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Part 1, The Next Three Years Of My Life: danluvisiart.deviantart.com/jo…

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OBJECTIVE: SELL THIS DAMN BOOK, DANNY.

At first, Gabriel was nothing more than a character named ONE. He had no backstory, no face, nothing. I just wanted to create a character that was a badass, yet with a sense of humor.

I was inspired by such characters as Boba Fett, Wolverine, Deadpool and Clint Eastwood from The Man With No Name trilogy. I needed to create something that fit that build, however, I'll admit, it wasn't intended at first.

I uploaded him on December 8th, 2008, (which, you can find here: danluvisiart.deviantart.com/ar…) and he became one of the most popular characters of the series, if not, the most. Soon I started finding him on forums, websites, fashion blogs (what?), and more.

But what hit me so hard was that the majority of the comments related to his sense of humor; the falling candies.

So I thought to myself, maybe I have something here. What if there was a way to develop a story from this?

I started brainstorming ideas, revolving inspiring movies and comics. But, at the time, honestly I had nothing.

I spoke to Rahll about it a lot. What could I do with this? Who is he? What's his story?

We began spitballing ideas, and then I came up with the idea of Gabriel breaking into a police station to steal some police photos and documents of killers that he was going after. Thus, began his role as a bounty hunter.

So the project began to grow legs. Soon after, people began asking: What is this? Is this a comic? A book? Something new?

So I came up with the title Last Man Standing: Killbook of a Bounty Hunter, which would be a small collection (30 pages or less) of about 15 killers, their backstories, and why Gabriel was going after them. Simply a pet project.

I told Stephan, my business partner, about the idea. I'll never forget where we were.

We were standing in his apartment, which he had graciously let me live in since I couldn't afford anything else, and I had called him down from the office to talk to me about a new property.

While I am paraphrasing, this was the gist of it:

"I want to create and write a book. It's going to be small, based off the characters that I have drawn and a few new ones, but the goal is to create something that is different, new, and out there. It'll be weird, it'll be funky, it'll be colorful, but most of all, it'll hopefully be cool. Now, it's going to take a long time for me to do this, so I need to know that you have my back and can support this road we're about to go down. I'm gonna get cranky, I'm gonna get stressed, and I'm gonna push myself to the limit to do this for us. I want to create a new world."

He nodded, and as always, said "So let's do this. I'm down."

From here, Stephan called Kevin Eastman, head of Heavy Metal publishing, to sit down with us and take a meeting. I had prepared for this meeting for nearly 2-3 months. Working on new characters, new ideas, new ways to present the book and then finally put together a pitch project.

Finally the day had come. I was ready, but nervous as all hell. I had never pitched a project before (oh god, the road I was about to face), but it was either this or nothing. I had not a dollar to my name, no past work, and not a pot to piss in, but this was it.

Kevin Eastman came in, someone I had looked up to ever since Ninja Turtles (creator of it), and was very kind to me. We all sat down in Stephan's office, late one night, and he looked up at me and said: "Alright, well, let me hear it!."

So I pitched my heart away. And the entire time, he just stared and didn't say a word. I kept looking at Stephan, who looked nervous as all hell. I had blown it. I fucked this whole thing up. I kept skipping over words, remembering old shit that I had forgot. It was a clusterfuck.

And then I finished, and sat back down. He still stared at me, not saying a thing. I asked, "So?" And then he said:

"It'd be an honor to publish this book with you."


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Triumpha Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just way too awesome!
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fantasynix Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
after reading part 1 and here comes the 2 part.

I opened my FB and LIKED your page!

I do want to read more.

going to phase 3. ~_~
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Mazorzarch Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fashion blogs? haha, is there no limit to your reach? xD
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akb1979 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Just goes to show, when you think you've really blown it and completely messed up...you've actually done right. Good for you, bravo. :) Now...I just need to finish my book, then I can have a story to tell as good as yours. ;)
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Nowio Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow
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CleWeR Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The last sentences...
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Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Filmographer
Awesome story, good luck with your characters, compared to everyone else on :icondeviantartplz: you genuinely have the best OCs, maybe I'll be able to do something with mine :iconherotimeplz:
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whatyouseehere Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
When is part 3 coming?
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Treyos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Having to throw your heart out on the table and pitch to some bigshot would be bad enough, but Eastman? The man's a frickin' legend! I hope you hit the bathroom before you walked into that meeting. ;P
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michaeldoig Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I literal shiver ran down my spine when I finished reading this. This is what it is all about.
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KillerKahuna Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Whoaw man, reading through this gave me chills.
I'm so glad for you guys, I can't wait for the new print, I've been checking the facebook fanpage every day now.

Currently still in college, studying for technical artist but in the end I want to create worlds and come up with ideas.
Love your work man, never seen anything like it !
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JJ415 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, just simply wow. What a great story and inspiration to follow. Thank you so much for sharing.
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OmriKoresh Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
cool!
waiting for part 3.
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legomaestro Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, that's just great. I sort of had this idea you just ploughed through on your own somehow. This really clears things up. Looking forward to the next installment!
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FluffyLtd Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Photographer
You're a real inspiration. :)
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rileylaurent Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
I never get tired of hearing this! And every bit of new info you share with us on the progress of your projects makes the end result that much more satisfying! :eager:
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NikolaiMcFist Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
It's nice to know that it's okay to bounce ideas back and forth off of other people. I used to feel like, for the longest time, it was a horrible thing and I should only come up with it on my own. But recently, in the remaking of my comic, I did that with a friend, and came up with some AMAZING concepts that I'm super psyched about. I love reading about all this though man. Been following you damn near since the beginning, and am proud to say I'm a fan.
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foe82377 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you in the market for an assistant or something?
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:squee:
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EduardoMatias Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Fuck man! it sounds so unreal, thanks for sharing this piece of gold!
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NicChapuis Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I dont have the Killbook here right now. (at a friends palace) but is this the story you had in the back of it? Or is this a new/updated version of the "story"

Regardless. I am looking forward to reading the next parts. Since I am currently in the middle of putting together my own pitch to the ip I have been working on for almost 7 years now :)
I only had the idea 7 years ago and worked on it off and on. But I have been serious about it for about 8 to 9 months now.

It is a challenge but also very rewarding when I see how much I have been growing as an artist since I first started working on it.

Thanks for sharing your story and inspiring ;)
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JustynaDorsz Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for writing it!
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Jahnfo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
LMS: Proof that a single thought can lead to something grand. Looking forward to reading the rest!
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jwalka Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
fucking awesome :D you didn't know if you would get it published or not, but you took the chance (not risk since you had nothing to loose) and that payed off - sometimes getting up and just walking around is all one has to do to finally fall on track of their dreams and head towards the direction they want to go in :)
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IAmAir Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Congratulations dude!
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AgentMcQueen Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
"I kept skipping over words, remembering old shit that I had forgot..."

Ha! That has happened to me plenty of times. But you need shit like this to happen, it helps towards your development in any field of work.
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Sors-the-luck-bot Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't imagine the joy.
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zerelin Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
PART 3!!! This is too inspiring!
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ExevaloN Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome Jawsome.
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DiamonEyes Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Absolutely INSPIRING :nod::clap: Good for you and thankz for sharing it with us :iconepicsmileplz:
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Gahsun Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013
Yeah I want to keep reading ^.^
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LuisSalazarArt Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing.
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JordanBeeston Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
PART 3 NAO

Please :3 This is very good so far!
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KEF--o1 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seconded.
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kerimakyuz Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
holy shit
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