We’re so proud to present the collected issues of Valentin Seiche’s (airfortress) WRECKED SHIP in our very first perfect bound book. It’s a beauty! 84 pages, riso-printed in two colors and the cover in four colors, all issues #1- #5. It will premiere at the Stockholm International Comic Festival (SiS) this weekend and next week it’ll be up for sale in our online store.
Can’t wait to order a copy!
Just a little note on how hard it is to make sense and keep logic intact when writing fantasy or scifi fiction.
I recently was asked to join my group of writer friends for an anthology of revamped Indonesian legends and folklore. It is a fun project and my first ever short story in Indonesian since secondary school (I was 15!)
First of all, my Indonesian grammar definitely needed some revisiting. I had to edit the script several times to get it right - and I certainly hope I’ve created something good enough to be published :)
The hardest part however, is trying yo create a plot that still makes sense even though my story is set in an alternate reality and included many steampunk elements. The antagonist’s motive, for example, could be questioned in so many ways. Why is he evil? Does he know what he’s doing is evil. It has to make sense why he’s doing what he’s doing to our protagonist.
Then there are all the questions of why the protagonist gets involved in this situation. Can she avoid it? Etc.
Which brings me to the second part of this post… Does anyone watch Once Upon A Time in Wonderland? The OUAT series and the comic Fables (plus many Japanese mangas) are the reason why we started our anthology project. The idea of rewriting childhood stories into something more exciting sounds both fun and challenging.
It’s just that after spending a month worrying about my plot hole, I rewarded myself by watching a four of the latest episodes of OUATiWonderland…
Instead of feeling rewarded I’m a bit annoyed. How can they getaway with so many plot holes?
Just two examples out of a lot… Spoiler ahead:
- Jabberwocky can read people’s fear and use it to scare them to death. She showed this power to Jaffar the first time they met and Jaffar almost choke to dead (remembering his drowning). Instead of taking away the only blade that can hurt her (while he’s dying), she let him go and ended up being enslaved to his will. Better yet, why didn’t she just kill him?
- Alice found Will’s heart before Jaffar does. She got Rabbit that can take her to any dimension. Instead of just hiding it in a galaxy far far away… she took it back to Wonderland where Jaffar simply waits for her to come back and take it. Huh??
These are very simple and not so important details in the main story but it bugs me. I have read some writing tips about making it ‘real’ and was always a bit unsure about this, since I always write scifi and fantasy. Now I really do get it.
Let’s just hope my piece in anthology will get published so I can write more about that world I created. I promise, there’ll be a certain logic implemented lovingly in each chapter! :)
Kudos to My Son proving a theory is wrong. Boys don’t wanna just play with boy minifigures.
Just had a talk recently with husband on why there’s no Lego City police woman, fire fighter etc…
Husband said maybe Lego thinks boys wouldn’t want to play with girl minifigs.
Yeah right? And how about all the Lego loving girls out there (including me!) are we supposed to play with pink induced Lego Friends only?
There is only a princess to rescue in Lego Kingdoms. Why isn’t there a warrior woman? (To be fair, there’s one in the chess set)
My son made his own girl warriors and heroines.
Here is one police woman created by my son :) yay!
What would it look like if some of our favorite pop culture characters had their own business cards? Italian creatives Benedetto Papi and Edoardo Santamato of Invasione Creativa have answered that question for us with their hilarious new project. The series answers the question: “What happens to these characters when they’ve finished the movie they’ve starred in and, in essence, lost their former job?” They’d have to rebrand, of course!
Favorites: Nemo (that’s tragic) and the Dude (the rug ties the room).
Oh Nemo! But the rest are delightful!
Adorable and moving photos of children from around the world with their favorite toys by Gabriele Galimberti, revealing how profoundly cultural influence shapes a child’s preferences. (Note, especially, the Ukrainian boy and his guns.)