Posts tagged ‘Becoming’
May 22, 2014
(by Brooke Burgess)
Long time, no post! But rest assured, dear friends…I’ve been busy, albeit quiet.
And quiet is the operative term.
After receiving some helpful (and surprisingly glowing) beta reader feedback on my first novel, I completed a round of draft revisions in April and the work is currently under agent and publisher review. Then, struggling to exercise the patience of the proverbial saints, I felt the call for another adventure in Silence.
I don’t think it’s much of a coincidence that a strong first draft of a 230-page children’s fantasy novel was completed in less that ten weeks. I give a newfound commitment to meditative practice the lion’s share of the credit. So, with pre-publishing edits on the first book looming, the second book in the Shadowland Saga fully outlined (title TBA soon!), and following a slow recovery from some tropical nastiness (dengue fever and Giardia parasites = good times!), the twin batteries of intuition and mindfulness were in desperate need of a recharge.
The last meditation retreat in September stirred up some long-buried emotions. But it also rewarded me with renewed clarity, increased mental fortitude, and a powerful set of tools to apply to life and to the creative process. And with another block of 17hr days filled with deep sits, contemplative footsteps, and radiant Metta, it quickly became clear how many parallels there are between meditation and writing.
Off the top of my (currently empty) head, here are 10 that stand out:
TIMELINE: AVAILABLE NOW!
PLATFORM: Graphic Novel (96 pages)
GENRE: Psychological Thriller / Horror
CLIENT: In-House IP / Arcana Comics
Featuring the pencil and inking talents of hot newcomer Dane Cypel, the rich colour palette of Sara Machajewski, and based on an original concept by rising genre star Curry Hitchborn, BECOMING is my return to graphic novel storytelling after completing the original version of Broken Saints in 2003!
- Digital Edition on COMIXOLOGY (in 3 parts with custom covers!)
- Print Edition on AMAZON.com (also visit my Amazon Author page!)
- PRESS RELEASE (and 5-page Preview!)
When a troubled student at a remote university challenges his professor to share his ‘secret knowledge’, he is drawn into a horrifying game of life and death. To play, he will learn that the only rule is PAIN, and that the only key to salvation is the desire to KNOW…and the WILL to overcome.
(*trailer features original music by yours truly and Tobias Tinker – cut and conceived by BB)
August 30, 2012
It feels like I’ve been teasing this project forever…
And, if you’re the impatient (and tablet-toting) type, snag Act 1 from COMIXOLOGY! They’ll be releasing the follow up parts in Sept and Oct before the official print release later in November.
Special thanks to Saintly maestro Tobias Tinker for the chilling trailer tune, which we hammered out together in his family’s idyllic country home last month. As a result, I’m seriously craving more quality collaboration 😀
July 9, 2012
If you’re one of the lucky ‘few’ (ie: 180,000 genre fans and professionals) making the pilgrimage to San Diego this week for Comic Con, be sure to drop by Booth # 2415 and scope out the advance release of my new graphic novel: BECOMING.
96 Pages. Two years in the making. And only 50 copies available!!!
After the big show, Arcana will be releasing the book digitally (for tablets and mobiles) in three acts between August and November, with print versions hitting Amazon and major retailers before Thanksgiving. So be sure to watch this space for the latest scoops, interviews, and reviews from around the WWW, and spread the good word 🙂
June 22, 2011
If you’re going to be in the San Diego area in July, most likely you’re there for San Diego Comic Con 2011…and so am I!!!
Below is a shake-down of my schedule for the big show – hope to see you there:
PANEL: On Thursday July 21st from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in in Room 23ABC, be sure to swing by the Arcana Comics panel! It’s a candid look at One of the World’s Largest Independent Graphic Novel Publishers: Sean Patrick O’Reilly (Clockwork Girl), Josh Blaylock (Devil’s Due), Erik Hendrix (SideShows), Mike Kalvoda (Banshee), Brooke Burgess (Becoming), Matt Wilson (Scrooge & Santa), and Ryan Colucci (Harbor Moon) take us through some of the amazing talent coming out of one of the world’s largest graphic novel producers. Passing 150 graphic novels released, find out what the publisher currently has in the works, what’s coming in the near future, a sneak peak at the 3D animated feature film, Clockwork Girl, Arcana’s slate of interactive apps, and more. See how independent publishers make their mark in the comic book industry and blur the lines between mediums, Arcana style. Attendees will get free comics and also for free is the first in a series of “Arcana Universe” posters!
SIGNINGS: I’ll be at the Arcana booth with breakout artist DANE CYPEL to sign preview teaser copies of our upcoming book. Here’s the official 411 on signing times (and if you make the effort to visit, we might have some extra tasty swag for you 😉 )
Wednesday – PREVIEW NIGHT – July 20th
· 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Thursday – July 21st
· 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
· 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
FRIDAY – JULY 22nd
· 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM
· 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM
Saturday – July 23rd
· 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
· 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Sunday – July 24th
* 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
· 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
April 11, 2011
Pencils and inks are looking sharp…
4-6 weeks for colours…
Lettering SOON after…
Stay tuned to this space for the latest!
August 18, 2010
COVER: DR MAGUS IN MED CLOSE-UP
Stepping towards us out of the darkness is the story’s ‘antagonist’ – DR MAGUS (50’ish) – with a slender, hawkish face, receding hairline, and graying temples. We see him from waist/lower-chest up, lit by a harsh and creepy spotlight from below. He is wearing a tattered black suitcoat (or dark tweed) with rips and cuts in it, as if from a struggle. The white dress shirt underneath is torn open, and stained with sweat and splotches of BLOOD.
Wrapped and hanging around his neck – where a tie would normally be – is a HEAVY CHAIN. There is a fat PADLOCK where the tie’s ‘knot’ would sit. His hands are raised and adjusting the ‘knot’; it’s as if he’s looking in a mirror and fixing his tie, preparing to go to work. His hands are covered in fresh CUTS, like the work of animal’s claws or a woman’s fingernails.
Magus is wearing thin-rimmed GLASSES, whose reflection almost hides his piercing black eyes. The lenses have small jagged CRACKS in them, and we can see the reflection of FIRE in the glass. He is arching an eyebrow slightly with a COLD SMILE – it is a look of power and certainty and psychological danger; this is a man who has nothing left to lose…
…and he likes it that way.