that whereas in a lot of classes, students get intimidated by those they perceive as being better…here, everyone really truly saw it as a reason to be the absolute best they could be.) (the art shown is by Gibson Quarter–best name in comics or best name in comics?!).
Being a writer can be a lonely experience. Stuck in a room by yourself, toiling away for hours on a script. Thankfully, when you work with the Holmes Inc. crew, you don’t have to wait long before you get a shot of motivation in the arm.