Thursday, October 29, 2009

We have our new inker!

We're very, very excited to welcome Joel “MOjo” Moen to the Steel Rising team as our new inker. This is the end of a very long search with some very tough decisions to make. A huge amount of talent came flooding through my inbox over the last weeks, and there were any number of people that I would have loved to work with. But Joel really blew us away with a combination of talent, professionalism, and the right attitude. You can see some samples of his very awesome work here:

Looking forward to great things, keep your eyes open for some more Steel Rising updates soon (cause there’s going to be some big ones).

Saturday, October 17, 2009


It's been a while, so I figure I'll start posting some again. Here it is.

The adult Rayna in the early part of the story is heavily influenced by Lindsay Lohan--she's a self-destructive, alcoholic bitch.

I'm not a fan of her at all, but I do think she would be a good choice to play Rayna in a Steel Rising movie. (and Ron Perlman must be Deke!)

latest news

So, I guess I have two pieces of news to share right now.

The first is probably the better news so I'll start with that. The #0 issue script is done. After a short break (of about, oh, 3-4 months) I finally finished up those last 4 pages that had me stuck. And I mean really done. I spent some time this afternoon going back through it, fine tuning some of the dialogue, and even requesting a few changes in the art that was already completed. AND...I'm now finishing up page 4 of issue #1 (and hoping to get into page 5 tonight as well).

The other news is good news and bad news rolled into one. We're in the process of searching for a new inker (and hopefully will have one very soon, just waiting on some responses to my last batch of emails). So yes, that means our former inker is no longer with us. It was a very tough decision, and one that none of us enjoyed making, but I realize I'm going to have to do things I don't like when it's in the best interest of the success of this book.

And one other thing to mention (so you know who to blame later). I'm attempting to learn how to letter. "Comic Book Lettering the Comicraft Way" is sitting on the desk next to me right now (outstanding book, buy a copy!) and I've been digging through every tutorial I can find online. Well, it's more like finding them and bookmarking them so I can go back and read them later after I get more of this script done, but I'm making an attempt to do this and hopefully will have a decent grasp on it by the time Brad T is done with all of the #0 issue pencils.

So that's the news for now.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

First 3 pencils

I know we already have the finished first 3 pages posted up here, but unfortunately due to some coming changes in the creative team those finished pages are no longer the finished pages. So here are the original pencils for those three, so our new inker candidates can see what they're getting in to.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

yes, we're still alive

As you may have noticed, Steel Rising kind of went away for a while. There are many reasons for this and I'm going to explain a few of them.

The first and probably biggest is that I (Brad HP) started a new job just before the begining of Small Press Idol round 3. I was away from home in training for 11 weeks and didn't have a whole lot of free time, and pretty often didn't have a great internet connection (especially in the crap-hole hotel where I spent 4 weeks in DC).

The next big reason is the disappointment and frustration of not advancing past round 3 of Idol. It was pretty crushing. The entire team put in a lot of time and hard work, and it seemed like nothing we did could get our voting numbers up to advance us into the final round. Then there was the numbers scandal (where it appeared that other projects may have had inflated votes from fake accounts) and all of this piled up and just made me want to put this whole project down and step away for a while.

So I did.

I've tried to come back to it and work on it a few times over the last few months, and seemed to find myself with a Steel Rising specific writers block. I stared at the script pages for hours and couldn't add more than a few words at a time to them. I wanted to work on it but part of me must not have wanted to work on it because I couldn't work on it.

But then I discovered that I couldn't really get work done on anything else either, because I felt like I needed to get back and finish up that SR script first. Then I was really stuck. So I said screw it. I started catching up TV, started playing more video games, reading more.

And then the magic happened, and all of these other things started inspiring new story ideas and made me want to write again.

So I did.

But it wasn't Steel Rising, it was something completely different and new. And even though I'm very excited about working on that one, it doesn't have a whole lot more to do with this story except that it started me writing again and by starting writing again I started looking for ways to get this new project the exposure that it needs.

And through that I started talking to some very talented people who have some very awesome ideas. And this talking led to my renewed desire to start working on Steel Rising again, and some very good plans to get the book the exposure it needs.

I don't have much else I can say about it right now except that it is coming back. There is a plan and it is a good one. Like I said, these are some very talented guys I've been talking to. It's going to take a while because there are some SR issues I need to work through before we put these other plans in motion.

But Steel Rising is still alive. More info coming soon.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Pages 1-3

Here they are, the first 3 completed pages from Steel Rising #0.


Now here are the TIDBIT's from our Round 3 thread.

#1 Fire magic is the most commonly used form of magic and one of the first that most Mages learn. It's very emotion based and easily accessible, and can be greatly amplified by extreme anger or rage.

#2 Want an inside peek into the creation of Steel Rising? Take a look at the first 3 pages of the script here.

This is very different that any other script I have ever written, mainly because this is the first time I knew exactly who would be doing the art. I changed my writing style quite a bit to mesh better with Brad T's strengths and style.

This is probably one of the thinnest comic scripts I've ever written, partly because so much of it was discussed among the creative team before I started committing it into proper script format. I had already given them a full page plot point breakdown of the #0 issue and another 4 page breakdown of all the major plot points for an entire series (probably about 60-80 issues worth of story). I also put a lot of trust in Brad T's creativity and tried to give him as much freedom as I could to do his own thing while still following the story I laid out.

I'm still amazed at how close some of these pages came out looking almost exactly how I pictured them while writing.

#3 The Mage Enforcement Agency (MEA) was originally developed as a special task force of the FBI under the guidance of J. Edgar Hoover. It eventually branched off into it's own separate agency and is currently run under the Department of Homeland Security.

#4 Dad's dialogue in Page Two Panel Eight is an important clue to some questions that will come up in the next few pages, and also to another major event that takes place shortly after the #0 issue story.

That's all of them for now, I'll update with the next batch at the end of the week.