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: http://www.comicspace.com/mojo/comics.php?action=gallery&comic_id=9871

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

STEEL RISING TANTALIZING TIDBIT!

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.



TANTALIZING TIDBIT'S part 2

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.

STEEL RISING TANTALIZING TIDBIT's

Here they are, in the order that they appeared on the Idol forum in our Round 2 voting thread.

You can go here to read all of the character bios.

The first batch were about Deke, the Half-Orc bounty hunter.

#1--From his bio you know Deke is a Half-Orc. The Orc half is from his mother, but who is his father? Deke doesn't know, but if I'm mentioning it here you can bet that it has some relevance to the story.

#2 All Orcs heal extremely fast, but Deke heals quicker than the average. Especially when it involves magical damage.

#3 Deke has what he considers a very strong gut instinct that has made him extremely successful in hunting down Mages. But is it just a "gut instinct", or is it something more?

#4 Deke is a true fit to his zodiac sign of Taurus: "solidity, practicality, extreme determination and strength of will - no one will ever drive them, but they will willingly and loyally follow a leader they trust."

I'm sure Elias will be happy yo hear that, as long as he can gain that trust.

Next up was Rayna, the Human Mage bartender.

#1 Rayna's favorite movie being "Schindler's List" is more than just "a lot of nonsense". It has some extreme relevance to the story in relation to past, and possible future, events in the history of the Mages.

#2 Rayna works as a bartender at Tolkien's Tavern. In the world of STEEL RISING, Tolkien was a famous anthropologist and writer of "historical fiction".

#3 Rayna's name came from two of my own kids. "Rayna" is my daughter Adeline's Hebrew name and "Miller" is my son Sebastien's middle name.

Not relevant to the story, just a fun fact.

#4 During WW2 a single highly trained Mage could potentially take out an entire tank squadron under the right circumstances. So it's easy to see why they were perceived as a threat to the common man once the war was over.

But what they failed to see was how much more dangerous an untrained Mage could be.

Next up, The Dark One, aka Calev Shahkhor. Dark Elf, politician by day, vllain by night.

#1 It's stated in The Dark One's bio that he has a close past connection to the Black Ruby. But it's more than that. He was once bonded to it when he was a young untrained Mage, just as he needs to find an untrained Mage to bond with it now to unleash it's full power.

#2 Rumors and stories of The Dark One have existed for close to 2000 years, told by parents to scare their children when they're bad. He's like the "boogieman" of this world.

#3. Calev Shahkhor, aka The Dark One, is a loving husband and father of 2 girls and a boy.

[useless fact to accompany that one: when I first started this project I was the father of 2 girls and a boy. We've since added one more little girl to that]

#4 Shahkhor's political campaign is based around Proposition 314, Equal Rights for The Dark Races (Dark Elves, Trolls, Goblins, etc) .

Discrimination against the Dark Races has been growing stronger, and more violent, as the "accepted" races (humans, dwarves, etc) have embraced more modern technology.

A billboard with Shahkhor promoting Prop 314 can be seen on the cover from round 1.

#5 Okay, one more because I'm feeling nice (and because I drank a Starbucks Grande Espresso Truffle much later than I should have).

Calev Shahkhor/ The Dark One was partly inspired by Senator Palpatine/ Darth Sidious. I've always liked the idea of the dual identity where one is a known and powerful public figure.

The next day was supposed to cover Elias, but ended up being random facts.

#1 [This is from a Q&A that was in my local paper last Friday. My first official interview!]

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BH-P: I have a love/hate relationship with fantasy. I love to read it, but hate that so much of it is unoriginal and makes me feel like I’m just reading the same story with slightly different characters. I’m always looking for the new twist to my old favorites and one day I just started thinking about how the standard fantasy characters would act and interact in the modern world. But I didn’t want to just stick them in the modern world for them to have an old style adventure. This is a world very, very close to ours, but with elves, dwarves, and orcs a reality things have evolved just a bit differently. I thought hard about how these characters would integrate realistically into the modern world.

I can’t really say much about the story due to the contest restrictions, but there are a lot of political and social issues that I plan to explore. But I won’t beat people over the head with those as the main goal is to tell a fun action-packed story.>>

#2 Let's get to know your Steel Rising creative team!

Two members of the team have served in the military. Writer Brad Huffman-Parent spent 6 years in the US Air Force and colorist Michael Summers spent 8 years in the Navy.

Next up, Kevin the Wood Elf private investigator.

#1 As stated in our premise from Round 1, the wood elves have retreated to the forests and national parks since the build up of the big cities and modern technology. Very few Elves have attempted to integrate into the modern world, and even less have succeeded.

Kevin is an extremely rare exception in first wanting to live in the city, and also being able to do it. Why? You'll have to help us win the big prize to get the full story and the answer to that.

#2 As an Elf, Kevin has extremely heightened senses of sight, smell, and hearing, which have helped lead to his huge success as a private investigator. He has even been called on by the local police to assist in several high profile missing person and kidnapping cases.

#3. Kevin is a technology junkie. From cars and motorcycles, custom built computers, and the latest surveillance equipment, he has it and loves it.

Then I finally got back to feature Elias the Dwarf.

#1 Elias inherited his axe Vespillo from his Great-Grandfather. Grandpa Strongbeard was a famous adventurer of his time, but mysteriously disappeared leaving behind only his axe.

#2 Vespillo \Ves*pil"lo\, n.; pl. Vespilloes. [L.] (Rom. Antiq.)
One who carried out the dead bodies of the poor at night for
burial.

Or in simpler terms:

vespillo: undertaker

#3 The Dwarves of Steel Rising have a slightly different internal physiology than their human cousins beyond the obvious physical differences in appearance. Most notably Dwarves have a much more dense bone mass, resulting in heavier weights for their height. A dwarf projected at a brick wall with enough force could potentially break through that wall without suffering any broken bones, although the rest of him may not be in such great shape.

[On the other end of that, Elves have extremely light hollow bones, lending to their exceptional agility.]

And now that all of the characters have been featured, it's time for a bunch or random stuff.

--The concept for Steel Rising was original conceived as an idea for a series of films (at least 3), with the first focusing on the Black Ruby storyline, and the next following the major repercussions of that story (which I obviously can't tell you anything about,except that they are HUGE and take the story in all new directions).

I started writing the first story notes on a pocket-sized notebook while patrolling the desert of Kuwait in 2003. I lost that notebook somewhere on my return to the US, but by that point all of the ideas were stuck firmly in my head.

--Troops of Troll slaves were a key element in the Union's victory in the first Civil War, essentially going against everything they [the Union] were fighting for.

--The 2nd Civil War was fought from 1875-1877, with the main foundation being the equal treatment of what were considered "lesser races"--Trolls, Orcs, Goblins, Dark Elves and more.

This time the division was not based on North and South, but tore apart individual states and cities all across the country.

--The city of Pax Novus, where the majority of the story takes place, was formed shortly after the 2nd Civil War as a place where people of all Races could go without fear of discrimination.

--The effects of World War 2 were so wide-felt that a few of the eldest Dragon's became involved on both sides, leading to some of the most spectacular and famous dogfights ever recorded in the history of modern warfare.

--Wonder who Deke is offering that rose to in his one action pose? Okay, not much of a mystery when there's only one major female character.

The real question is, what happens when the man (or Orc) who hunts Mages for a living finds out the woman he's in love with is one?


--The overall plot of STEEL RISING is already mapped out from beginning to end, broken down into 3 major storylines.

The first deals with the Black Ruby and is expected to take approximately 20-30 issues to tell, ending with a huge event that changes everything and sets the next phase of the story.

--Fun with Numbers

Rayna was born on March 14, 1988.

The Mage Control Act was passed on March 14, 1954, exactly 34 years earlier.

Deke is 34 years old.

Whew, long post but that's the end of the TIDBIT's from the Round 2 thread.

I'm back...for a few days

Hello everyone!

As you can see I've completely neglected this blog for quite a while. I'm not exactly sure where I lost it, but it was somewhere between getting the script finished for Steel Rising, promoting the hell out if through Round 2, and starting a new job.

I'm currently at the beginning (2 weeks done, 9 more to go) of a very long and intense training program for that new job that has me far away from home and living in hotels. I was able to get home his weekend for the long holiday weekend (the only time this will happen) so here I am trying to update.

The first thing I'm going to do is collect all of the STEEL RISING TANTALIZING TIDBIT's that I posted in the Dimestore forum during Round 2 and started again for Round 3. Then I'll post the first 3 completed pages of STEEL RISING #0 that are up for voting right now, and the 3 pages of my original script that go with it.

Look for it soon.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Round 2 pencils

Our Round 2 submission is now up and open for public voting!

You can see the completed work over on the Idol site here: http://www.dimestoreproductions.com/forum-t36286.html
And don't foget to vote while you're there.Remember you can vote ONCE A DAY EVERY DAY.

But what I want to share right now is the pencils of some of my favorite action poses.

It's a pretty busy time right now (family out visiting) so this is all I have for now.

Coming soon: all of our Round 2 material,plus some behind the scenes stuff. Look for it soon, but maybe not that soon with the family here.










Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tomorrow is the day

My amazingly talented colorist has promised to have the last pieces of completed art for Round 2 in my inbox by midnight.

If everything goes right we'll be up for the judges tomorrow morning and then open to the public vote shortly after they're done with us.

Until then, here's a pretty new banner to look at. You might find this one out on the internet somewhere, its's one I created as a trial run for Project Wonderful.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Round 2 update 4/4/09

Haven't posted in a while, partly because there hasn't been much news to post and partly because we've been working hard getting ready for Round 2.

Small Press Idol Round 2 began on April 1 and so far 3 projects have posted: Faction, The Machine, and Hometown Heroes (formerly Clean Slate).

As of now we're expecting to have Steel Rising make an appearance around April 10. The assembly line is cranking and all of Brad T's pencils are moving on to Joe for inks and then Mike for color. Brad has 2 character action poses left, and they may even be done as I write this.

Now, why the delay? Why didn't we have these ready to go for day 1 to start getting the most votes possible as soon as we can?

One word--QUALITY.

I've been through the entries from the last 2 years of the contest (and there was some really great stuff), and I'm confident to say that our entry is going to blow away anything that's been seen before.

That may make me sound like a cocky jerk, but I truly believe in the skill of this creative team, and every one of us has given their absolute best and beyond.

So, April 10 is the day to watch for. Or maybe a day or two later, depending on how long it takes to send everything out.

Whatever day it is I'll be sure to post (over and over, here and on Facebook and Twitter) and let you know where and how you can see it.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

a little bit about me

Every writer needs to have a cool little bio ready to go if they ever happen to get their work out there, right?

Well, maybe not. But I put one together anyway. I asked the rest of the creative team to write something about themselves too, but I haven't gotten anything from them. They are quite busy getting all that art and stuff done for Round 2, so I'll forgive them.

Brad Huffman-Parent has been writing for a long time. It started with very, very bad comics in Jr High and blossomed with his love of screenwriting in his early college years.

Due to extremely bad luck with computers, he has lost almost everything that was written between 1994-2006, including numerous short screenplays, one completed feature, and 2 features in progress. After a short break he renewed his love of writing in late 2007 and since then has completed 10 new short screenplays and begun 2 features.

His short screenplay “Losing Teeth” placed 2nd in an international screenwriting competition and “Because I Love You” received Honorable Mention in another.

“Losing Teeth” was recently optioned by an award winning director and is scheduled to begin production in late 2009. Another short screenplay “Giving Life” has been picked up by another director and is also set for production later this year. And finally, the short sequential story “Till Death…”, illustrated by Matthew K Grundy, has been accepted for publication in the anthology “Blister” from Tin Star Studios.

He is currently devoting every bit of free time to “Steel Rising”, his entry for the 2009 Small Press Idol competition.

Monday, March 23, 2009

All links in one convenient location

You may have already found us through one of these links, but here they are again so you can find all of them from here.

First off, here's our official Facebook fan page. http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/pages/Steel-Rising/53524008534

Become a fan, add me as a friend. Tell your friends to become fans and add me as a friend. I'm nice, really, I am.

Next up, Twitter. http://twitter.com/BradHP

This is my personal account, but it's mainly used to connect with other creators and do some promoting for Steel Rising.

And there's also some new Twitter fun coming up once Round 2 of Idol goes live. But I can't tell you much about it until Round 2 starts due to the contest rules.

Well, okay, I can give the basics! All of our main characters will be getting their own Twitter and Facebook accounts (I think. That may be a violation of Twitter and FB rules, I need to look into that some more.) and I'm working out an alternate/side story that will play out for the characters on those pages.

Gotta love this age of the internet, where comics aren't just contained to the printed page anymore. And on that track, the creative team has recently been discussing adapting Steel Rising into a Role Playing Game as well, but that won't be until after the book is well under way. (and credit for that idea goes to our very talented inker Joe Armour)

Okay, back to the links...

And it's the last one? Thought I had more than that.

My deviantArt gallery: http://zeroice013.deviantart.com/

Check out some of the short screenplays I've written over the last year, and a few much older samples of my comic writing.

And that's it. Now it's time to grab that whip and go motivate the art guys to get everything finished up for Round 2 so we can blow you away with it's awesomeness.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Round 2 coming along nicely

Well, Round 1 is quickly coming to a close on March 20.

Not that we have to worry, since we sailed through with 3 very enthusiastic "Yes" votes! (Hey, I'm proud of our hard work, let me brag a bit.)

Submission of materials for Round 2 starts on April 1 and goes to April 19. Don't know when in there we'll send our stuff, but everything is going great right now so we'll definitely make it somewhere in there. No missed deadlines for us!

Round 2 requires turn-around poses (front, side, 3/4 view) of each main character, and also 3 action poses for each. We have all of our turn-arounds completed, and 2 action poses for one character and one for another. And Brad Thingvold might have more done that I just haven't seen yet. I have to say that these first 3 action poses have completely blown away any expectations that I had. I was impressed with Brad T's art from the start (or else I wouldn't have wanted to work with him) but he just took things to a whole other level.

The turn-arounds are off to the inking phase, but I haven't seen any of those inks yet (hint, hint if you're reading this Joe!).

And something that I'm really excited about, not just because I'm the one doing them but because I'm surprised at how good they look, are the character bios.

I always wanted to do something more with the bios than just a plain old word doc, and I think I found something that's really going to impress and stand out from the competition. Unless the competition had the same thought as me. I hope not.

Basically this old writer dug deep and found some artistic ability hidden down inside. Okay, maybe not much artistic ability, and maybe it's just that I'm good with computers and found my way around Digital Imaging Suite easily, but I like to think there's an artist in there somewhere.

But the point is, our Round 2 materials are going to blow you away. Keep your eyes open and I'll be sure to post when they're up for judging.

Remember, Round 2 is the fans chance to come and vote for us. We need you to win this thing!

Friday, March 13, 2009

...interupt our regular program for a personal announcement...

I have some updates for Steel Rising that I've been needing to put up this week, but real life came along and got in the way.

But in a good way!

I'm happy to announce the arrival of Adeline Elizabeth, who joined the family at 3:00AM on Tuesday 3/10/09.



And now those real Steel Rising updates will be coming some time this weekend, or whenever I'm not completely exhausted.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Round 2 update

Two more character turn-arounds done. One more to go,and then Brad T might go back and redo the first one.

Mike went ahead and threw some rough colors on two of them so far just for practice and they look great. Joe is working on the inks then Mike will go ahead with the real coloring and that should look even better!

So, one more turn-around and then it's time for the action poses. These are the ones I'm really excited about because I have some ideas that I hope will make these stand out beyond the average.

It's killing me not being able to share any more right now, but it's less than a month until Round 2 opens up for submissions. I'll update here as soon our stuff is up to view.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Cover layouts

Here are the first cover layouts Brad T put together before he started working on the final version you that was eventually submitted for Round 1 of the contest.

This is the first one, but we both felt it needed something a bit more dynamic.

So it evolved into this, with the cool "worms eye" view you see on the finished cover.

And, just for fun here's a work in progress version, and the first completed cover art that I got to see. I think all this waiting is the hardest part of being the writer. Those artists guys have all the fun.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Round 2 progress

Not a lot I can actually share due to the contest rules, but our material for Round 2 is coming quicker than I expected.

This round requires a 360 degree view of each main character (we have 5 main characters) and also three action poses for each.

The first two 360 poses are done and headed off to the inking phase.

There's still a lot of work to do, but considering these aren't due until April 1, I think we're off to a great start.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Official “Name Our Project!” contest

Hey everyone,

As you can see from earlier posts, our project, currently titled “Steel Rising”, has been voted into Round 2 of the Small Press Idol 2009 competition.

We’re all very excited, and have gotten some great comments and feedback so far.

But the one thing everyone agrees needs to change is the title! We think we have something pretty good starting here, and we want a title that really says something about our book.

And that’s where you come in, our hopefully soon-to-be fans. That’s right; we want you to help us pick a new title.

Now, you’re probably asking, “What do I get for helping you?”

Well, here’s what you get if we choose your title:

1. If our project makes it Round 4 of the contest we will have #0 issue published. You will get a signed copy of our #0 issue if we make it that far, plus
2. a minor guest character based on you to appear in one of our 4 issues if we get the grand prize
3. and if we don’t make it to either, you’ll still get a huge Thank You, and maybe a signed print of one of the pieces of art from Round 1 or 2

Please send your entry to:
Zeroice013@yahoo.com and put “Title Contest” in the title. A winner will be picked when the entire creative teams agrees on one title we all want to use.

And check out the current status of “Steel Rising” on the Small Press Idol forum at http://www.dimestoreproductions.com/forum-t30033.html

Friday, February 20, 2009

Round 1 submission

Here it is, our entry from Round 1. To read the judges and other members comments, go to http://www.dimestoreproductions.com/forum-t30033.html



Steel Rising

What if every fantasy novel you ever read…was true! Elves and dwarves, orcs and dragons, and many others all existed side by side with man and many a great adventure was had.

Now the forests and villages have faded, replaced by cities and highways. The world has moved on and The Races moved with it. Dwarves are successful businessmen, Orcs and Trolls fill the ranks of the military and police, and dragons sleep under the Golden Gate Bridge.

But the transition was not so easy for some. The Wood Elves have taken refuge in nature reserves and national parks, doomed to watch helplessly as industrial advances threaten their beloved forests. The Dark Elves, Goblins, and other dark Races have retreated to the comfort of the sewers and subways.

However, the hardest hit are the Mages of all Races. With the rise of modern technology the Magical Arts began to fade. Then during World War II the Mages were once again called upon to unleash the full extent of their power, reminding the world of their devastating potential. The war was followed by a period of fear, paranoia, and suspicion. In 1954 the Mage Control Act was passed, declaring Mages a danger to all normal beings. Since then Mages have been hunted, imprisoned, and killed. The few remaining are deep in hiding, afraid to reveal their power to the world.

But when the mysterious and powerful Black Ruby is unearthed, only a Mage can unleash its power, and only a Mage can stop it. Now the race is on to find one of the last remaining Mages. Will her power be used to save the world, or to destroy it?

Characters and concepts (c) 2008 Brad Huffman-Parent and Brad Thingvold

Round 1...

We submitted our Round 1 entry on Wednesday 2/18.

What a day.

The first judge left his comments and vote within an hour of the project going up. And it was good! Here's a little excerpt:

"There's real meat and potatoes here, folks. And I suspect we have one that other contenders should really be worried about if it makes it to future rounds.

Do I have confidence in this project?

Yes-- Unquestionably. "

Nice way to start the day. But, then I had to head off to do some work for the real job and got to spend the next few hours wondering how the other two judges would vote. That was not fun. This project means a lot to me, and it was torture to have to wait to find out how it was going to go.

Luckily I came home to find that another judge had made his decision. Another Yes!

"so far, i think this project is the front runner!
of course we have quite a few still to see.
keep up the high quality of work gang.

my vote
absolutly

YES"

That was enough right there, 2 out of 3, unless the third judge absolutely hated us. But the third judge was another "Yes", although not as enthusiastic as the rest.

And we're moving on to Round 2...

Welcome...

..to the the home of the project currently called Steel Rising. I say "currently" because that title is going to change, but I'll talk about that later.

Steel Rising is an entry for the 2009 Small Press Idol competition. For those that don't know what SPI is, the easiest way to describe it is as American Idol for the independent comics world.

The creative team consists of:

Brad Huffman-Parent (me): creator/writer
Brad Thingvold: pencils
Joe Armour: inks
Michael Summers: colors

So, there's the basics. What's next? Well, quite a bit. I'll break things down round by round throughout the contest(the contest consists of 4 rounds, and I'll explain that in more detail later, too) and keep you all updated on the status of things as they come.