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My friends and family all know that I’ve been running a Kickstarter campaign, you can see the results here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/damianwampler/sevara-issue-0

The outpouring of support has been tremendous, and we’ve gotten some great press. Here’s a roundup of how things are going so far. We got a great article by Comics Bastards.

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We also have a nice interview (with video) on the Big Comic Page.
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And a great endorsement by The Daily Up, where we were selected as the Campaign of the Day!
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And we are thankful for this great little plug on Kicktops!
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And of course, I put our campaign on Kicktraq right away. You can track the progress easily here:
Sevara issue #0 -- Kicktraq Mini

And keep an eye out for an article in the Washington City paper by Mike Rhode.
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Could this be real? Found on Ebay, one of a kind E book reader made by Nintendo, with the books in cartridges. Left in someone’s estate sale, an early version of the Kindle.

the first Kindle!

the first Kindle!

Artists are from Mars, Writers are from Venus

The unhappy marriage of brains and brawn in a visual industry

The Martian: Artists are the superior talent in comic books. Comics are nothing without the art. The art is why people pick up the comic book, and the art is what keeps them interested. Without the art, you’d have no comic book. Artists should be paid more, should be given rights to the characters they draw, and get top billing on books. People remember the art from comics – the costumes, the vehicles, the villains, more than anything else.

It takes way less time to write a page of script than it does to draw a page of art. The writer can punch out a 20 pages script in a day, while it takes me that long just to draw one page. Writing takes no effort other than sitting at a keyboard, and it’s cheaper. I have a Mac, a Wacom tablet, and years of training. Writers don’t need any fancy pens or software, just a PC or a pen and paper! They should get paid less, they are the least important piece of the puzzle. When you read a script, you have no idea how the pages will grip you because there is no art – the art can sink a great story, or elevate an average one.

The Venusian: Writers create the stories that make comics happen. People may pick up one issue of a comic for the cover and interior art, but it is the story that makes them want to buy the next issue. Without the idea for the story, the characters, and the dialogue, there would be no comic book. The story drives the characters onward issue to issue, month to month, in the search for the core of what makes the character tick.

Artists take orders. They draw based on the instructions given to them by the writer. The spark of the imagination comes from the writer, not the artist. There are lots of talented artists out there – if writing was so easy, why don’t you make up your own story and script a few dozen issues? Then write a pitch and find a publisher!

Writing takes far more time and effort than drawing a page of art. The actual typing might not take much time, but the brainstorming and agony to come up with the story in the first place, usually based on probing painful personal experiences, can take years. The story is what makes money, gets remembered, and gets franchised and licensed, not the art.

Did you see DC’s 3D animated covers? Pretty cool right? Here is one:

There are a bunch more on Comic Book Resources.

I’m trying to make my own motion cover for Sevara, here is a first try using pieces I had laying around.

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See trailers and finished pages at Sevara Will Rise!

Sevara Animated Cover

OK, so apparently the Batpod pops out of the front of the Tumbler, taking the front two wheels with it. This diagram shows how it’s done, but I was skeptical.
If you've seen Batman Begins or the Dark Knight, you know what I'm talking about!

OK, but how does it REEEELY fit in there? I had to find out, so I build a LEGO Tumbler with fully working ejectable Batpod. Maybe this isn’t the best Tumbler Batmobile on the internet, but it sure is the first to have a real pop-off Batpod that works the way it is supposed to.

So it could work! In the real Batpod, the guns are a bit problematic, they kind of appear out of nowhere, but I made it work in the LEGO version. I found out the long and hard way, but the fun way as well. That’s what happens when my wife leaves a 36 year old man home alone with no cable. But maybe this IS the best Tumbler Batmobile on the internet!

If you like this, check out my other creation, www.sevarawillrise.com

Lego Batpod

Sevara pages 1-5, 7-8

2nd try lettering page 1

Sevara pages 1-3

Sevara in color

Sevara page 6