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Part 3:

I Was Not Ready For This

Oh shit.

What did I just sign myself up for?

I had never made, drawn, written, or created a book in my life, so this was all pretty foreign to me. I had told Heavy Metal publishing I'd do it on my own dime. Reason was, this was my project.

Not that I can't cooperate or collaborate, but this time I wanted to create what I saw in my head, and not have a voice behind me telling me what to do and what not to do. Kevin Eastman, head of HM Pub, was incredibly generous in this decision and told me to lead the way, and I tried my damnest.

So I started with the obvious fundamentals. What is the story of LMS?

Now, as a whole, LMS's simple logline is incredibly simple. A man who gets framed for a crime he didn't commit, breaks out of prison and goes after those responsible.

Boring, right? Well, it's for a reason.

See, it's hard to express what LMS is truly about, because I was going at it from a different angle. The original goal was to create a graphic novel series about LMS that dives deep into Gabriel's journey, backstory, the characters he meets, interacts with, and so much more. So, in all honesty, it's a boring set up, to a huge and expansive world filled with hundreds of side stories, characters and more.

But for the Killbook, it was different, because well, the Killbook is NOT a comic.

What is the Killbook? How does it pertain to my story?

The Killbook would be a guide to entering Gabriel's world before you go on his adventure with him. Much like a prologue.

For the entire ride that Gabriel was about to go on, I wanted the audience to be IN Gabriel's suit with him. I wanted them to feel as if THEY were the bounty hunter. So I made the first entry of the LMS series a book that was, literally, Gabriel's book.

Okay, so now we have the setup. It's Gabriel's SCRAPBOOK that he's putting together for people to read once he's done with this revenge quest. His memoirs. How do we go from there now?

I needed to explain how Gabriel got here, what his end goal was, and who he was as a character.

I went back to what inspired me in the first place: Star Wars. What made Luke a good character? What pushed him? Who was his mentor? Who was his comrade? Who was his lover (man, Luke was NOT a lady's man.)? Where did he begin and where did he end?

I present you this outline, The Hero's Journey:…

Created by Joseph Campbell, I'd say a good chunk of films follow these rules. Now, it can be used as a crutch unless you think wisely about it. There are many ways you can go about utilizing the hero's journey and figuring out your story. The more creative you are, the better your story becomes. Trust me, once you learn it, no movie will be the same.

After I had that knowledge, I began watching every Pixar movie I could get my hands on. Not for the film, but for the commentaries. The notes. The history. The character development. I absorbed every piece of information I could get from them and tried to use it to my advantage.

So back to the Killbook.

Now with this knowledge, I had to start the world. Who were Gabriel's heroes? His villains? His nemesis? Where did he live? Was it our world? An alternate universe? What did Gabriel eat? Read? Watch? Play with? What were his weapons? Oh wait, now apply all of this by 40+ other characters that were being added to the series by the day.

This was going to be hard. Because what was once a 30 page book, was slowly turning into a 230 page world-building series.

Shit, I was in for a beating.

(Read Part 4:…)
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fantasynix Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
makes me want to read more!

going to part 4. O_O
Quazzie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
This story makes my sticker peck out.

Now I'm gonna go over here for a while and kick the living shit out of myself for not sticking with art from when the bug first bit me in '76.
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:la: Glory!
Man, you certainly do your homework. ;) Bravo!
fenrysk-art Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
it was really cool at this point, i remember when you started going back in and really refining the identity of the side-characters. I remember a long ways back Alice was originally slated to be a couple with Alistair and that Rose was supposed to have been Lucy's sister haha, it's really cool to see how the story has developed since then. I was kind of surprised when Number 4 didn't make it to print in the first edition, but hopefully there'll be room for her appearance later on ;)
Mazorzarch Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I for one am very glad it went waaaaaayyyy past your 30 page goal , haha, so glad.
Nowio Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great! and thanks for the link, really appreciate that :D
And yeah, you're just climbin in my inspirational list ;)
superhermit Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, really makes me think of the possibilities. Very interesting work.
IAmAir Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for sharing this inspirational experience.
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It is so fascinating to read each one of these journals. Thank you for sharing them with us. <3
Is-lnds Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
took my comment. :lol:
alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
smackpop Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
all the hard work placed in this book is so amazing it's literally tangible.... i know you probably hears this so many times but thank you for inspiring me. :)
jwalka Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
love this journal series, it feels like i've been sent back in time and am watching over you as you progress through your journey :)
VinRoc Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, thanks for writing these journals. Some many of us are in the same boat with the struggles in wanting to land good gigs and wanting to create some cool shit ourselves (or in the process of creating cool stories/characters) and your journey so far is pretty much the light at the end of the tunnel. Keep inspiring and kicking ass Danny!
ObligatoryOnsen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That Hero's Journey page is brilliant.
VGHopkinsJR Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, been inspirational from start to present! :highfive:
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Youve been on a heroes journey of your own and its been captivating to watch it all coming together.
AprilMcGuire Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
Love this, can't wait for more. :)

As I always spew, you're a huge inspiration to what makes a story so fantastic, and what most people forget to do: build an amazing character. It's about the character, and always about the character. Occasionally, it won't be, and that will be fine. But often, it is not just the world that builds a fantastic story, but who resides inside of it. As you said, a hero. A hero cannot be someone who you look up to unless they have the qualities of one. And that isn't just courage, humor, but knowing what they like, what inspires them, and what quirks and qualities can be seen while they travel down their beaten path.

OverOneHundred Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice, all came together great. I get to many ideas, hard to find ways for them to flow or link, best to stick man them out.
But i do like the whole bounty hunter is the gray line of the law.
Trace007 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Really liking these journals. And hell yeah, Joseph Campbell is the man.
Frozx398 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
love reading about your process! so wicked!
pica-ae Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I once learned that you need to be able to put the main story in one sentence. Simple can go a long way :D
And this went an awesome way :la:
Ionstorm2040 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You sir have an amazing power of endurance... I really wish I could force myself to do something similar. :)
So, congratulations on your book! ;)
SirHanselot Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
the keyword in a lot of these comments is "inspiring" for a very good reason
SPARATIK Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013   Digital Artist
nice, i dig the link. coming in handy right about freaking now. lol thanks dude.
orochi-spawn Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I kant take the suspense....

Man... Thanks for sharing...
Its really putting a lot into perspective...

Keep inspiring sir... :)
SlaveOfChaos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Writer
You're fast becoming one of my role models in the creative world, your story is incredibly inspiring!
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