Okay deviants, I'm putting out the general call: I need alpha readers for a graphic novel project; anyone who would be interested in the material and willing to give honest feedback. Let me break it down.
Some of you are familiar with my creator-owned property "The Adventures of Echo Callaway"; if not, here's what I've posted here in the last few years: adammasterman.deviantart.com/g…
I've played with this property in a number of ways over the years, with many false starts, but now I'm dedicating 2015 to a very specific goal: a finished graphic novel, the first installment of Echo, Hiro and Sati's long, strange adventure. Commissions and freelance jobs are officially closed; I've literally cleared everything off my plate, and I'm already up to my elbows in Echo.
How much have I done so far? The entire book is plotted in significant detail, broken up into chapters (17 total). About half of those chapters are further broken down panel by panel and page by page. Four chapters are fully thumb nailed, and three of those chapters have been cleaned up and lettered (I write my final dialogue after I draw layouts, basically as I'm lettering). And the first chapter is completely finished, colors and all. That's where I stand today, Jan. 23rd, 2015.
Where am I going from here? I'm going to keep moving forward with breaking down the plot specifics; 10 hours will probably finish that task for me. And I'll keep moving forward with thumb nailing, and then cleaning up and lettering, each chapter. That will take longer, probably until midyear at some point. I intend to have the entire book laid out and lettered before I continue with finishes; I'm still experimenting a bit with inking and coloring styles, and I want to do those steps all at once, to keep the look of the book consistent.
Where do you all come in? Excellent question!
What I am looking for is a modest audience to read the draft chapters (lettered and cleaned-up sketch pages), and give me whatever feedback you think I need to hear. A lot of people use webcomiking for this, but I don't want to wait until each page is finished (and represents a lot of work to change) before I get the story feedback I need. So, if you are game, here is how it will work:
Send me a note with an email address, telling me you'd like to be an alpha reader. I'll add your name to the mailing list, and every time I finish a chapter, I'll send a pdf out to the group en masse.
That's pretty much it. Any feedback you want to share with me, just reply to the same address. No obligation to respond at all, or to write anything at length; I'm not asking for free editors, just people who might enjoy the work anyway to get an early look, and respond when they feel inclined. If you have been into the Echo comics and art I've been posting here, or just graphic noveling in general, just drop me a line. This invite is open to all; in about a week, I'll be sending out the first three chapters, so just get to me before then. And thanks in advance to anyone who wants to pitch in; I'm hoping it will be fun for those who participate, but its also a big help to me, one I will definitely appreciate. Okay, that's all, Adam out.