The Next Big Thing is a global blog tour, started in Australia, to showcase authors and illustrators and their current work. I was tagged by my friend, fellow illustrator, rock n’roller Kevin Cross, fans and friends of mine might recognize him from the podcast Big Illustration Party Time which he co-hosts with me! After I answer the interview questions, I’ll pass the Q&A along to some others who’ll pick up the tour and have their Next Big Thing’s posted by August 6th, 2013.
My Next Big Thing is my in progress graphic novel, that I’m serializing at QuarterlyStories.com
1) What is the working title of your next book?
I hope to release it serialized online at QuarterlyStories.com
I then hope to release a series of comics, each containing two stories that function on their own and also function as chapters in the overall narrative for the graphic novel. These comics will be titled “Two Stories”
The full graphic novel will be called “Quarterly Stories”
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
The idea for the book came about when I was working on my final show and thesis for my MFA in Illustration at CSULB, which forced me to really think long and hard about what I loved about comics, and what I really wanted to say. It turns out, I love creating confessional autobiographical works. I felt that there were issues that people rarely discuss with openness and honesty about mental disorders, depravity and faith which I was really wanting to talk about, and thus, Quarterly Stories was born.
3) In what genre does your book fall?
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
I’m mainly hoping to make it function alone as a comic. There are things that can be done in comics which film can’t do, and I’m planning to implement those things to the fullest. Assuming it was adaptable to film, and to play ball with the next big thing:
Since it’s autobiographical, possibly a young Steve Buscemi as the main character. I’m a scrawny fellow, with particularly large eyes, so that might wind up working out. The only celebrities folks ever seemed to think I looked like was Tobey Maguire and Steve Buscemi, and I tend to think I’m much more on the Steve Buscemi side. Plus, there’s lots of subtle humor and acting with the character, so I think Steve would fit it best.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Forced to confront the fact that his life isn’t working out like he planned it, a young artist struggles to escape severe depression after his fiance leaves to move to a different state, causing him to look for ways to fix his relationships and find purpose for his life, and ultimately finding them in an unexpected, shocking, and candid autobiographical journey of faith, love and friendship.
6) Who is publishing your book?
At this point, I’m still in the process of creating the work. I’m serializing the story as I create it on QuarterlyStories.com, then planning to release each comic, titled Two Stories, as a limited run comic in the store section of the site, which I’m probably going to self publish, but if other options arise, I’ll consider them. Once the book is finished (this might take years to do), I’ll then be shopping it to publishers.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It takes quite a bit of back and forth with revisions, ect. However, I’m writing each story before executing it, then going through rounds of revisions, as I go. So, basically, each chapter takes a few weeks to complete in the writing stage, then I start creating the comics. The over all arc is worked out as well.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I believe this will be similar to a lot of the autobiographical work featured in RAW, Blankets by Craig Thomson, and Fun Home by Allison Bechdel. There’s a huge influence from American Splendor by Harvey Pekar.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My wife, my family, and God.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
It’s an extremely honest, embarrassingly candid, and truthful account of what it is like to suffer from mental illness. It’s also dark, humorous, and will definitely appeal to anyone who’s into strongly constructed non-fiction human narratives, philosophy, and comics as a literary art form. It’s all about total depravity and redemption. Lastly, I think for anyone who’s struggled with depression, or who didn’t fit in with the cool kids, this book will ring true. Lastly, it’s definitely not for kids, as it’s got a lot of adult subject matter, and heavier themes.
You can read the comic here: www.quarterlystories.com
You can also GREATLY support it, by writing a review, subscribing to it, or donating by clicking the donate button on the site. All of this will help see this project through to completion.
That’s it! Now its time to tag some other rad and talented people. Please stop by the following blogs Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 for their Next Big Thing: