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The covers of some of my hand-written books, anime inspired…

 

 

I’m currently reading Jen Sincero’s “You Are A Badass”, and I read a passage that suggested going back to your childhood, and thinking about the things you were passionate about. It sounded like pretty solid advice, so I took a moment to think.

I’m a writer, and its something I’ve always been passionate about. I’ve been writing books for myself since second grade, and I’d like to think, my skills as a story teller have improved over the years. Every now and then, I develop a case of Writer’s Block, and I find myself feeling a bit uninspired. But, I have found a way to pull myself together, and start writing again. I went back to my childhood, to when I started writing more detailed books, with chapters and developed characters. This happened when I was about eleven or twelve. I would wake up early on Saturday morning, around 4:30 or 5:00, and start writing.  Back then, I worked on two or three books at a time. I was always excited to finish a book, and draw the cover, make a spine label and place my Woolaston Entertainment logo on the back cover. I even kept a hand-written spread sheet of stats for my books: how may chapters, pages, dates for starting and completing each book, etc. I was my own publisher, and I LOVED it.

Whenever I find myself at a loss for anything, I think about those days. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was building something very special and very important back then: I was building me.

 

Greetings, everyone. Welcome to the first Monday Blog for August 2017. This month’s theme concerns WE comics. Today, I’d like to take you on a little trip, all the way back to 1995….

 

WE was only seven months old or so. During the summer of 1995, I started watching a lot of anime, and my interest in manga (graphic novels) was beginning to stir. I woke up early every weekday morning to watch Sailor Moon on UPN (or My9, or whatever it’s called now). I rented a ton of VHS tapes from Blockbuster Video, since their anime section was fairly decent. I was able to see Slayers and Akira. This led me to create a comic of my own: the Enos series I’ve mentioned in previous blogs.  I drew the first of what was going to be a series of comics, in 1996, but decided I could write the book faster than draw a comic, so Enos became a series of books instead.

Every time I rented an anime video from Blockbuster, I made a list of all of the previews which aired before the feature. Then I’d look for those other titles. In high school, I discovered Animerica Magazine, which exposed me to a whole new world of anime and manga titles to explore. I read Galaxy Express 999, which led me to Queen Emeraldas and Captain Harlock. But, I wasn’t only interested in shojo (girl’s) material; I later discovered Kohta Hirano’s Hellsing manga, and watched both versions of the anime that followed. Blue Seed, El Hazard, Dirty Pair, Cutie Honey, Bubblegum Crisis, Bastard!, Sorcerer Hunters, The Devil Lady, Neon Genesis Evangelion…I could keep going and going. All of these titles and more, inspired the WE comics, which later inspired the WE books.

 

Apart from Enos, I drew humorous comics, and used some of the characters you’ve met in the Our Lady books.  Dee had her own series, titled Seybrook, while Amy and David were featured in Sarconi. Mike and Vanessa, were featured in Mike and Vanessa. These three comics became part of a calendar I created in 1998.

Who would have thought, all those years of watching anime and reading manga, would lead to this point? It just goes to show you: your hobbies may not necessarily be a complete waste of time.

 

Until next week…

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I’ve spent the past few days making little changes here and there to woolastonentertainment.com, and I believe I’m finally finished! (for now). I’ve been trying to change the colors, and after several attempts, I figured it out. I think it’s a wonderful improvement, and I hope everyone who visits the site enjoys the new look.  When you have time, please check it out: http://www.woolastonentertainment.com . Cheers!

I like to think of some of my characters as actors and actresses: I used to move them around, from series to series, casting them in different roles. Most of the cast of Our Lady of Righteous Rage, appeared in two of my science fiction series: “Enos” and “Degenerate R”. Both series featured characters who could transform and use special powers to fight evil. I recently came across a poster I drew sixteen years ago, for the “Enos” series. Featured on the poster, are Nyda Summit, Amy Edwards, Vanessa Vance, Carmen Portez, Yvonne Vance and Delfino “Dee” Seybrook. All six appear in the Our Lady of Righteous Rage series. EnosCivilianPoster

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Cover for the new edition of Valentine

Cover for the new edition of Valentine

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Greetings, everyone.  June is Art Month at Woolaston Entertainment, and I’d like to start it off by talking about the artwork you see on the covers of my books.  I know its 2015, and most artists and graphic designers use programs such as Adobe Photoshop to create their images.  I use it, too, but I’m still a fan of the old-school method.  I have been hand-drawing my work since I was little, and I continue to do so today.  While Photoshop may help me put the images on my books, the artwork itself is hand-made.

The cover for the first edition of Valentine (last image on the bottom row) is a cut out , which I placed on top of one of my bandanas (the very same bandana Val uses to cover her forehead in the second part of the book).  The image itself, was originally intended for a different book, titled “Vengeance Angel Yuka”.  While I was coloring the image, instead of the original black for her hair, I decided to go with pink, and thus, Valentine was born.  The new cover, features a more “anime” style design for Val and Melinda, along with Val’s car.  The image of Val on the second book in the series, was taken from promotional material I created about two years ago.

The artwork on the covers of both the books in the Fortune’s Wing series were also hand-drawn.  The flashing light seen coming from the mouth of the cave on book one, is actually white-out.  Yes, white-out.  I used a pencil to spread out a large drop of white-out, to create the appearance of a flashing light. The image on the second book, is three images drawn separately, and combined using Photoshop. The clouds on the Earth, are made of stretched-out cotton balls.

The skull on the cover of Allan & Mac, is a Halloween decoration I purchased years ago from a drug store.  I admit, it remains on display in my room all year long.  For this cover, I took a picture of the skull and used Photoshop to blacken everything around the skull.

Last but not least, is Our Lady of Righteous Rage.  The cover contains a simple hand-drawn image of two of the main characters’ side profiles: Amy and Dee.  Below them, is the headstock of one of my guitars, Billie Joe, my Epiphone Les Paul.  For copyright purposes, I blackened the name “Epiphone”.  The circle around the image represents a CD or album, since the story involves the formation of a band.

If anything, I hope you can see that a variety of materials can be used to create art, from colored pencils to cotton balls to white-out. Until I blog again…

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Hello everyone.  This Saturday is the Brooklyn Expo Creative Show at Prospect Place.  This is going to be an amazing event! There will be live music, artwork and crafts for sale, and , well….me! I will be there, selling and signing copies of “Fortune’s Wing” and “Valentine”, as well as “Allan & Mac” and “Valentine 2”.  Plus, 3 people will receive a free A.R.C. of “Our Lady of Righteous Rage”.  I’m really looking forward to being in the presence of my fellow musicians, writers, artists, and other creative people.  There’s still time to purchase tickets, so please check out https://bkexpocreativeshow.eventbrite.com. I hope to see you there!

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Calling all artists, writers, poets, musicians & lovers of all things creative!!!! The Brooklyn Expo is coming!!!!! The Brooklyn Expo Creative Show is on May 30, from 6pm to 11pm!  Tickets are on sale now! Visit this link: https://bkexpocreativeshow.eventbrite.com

 Here’s more info:
Meta4rikal Minds Presents
The BROOKLYN EXPO CREATIVE SHOW
ART * CRAFTS * POETRY * MUSIC * BATH & BODY * HOME DECOR & MORE
MAY 30TH, 6PM – 11PM
@ 241 Prospect Place Brooklyn, NY 11238
Subway trains: B,Q to the 7th Ave station & 2,3 to the Grand Army Plaza station
$10 online + FREE glass of wine
$12 @ the door + wine with $2 min. donation
(*extra wine with $2 min. donation)
 
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I will be there, selling copies of my books and answering any questions.  I’m looking forward to it, and I hope to see you there!!!!
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